Gail has been with the firm since its beginning and now manages our Wills and Probate Department. She deals with the administration of estates, the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and Inheritance tax planning. Gail is a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), the leading professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts and estate and related issues. Full members of STEP are recognised as the most experienced and senior practitioners in their field. Gail handles probate matters with an understanding and sympathetic manner, which is appreciated by clients at what is often a difficult and distressing time. She offers a flexible service, including home visits.
- Wills & Inheritance Tax Planning
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Probate/Administration of Estates
Jackie is a very experienced Senior Family Solicitor who practised in Telford for many years, Shrewsbury for 5 years and has recently returned to Telford. Head of the Family department, a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel and an Accredited member of Resolution. Jackie is also a member of the Law Society Children Panel approved to represent both children and parents in care proceedings concerning social services. Specialising in all aspects of Family Law, in particular:
- Care matters representing parents and children
- Arrangements for children following divorce/separation
- Divorce and related financial matters
Stephen is 58 years old, married with a daughter who is a primary school teacher. Stephen deal with the most serious criminal offences such as murder and rape. Having worked in various areas of law, Stephen prefers criminal law especially the forensic issues such as DNA and blood splatter analysis.
- Crown Court Caseworker
- Police Station representative
- Parole Board representative
Natalie Dodds qualified as a solicitor in August 2016. Natalie joined the firm in 2018 as Head of the Mental Health Department. Natalie has experience representing those subject to the Mental Health Act 1983 and has also represented parents that have Local Authority involvement in respect of their children.
Natalie completed her Legal Practice Course part-time at De Montfort University whilst completing her training contract. Natalie is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme and is a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association.
Natalie volunteers for a local cat rescue charity and loves all things shopping.
Sarah became a Director in WMB Law in May 2015 and has worked for WMB Law now for over 15 years. Sarah specialises in Family Law. She is a member of the Law Society Family Panel, an Accredited Member of Resolution and a member of the Law Society Children Panel representing both children and parents.
- Care Proceedings/Social Services involvement
- Divorce/Financial Matters
- Children disputes about contact/residence etc
Claire is a Crown Court Caseworker within the Criminal Department at WMB Law. She works closely with Barristers to prepare Crown Court cases for trial, exploring all aspects of a client’s defence. Claire is extremely experienced, having been with the firm for sixteen years. She has dealt with a number of high profile cases, including those where clients have been charged with serious sexual offences and murder.
- Crown Court criminal cases
- Proceeds of Crime Act matters
- Appeals against convictions and sentence
Natalie Holloway joined the firm in 2018 as a Trainee Solicitor in the Mental Health Department. Natalie has extensive experience representing those subject to the Mental Health Act 1983.
Natalie completed her Legal Practice Course along with her Masters in Law at the University of Law in Chester. Natalie is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme and is a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association.
In her spare time Natalie enjoys cooking and has a cat called Elvis.
Nicole joined the firm in 2018 as a Caseworker in the Family Department. Nicole is studying her Graduate Diploma in Law part-time at the University of Law in Manchester. Nicole has experience representing parents that have Local Authority involvement in respect of their children and parties in divorce proceedings.
Nicole plays for a local netball team and her position is wing-attack.
James joined WMB Law in December 2017 from another Shropshire firm and works in the criminal department as a caseworker. James studied Law at the University of Bristol before completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London, which he passed with a commendation, and started his training contract at WMB Law in July 2018. He is due to qualify in January 2020.
James represents clients at the Police Station and also represents clients subject to prison law proceedings including adjudications before a District Judge and parole hearings before the Parole Board.
Steven joined WMB Law as a Director in May 2015. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and is also a qualified Duty Solicitor and Accredited Police Station Representative. Steven has the unique expertise to be a legal advisor right from an initial arrest, interview, charge, court representation and (if unfortunate enough to be convicted and sent to prison) he can continue advising throughout the detention period, ensuring that the earliest possible release can be secured.
- Motoring law
- Magistrates Court representation & Police station advice and interviews under caution (benefit fraud, military law)
- Prison adjudications & Parole applications
Jane is a Police Station Representative and Criminal Caseworker with many years of experience in criminal law. Jane is very popular with clients for her down to earth, easy to understand approach and her local knowledge. Jane always does a very thorough job on behalf of clients.
- Magistrates Court Casework
- Police Station
- Crown Court Casework
John McMillan is a Solicitor-Advocate with Crown Court audience rights and has over 40 years of daily practice in the criminal courts. He is a Duty Solicitor who still offers suspects in the police station his expert advice and is proud of the 24/7 service this firm offers. John qualified as a Specialist Fraud Panel supervisor and is our Very High Cost Case supervisor which means that he is qualified to conduct the gravest and most complicated cases.John’s experience includes murder cases, rape trials,burglary, theft and robbery charges, Courts Martial in the UK and abroad, fraud and white collar crimes, internet abuse cases and motoring cases where his experience contributes greatly to the client’s chance of avoiding a ban.
- Magistrates Court
- Crown Court
- Police Station
Shaun joined WMB in 2018 having qualified in 2010. He is a qualified Duty Solicitor and Accredited Police Station Representative.
Shaun has a vast experience of representing client’s in Courts and Police Stations across England and Wales; He has a reputation of being straight talking and dealing with all types of cases, including cases heard at the Old Bailey.
Specific focus of practice
* Motoring law
* Regulatory Law and Trading Standards matters
* Representation at the Magistrates Court and Police and Military Law Interviews
* Crown Court litigation
* Appeals Against Conviction and Sentence
Away from work Shaun is heavily involved in his local community and is a keen football spectator!