Tina Benson

LawBrief, Solicitor

  • Experience

    Tina Benson is a versatile and effective Chartered Legal Executive with a continuous track record of success, gained from some 30 years’ in private practice, legal consultancy and in-house roles.

    She commenced her training at Veale Wasbrough and Russell Jones and Walker in Bristol practicing exclusively in personal injury claims for claimants. She later joined Wansbroughs, Leeds, where she continued to work with injured claimants and brought claims against the NHS for medical-negligence. Tina then moved to the West Country and switched sides to work exclusively for liability insurers when she defended claims against the NHS and public entities. She defended many cases to Trial. In 2013, Tina joined the in-house legal team of a FTSE 250 utility Company, with over 2000 employees, resolving numerous disputes.

    Tina has an extensive understanding of dispute resolution and litigation processes and has acquired significant experience of working with senior business stakeholders on issues including property, contracts, customer complaints, debt recovery, negligence, costs, mediation, personal injury, disease (including mesothelioma), clinical negligence and nuisance.

    Tina is proud of her career as a Chartered Legal Executive but she’s very down to earth. She likes nothing more than to get stuck in on behalf of her clients. Tina is calm and likes detail, she’s not phased by any of her opponents. She has an open, tenacious and persuasive communication style. She is a capable advocate before district judges, with years’ of experience in mediation, negotiation of settlements and advice on strategy to get the client the best settlement she can.

    Tina is passionate about honesty, integrity and great service and provides legal advice in clear non-legalese. In her words:

    “I want to provide my clients with a bespoke solution after reviewing prospects against legal costs. Often the costs of litigation get over looked. Settlement at any cost is bad for clients because the legal costs can outweigh the sum in dispute. I offer a helpful and approachable service to SMEs to assist them to navigate the confusing dispute environment in order to reach the best and most cost-effective solutions at the right cost. That said, I like nothing more than getting a case to Court if the other party is not cooperating and we have tried to get them to engage. So many parties simply assume disputes will go away – in this financial climate they seldom do, so early Advice from a litigator will save money later”.

  • Education

    Part 1 and Part 2 Legal Executive exams undertaken with five years’ of qualifying employment before attaining Fellowship (now known as Chartered status) in 1994. Tina passed her civil litigation practice paper with a distinction!

  • Achievements

    Recent achievements

    • Managing a number of disputes regarding ownership of land, access, lease renewal and nuisance issues;
    • Defending claim regarding defective road – the claim was resolved by adjudication;
    • Managing various claims by and against utility companies regarding alleged damage to their assets by employer and their contractors;
    • Resolving a claim for damage to employer’s infrastructure by third party. Issuing claim through the on-line court. Settling claim after drafting and serving proceedings;
    • Managing and resolving debt claims by appropriate remedies;
    • Managing a six-figure claim relating to breach of covenant, nuisance and illegal dumping of waste;
    • Managing and resolving a claim for employer against a third party concerning damage to waste water infrastructure by negligent injection of concrete;
    • Negotiating a claim for defective design work, causing flooding to a new works – recovering £95K including costs;
    • Negotiating purchase of land from third party whilst dispute ongoing in Lands’ Tribunal;
    • Assisting in the collation of documents and witness statements following fatal accident and prosecution by HSE;
    • Managing relations with local authorities when residents have complained of nuisance (noise and odours) including seeking expert evidence to respond to complaints of statutory nuisance;
    • Investigation and settlement of claim brought by former employees for mesothelioma and noise induced hearing loss;
    • Advising on legal privilege, instructing experts and advising on liability and strategy;
    • Defending claim brought by contractor following early termination of a contract;
    • Managing a dispute with Network Rail regarding use of their emergency entry powers

    Other career highlights

    • Day to day conduct of a catastrophic injury case worth circa £13 million on behalf of Highway Authority and their insurers; taking to trial on liability and quantum and subsequently to Court of Appeal; Instructing Queen’s Counsel and junior counsel, appointing expert witness, attending conferences, dealing with disclosure, witness statements etc;
    • Sole responsibility for defence of a complex claim for loss of career brought by a hospital consultant against NHS trust. Consultant had been suspended from his post due to poor performance and inappropriate private examinations of patients suffering from sexually transmitted diseases. Trial lasted 10 days and claim was dismissed with costs ordered against the consultant.

  • Other Interests

    Politics, current affairs and my other role, which is never boring, parenting two teenagers in Devon. Tina has also just returned from travelling with her family around Belize and Guatemala.

  • Languages

    Tina has also just returned from travelling with her family around Belize and Guatemala.

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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

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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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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