The Team

Commercial
Services
Wills & Probate
Clinical Negligence
Family, Care &
Divorce
Conveyancing
Personal Injury
Employment
Human Resources, Marketing & IT
Nikola Guthrie
Head of Commercial Property
Derby & Burton Office

n.guthrie@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Having previously worked in construction, Nikola commenced her post-graduate diploma in law in 1997, and has nearly 20 years’ in-depth experience in commercial property. She has benefited from working within top flight teams including specialists in planning law, property litigation, finance, tax, construction, pensions and retail and has been involved in many high value transactions for household name clients.

Nikola has a particular interest and expertise in site acquisition for residential development, having acquired sites for major national players as well as local builders. She is also skilled in all aspects of commercial lease work, from high street offices for private company directors’ pension funds to acquiring multi-million pound investment portfolios for institutional clients.

She has a real flair for understanding clients commercial concerns quickly and has a common sense approach and a ‘can do’ attitude.

Nikola joined Timms in September 2018 to head up our Commercial Property department. She is keen to develop, improve and expand the team and is passionate about bringing great quality, affordable advice to our local business communities.
Renata Del Luongo
Senior Solicitor
Derby Office

r.delluongo@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Renata qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and joined Timms in June 2016, having spent the last 5 years working at the University of Derby in an in-house role.

Renata has extensive experience in all areas of Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Employment Law including Contract Disputes, Debt Recovery, Professional Negligence, Property Dispute Resolution, Leases and Licences for Landlords and Tenants, Contentious Probate and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). She has a vast understanding and experience drafting and negotiating Commercial Contacts including construction contracts.

Renata has significant experience in dealing with personal injury claims and has had great success in pursuing claims arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work and accident which have occurred in public places and also has experience in pursuing claims against the CICA. She has experience in dealing with high value personal injury claims and prides herself on offering practical advice and delivering the best possible outcome for the clients.

Renata is a friendly, knowledgeable advocate who is able to offer specialist advice to both individuals and companies.

In her spare time, Renata enjoys walking and socializing with family and friends.
Matt Rice
Partner & Solicitor
Ashby & Derby Offices

m.rice@timms-law.com
Tel: 01530 564498
Matt is a Solicitor in our Commercial Property department.

Principally based in our Ashby and Derby offices, he qualified in 2012 and joined the firm in 2015, having previously worked in Leicester and Northampton.

Matt has wide experience of all aspects of commercial property; including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, commercial developments, property finance and pension related matters - acting for both seller and buyer and landlord and tenant. He also has experience in dealing with conditional contracts, options and overage arrangements and all landlord and tenant transactions including lease renewals, surrenders, assignments, sublets and licences.

While Matt’s focus is on commercial property he also has considerable experience in residential conveyancing.
Jo Robinson
Head of Wills & Probate & Chartered Legal Executive
Derby & Burton Office

j.robinson@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Jo was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2017 and joined Timms in May 2018 as Head of the Wills & Probate Department.

Jo has over 16 years experience in Private Client work and is also a Fully Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a Dementia Friends Champion.

Jo particularly enjoys dealing with the administration of estates where there has been a breakdown in family relations and is passionate about client care.

She enjoys leading the team of 12 across the firm’s four offices and actively takes part in business development and marketing activities.

Jo is able to provide full advice in relation to the following:

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and succession planning
* Probate
* Intestate estates
* Asset protection
* Elderly client issues
* Court of Protection
* Mental incapacity issues

Outside of work, Jo is Board Member at YMCA Derby and Derbyshire and she also acts as a Strategic Advisor (Youth Engagement).

Jo is happily married and they have four (mostly) adult children. She enjoys caravaning, reading and walking her dogs.
Sara Hilliard
Chartered Legal Executive
Derby Office

s.hilliard@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Sara has been at Timms for over 30 years and is one of the longest serving members of staff.

Sara commenced her working life at the CAB on a voluntary basis, before moving to work at a Derby firm of solicitors as a legal secretary and then finally joining Timms, initially as a legal secretary.

Whilst working as a secretary, Sara undertook the ILEX qualification via a correspondence course and qualified as a Member of the Institute of Legal Executives in June 1996, leading to admission as a Fellow of the Institute in June 1998. Sara practiced in other areas of law before settling in the Non Contentious, Wills & Probate department in 2000, where she finally found her niche and very much enjoys this area of work.

