Meet the Team

  • Patrick Farrington

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    Patrick Farrington – Partner (1996) – Stafford
    Managing Partner (2015) dealing with compliance matters including being the firm’s nominated COLP and MLRO

    High Court Enforcement Officer and former Director of the HCEO National Board; Company Secretary of Katharine House Hospice; Leader of Stafford Borough Council.

    Interests include politics, coin collecting, gardening, reading and sport, particularly cricket, football and golf. Extensive foreign travel included working as a lifeguard in California.

    Admitted 1990.

    Specialises in company and commercial work advising directors and shareholders and property and contentious probate litigation.  Has completed the specialist ACTAPS ( Association of Contentious Trust and Probate specialists) qualification and advised on many Will disputes and Inheritance Act matters often dealing with complex litigation involving multi-million pound estates.  Tenacious but renowned for providing sensible and commercial advice.
  • Amy Glover

    amygloverAmy Glover – Partner (2016) – Stafford

    Qualified member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP); Trustee for CP Mid Staffs; Honorary Secretary for Gnosall Rugby Club.

    Amy joined the firm in 2016 as Head of our Private Client department, having previously run Private Client for a niche’ Corporate, Trusts and Tax Firm after training and starting her career in a Legal 500 Solicitors.

    Amy has worked extensively for private and business clients advising on all aspects of Wills, Trusts and Estates. She is pragmatic in her approach, with exceptional client liaison and communication skills which help provide complex tailored Inheritance Tax planning solutions. She often administers Trusts and Estates which involve significant agricultural or business assets.

    Amy has two postgraduate degrees, in Business and Finance Law and Law (specialising in Revenue Law), to further compound her knowledge in these areas.

    Interests include spending time with her Horses and her young daughter on her Pony and watching her son play Junior Rugby. Amy is also involved in helping out her husband with the family farming business and the running of Men's Senior Rugby at her local club.

    Admitted May 2009

    Email: aglover@hmo.co.uk
  • Victoria Follows

    Victoria Follows
    Victoria Follows – Partner (2016) – Stafford

    Joined the firm in February 2012, Victoria also has a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Staffordshire University thereafter completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course; Honorary Secretary of the Stafford & District Law Society.

    Victoria is an active member of the Junior Lawyers Division.

    Interests include gardening, cooking, attending comedy shows and live bands.

    Admitted in 2014

    Email: vfollows@hmo.co.uk
  • Nigel Pepper

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    Nigel Pepper – Consultant (1976)

    Former Partner of 27 years, now a consultant solicitor to the firm.

    High Court Enforcement Officer and former member of the Board of the High Court Enforcement Officers Association .

    Chairman of Brocton Football Club and Board member of the Stafford Town Centre Partnership.

    Admitted 1978.
    Specialises in litigation, employment, licensing and personal injury work.

    Email: npepper@hmo.co.uk
  • Jennifer Woodyard

    Jennifer Woodyard
    Jennifer Woodyard – Associate  – Stafford

    Past President of Stafford & District Law Society

    Jennifer has a Law Degree and was awarded honours by the Law Society in her Final Examinations.

    She has a Level 1 Certificate in British Sign Language.

    After training and qualifying as a Solicitor in Manchester in 1994, Jennifer originally specialised in Clinical Negligence litigation prior to joining the firm in 1998, then becoming the firms dedicated Quality Manager in 2002.

    Her role includes regulatory compliance, risk management, procedural and file audits, health and safety, staff training and dealing with client complaints.

    Outside work she holds the voluntary positions of Trustee at Katharine House Hospice and Treasurer of Stafford Litter Heroes. A Co-founder of Phoenix Blues Ladies Hockey Club and current Chairman, she still enjoys playing and watching hockey.

    Email: jwoodyard@hmo.co.uk
  • Robert Cooper

    IMG_0169Robert Cooper - Accountant & Office Manager – Stafford

    Member-Association of certified Chartered accountants

    Fellow-chartered institute of Legal Executives

    Fellow-Institute of Legal Finance Management

    Date qualified-ACCA May 2011

    Interests Football, cricket, walking and cinema.

    Email: rcooper@hmo.co.uk
  • Catherine Cammock

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    Catherine Cammock - Associate – Stafford

    After many years of varied experience in legal practices, Catherine qualified in 2002.

    Fluent in the French language, she initially trained as a linguist (working in industry) and has been an interpreter for Staffordshire Police and at the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

    Catherine is a Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who are committed to providing the highest quality of legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

    She is also a former Trustee of CASS the Carers Association, a registered charity (based in Stafford and covering Staffordshire) which provides confidential advice, information and emotional support to unpaid carers of any age who look after someone who needs help at home owing to disability, illness or the effects of old age.


    Interests include literature, music, cycling and cats!

    Admitted 2002.
    Specialises in Wills, Estates, Powers of Attorney, Elderly Client matters and associated mental capacity issues.

