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A quick "Hello" from some of our team...

There are too many of us to include on this page, so here are a chosen few!

Carlene Bremner

Carlene is a Regulatory Consultant (Education) for Greycoat Law.

Carlene was an early years teacher for 13 years and left teaching to become a Local Authority Advisor, where she worked for 4 years. After leaving the Local Authority funding, she wanted to continue providing advice, support and training to early years practitioners.  She therefore decided to continue as a freelance consultant, continuing to work with many of the settings she had already developed good working relationships with.

 

Carlene has almost 30 years experience and a good knowledge of working with children under 5 in a variety of contexts, having started her career as a childminder and pre-school worker before becoming a teacher.  She also provided training and then qualified as an Ofsted Inspector.

Carlene also teaches in a local school 6 days a month so still has contact with children, which she loves.

On a personal level, she enjoys meeting for coffee or lunch with her son and daughter from time to time and having days out with friends during the school holidays.

 
Michaela Bonsu

Michaela is a Specialist Family Law Associate Barrister for Greycoat Law.

She was called to the Bar in 2000.

Her matrimonial practice consists of  Divorce, Care proceedings, Private law children matters and Financial remedy proceedings. 

The types of cases she covers include:

  • Domestic abuse

  • Divorce and separation

  • Financial agreements

  • Child law and adoption

  • Cohabiting couples

She is known for her forensic approach to case presentation and analytical insight, which means that she is in demand for the most serious of cases.

 

Having represented those involved in sport, with all of the specific sensitivities involved with clients of this type, Michaela is described as a 'heavyweight barrister'. 

Michaela is a member of Lincoln’s Inn.

Huw Shepheard

Huw is a Specialist Commercial and Public Law Associate Barrister for Greycoat Law.

 

Huw is an experienced commercial and public law practitioner who has a large amount of experience working with both lay and professional clients in a variety of legal disputes.

He has over 9 years experience as in-house Counsel for business in the finance sector and is accomplished  in the dealing with commercial negotiation and the handling of contractual disputes.

Huw is based in Wales and is bilingual, speaking both English and Welsh fluently.

Katie Lin
Julie Roberton

Marcia is a Specialist Employment Law Associate Barrister for Greycoat Law.

 

Marcia specialises in employment law representing both Claimant, (employees/ex-employees/workers) and Respondents, (employers) both in preparation for and attendance at Tribunal. 

 

She has represented individuals, small and household name companies in Tribunal and has a background in Human Resource Management, which enables her to understand the importance of procedures within the work environment and their application.

She is also qualified as a Solicitor and has particular empathy with clients because she has worked in-house as a Human Resources Manager.  She therefore understands the workings of workplaces which informs her practice. 

 

As a lawyer, she is both pragmatic and realistic in what can be achieved in a particular case for clients.

 

Marcia Duncan-Brown
Julie Roberton
Sarah Howells

Sarah is an Administrative Assistant for Greycoat Law.

 

Sarah's expertise lies in customer service and administration. Sarah communicates with clients and their customers, providing updates and scheduling appointments. She has significant experience providing administration support for risk assessment and regulatory issues. 

 

Sarah holds an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration.

 

Sarah enjoys socialising with friends, going out for meals and walks along the coast.

Silviu Hojbota

Silviu is an English-Romanian Interpreter for Greycoat Law.

Silviu decided to become an English interpreter at eight years of age.  He is now a professional interpreter and translator in English and Romanian, and is on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters.  He provides Greycoat Law with face-to-face interpreting services from English to Romanian and vice-versa.  He has also provided written translations of documents, letters, case papers and full bundles.

Silviu holds an enhanced DBS certificate.


Silviu enjoys the challenge of working in a different environment every day as it gives him the opportunity to meet different people with different cultural backgrounds on a regular basis.
 

Matthew Mason

Matthew is a Specialist Civil Law Associate Counsel for Greycoat Law.

Matthew was called to the Bar in 2008 after obtaining the highest grade, an outstanding, at Bar school. He completed his pupillage in 2009 with Lamb Building, a common law Legal 500 leading set of chambers in the heart of the Temple, London covering both civil and criminal law.

After pupillage, and to date, Matthew has pursued a broad civil and commercial law practice at the self-employed Bar. He has undertaken advocacy and litigation personally up to the Court of Appeal with many reported cases and various mentions in the national press.

