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Meet the Team


Julie Burgess

Director - Wills, Trusts & Probate

Julie is a Director and also leads the Wills and Probate Department. After graduating in Law from the University of Leicester Julie completed her Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University and following formal training qualified as a solicitor in 1996.

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Kumer Ali

Director - Property & Commercial Litigation

Kumer has substantial experience of advising and representing businesses and individuals in his specialist fields. Kumer graduated from the University of Oxford and after completing the Solicitors Final Examination at the College of Law in York, trained at Pinsent & Co (now Pinsent Masons).


Danielle Knee

Associate Director - Company & Commercial

After completing her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at the University of Huddersfield, Danielle joined Catteralls as a trainee solicitor in 2009 going on to qualify in 2011.Danielle made rapid professional progress and became a partner at the firm in 2016.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker

Associate Director - Family Law

Rebecca is a Partner heading up our Family Law Department. Rebecca, a graduate of the University of Huddersfield, is a highly experienced and respected family law solicitor practicing in a diverse range of family law services.


Jenny Bowyer

Senior Conveyancer - Head of Residential Property

Jenny is a senior conveyancer and head of our residential property team. Over a career spanning some 25 years, Jenny has acquired substantial expertise in leading and dealing with a whole range of residential conveyancing transactions.


Marie Largent

Compliance Manager

Marie has been a key member of the senior management team over a long period of time and is widely respected for her in-depth knowledge of the firm, the regulatory landscape in which it operates and her ability to resolve practice and management issues as they arise.


Kerry Ridley

Operations Manager

Kerry is the firm’s Operations Manager and is a key member of the Senior Management Team. Kerry joined the firm in 2002 and has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the firm’s processes and systems and what it takes to successfully run a solicitors firm.


Vicky Mills

Wills & Probate Executive

Vicky specialises in the administration of estates and as well as dealing with the obtaining of a grant of probate where a will has been left or letters of administration where there hasn’t, deals with all aspects thereafter of the administration of the estate up to its conclusion.


Kirsty Heptinstall

Wills & Probate Executive

Kirsty is an experienced wills and probate executive who joined the firm from another local practice in 2021. She covers a wide range of work. This includes advising in relation to and drafting wills, lasting powers of attorney, obtaining probate and work relating to the administration of an estate as well as court of protection work.


Anne Mottershaw

Legal Assistant - Wills & Probate

Anne is an experienced legal assistant in the Wills and Probate Department where she assists partner Julie Burgess. Anne has over twenty years’ experience in relation to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate matters and is a key member of the team.


Sue Johnson

Legal Assistant - Commercial Property

Sue has been at Catteralls since 1975 and over that period of time has worked with a number of partners practising in the property and commercial fields. She has acquired extensive technical and practical expertise, which she brings to bear in her day-to-day work on behalf of the firm’s clients.

Charlotte Diffley

Conveyancing Executive

Sarah Byram

Legal Assistant - Residential Property

Sarah works as a legal assistant in the Residential Property Department where she is part of Jenny Bowyer’s team.  Sarah has been a valued team member since 2009 and has, therefore, acquired a substantial amount of relevant experience which she brings to bear in her day to day work.


Lisa Sunderland

Legal Assistant - Litigation & Disputes

Lisa Assists Kumer Ali in the dispute resolution department. Lisa has over 25 years’ experience in many different areas of law including family, probate, litigation, debt collection and conveyancing.


Sonia Beech

Legal Assistant - Residential Property

Sonia is a legal assistant in the Residential Property Department where she works as part of Paul Kininmonth’s team.  Sonia is an experienced conveyancing assistant and performs a wide range of tasks including dealing with queries from clients, giving quotes and preparing documents.


Claire Govier

Legal Assistant - Residential Property

Claire assists in the residential property department and rejoined Catteralls in 2016 having worked here previously. Always happy to help out clients and other colleagues Claire has a wealth of property experience.

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Claire Auty

Legal Assistant - Wills & Probate

Claire joined Catteralls in 2003 and has gained experience in a variety of roles throughout the business finally settling in accounts. Claire became the Accounts Manager in November 2017.


Jessica Bullock

Paralegal - Family Law

Jess is a Paralegal in the family department where she works together with Rebecca Baker.   Jess is a holder of CILEX Level 3 Paralegal Qualification and has recently completed her examination for CILEX Level 6, which in due course will lead to her qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive.

Eleanor Parkin


Eleanor has a well-developed reputation amongst property professionals and house builders in the region, which is a testament to her all-round conveyancing expertise.


Debbie Simmons

Legal Assistant - Residential Property

Debbie joined Catteralls property team in October 2017, having quickly settled in Debbie is a valuable member of Catteralls expanding property team.


Sally Hughes


Sally is our senior receptionist. Her duties include meeting and greeting clients, operating the switchboard and helping both clients and anyone else who makes contact with the firm.

Clair Thresh

Legal Assistant - Wills & Probate

Ella Cotton

Apprentice Paralegal

Ella is a junior administrator who joined us as an apprentice straight from college after completing her A levels.  She particularly enjoyed studying law and decided  to pursue a career in the legal profession.   Having made that decision she opted to take the apprenticeship route as opposed to going to university.

Philip Lisle


Philip qualified as a Solicitor in 1981 and retired as Catteralls Senior Partner in March 2016. Philip specialises in Wills, Trusts and Probate and continues to practice as a Consultant.