    Email: ccammock@hmo.co.uk

  • Patrick Nelson

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    Patrick Nelson - Associate Solicitor – Stafford

    Patrick has a BSC Econ in Law and Politics, MBA. Diploma in Legal Practice (Plus LPC PI Prize winner).

    Patrick qualified on 1 September 2003 having joined the firm as a trainee in August 2001 after completion of his LPC.

    Patrick works in our Litigation Department specialising in Civil Litigation (including Debt Recovery and Neighbour disputes), Residential Landlord and Tenant Repossession, Personal Injury and Employment.

    Honorary Solicitor Staffordshire ASA, West Midlands ASA and English Schools ASA and a Member of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

    Interests are badminton, squash and football.

    Email: pnelson@hmo.co.uk
  • Claire Tweed

    Claire Tweed
    Claire Tweed – Associate Solicitor – Stafford

    Claire obtained a degree in Law from Liverpool in 1995, and thereafter a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2003, gaining a distinction.

    Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2005, Claire has 14 years' experience and joined Hand Morgan & Owen after several years' at a large Manchester practice. Before qualifying as a solicitor, She worked at Citizens Advice and Manchester City Council in their advice department.

    Claire has a wealth of experience in the fields of Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney. She provides a friendly and approachable service, and has a special interest and empathy in dealing with the affairs of the elderly

    Outside interests include badminton, cooking, gardening and genealogy. Claire is also actively involved with her local community and Church.

    Admitted in 2005

    Email: ctweed@hmo.co.uk
  • Abigail Groom

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    Abigail Groom – Associate Solicitor – Rugeley

    Abigail has an Honours Degree in Business Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC)
    Abigail is also involved in the Staffordshire Junior Lawyers' Division.

    Abigail qualified as a Solicitor in September 2018 having gained 3 years of experience in the Private Client Department since joining the firm in April 2016 whilst completing her LPC at Staffordshire University. Abigail has 3 years of experience in Private Clients work at the firm.

    Abigail works in our Private Client Department specialising in all aspects of Private Client work, in particular; Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Administration of Estates. Abigail also has a keen interest in Court of Protection matters, Deputyship  Applications. Clients are put at ease by Abigail's friendly approach and her ability to provide individually tailored advice in a clear and concise manner, which caters specifically to their needs.

    Abigail is Treasurer and Events Co-Ordinator of Gnosall Rugby Football Club and you will find her cheering the team on as they play on a Saturday! In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding, having been a keen rider since childhood. She also enjoys taking her dog for long countryside walks, travel, cooking, and spending time with her fiancé, family and friends.

    Admitted September 2018

    Email: agroom@hmo.co.uk
  • Clare Debney

    IMG_0345Clare Debney - Associate Solicitor - Stafford

    After obtaining her law degree from Manchester University and completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) at the College of Law in York and her training contract, Clare was admitted as a solicitor in 1997 and has worked in both Stafford and Stoke on Trent since qualification.

    Clare joined the firm in September 2019.

    Clare specialises in a full range of commercial property work including acting for buyers and sellers in relation to acquisitions and disposals including conditional sales and purchases and landlord and tenant work from agreements to lease and leases to licences to assign, to underlet and to alter. She also enjoys assisting Landlord’s with the legal side of the management of their portfolios. She also undertakes residential sales and purchases.

    Clare lives in Stafford and enjoys going to the theatre, watching (not playing!) all sports including football, cricket, and athletics, reading and spending her free time with her husband and daughter.

    Admitted 1997

    Email: cdebney@hmo.co.uk
  • Julie Wain

    Julie Wain
    Julie Wain – Chartered Legal Executive – Stafford

    After a long association with the firm Julie became a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1995. She has specialised in family law for over 20 years and is a member of Resolution. Members of Resolution believe that family law disputes should be dealt with in a constructive way designed to preserve people’s dignity and to encourage agreements. She also administers trusts for the firm.

    Interests include gardening, food and travel.

    Qualified 1995

    Specialises in family law and trusts. She has a special interest in financial and private law Children Act applications.

    Email: jwain@hmo.co.uk
  • Lucy O’Connor

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    Lucy O'Connor - Trainee Solicitor - Stafford

    Lucy joined the firm in 2017, whilst completing her LPC (LLM) course at the University of Law. Lucy also has a BA (Hons) in History from Sheffield Hallam University and a LLB from the University of Birmingham.

    Prior to joining the firm, Lucy gained experience working in Residential Property Department as a Paralegal in a firm based in the West Midlands from 2015 - 2017. She commenced her training contract with the firm in September 2018 and will become qualified by September 2020.

    Lucy is currently working in residential conveyancing and has experience with sales and purchases, re-mortgages, transfer of equity and shared ownership.

    Outside of work, Lucy enjoys travelling, going to the gym and dog sitting her sister's two dogs. She is also captain of a netball team that plays in local league.

    Email: loconnor@hmo.co.uk