Matthew was awarded a distinction for a Master's degree with the International Bar Association in International Legal Practice in 2010.  Matthew is currently a student United States Attorney-at-Law taking the New York Bar Exam in 2018.

Henry Mainwaring

Henry is a Specialist Commercial Law Associate Counsel for Greycoat Law.

Henry has a mixed common law practice, with both advisory and advocacy elements in the areas of Commercial/Contract, Professional Regulation/Professional Negligence and Personal Injury/Inquests. 

 

Known for his meticulous preparation, he combines diligent hard work with a keen understanding of the law and a pragmatic and down to earth approach. Approachable and friendly, Henry works hard to achieve the quickest and most cost effective solutions. He lives in London and his practice takes him nationwide.

Commercial Contract

Henry completed his pupillage at Atkin Chambers, specialising in building and construction disputes. With wide experience in buidling diputes, including adjudications and arbitrations, Henry's practice covers a wide spectrum of contractual disputes.

 

His practice includes a range of areas in the commercial context, including the sale of goods and the supply of services.

As well as providing litigation advice and advocacy, Henry frequently advises on and drafts contracts for clients, including the insurance, parking and sports industries.

In the context of litigation, Henry’s work ethic is to identify at an early stage the needs of the client and to help bring the matter to a speedy and commercially sensible conclusion through the courts or, if appropriate, mediation.

Professional Regulation/Professional Negligence

Henry has a wide experience of professional regulatory matters and has acted for many respondents within this context. He has acted in matters before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal, the Chartered Insurance Institute, the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, among others.

He also advises in relation to partnership disputes. Henry is a qualified mediator and has undertaken work in numerous successful mediations, both as Counsel and as mediator. The professional regulatory aspect of Henry’s practice dovetails with the work which he undertakes in the field of negligence more generally.

Clinical Negligence/Personal Injury/Inquests

Henry has a successful track record of advising and appearing in clincial negligence claims, as well as serious personal injury claims more generally, including industrial accidents. He is regularly instructed by the largest unions to represent their members at inquests and public inquiries. He is often instructed by both insurers and families to protect their interests in the context of fatal accidents.

Costs

Henry frequently appears in the Senior Courts Costs Office as an advocate at detailed assessments. His broad experience obtained over 15 years means that he is well placed to understand the underlying litigation, and therefore to acheive very good results for his clients.

Claire Charlton

Claire is an Administrative Assistant for Greycoat Law.

Claire has a keen eye for detail in creative writing and design. She specialises in thorough market research, data collation and email templates.

 

Claire holds an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Design and is currently working towards her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. Claire enjoys creating artwork on many forms of materials and online.

 

She also indulges in her favourite beverage, Beanies Coffee. 

Gerry Heap
Carol Charlton

Gerry is Specialist Personal Injury, Commercial and Local Government Law Associate Barrister for Greycoat Law.

 

Gerry is popular with clients for his friendly and down to earth approach and enjoys a reputation as a highly skilled advocate who enjoys complex and challenging cases.  He is South Wales based with a busy national practice and has appeared in all Courts including the House of Lords.

Areas of Specialism:

Personal Injury (Claimant & Defendant)

· High-value claims

· Industrial Disease

· Clinical Negligence

· Fraud

Commercial Litigation

· Land/Property Disputes

· Contract

· Partnership

· Building/Construction

Local Government

· Planning

· Environmental

· Prosecutions

Gerry is the Chair of the  Commons Registration Public Inquiries and was educated at Jesus College Cambridge.

On a personal level, Gerry spent 17 years in practice on the North- Eastern Circuit before family commitments took him to rural West Wales in 2002, where he lives on a smallholding. When not travelling the country, he enjoys playing golf and chess (he is a member of the Welsh Chess Championship team) and is reluctant to hang up his boots as goalkeeper for various football teams.Member of Personal Injury Bar Association
 

Carol is the Head of the Administration Team for Greycoat Law.

 

Carol has over 30 years experience in administrative and marketing roles. She has worked for blue chip companies and has held administration and marketing roles in the manufacturing and engineering industries. More recently Carol was personal assistant to the marketing director of an all service law firm based in the North East of England. Her specific skills include project management and customer service.

As well as an NVQ qualification in business administration, Carol has a Professional Diploma in Marketing.

In her spare time Carol enjoys taking long country walks with her husband, daughter and their Jack Russells: Jess and Fizz.

