Meet our team of specialists

Phillip Lucas

Partner

Fleet Office

Biography

Phillip specialises in commercial property including both freehold and leasehold, development land, landlord and tenant and business sales and acquisitions. His clients range from small start-up businesses needing advice on partnership and shareholder agreements, through to medium-sized businesses with a turnover of £5 million and above. He also deals with and advises many pubs and restaurants on licensing issues.

Phillip’s client base stretches from Folkestone down to Cornwall, and as far north as Leeds and Manchester.

In his spare time Phillip is a keen off-shore sailor, being an RYA commercially endorsed offshore Yacht Master. He is also a rugby referee, and enjoys cycling, tennis, watching his son play rugby and guitar-playing with his daughter

Andrew Green

Partner

Fleet Office

Biography

Andrew handles a mixed bag of litigation and has reported cases in the Lands Tribunal and in the High Court. He has recently been asked to be a scrutineer for the semi-final draw of the Heineken Cup which was live on Sky Sports television.

He is a trained family mediator and is a specialist in all aspects of family law, including divorce, financial provision and children. He deals in high value financial cases on a regular basis.

He is able to advise on all aspects of employment law, both for employer and employee.

Andrew is a keen rugby player and has completed several marathons in the last few years. He is married with 2 children. He also carries out volunteer work for the local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Andrew is recommended in the Legal 500 for contentious trust and probate work in the South East.  Read the full news article here

Jonathan Wheeler

Partner

Basingstoke Office

Biography

Jonathan qualified as a Solicitor in 1997, having trained with the firm. He offers a wide range of services, specialising in residential and commercial property, but also dealing with company sales and acquisitions and has advised, unfortunately, on a large number of compromise agreements in recent years.

Jonathan is very keen on most sports and enjoys playing 5-a-side football, golf (when time allows) and cricket (when the weather allows!). Any other spare time is enjoyed spent with his family.

Charlotte Searle

Partner

Basingstoke and Fleet Offices

Biography

Charlotte advises on all aspects of private client work including drafting wills, preparing lasting powers of attorney, administering estates and dealing with trusts. Charlotte also deals with succession planning and Court of Protection matters. In addition, Charlotte has extensive experience resolving private client disputes. She regularly advised on challenges to the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, issues arising from co-ownership of property, disputes regarding the administration of estates and trusts and also professional negligence claims against advisers involved in preparing wills or giving tax advice.

Charlotte is a full member of both the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). She trained with a leading City firm, then spent a further 10 years at a large regional firm before joining Neale Turk in 2015. Charlotte spends her time outside of work running around after three young children.

Charlotte is recommended in the Legal 500 for contentious trust and probate work in the South East.  Read the full news article here

John Ratcliffe

Consultant

Fleet Office

Biography

John was a partner in the firm for over forty years and now acts as a consultant. He has considerable experience in company and commercial law and all aspects of property development. He now focuses on “private client” law dealing with agricultural commercial and residential properties, inheritance tax planning, trusts, wills and probate.

Most of his clients have been with him for over twenty five years. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, four children and three grandchildren.

Susan Willmott

Residential Conveyancing Executive

Fleet Office

Biography

Sue joined Neale Turk in 2000 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2001 (FCILEX). With an extensive background in finance and mortgages Sue specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing (including shared ownership properties).

Louisa Callaghan

Case Manager

Fleet Office

Biography

Louisa has specialised in family law since 2012. She holds a BA Honours degree and a Professional Diploma in Family Law and Practice, and she will soon qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive after completing seven years of work and study. Louisa manages a wide range of family matters, including complex divorce cases, private children disputes and family finance proceedings. Louisa works closely with Andrew Green and has experience with more complex family proceedings including international child abduction matters, applications involving complex trust disputes and matrimonial finance cases involving high net worth or high profile individuals.

Louisa volunteers one day per week at the local Citizens Advice to assist people who cannot reasonably afford to access legal services. Louisa also runs a family law training program for her fellow Citizens Advice volunteers and she recently won the ‘making a difference’ award. In her spare time, Louisa regularly writes family law articles for local publications.

Outside of work, Louisa loves nothing more than spending time with her two children and driving them to tennis competitions around the country.

Jane Derbyshire

Residential Conveyancer

Basingstoke Office

Biography

Jane Derbyshire was born and raised in Hampshire and has worked in Hampshire as a residential conveyancer for more than 30 years.

Jane has many years’ experience in both freehold and leasehold property purchases including shared ownership and transfers of equity and remortgages.

She is married with a grown up family and enjoys walking her dogs, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Laura Karon

Chartered Legal Executive

Fleet Office

Biography

Laura is a Chartered Legal Executive specialising in the drafting of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, the administration of deceased’s estates and trust administration.   As part of any Will discussion, Laura advises on tax planning and asset protection opportunities that may be available to her clients through the set-up of lifetime trusts and will trusts, as well as advising on the available inheritance tax allowances and reliefs.

She has worked on a number of high value estates involving complex tax and legal issues, including assisting with the administration of deceased’s assets held abroad.  Laura is also experienced in dealing with the administration of family trusts and ongoing will trusts by advising trustees on their fiduciary duties and issues surrounding compliance with HMRC.

Laura is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). During her spare time Laura enjoys going for bike rides and staying active

Ailsa Kempthorne

Residential Conveyancer

Fleet Office

Biography

Ailsa has recently joined the Residential Conveyancing Department of Neale Turk and became a Solicitor in 2005 specialising in all aspects of residential conveyancing including shared ownership, transfers of equity and remortgages.

In her spare time Ailsa enjoys walking her dog, going to music concerts and transporting her daughter around her various clubs.