The Team

Commercial
Services
Wills & Probate
Clinical Negligence
Family, Care &
Divorce
Conveyancing
Personal Injury
Employment
Human Resources, Marketing & IT
Deepa Jamal
Solicitor
Derby Office

d.jamal@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Deepa studied Law & Psychology at De Montfort University graduating in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor in 2005. Deepa joined Timms in December 2023 based in our Derby office.

Deepa specialises in commercial property advising clients on a variety of commercial property matters. These include advising landlord and tenants on the grant or renewal of business leases together with disposal and assignments of leases. She also handles sale and purchases of business assets.

Deepa enjoys working out at the gym, hot yoga and walking. When she is not exercising, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Charlotte Day
Head of Wills & Probate & Associate Solicitor
Swadlincote Office

c.day@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Charlotte qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and joined Timms in August 2018. She was made an Associate in 2022.

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

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and Succession Planning
* Probate
* Later Life Planning
* Estate Administration
* Asset Protection & Wealth Management
* Court of Protection applications
* Mental Incapacity

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. Charlotte is a fully qualified STEP member and is a fully accredited member of The Association of Lifetime Lawyers.

Outside of work, Charlotte is married with two young children. She enjoys spending time with her family and is a keen cyclist.
Matt Kelly
Associate Solicitor
Burton Office

m.kelly@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Matt joined Timms in March 2016 and is based at our Swadlincote and Burton offices.

Matt qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and has many years of experience in private client work. Matt is committed to expanding his Wills & Probate knowledge and experience and is 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. Additionally, Matt is also a fully accredited member of The Association of Lifetime Lawyers.

Matt can assist clients with following areas of work:-

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Trusts and the administration of trusts
* Probate
* Later Life Planning
* Estate Administration
* Asset Protection & Wealth Management
* Residential and Nursing Care Funding
* Deputyship and other Court of Protection applications
* Mental Incapacity

Outside work Matt enjoys keeping fit through playing tennis and running. He also enjoys travelling and has visited many countries throughout Europe and Asia.

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
* Later Life Planning
* Estate Administration
* Asset Protection & Wealth Management
* Residential and Nursing Care Funding
* Deputyship and other Court of Protection applications
* Mental Incapacity

Sara enjoys music and is family orientated.
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.

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

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and Succession Planning
* Probate
* Later Life Planning
* Estate Administration
* Asset Protection & Wealth Management
* Residential and Nursing Care Funding
* Deputyship and other Court of Protection applications
* Mental Incapacity

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.
Megan Lovell
Solicitor
Swadlincote and Ashby Office

m.lovell@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Megan qualified as a Solicitor in 2018 and joined Timms in January 2022 based at our Swadlincote and Ashby offices.

Megan studied for her Law Degree at Nottingham Trent University and completed her Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University. Megan is committed to expanding her experience and is currently undertaking a course; The Association of Lifetime Lawyers where she will become a fully accredited member.

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

* Wills
* Powers of Attorney
* Estate and Succession Planning
* Probate
* Later Life Planning
* Estate Administration
* Asset Protection & Wealth Management
* Residential and Nursing Care Funding
* Deputyship and other Court of Protection applications
* Mental Incapacity

Outside work Megan enjoys baking, walking and spending time with family and friends.
Sophie Wildsmith
Trainee Solicitor
Swadlincote Office

s.wildsmith@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Sophie graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a first class law degree in 2021 and attained a distinction in her Legal Practice Course and Masters of Law at the University of Law in 2023. She joined Timms in September 2022 as a Conveyancing Assistant at the Burton Office, having previous experience in this area. Sophie secured a training contract with Timms which commenced in March 2024 and she is due to qualify as a Solicitor in September 2025.

Sophie’s first seat is within the Wills and Probate Department at the Swadlincote Office where she is being mentored by Charlotte Day. She finds she is really enjoying working closely with the team on matters such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, Asset Protection, Probate and Estate Administration.