Isabelle
Parasram 

Isabelle is the Head of Legal Practice for Greycoat Law. 

Isabelle was called to the Bar in 1995 and, prior to becoming a dual capacity public access practitioner, she held high-level legal roles in the public, private, charitable and small business sectors, covering a broad range of specialisms including regulatory crime and company/commercial, education and employment law.

Isabelle has extensive experience of regulatory compliance through her work within various sectors in setting up, auditing and monitoring compliance systems as well as prosecuting breaches.  As part of this, she sits on and chairs panels conducting HR-related hearings.

Formerly a Legal Director within the private education sector, Isabelle is currently a Foundation Governor within the state education sector, holding several Chairmanship posts.  She is also a Trustee of a School Private Fund and an Educational Foundation.  

Within her legal postings, she gained day-to-day experience of management, training and corporate strategy as a Project Leader on policy projects.

Previously a Training Supervisor of pupil barristers, Isabelle also acted as the Training Co-Ordinator of the Governing Body of an ‘Outstanding’ Secondary School.  Using her skills as a AVA College Assessor and Adult Education Teacher, Isabelle is also a popular lecturer at conferences, workshops and seminars.

On a personal level, Isabelle is married with 4 young children.  In her spare time, she enjoys fitness & well-being, dance, literature, travel, theatre & musicals and The National Trust.

Phillip Taylor

Phillip is a Specialist Civil Law Associate Counsel and Civil/Commercial Mediator for Greycoat Law.

Phillip has been a barrister for over two decades and covers all aspects of civil law in the County Courts, tribunals and the High Court in cases covering a wide range of law, including personal injury, contract, tort, insolvency, landlord and tenant and family law. He has taught and written for many years on criminal law, although he no longer practices in this field.

He qualified as an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator with the Society of Mediators/Bar Council in 2019.

He graduated from London University in 1988 and, after completing the Bar Vocational course in 1991, was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn.  His particular skills are in negotiation, arbitration, mediation and adjudication and his general philosophy in approaching cases is to seek to avoid the costs and stress of litigation for his clients by seeking the most favourable settlement as quickly as possible.

Phillip brings to his practice a long career with the Ministry of Defence and service in the Army.  He is passionate about sharing his legal knowledge through teaching - he gained his PGCE qualification in 2008 and has lectured and developed courses for a number of higher education institutions, including Birkbeck College and BPP Law School.  He has also used his teaching ability to devise CPD courses for lawyers and public servants.

Phillip is an author, having written The Criminology Text Book for the LLB London external course.  His wide-ranging experience also led to him being appointed as the Reviews Editor of The Barrister, a post he has held since 1999.

Outside of his busy practice, Phillip has served his local community as a Councillor for Richmond and a District Councillor for Oxfordshire.  He has been involved in the following Council Committees: Planning and Licensing (as Vice chair) and Housing and Finance (as a member).  He was also the Chair for the Legal Aid Committee for the LSC London Area and a Law Centre advisor.

Arlene Small
Arlene Small

Arlene is a Specialist Family Law Associate Counsel for Greycoat Law.

Arlene is a specialist in Family Finance and Children Work, covering areas such as:

  • Child Arrangements Orders

  • Adoption

  • Schedule 1 of the Children Act

  • Care Proceedings

  • Non-molestation and Occupation Orders

  • Divorce including validity of marriage cases

  • Financial Remedies Applications

  • Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996

 

Arlene became a barrister in 1997, and soon after developed a keen interest in family law.  She has now become a dedicated advocate in this field and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of both family finance and children matters.

She has a wide-ranging and thriving practice with extensive experience in providing advice and representation in family law cases. This enables Arlene to adopt a multi-faceted approach when assisting clients who have more than one element to their case.  Arlene has a particular interest and experience in validity of marriage cases where there is an international element.

Arlene is incredibly passionate about helping her clients find the best possible solutions to their family related problems, and will often ‘go the extra mile’ to achieve this.  She has a robust approach to advocacy where the situation demands it, but is also able to balance that with sensitivity to the particular challenges that clients experience when going through court proceedings, as she is aware that, for many, it can be a very stressful and difficult time.  

 

Arlene works in London and the South East, but is willing to travel.  She is happy to undertake all levels of casework including initial applications, conferences and the preparation of written advice.

Arlene is married to Andrew, a professional musician, and they have one daughter.

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