Richard Pickering

  • Experience

    Richard Pickering is an experienced litigator, having qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and later as a Solicitor Advocate in 2018 having acquired Higher Rights of Advocacy in the Civil Higher Courts. He has specialist expertise in Commercial and Residential Property litigation, with particular focus on dispute resolution and risk management.

    Richard also has considerable expertise in Dilapidations, Business tenancy renewals, Boundary, trespass, rights of way, access and easement disputes. In addition, Richard has acted for a large variety of clients on Lease covenant and service charge disputes, Telecommunications issues for both Landowner/Landlords and Tenants (from previous employment), plus a range Commercial disputes and debt recovery/litigation matters.

    Prior to commencing his law degree, Richard worked for both a major bank and well-known credit finance company in their litigation team before studying his Legal Practice Course at The College of law in York and thereafter as a trainee solicitor at a regional Norfolk firm.

    On qualification, Richard moved back to his native Yorkshire and worked for Eversheds, Walker Morris and more recently at Hempsons, where Richard progressed from Solicitor to Partner in the space of seven years. Richard predominately focused on Property Litigation work in this period since qualification but has also gained invaluable experience and expertise in those other key areas noted above.

    Since January 2018, Richard worked at Optima Legal Services Limited (part of Capita PLC) as the Complex Litigation Team Manager and Solicitor Advocate. His role required him to manage a team of ten people, being a mixture and paralegals, solicitors and trainee solicitors handling more complex and difficult litigated claims and proceedings within the company. The team handle a range of matters, mainly relating to mortgage debt recovery, mortgage repossession, shortfall claims, Charging Orders and Title Rectification matters.

    In addition, also dealt with and supervised team members on a variety of high value debt recovery matters. Also, the team handled Asset Finance Litigation claims for a leading car manufacturer.

    In 2018, Richard attained the status of Solicitor Advocate, meaning that Richard can in effect handle litigation matters from the first client meeting to the final hearing, without the need for any “dual instruction” of a Barrister. This invaluable qualification enables Richard to offer this “one-stop-shop” facility, which we are sure will be both cost effective and invaluable to clients in resolving their disputes.

  • Education

    • Leeds Metropolitan University, LLB (Hons) 2:1
    • The College of Law, York, Legal Practice Course – Pass
    • Solicitor Advocate, BPP – Higher Rights of Advocacy – Pass
    • Admitted as a Solicitor in November 2005
    • Admitted as a Solicitor Advocate in 2018

  • Achievements

    Student Member of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

  • Other Interests

    Richard is a keen sports fan, enjoying watching football and cricket and is a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and a Full Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). In his spare time, he also enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and cooking.

LawBrief Rebecca Briam

Rebecca Briam

Since qualification in 2005, Rebecca Briam has gained significant experience in leading corporate and general commercial matters having trained and worked at firms in the City of London. She advises on a wide variety of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, group reorganisations, joint ventures, partnerships, shareholders agreements and general commercial agreements.

Rebecca has worked in-house, advising a private equity backed company on multiple acquisitions in the healthcare sector.

In her own words…

I really enjoy working with SMEs because you truly get to understand the client’s business as a whole and can make a real difference to that business. I find it interesting working with and advising the key decision makers and understanding what drives their business strategy so that my legal advice can take this into account.

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Richard Beckwith

Richard Beckwith is an experienced litigator, having qualified as a solicitor in 2007. He has specialist expertise in construction disputes, commercial law and ADR.

Richard started his career at a regional Norfolk firm qualifying into the commercial litigation department. Richard subsequently worked for the construction practices at Hill Dickinson LLP and Taylor Vinters where he acted in a range of contentious and non contentious construction matters.

Richard subsequently joined the legal department of SThree plc, a multi national recruitment company, where he advised the company on litigation and commercials matter. Since 2015, Richard has combined work as a solicitor with practice as a mediator and mediation advocate.

Richard’s has experience in a range of disputes including commercial litigation, regulatory investigations and construction litigation (including construction adjudication). Combining litigation and mediation skills, Richard is able to advise on a range of solutions to disputes, from how to negotiate a settlement to taking the matter to trial (if necessary).

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Carla Brannan, Lawbrief Carla Brannan
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Carla Brannan

Carla Brannan is a dual-qualified (South Africa and England) commercial solicitor with more than 10 years’ experience working in both private practice and in-house settings. Carla has worked across a number of sectors, with the majority of her experience having been gained in hospitality, retail and leisure companies.

Carla has strong skills in contract drafting, vetting and negotiating and providing post-execution contract support and is accustomed to supporting executive decision making by providing commercially pragmatic legal advice.

Carla has worked in-house for both large corporate entities and for SMEs and start-up entities and over the last few years of her career, Carla has taken a preference to working for SMEs.

Why I like working for SMEs…

“From a work perspective, there is nothing more rewarding than feeling part of a small team who value your input and advice. So often, solicitors are put in a box and labelled as people who create more problems and don’t give practical advice. Working for SMEs is a game changer in this regard – solicitors are now trusted and respected to help SMEs grow and flourish.”

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Katy Dissen, LawBrief Katy Dissen
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Katy Dissen

Katy Dissen qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has gained experience working in the property department of a large city firm. Prior to that she studied History at The University of Nottingham and Law at Kaplan University London.

She has acted for a number of FTSE100 companies, as well as developers, banks and other corporates. She has experience in a wide variety of real estate transactions, including real estate finance and the disposal and acquisition of commercial property. As well as all aspects of real estate investment, including sales and purchases.

In addition she has a wide range of experience working with SME’s assisting them with all aspects of landlord and tenant matters, lease negotiations, completion, surrenders, wayleaves and general property queries.

In Katy’s own words: “Working with small business owners is so much more rewarding than working with larger corporations as you are able to help people realise their business ambitions in a very tangible way by creating a friendly and efficient working relationship that is tailored to each clients specific needs.”

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LawBriefs Johannes Duminy

Johannes Duminy

Johannes Duminy started his legal career in South Africa in 1999 before qualifying as a solicitor in England in 2009. Johannes has over 10 years’ experience in both litigation and non-contentious commercial matters. Johannes’ litigation experience includes professional negligence claims, construction claims, financial services claims, property disputes, shareholders and partnership disputes, LIBOR claims and mortgage mis-selling claims. Johannes has litigated in forums such as the High Court, County Court, Small Claims Court, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), European Small Claims Court and various Ombudsman forums including the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Pensions Ombudsman. Johannes also represented clients successfully in Mediation and adjudication.

On the non-contentious side, Johannes’ experience includes drafting and negotiating various commercial agreements and conducting company share sales and purchases.

Johannes has a very good understanding of the legal challenges faced by small or medium size businesses in the UK and across the world and he is committed to walking a road with his clients, no matter how big or small they are. Johannes believes that legal advice should not only be robust but also commercially viable and must make commercial sense.

In his own words:

‘’I am big fan of alternative ways to settle commercial disputes, whether through mediation, adjudication, ombudsman schemes or old fashion round table talks. I find that if you pick the correct forum and plan around this from the start you give yourself the best possible chance to reach an amicable settlement that also make commercial sense from a financial perspective.’’

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