Sara is able to provide full advice in relation to the following:

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and succession planning
* Probate
* Intestate estates
* Asset protection
* Elderly client issues
* Court of Protection
* Mental incapacity issues

Sara enjoys good conversation (as most people are aware!) and swimming.
Keith Baldock-Grimes
Solicitor
Swadlincote Office

k.baldock-grimes@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Keith joined the Probate Department at Timms in 2003. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 having spent 10 years in the NHS as a Registered Nurse specialising in Coronary Care and Intensive Care. He completed a full time law degree and Legal Practice Course whilst working in the NHS and commenced a training contract with Timms in 1997.

Since qualifying Keith has worked for a large City firm specialising in medical defence, inquests, consent matters and other medico-legal issues. He returned to Timms in 2003 when the opportunity to work locally offered more time to spend with his young family.

Keith has now worked in Probate at Timms for many years and although he enjoys working with clients of all ages he finds care of the elderly work particularly satisfying especially when capacity issues are involved.

With two children and a wife who is a local GP, free time is at a premium. Keith enjoys spending time at home with his family when the demands of his children’s bulging social diaries allow it.
Matt Kelly
Solicitor
Swadlincote Office

m.kelly@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Matt joined Timms in March 2016 and is based at the Swadlincote office.

Matt is a solicitor and has been qualified 11 years. He initially took a post in a busy residential conveyancing team in the West Midlands before deciding his passion lay in drafting wills and dealing with estates. In addition to expanding his Wills & Probate experience, Matt committed to further studying and, in 2014, qualified as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP is a highly respected qualification and signifies an interest and expertise in this area of work giving clients more confidence.

Matt is able to provide full advice in relation to the following:

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and succession planning
* Probate
* Intestate estates
* Asset protection
* Elderly client issues
* Court of Protection
* Mental incapacity issues
* Trusts

Outside of work Matt enjoys keeping fit through running and going to the gym. He also enjoys travelling and has visited many countries throughout Europe and Asia.
Laura Clare
Solicitor
Derby Office

l.clare@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Laura joined Timms in November 2016 having qualified as a Solicitor in 2006.

Laura completed her law degree at Keele University and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London. Laura worked for over 10 years at a firm of solicitors in Derby, advising various clients on all aspects of private client law, before joining Timms. She is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

Laura is able to provide full advice in relation to the following:

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and succession planning
* Probate
* Intestate estates
* Asset protection
* Elderly client issues
* Court of Protection
* Mental incapacity issues
* Trusts

Outside of work Laura is married with two young sons. She enjoys spending time with her young family and in particular enjoying time outdoors in local parks and the Peak District.
Charlotte Day
Solicitor
Ashby Office

c.day@timms-law.com
Tel: 01530 564498
Charlotte qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and joined Timms in August 2018. She has been working in Private Client and Court of Protection matters since qualification.

Charlotte is able to provide full advice in relation to the following:

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and succession planning
* Probate
* Intestate estates
* Asset protection
* Elderly client issues
* Court of Protection
* Mental incapacity issues

Charlotte studied for her Law Degree at the University of Chester and completed her Legal Practice Course whilst working as a Legal Secretary in a busy London firm.

Outside of work Charlotte is married with a young son. She enjoys spending time with her family, running and cycling.
Anna-Louise Bradley
Solicitor
Burton Office

a.bradley@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Anna joined Timms in October 2018 and is based at our Burton office. She joins Timms after working for the last 3 years at a firm of solicitors in Lichfield.

Anna qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and over the last 8 years has always specialised in private client work.

Anna undertook her legal studies in Leicester, working part time in a local firm of solicitors whilst studying for her Legal Practice Course. She trained at a firm in her home town, in Bedford, moving up to the West Midlands for work and family life.