In her spare time, Sophie loves to explore the Peaks with her dogs Reggie and Oakley. She also enjoys travel and attending spin classes.
Julie Ball
Probate Assistant
Derby Office

j.ball@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Julie has been at Timms for 30 years and has worked within the Wills and Probate team for the last 27 years. She has also spent time working in the family and civil litigation departments.

Having been the longest serving secretary in the team, Julie now works as a Probate Assistant supporting her colleagues with her vast knowledge and experience and working to progress probate matters. Julie is particularly interested in taxable estates and can frequently be found perusing the HMRC website.

Julie completed the STEP foundation certificate for England and Wales in Trusts and Estates in 2006.

Outside of the office, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her young grandchildren. She is a keen gardener and loves to spend time on her allotment, which she has worked on for over 20 years.
Matt Insley
Paralegal
Burton Office

m.insley@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Matt graduated from the University of Hull after completing his law degree. Matt joined our Wills and Probate team in August 2022 where he supported the team at our Derby, Burton and Swadlincote offices.

Matt has recently started his new role in the Wills and Probate department as a Paralegal and is studying the Legal Practice Course and Masters part time at the weekend. Matt is looking forward to learning and gaining useful skills from our experienced Wills and Probate team.

Outside of work, Matt is a passionate Arsenal fan and tries to attend as many games as possible. Matt also enjoys playing tennis and football when he has the spare time.
Natasha Layton
Head of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Senior Associate Solicitor
Derby Office

n.layton@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Natasha specialises in all aspects of Personal Injury law, including accidents at work, industrial disease, road traffic accidents and public liability accidents.

She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and has worked in Personal Injury since 2008.

Natasha advises and supports clients who have suffered with a broad range of injuries from multiple fractures to catastrophic and life changing injuries including brain injury and loss of limbs.

She also successfully represents clients who have suffered with industrial illness such as vibration white finger, asbestos related disease and noise induced hearing loss.

She is sensitive and supportive in her approach and provides practical advice to her clients who are going through a very difficult time in their lives.

Natasha has recently secured a seven-figure settlement for a client who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury.

Based in the Derby office, Natasha covers all the Midland’s area and beyond.

Outside of work Natasha enjoys spending time with her family and friends and keeps fit by attending dance classes. She also enjoys visiting different countries, particularly on city breaks.
David Dickie
Solicitor
Derby Office

d.dickie@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
David has been practising as a medical malpractice lawyer for over 20 years.

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 children. In his spare time David is also interested in news and current affairs, history and enjoys attending the gym.
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 partner and young daughter.

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.
Molly Evans
Solicitor
Derby & Swadlincote Office

m.evans@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Molly joined Timms in April 2021 after completing her Legal Practice Course and Masters Degree at Birmingham City University. Alongside her Postgraduate studies Molly worked as a Family Law Secretary and then later as a Conveyancing Paralegal. Molly commenced her Training Contract with Timms in January 2022 and qualified as a Solicitor in July 2023.

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, swimming and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Haley Archibald
Legal Assistant
Derby Office

h.archibald@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Haley joined Timms in January 2020 from a reputable defendant based East Midlands firm where she had worked for several years.

Working within the Personal Injury Department, Haley assists Natasha Layton in representing claimants from pre-action to final hearings.

She has over 5 years’ experience in Civil Litigation including: Personal Injury (Employer Liability, Public Liability and Motor Claims) and Debt Recovery. Haley is currently completing her CILEx qualifications with a view to qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in the near future.

Outside of work, Haley enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter as well as travelling and experiencing new places - especially when it involves delicious food
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 leading the Family team and managing Timms. She is a member of the Children Panel which means she has achieved an accreditation which has to be applied for every 3 years to maintain high standards.

Fiona enjoys dealing with her own advocacy and the comprehensive service that gives to our clients. Fiona has also trained as a Collaborative Lawyer bringing a new approach to resolution of disputes when families break down. In addition, she has also trained as a Resolution Together practitioner where one lawyer, with the consent of the separating couple, works with them to achieve an outcome by agreement which is faster than using the court process and means that an agreement can be reached which is acceptable to both people in the marriage. At the conclusion of the process a legally enforceable agreement is drawn up for submission to the court.

