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Ian Hunt is our managing Partner and is a respected private client specialist with over 26 years’ experience as a qualified Private Client Lawyer. Ian is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executive having been admitted as a Fellow in 1992, as well as a longstanding full member of both The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (since 1995) and Solicitors for the Elderly (since 2001) and holds the Older Care in Practice Award. Ian is only one of 34 lawyers nationally who holds membership of the Equity Release Council and is a member of the National Mental Capacity Forum. He is also a panel advisor for Mencap and the National Autistic Society and a member of Action on Elder Abuse as well as being a Commissioner for Oaths.
Derek Hunt is our senior Partner and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives having been admitted as a Fellow in 1968. He was also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and a Licensed Conveyancer. Derek brings a wealth of experience of varied legal work from his 40 years in Local Government, particularly in Conveyancing where he dealt with the Council’s major development projects. Derek is also a Commissioner for Oaths.
Robert Scott is a consultant Solicitor who specialises in contentious probate matters and has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in such disputes over the course of the past 27 years since qualifying. Formerly a partner with Every Solicitors and Kitsons LLP in Exeter and East Devon, Robert has worked as a Consultant since 2014. His practice has extended throughout the country, including the regular conduct of contested matters in the High Court in Bristol, London and elsewhere, as well as across the County Court Circuit. Robert’s style is one of patience and empathy whilst investigating matters with attention to detail, advising clearly and comprehensively ‘warts and all’. With openness in terms of costs, the client is enabled to make a fully informed decision before embarking upon what can be an expensive and distressing process but one which nonetheless seeks to achieve a just and fair outcome.
Steven Carman is a consultant Solicitor who specialises in corporate and commercial work with a focus on share sales and acquisitions, business sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, MBOs, employee share incentives, company reorganisations, shareholder agreements & business succession, corporate governance and commercial contracts. He began his career in law in 1998 and has been a partner at two Southwest firms.
Adele Hunt is our Practice and Accounts Manager and was instrumental in helping Ian set up the firm in 2012. Adele has a degree in teaching and is currently undertaking the CILEX exams to become a fully qualified lawyer. Adele has great organisation skills as well as excellent inter-personal skills which will help her become a great private client lawyer.
Thelma Collier is our Customer Services and Compliance Manager. Thelma has a wealth of experience in both financial and legal compliance and ensures we maintain the highest standards of client care and that all the relevant legal complicance is adhered to.
Chris Seal trained and has worked for law firms for nearly 40 years, principally in Private Client. She has always had an interest in IT and has developed that interest to be involved in the implantation of systems in various firms over the years. Chris looks after our form designs and precedents as well as assisting in maintaining our IT systems.
Jill Goodridge trained as a shorthand secretary with the Bank of England and since worked for over 40 years as a personal secretary/personal assistant in a variety of professions, working with Ian as his secretary & personal assistant between 2000/2010. After several years working at the Nuffield Hospital she rejoined Ian at East Devon Law where she is happy to become re-acquainted with his clients and former colleagues.
Steve Jupp worked for many years in financial services before switching careers to managing personnel in the NHS via learning to teach the Alexander Technique. He brings to our archiving role a ken-eye for detail and a deep respect for the personal privacy of all our clients as well as assisting in our accounts department.
Wendy Jupp trained as a legal secretary, focusing on Wills and Probate on leaving school. After raising a family, she retrained and worked in education and then with a local Public Health team, in all areas where discretion and client confidentiality are paramount. Wendy is very pleased to put her skills and experience to use within a legal environment again.