Meet the TeamThe people behind the name
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Christopher Peace – Head of Criminal Department
I have over 30 years experience representing clients in the Magistrates courts on criminal and motoring matters. Before that I spent 3 years as a prosecutor. Over the years I have covered other areas of law but I now spend most of time defending clients on matters ranging from murder to drunk and disorderly behaviour.
I am presently working on drugs cases, assaults, cases of harassment, thefts, burglaries, robberies and benefit fraud. On the motoring side I have cases involving dangerous driving, failure to provide driver details, drink driving, speeding etc. I am very much a “people” person and enjoy the challenge of sticking up for my clients, old and new, and getting them the best result I can.
I am married to Fran and have 3 children Alex, Hannah and Ellie. When I’m not working I am into singing, running, cycling, fell walking, reading and scuba diving. My favourite places are the Isles of Scilly, Northwest Scotland and the Lake District.
Julian Flewitt – Head of Family Department
I began at the firm by undertaking a number of roles before specialising in matters concerning children and representation of people suffering domestic abuse.
I still undertake a small amount of defence criminal representation, but largely undertake work advising and representing individuals who are involved in care proceedings. This is a specialist field of work.
I manage the firm’s contract with the Legal Aid Agency and am the firm’s Money Laundering Compliance Officer.
I am keen to ensure the family department offers a wide range of services and at no/low cost where possible. Where it is not, we offer fixed fees and fair pricing. As a solicitor I want to dispel the myth that we are unapproachable, expensive and aloof. Our own client feedback would suggest they feel we don’t fall into that category.
- 1995 LLB hons (Upper second)
- 1996 Dip LP (commended)
- 1996 Joined Peace & Co
- 1998 Qualified as a Solicitor
- 2000 Enrolment upon the criminal duty solicitor panel for Barnsley
- 2002 Became an equity partner at Peace Legal
- 2003 Accredited upon the Law Society Children Panel to assist adults
- 2009 Became head of Peace Legal’s family team
- 2010 Accredited upon the Law Society Children Panel to assist children and adults
My outside interests include outdoor pursuits, running a smallholding, long distance walking and shooting (although not at the same time!)
Rachael Revitt – Family Solicitor
I am experienced in the areas of divorce, the resolving of financial disputes following separation including those involving pension assets and children matters.
As a member of Resolution I adhere to their Code of Practice and try to resolve issues for my clients with the least amount of conflict possible.
I am an experienced solicitor who qualified in 1993 and since then I have practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law, joining Peace Legal Solicitors in 1999. I understand that the breakdown of a marriage or a relationship can be a particularly stressful time.
I believe in establishing a good rapport with my clients and as a consequence my client base is predominantly as a result of personal recommendation from previous and existing clients.
Steve Corry – Practice Manager
I am part of the Management Team and specialise in Management and Legal Finance.
I began my legal career in 1973 as an Office Junior with Ronald England Solicitor in Sheffield. I progressed to the accounts department after 2 years and after a further 3 years became head of that dept and took on additional duties as Office Manager. I attained the Certificate in Office Studies in 1977 and went on to study with The Institute of Legal Cashiers, qualifying in June 1980. I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute in August 1985. In August 2001 my firm was taken over by Wake Smiths Solicitors who already had their Legal Accountant and Practice Manager in place. Although I was offered a position there, it seemed right for me to take the opportunity to seek pastures anew. I joined Peace Legal on 3rd December 2001.
I am a Fellow Member of The Institute of Legal Finance and Management and I have 41 years experience in Legal Accounting and Legal Practice Management.
During my spare time I enjoy a weekly five a side football game, love walking far afield and fill the rest of my time keeping up to date with my family which includes my son, daughter and 2 grand children, one aged 8 and the other only 2 months! I regularly read (historical novels), mostly in the evenings and would love to find more time in order to take up fishing again!
Jas Singh – Solicitor and Head of Personal Injury Department
I specialise in:
- Road Traffic Accidents.
- MIB untraced and uninsured claims.
- Pedestrian and Cyclist claims.
- Accidents at Work.
- Trips and Slips on the highway.
- Accidents on private premises eg supermarkets.
- Dog bites and injuries caused by other animals.
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2001. I started my legal career with Atteys Solicitors in 1996 before joining Peace Legal Solicitors in 2003. I have been specialising in claimant personal injury work for over 10 years and have experience in dealing with most types of personal injury work. The majority of my work is through recommendations and word of mouth.
I aim to provide my clients with a professional, friendly service and have built up a reputation for getting great results for my clients. I have handled complex cases resulting in tens of thousands of pounds of compensation for my clients.