In her spare time, Fiona enjoys walking and trying to keep the slugs and snails away from her Hosta collection.
Dee Khunkhuna
Solicitor & Partner
Derby Office

d.khunkhuna@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
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.
Adrian Rose
Solicitor, Mediator & Partner
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 almost thirty years.

Adrian specialises in all areas of family law, including divorce and cohabitation, financial matters and disputes relating to children.

His area of practice focusses on more complex and medium to high net worth financial cases where he has significant experience in representing individuals or their spouses or partners from commercial, engineering and medical sectors and entrepreneurs.

Adrian has a particular interest in cases which involve pensions, businesses and farms, trusts, and property portfolios.

He also advises in respect of wealth protection and relationship planning, dealing pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and declarations of trust.

Adrian also has a wealth of experience of dealing with issues relating to arrangements for children, dealing with these in a practical and sympathetic manner. He advises clients of the realistic prospects of any application and ensures that the welfare of the child or children remains at the forefront throughout.

In his spare time, Adrian enjoys the great outdoors, especially hill and mountain walking and gardening and horticulture, as well as sport and endures being a long-time supporter of both Derby County Football Club and Leicester Tigers. He might like the odd beer or glass of wine too!
Jo Taylor
Senior Associate 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 and her family enjoy long walks with their Collie cross. She loves the coast and countryside. Her interests include local politics and she is an honorary alderman of East Staffordshire.
Jessica Barnett
Associate Solicitor
Derby & Burton Office

j.barnett@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Jessica is a solicitor in the Family Team who undertakes primarily Private Law Family work. Jessica’s experience includes complex cases relating to arrangements for the care of children as well as divorce and financial matters for both married and unmarried couples.

She has worked at Timms in a number of roles. Jessica began working for the firm in archiving and on reception before working in the Residential Conveyancing Team. In April 2017, Jessica became a paralegal in the Family Department’s Care Team and found a love of Family Law. Jessica’s knowledge of property law is often helpful when dealing with cases where there are arrangements for properties to consider.

Jessica qualified as a solicitor in 2020 and was awarded Derby and District Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year 2022.

After completing the Timms Associate Programme, she became an Associate Solicitor in October 2022.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys watching LOTS of films, whether brand new or preferably black and white and very very old.

Melissa Knight
Solicitor
Burton Office

m.knight@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Melissa joined the Childcare team at Timms in May 2021. Prior to joining the team, Melissa was a Childcare solicitor at a local authority for over six years whereby she also completed her training contract. She knew from an early stage that she had a keen interest in Childcare Law and was dedicated to pursuing a career in this field.

Melissa regularly represents parents and family members at the pre-proceedings stage through to Court proceedings. Alongside work, Melissa also studied for her Masters in Legal Practice at Staffordshire University on a part-time basis which she was awarded in 2018. Melissa is committed, approachable and works hard to achieve the best outcome for her clients whilst making sure they feel supported throughout.

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys playing netball, shopping, visiting new countries/ cities, watching the latest Netflix series, and anything food related!

Jessica Silvers
Solicitor
Derby Office

j.silvers@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Jessica is a Solicitor in our Childcare team, who joined us in February 2024. Prior to joining Timms, Jessica worked locally in all aspects of family law, which led her to developing a keen interest in Care Proceedings.

Jessica qualified as a Solicitor in 2019, and has a wealth of experience representing children, parents, and other family members throughout Care Proceedings. Her work also includes, adoption matters, advising Special Guardians and matters involving deprivation of liberty. Jessica was awarded Derby and District Law Society Junior Lawyer of the Year 2023.

Jessica is a member of the Law Society Children and Family law panels, and is therefore, able to take on Guardian instructions in family law proceedings, both private and public law. She is also a Qualified Legal Representative, developing considerable advocacy experience in court.

Jessica is also a Mental Health First Aider, which gives her an advantage both in the workplace as well as during her daily work with individuals who require mental health support.