Anna can assist clients over a range of private client areas and is able to provide full advice in relation to the following:

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and succession planning
* Probate
* Intestate estates
* Asset protection
* Elderly client issues
* Court of Protection
* Mental incapacity issues

Outside of work Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and young son.
Alicia Sharman
Solicitor
Swadlincote Office

a.sharman@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Alicia joined Timms' Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Department in November 2000 as a trainee Legal Executive, having previously worked as a legal secretary. After studying hard, she first qualified as a legal executive then as a solicitor. Alicia studied at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Alicia lives locally in the Swadlincote area with her young daughter, husband and 2 dogs.

When Alicia is not working she enjoys reading, relaxing and visiting nice pubs for a meal. She is very keen on the outdoors and loves walking in Derbyshire and the Lake District. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
David Dickie
Department Head
Derby Office

d.dickie@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
David has been practising as a medical malpractice lawyer for over 20 years and is the Head of our Clinical Negligence Department.

David works on predominantly high value cases and is a member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel and is therefore accredited by them to pursue medical negligence compensation.

David strives to provide clients with a bespoke, personal service, dealing with cases personally throughout, ensuring claims are dealt with speedily and efficiently from start to finish.

David lives locally and is married with three young children. In his spare time David is also interested in news and current affairs, history and enjoys attending the gym.
Fiona Moffat
Managing Partner
Derby Office

f.moffat@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Fiona is the Managing Partner of Timms and splits her time between this role and working in the Family team. She is a member of the Children Panel and also an Accredited Specialist in the organisation ‘Resolution’ for family lawyers.

Fiona enjoys dealing with her own advocacy and undertaking more complex financial cases. She likes to deal with a blend of work in her case load involving divorce, financial cases, injunctions, private law children matters and childcare.

Fiona has also trained as a Collaborative Lawyer bringing a new approach to resolution of disputes when families break down.

In her spare time, Fiona enjoys walking and taking on new challenges, the latest being her abseil off the top of Derby Cathedral to raise funds for Rainbows Children's Hospice.
Tessa Dunleavy
Solicitor & Partner
Derby Office

t.dunleavy@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Tessa joined Timms Childcare team in January 2018 having worked in Derby and Derbyshire for the past 18 years. She exclusively practises in the area of Children Law.

Tessa has represented parents, grandparents, local authorities and children in matters relating to care proceedings and private law contact and residence disputes, at all levels of the judicial system.

Tessa is a member of the Law Society's Children Panel and likes to conduct the majority of her own advocacy. She is a committee member of the Local Family Justice Board in Derby.

In her spare time Tessa enjoys travelling and hill walking and all things with a craft twist. She is a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust which helps elderly and terminally ill people maintain their beloved pets at home by offering a regular dog walking service - something she and her husband really enjoy.
Adrian Rose
Solicitor & Mediator
Derby Office

a.rose@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Adrian is a solicitor and family mediator who has worked exclusively in family law for over twenty years. His family law and family mediation practices are accredited by Resolution recognising his expertise in these areas.

Adrian deals with the legal aspects arising from the breakdown of relationships or on divorce, with emphasis on the financial consequences for separating couples. He also assists those wishing to plan for their futures together in dealing with pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements.

Adrian is also a professional practice consultant for other family mediators, providing mentoring and support for them and their practices.

In his spare time, Adrian enjoys hill and mountain walking, gardening and horticulture as well being a long suffering supporter of both Derby County Football Club and Leicester Tigers.

Alison Wilding
Chartered Legal Executive
Swadlincote & Ashby Offices

a.wilding@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Alison qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2003 and has spent most of her career working in the Ashby and Swadlincote area.

Alison joined the Timms Family team in September 2016 and specialises in all areas of family law including divorce, cohabitation and civil partnerships, finances, pre and post nuptial agreements, separation agreements and private law children matters. She is an Accredited Specialist with Resolution, an organisation for family lawyers that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family law problems.

Alison obtained a Masters degree in agricultural law and is experienced in working with clients from a farming background.

In her spare time Alison enjoys birdwatching, walking, gardening and pilates.
Jo Taylor
Solicitor
Burton Office

j.taylor@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Jo has been at Timms for over 15 years, having qualified as a solicitor at our Swadlincote Office in 1993. From 2001 she worked for a commercially minded Tamworth firm and was pleased to re-join Timms in the Family Team in April 2010.