I am a member of the Law Society and a member with Senior Litigation status of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), an organisation which champions the rights of injured people.
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising, holidaying, attending the gym and managing a small portfolio of my residential and holiday letting business.
Alison Lyman – Accounts Department
I have worked at Peace Legal for the last 20 years and in that time have had the opportunity to meet a lot of lovely people; both colleagues and clients.
I work in our accounts mainly dealing with the day to day running of the accounts department.
I have recently got married to Stephen, we have three children between us and lots of grandchildren to keep us busy.
We have lived in Darfield, Barnsley for the past 5 years which makes it handy for work. I love to swim most lunchtimes and I’m a keen reader of crime and mystery.
Jayne Eyre – Family Secretary
I began working at Peace Legal in July 1996 and work part-time as a legal secretary to Rachael Revitt and the matrimonial department.
Throughout my time I have worked predominately within matrimonial however did spend some of my time working within the wills and probate department.
Kerry Ruston – Conveyancing Secretary
I have been in the Conveyancing Team for 10 years, undertaking all aspects of Residential Conveyancing and, generally being the first point of contact within the department, will have the pleasure of speaking with each and every client we encounter.
When not focusing on my legal duties, I can usually be found with notepad, pencil and donning my “press” hat, gathering information for the company newsletter.
My other (non-legal) duties include social and community development, i.e. charity events, community contributions e.t.c.
Susan Windsor – Criminal Secretary
Criminal Defence Secretary
I have worked for the firm for 19 years and my hobbies include : Football (watching not playing!), going to the gym and Swimming.
Maria Beedham – Administrator/Archiver
I have worked at Peace Legal Solicitors for over fifteen years in a variety of different roles first in Conveyancing and then moving into accounts along side manager Alison.
I am a full time working mum who has lived in the Dearne Valley all my life. I have a keen interest in British superbikes and Moto GP.
Claire Wild – Probate/Wills Department
Legal Secretary – Probate/Wills Department
I started working for Peace Legal in 1998 as a Secretary, I worked my way up within the business and spent several years working in other areas of the pratice and eventually stuck with Probate/Wills.
I have a wide range of skills and knowledge which I use on a daily basis. I am a team player and always try to offer my help for any other person/department whenever I can. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and enjoy watching my two boys playing cricket.
Ruth Brockett – Wills & Probate Solicitor
I have been specialising in Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Inheritance Tax for over 15 years and my particular interest is in advising the more elderly client in relation to their general and financial affairs and also on the possibility of their needing Residential Care in later years.
I’m originally from West Sussex, I have lived in Yorkshire for the last 25 years and have worked in Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and York.
Away from the office, I enjoy walking – especially by the coast, reading and doing crosswords. I am also a very keen gardener and like to think that I have greener fingers than some!
Shelley Preece – Licensed Conveyancer and Head of Residential Conveyancing
I specialise in all residential property matters including:
- The sale and purchase of freehold properties
- The sale and purchase of leasehold properties
- Remortgage transactions
- Transfer of equity transactions
- Declaration of Trusts
- Voluntary First Registrations
- Registration of Restrictions and Matrimonial Legal Charges
I began my conveyancing career in 1998 as an office junior and over the past 15 years have worked as a secretary and assistant in a busy conveyancing department whilst I undertook my studies.
I qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2007 and pride myself in offering a high level of client service in every transaction. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and an ever expanding number of pets.
Val Barlow – Secretary
I provide the secretarial and admin support within the Personal Injury Department.
I came from a science background previously, working for British Coal Scientific Services in their laboratory. Like many, following the demise of the mining industry, I retrained and took a change of direction.
I started at Peace Legal in 1997 initially as a receptionist and then as a PI secretary.
Away from work I enjoy spending time in my garden.
Susie Nayar – Trainee Licensed Conveyancer
Profile to follow.
Rebecca Baker – Family Solicitor
Profile to follow.
Sheila Lynch – Family Secretary
After re-training and leaving college in 1997, I worked as an administrator at Ison Harrison & Co Solicitors, quickly progressing to Matrimonial Secretary. I worked there for 4 years, and when the office closed I joined Peace Legal in 2001, known then as Peace & Co. I have always been secretary to Julian Flewitt. Julian was made a Partner in 2002 and since then I have continued to work alongside him. Over the last few years, as well as working with General Family matters I have assisted Julian in his more specialised Children/Parent care work
In my spare time, I like to bake and often bring in buns for my work colleagues, I am renowned for my carrot cake!! I love to holiday abroad and find nothing better than relaxing on a beach with a good book.
I am married and have one daughter and soon to be son in law and enjoy socialising and visiting cities in this country such as Manchester, York and Liverpool.