In her spare time, Jessica likes to spend time with friends and family, travelling and reading.
Lauren Sheffield
Solicitor
Burton Office

l.sheffield@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
In 2016 Lauren obtained her LLB with honours in Criminology from Sheffield Hallam University and then completed her Legal Practice Course, on a part-time basis over two years, whilst working as a Paralegal in Commercial Litigation. In 2019 Lauren commenced her Training Contract and qualified as a Solicitor in 2021. During her Training Contract Lauren discovered her passion is for Family Law and Child Care.

Lauren joined Timms in June 2022 as a Newly Qualified Solicitor in the Child Care department in Burton. Lauren is being supported by the experienced Child Care team at Timms as she develops her career, advising and supporting parents within Public Law proceedings.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her little boy and watching sports, in particular local South Derbyshire football team Gresley Rovers. Lauren also enjoys watching live music and travelling. In 2018, Lauren went solo backpacking around Thailand!


Leonnie Watson
Solicitor
Derby & Swadlincote Office

l.watson@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Leonnie qualified as a solicitor in December 2022 and works in our private family law team alongside Fiona, Adrian and Jessica.

Leonnie joined Timms in July 2018 and supported the family team as a paralegal in the family department before commencing her training contract with the firm in June 2021. Leonnie also worked closely with the Wills & Probate team and our Conveyancing team during her training contract and has transferable knowledge which is helpful in family matters, particularly divorce and finances.

She obtained her Undergraduate Law Degree, with honours, at the University of Derby in 2018 and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course and Master’s Degree in 2020, on a part time basis, from Nottingham Trent University; all the while supporting the Care team at both our Burton and Derby offices.

Leonnie is local to both our Swadlincote and Burton office and likes working with, supporting and getting to know clients.

In her spare time, Leonnie particularly enjoys going to the theatre, travelling and spending time with her family, friends and two cavapoo pups.
Emily Facer
Trainee Solicitor
Derby Office

e.facer@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Emily joined the Conveyancing team in April 2022 and is based in our Derby office. She obtained her law degree from the University of Derby in 2021 before going on to study the LPC LLM full time at the University of Derby. She is due to complete in summer 2023.

Emily deals with quotes and new business as well as supporting the Derby team with administrative duties within the conveyancing department. Emily endeavours to provide efficient and friendly service for all new and existing clients.

Whilst studying for the LPC, Emily worked in various roles providing her with vast experience in community, organisational and legal work. Emily’s previous experience in Wills, Probate and Estates often provides a further wealth of knowledge in regards to new enquiries and conveyancing matters.

In her spare time Emily enjoys long road trips, music concerts and festivals, travelling with her friends and a good TV series.
Michaela Solomonides
Senior Paralegal
Swadlincote Office

m.solomonides@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Michaela is a Senior Paralegal in our Care Team, having joined Timms in 2002 as a Legal Secretary. Michaela has worked in all of our offices in different areas of law but has finally taken base in the Care team in her hometown of Swadlincote.

Michaela supports Dee and the team in representing Guardians and Parents in Public Law Care Proceedings. Michaela enjoys the variety of challenges that Care Proceedings bring, particularly when dealing with urgent matters and the more complex cases.

Outside of the office, when not running around after her two children, she enjoys dining out, wine tasting and spending time with her extended family. If time allows Michaela enjoys an outdoor run and more recently Pilates and Meditation.
Claire Price
Senior Paralegal
Derby Office

c.price@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Claire joined Timms in July 2002 working initially within the Civil Litigation department but since 2003 she has worked solely in the Childcare area of law.

Claire is one of our more senior paralegals in the Care team and currently works closely with the Managing Partner, Fiona Moffat.

Claire has experience of working with both Court appointed Guardians and parents who are involved in
Care Proceedings brought by Local Authorities and issued by the Court.

Claire has completed and passed her CILEx Level 3 law qualification which she did whilst working at Timms.

Outside of work, Claire enjoys being a “soccer mum” to her two sons who keep her social life busy by playing football teams all over the country.

Sharon Carr
Senior Paralegal
Derby & Burton Office

s.carr@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Sharon joined Timms in January 2007 as a Legal Secretary in the Family Department, firstly working in Private Family Law and quickly moving to join the Care Team.

