Meet the Team

  • John James

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    John James – Senior Partner (1971) – Stafford

    HM Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire and High Court Enforcement Officer; Past Chairman of the board of visitors, Stafford Prison; Past Chairman of NSPCC Mid Staffordshire Branch; Commander of St. Johns Ambulance, Staffordshire.

    Interests include shooting and walking.

    Admitted 1967.
    Specialises in – agricultural and commercial work, conveyancing and wills.

    Email: jjames@hmo.co.uk
  • Paul Slater

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    Paul Slater – Partner (1989) – Stafford

    Under Sheriff of Staffordshire; Chairman of Wilford House Residential Home; Treasurer of William Salt Library; Secretary of Stafford Parish; Governor of St Dominic’s Priory School, Stone.

    Interests include choral singing and cricket.

    Admitted 1984.
    Specialises in property and commercial work.

    Email: pslater@hmo.co.uk
  • 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; Trustee and 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 young family, helping out with the family farming business and Rugby at her local club, being involved in Juniors and Men’s Seniors and playing Women’s Tag.

    Admitted May 2009

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

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    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 (1982) – Stafford

    High Court Enforcement Officer; Member of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Member of the Law Society Professional Negligence Panel; Vice Chairman of Brocton Football Club.

    Interests include sport and assisting a number of organisations in the voluntary sector.

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

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

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    Jennifer Woodyard – Associate – Stafford

    Having qualified in 1994, Jennifer originally specialised in medical negligence litigation prior to becoming the firm’s dedicated Quality Manager; Past President of the Stafford & District Law Society; Trustee of Katharine House Hospice; Secretary of Phoenix Blues Ladies Hockey Club; past Chairman of Staffordshire Hockey Association – Womens Section.

    Interests: A co-founder of Phoenix Blues Ladies Hockey Club she still enjoys playing hockey, and racketball, and is a volunteer and treasurer with Stafford Litter Heroes.

    Admitted 1994.
    Specialises in risk management and quality assurance.

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

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    Robert Cooper - Accountant & Office Manager – Stafford

    Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Legal Executives, Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Institute of Legal Cashiers.

    Interests include all sports, particularly football and cricket, cycling 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

    Patrick Nelson
    Patrick Nelson - Associate – Stafford

    Joined the firm in August 2001 with a Diploma in Legal Practice, having won the University’s Personal Injury award. Patrick also has a degree in Law and Politics from Aberystwyth and a Masters in Business Administration. He is secretary of the People First Disabled Society, Honorary Solicitor to the Staffordshire and West Midlands Amateur Swimming Associations and Honorary Solicitor for the Midland Shotokan Karate Federation.

    Interests are badminton, squash and football.

    Admitted 2003.
    Specialises in personal injury and civil litigation, and employment law.

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

    Claire Tweed
    Claire Tweed – Associate – Stafford

    Claire joined the firm in September 2014 having worked for several years at a large Manchester legal practice. During this time she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of wills, probate and powers of attorney. She provides a friendly service and has a special interest and empathy in dealing with the affairs of the elderly.

    Claire grew up in Stafford and moved back to the area in 2011. She is actively involved in her local community in Eccleshall and is a member of the Parochial Church Council

    Interests include badminton, gardening and genealogy.

    Admitted in 2005

    Email: ctweed@hmo.co.uk
  • Sara-Jane Newell

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    Sara-Jane Newell - Associate - Stafford

    Sara-Jane joined the firm in  September 2017 and has worked in Staffordshire and Shropshire since being admitted as a solicitor in 2010. She specialises in all aspects of residential property including the sale and purchase of freehold or leasehold property, transfers of equity, re-mortgages and works with her clients in a friendly and approachable way to make client’s property transaction as stress free and smooth as possible.

    Sara-Jane grew up in Stafford and lives locally. She spends her time away from the office with her young family, cooking and baking and enjoys going to the gym.

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

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    Abigail Groom – Associate – Rugeley and Stafford

    Abigail joined the firm in April 2016, whilst completing her Post Graduate Legal Practice Course at Staffordshire University, having graduated there in 2015 with an honours degree in Business Law.

    Abigail specialises 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, including 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 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 also enjoys horse riding, taking her dog for long walks, travel, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

    Admitted September 2018

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

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    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.. She also has a BA (Hons) in History from Sheffield Hallam University and a LLB from the University of Birmingham.

    Lucy has gained experience running her own caseload in the Residential Property Department at a West Midlands firm over the past 3 years and commenced her training contract with the firm in September 2018.

    Interests include literature, travelling, going to the gym and spending time with her friends and family.

    Email: loconnor@hmo.co.uk