Jo is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and acts for parents, children and others in Local Authority care cases, special guardianship proceedings and adoption. She is highly skilled in dealing sensitively with parents with mental health issues or learning difficulties and with young parents. She is experienced in advising carers and extended family in respect of special guardianship.

Jo lives locally with her family. She is involved in the school, on the PTA and as a governor. Her interests include local politics and she is an honorary alderman of East Staffordshire.
Dee Khunkhuna
Solicitor
Swadlincote & Burton Offices

d.khunkhuna@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Dee is a Senior Solicitor who qualified in 1999, she has spent many years working in the Burton area and is experienced in family matters.

Dee is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and Advanced Family Law Panel and deals with complex children matters and other areas of family law.

Dee acts for parents, children and others involved in Local Authority cases. She has a wealth of experience and deals with parents and children in a very sensitive manner.

In her spare time Dee enjoys walking and spending time with her family.
Jessica Barnett
Trainee Solicitor
Derby Office

j.barnett@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Jessica joined the Family Department in April 2017. In June 2017, she was awarded a commendation in the Law Conversion Course at Nottingham Law School before continuing on to the Legal Practice Course there. In December 2018, Jessica signed up to a Training Contract with Timms and is working towards becoming a fully qualified solicitor in June 2020.

Jessica currently works in the Care team but is becoming more and more involved in the Private Family team.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys watching old movies and reading.

Victoria Harvey
Solicitor
Burton Office

v.harvey@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Victoria started as a paralegal at a firm in Birmingham in 2009 where she worked within the family law area specialising in public law proceedings, before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2012.

Victoria has represented parents and grandparents in a wide variety of cases; she has been admitted as a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel in January 2018 and can now also represent children.
She also deals with other family law matters including Child Arrangement Orders, Special Guardianship Orders and Non-molestation Orders.

In her spare time, she enjoys days out with her young family, keeping fit and watching criminal TV series.
Lisa Collett
Partner & Head of Residential Property
Ashby Office

l.collett@timms-law.com
Tel: 01530 564498
Lisa joined Timms in February 2016 and has over 14 years experience in Residential Conveyancing.

After graduating with a Honours degree in Law from Lancaster University in 1997, Lisa worked full time whilst completing a legal practice course by open learning, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004. Lisa became a Partner in March 2018.

Lisa deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing including leasehold and freehold sales and purchases, complex property transactions and also small/ medium developments having acted for a number of small developers.

As Head of Residential Property, Lisa manages the team across all four offices. She is currently based in Ashby but is happy to see clients at any of the four Timms offices.

Lisa is committed to providing excellent customer service, providing straight forward legal advice and to helping her clients achieve their desired outcome. Lisa is looking forward to building long lasting relationships with clients and professional contacts in the East Midlands area.
Matt Rice
Partner & Solicitor
Ashby Office

m.rice@timms-law.com
Tel: 01530 564498
Matt joined Timms in April 2015 as a solicitor in our Conveyancing department. Based in our Ashby office, Matt is a qualified solicitor with a number of years experience.

Matt has a wide range of knowledge across conveyancing, including the sale and purchase of houses, flats, new build homes, shared ownership properties, transfers of equity and re-mortgages.

Matt graduated with an Honours degree in Law from the University of Leicester prior to training as a solicitor at De Montfort Law School and qualifying in 2012.
Sherrie Litherland
Conveyancer
Burton Office

s.litherland@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Sherrie joined Timms Residential Conveyancing department in May 2013 and is based at our Burton Upon Trent Office.

She has 18 years experience in Residential Conveyancing, and has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of property transactions.

Sherrie is a friendly and approachable Senior Conveyancer who has a large client base with whom she has worked for years.
Katie Holmes
Chartered Legal Executive
Swadlincote Office

k.holmes@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Katie studied Law at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating with Honours in 2009.

Katie joined Timms in 2012 and has studied Conveyancing through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives whilst working in the Conveyancing team. Originally dealing with quotes and new business, Katie has progressed during her time at Timms and now handles her own caseload in the Swadlincote office. She has passed all the necessary exams and was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in August 2018.

Having grown up in the area, Katie has excellent local knowledge of Swadlincote and enjoys working with and getting to know her clients in Swadlincote and South Derbyshire.
Sheila Biskup
Chartered Legal Executive
Derby Office

s.biskup@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Sheila qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 1995 and joined Timms in September 2016. She is based in our Derby office.