Sharon, as a Senior Paralegal, supports Jo and the Care Team in representing Guardians and Parents in Public Law Care Proceedings. This is a challenging role that ‘keeps you on your toes’. Sharon also enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with new colleagues as they join the team.

Outside of the office Sharon is a committee member and volunteer for the Burton Child Contact Centre. She also enjoys theatre trips, road trips, cruising and dining out.

Hannah Wilkinson
Paralegal
Derby Office

h.wilkinson@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Hannah joined the Family team at our Derby office as a Childcare Paralegal in November 2021.

Hannah completed her undergraduate degree in 2016 and went on to work for an expert witness company. She has worked locally as a Paralegal at a family law firm prior to joining Timms.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys reading, watching a good film or tv series and often pairs this with a glass of prosecco. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Isabelle Marchewka
Paralegal
Derby Office

i.marchewka@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Isabelle joined the Family team as a Private Family Paralegal in April 2023. Prior to joining Timms, she worked locally as a family Paralegal where she gained experience in both Public and Private Family Law.

Isabelle obtained her law degree from Leeds Beckett University in 2021 and is currently completing her LPC LLM part time whilst working at Timms. She is due to complete her postgraduate studies in November 2024.

Isabelle assists Jessica Barnett in the Private Family team dealing with arrangements for the care of children as well as divorce and financial matters.

In her spare time, Isabelle enjoys cooking, going to the gym and when possible traveling to new places.
Katie Holmes
Associate & Head of Conveyancing
Burton Office

k.holmes@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Katie studied Law at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating with Honours in 2009. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in August 2018 while working at Timms.

Katie has worked within the Conveyancing Department at Timms since 2012, having started as a legal secretary. Katie prides herself on providing an excellent service to her clients, making the process as seamless as possible, believing that effective communication is key.

She is now based at the Burton office but oversees the Conveyancing team over all four of our offices. Having grown up in the area, Katie has excellent local knowledge and enjoys working with and getting to know her clients in the East Midlands and the surrounding areas.
Shelly Pill
Conveyancer
Derby Office

s.pill@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
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 our Derby office, 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.


Julie Stewart
Licensed Conveyancer
Swadlincote Office

j.stewart@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 214231
Julie joined Timms in August 2020 bringing with her an extensive career. Having worked for over 35 years in residential conveyancing, she has spent the last 16 years working in Derby City.

Originating from Swadlincote where she lived until a few years ago, she is familiar with the area and its suburbs, something Julie considers important when dealing with local cases.

Julie endeavours to provide a personal efficient service presented in an understandable and practical manner. She is a licensed conveyancer having qualified some years ago whilst working at a solicitors’ practice in Derby.


Michelle Rock
Solicitor
Ashby Office

m.rock@timms-law.com
Tel: 01530 564498
Michelle studied Law and Criminology at Lincoln University, graduating in 2009, and qualified as a Solicitor in 2015.

Michelle is based in our Ashby Office. Moving house can be a stressful time and Michelle endeavours to ensure clients are provided with clear and friendly advice with transactions being carried out efficiently.

Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoys going to the gym.
Deepa Jamal
Solicitor
Derby Office

d.jamal@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Deepa studied Law & Psychology at De Montfort University graduating in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor in 2005. Deepa joined Timms in December 2023 based in our Derby office.

Deepa specialises in commercial property advising clients on a variety of commercial property matters. These include advising landlord and tenants on the grant or renewal of business leases together with disposal and assignments of leases. She also handles sale and purchases of business assets.

Deepa enjoys working out at the gym, hot yoga and walking. When she is not exercising, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Connor Ball-Wood
Solicitor
Ashby & Derby Office

c.ball-wood@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Connor joined Timms in January 2022. He obtained his Law Degree from the University of Derby in 2019 before going on to complete the LPC Part-time at the University of Derby in 2021. Whilst studying for his LPC, Connor worked as a Paralegal. Having completed seats in Conveyancing, Wills & Probate and Private Family, he qualified as a Property Solicitor in January 2024.

Based at our Ashby office, Connor deals with all aspects of Residential Conveyancing, including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, transfers of equity, adverse possession applications and voluntary first registrations.

Connor is committed to providing excellent client service, straightforward legal advice and helping his clients achieve their desired outcome.

Connor is a lifetime supporter of Derby County and is currently a season ticket holder for the Rams. He also enjoys going to the gym, walking in the Peak District and watching anything Marvel related.
Leah Pilling
Trainee Solicitor
Burton Office

l.pilling@timms-law.com
Tel: 01283 561531
Leah joined Timms in November 2021 where she started as a paralegal in the family team. Leah has since secured a training contract with Timms and is set to qualify as a Solicitor in March 2025. Before joining Timms, Leah graduated from university with a first class law degree and is currently studying part time for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and a Masters in Law (LLM), she is set to complete her postgraduate studies in July 2024.

Leah’s second seat of her training contract is within the Conveyancing department, which she is enjoying thoroughly. Leah is being supported and mentored by Katie Holmes and the highly experienced team around her.

In her spare time, Leah loves cooking and baking and also spending time with her family and friends. When she can, Leah loves travelling to new places and trying the local food. She also loves spending time and going on long walks with her dog.
Natasha Layton
Head of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Senior Associate Solicitor
Derby Office

n.layton@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Natasha specialises in all aspects of Personal Injury law, including accidents at work, industrial disease, road traffic accidents and public liability accidents.

She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and has worked in Personal Injury since 2008.

Natasha advises and supports clients who have suffered with a broad range of injuries from multiple fractures to catastrophic and life changing injuries including brain injury and loss of limbs.

She also successfully represents clients who have suffered with industrial illness such as vibration white finger, asbestos related disease and noise induced hearing loss.

She is sensitive and supportive in her approach and provides practical advice to her clients who are going through a very difficult time in their lives.

Natasha has recently secured a seven-figure settlement for a client who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury.

Based in the Derby office, Natasha covers all the Midland’s area and beyond.

Outside of work Natasha enjoys spending time with her family and friends and keeps fit by attending dance classes. She also enjoys visiting different countries, particularly on city breaks.
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 partner and young daughter.

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.
Molly Evans
Solicitor
Derby & Swadlincote Office

m.evans@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Molly joined Timms in April 2021 after completing her Legal Practice Course and Masters Degree at Birmingham City University. Alongside her Postgraduate studies Molly worked as a Family Law Secretary and then later as a Conveyancing Paralegal. Molly commenced her Training Contract with Timms in January 2022 and qualified as a Solicitor in July 2023.

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, swimming and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Haley Archibald
Legal Assistant
Derby Office

h.archibald@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Haley joined Timms in January 2020 from a reputable defendant based East Midlands firm where she had worked for several years.

Working within the Personal Injury Department, Haley assists Natasha Layton in representing claimants from pre-action to final hearings.

She has over 5 years’ experience in Civil Litigation including: Personal Injury (Employer Liability, Public Liability and Motor Claims) and Debt Recovery. Haley is currently completing her CILEx qualifications with a view to qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in the near future.

Outside of work, Haley enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter as well as travelling and experiencing new places - especially when it involves delicious food
Sharon Jeffery
Senior Associate & 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
Senior Associate, Finance & Systems 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.
Lorna Wagstaff
HR Manager
Derby Office

l.wagstaff@timms-law.com
Tel: 01332 364436
Lorna is an experienced HR professional who joined Timms in August 2023, bringing with her a wealth of experience in people management.

With a strong background in HR strategy and workforce management, Lorna is known for her analytical skills as she conducts statistical analysis to guide our HR decisions. She has a genuine passion for all things HR-related and is currently undertaking a qualification with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

Lorna holds a pivotal role in shaping our HR landscape and is responsible for crafting and executing our HR strategy, ensuring that the firm remains at the forefront of HR best practices which align with our company values.

Outside of her professional life, Lorna takes pleasure in spending quality time with her family and friends, often enjoying weekends away. She has a particular fondness for spa breaks to unwind and relax with the odd glass of wine thrown in for good measure.