She brings over 15 years experience working in residential conveyancing dealing with sales, purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity, registered and unregistered land, freehold and leasehold, shared ownership, help to buy, new builds, probate sales, auction packs and buy to let property.

Sheila is approachable and friendly and enjoys meeting her clients and responding to their queries and concerns in whatever ways works best for them.
Shelly Pill
Conveyancer
Burton & Derby Office

s.pill@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Shelly joined Timms in March 2018 and is currently studying for her Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Practice. She has been working in Conveyancing since 2010 and had her own caseload since 2015.

Based at both our Burton and Derby offices, Shelly’s areas of expertise include residential property sales and purchases, transfers of equity, re-mortgages and land registrations. She likes to exceed her clients expectations and her favourite part of the job is letting clients have the good news once the completion has gone through.
Natasha Layton
Personal Injury
Derby Office

n.layton@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Natasha is a dual qualified Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive. She has worked in Personal Injury since 2008 and has extensive experience in various areas of personal injury claims including, but not limited to, accidents at work, occupier’s liability, product liability, slips and trips, industrial disease, animal attacks, and road traffic accidents.

Natasha is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

When not at work Natasha enjoys socialising with friends and spending time with her family. She also enjoys keeping fit and likes to unwind by attending dance classes.
Renata Del Luongo
Senior Solicitor
Derby Office

r.delluongo@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Renata qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and joined Timms in June 2016, having spent the last 5 years working at the University of Derby in an in-house role.

Renata has extensive experience in all areas of Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Employment Law including Contract Disputes, Debt Recovery, Professional Negligence, Property Dispute Resolution, Leases and Licences for Landlords and Tenants, Contentious Probate and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). She has a vast understanding and experience drafting and negotiating Commercial Contacts including construction contracts.

Renata is a friendly, knowledgeable advocate who is able to offer specialist advice to both individuals and companies.

In her spare time, Renata enjoys walking and socializing with family and friends
Karen Tyers
HR Manager
Derby Office

k.tyers@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Karen joined Timms 7 years ago after working within the retail sector of HR for many years, and has a wide skill base and genuine hands on experience of working with others.

Karen started her working life training and qualifying as a nurse, working in both the public and private sectors which included working in Iran, which was stopped abruptly by the revolution in 1978. She also qualified as an Occupational Health Nurse and councillor all of which can come in very useful within the generalist scope of HR.

Karen says HR is always different, it’s rewarding and challenging, understanding and working along side the team is what makes Timms the firm it is. We are renowned for our professionalism, friendliness and working together.

In her spare time Karen loves spending time with her family and friends, enjoys a good book and tries to attend the gym a few times a week. In her moments of madness has completed an abseil down the QMC and zip wired across the river Trent, all in the name of charity.
Sharon Jeffery
Marketing Manager
Derby Office

s.jeffery@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Sharon, a CIM Marketing Professional, joined Timms in March 2014 following a career within the automotive and professional services sectors.

With many years hands on and management experience in marketing strategy and marketing communications, she is a stickler for detail and loves to work with branding.

Responsible for creating and implementing the firms marketing strategy, event management, business development, marketing communications, website management and social media marketing, networking and statistical analysis, Sharon supports all members of the Timms team.

Always one to rise to a challenge, outside work Sharon is often found training for her next event whether that be running, cycling, swimming or more recently she has developed a love of triathlons!
Ali Jodiyawalla
IT Manager
Derby Office

a.jodiyawalla@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Ali joined Timms in early 2016 having graduated with a BA Hons in Accounting and spending 6 years at a reputable firm as Head of Finance.

Having an interest at a very early age with IT, Ali further developed his skills whilst working in the legal sector and brought that experience to Timms. Now the Systems Manager, he heads Finance and IT and is also a member of The Institute of Legal Finance and Management (ILFM)

Ali’s great passion is sport, especially football and Manchester United, he is also a follower of his home town Stoke City. A keen traveller and an interest in culture, he has visited many countries all over the world. In his spare time Ali attends the gym and enjoys watching various TV shows.