The Team

Francis George

Francis George - LLB(Hons), Managing Director

Having graduated in law from Hull in 1992 Francis carried out Post Graduate work in Management and worked at the Sailors Family Society.

Having travelled he returned to the College of Law, York and then joined fullagarbrooks solicitors, where he cut his teeth as a Civil Litigator. He then joined Stanger, Stacey and Mason in a similar role prior to joining Richard Griffiths and Co where he became a Partner and the Head of Litigation. Personally listed in the Legal 500 2006 Francis formed the firm in 2007. Francis is the Chair of the local Resolution Committee.

He is a keen rugby player/fan of both codes and a prime mover in one of Rugby Leagues newest clubs Swindon St.George. He has enjoyed progressing through Tae Kwon Do belts and has now attained a first Dan black belt.

francis.george@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Asif Robbani

Asif Robbani - LLB(Hons) LLM, Director

Asif graduated from the University of Glamorgan and has a Masters degree from Cardiff University. Asif is a senior member of the litigation team and a Director of the firm with a particular interest in personal injury, employment and company commercial disputes. He has experience in a wide range of advocacy and commercial dispute resolution. Outside of work Asif enjoys socialising and contributing to the local community.

asif.robbani@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Emma George

Emma George - Head of Finance

Emma graduated from Hull University with a degree in Geography and qualified as a CIMA Accountant in 2001 whilst on The NHS Graduate Financial Management Training Scheme. She then worked within finance in The NHS for a number of years.

She has been providing financial, business and IT support for the firm since it opened.

Emma has 3 children and lives in Swindon. Her interests include running, skiing, reading and holidaying as much as possible.

emma.george@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Rebecca Withington

Rebecca Withington - Solicitor, Head of Probate

Rebecca completed a law degree at the University of Exeter, followed by the LPC at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She joined Henriques Griffiths Solicitors in Bristol in 2006, working firstly as a paralegal, before completing her training contract and qualifying as a solicitor into the Wills, Trust and Probate department. In 2011 she moved to the Co-operative Legal Services in Bristol, working as a specialist probate solicitor. She joined the team in 2015. Rebecca is married with two young daughters.

rebecca.withington@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Julie Butcher

Julie Butcher - Chartered Legal Executive

Julie initially trained at Townsends (now Thrings, one of the leading regional firms) and qualified in 2002, Julie spent 4 years at Bevirs Solicitors before joining the firm. Julie has many years of experience within the field of family law.

She is a specialist in all aspects including divorce, finance, children and domestic violence and regularly attends Court on behalf of Clients.

Julie is also a dog lover, likes travelling abroad and has lived and worked in Spain.

julie.butcher@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Kelly Rogers

Kelly Rogers - Solicitor

Kelly Rogers is a senior member of the litigation team. A former partner at Pollecoff Solicitors in London she is a graduate of Kingston University and carried out post graduate work at Bristol University. If you have any Civil Litigation, Contract or Housing query please do not hesitate to contact her. She has two young children who keep her busy. She enjoys reading and is a member of a book club. She also likes Gin!

kelly.rogers@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Francesca Rowland

Francesca Rowland - Chartered Legal Executive

Francesca has worked at the firm since it opened in 2008. In this time she has studied at Southampton University and achieved a 2:1 degree in Criminology. She continued to work at the firm whilst studying and upon completing her degree decided to continue to study in the field of law. Francesca has now completed her CILEX qualification and is a qualified lawyer.

She is now an experienced member of the family department and is able to advise on all matrimonial and children matters.

Francesca is a knowledgeable and committed member of the team. Francesca likes socialising, cooking and holidays in the sun!

francesca.rowland@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Jess Howell

Jess Howell - Associate Legal Executive

Jessica graduated from Cardiff University in 2015 with a 2:1 degree in Law LLB. After working as a medical receptionist for a year, she began working at the Firm in September 2016 as a Paralegal in the Family department. Alongside working and being a full time member of the team, Jessica has commenced the ILEX qualifications to become a Chartered Legal Executive.

In her spare time Jessica enjoys kickboxing, weekends away and spending time with her family & friends.

Ross Peters Solicitor

Ross Peters - Trainee Solicitor

Ross received a First Class degree in Journalism from Teesside University and completed his Graduate Diploma in Law at UWE. He currently works as a Trainee Solicitor for the Family and Probate departments utilising his shorthand skills to take verbatim notes and wowing clients with his shorthand skills. Ross has now completed his LPC with a distinction and has started his training contract. He is an avid rugby player and fan having played for England Colleges, his County at junior and senior levels and enjoys long walks on the beach.

ross.peters@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Emily Peterson

Emily Peterson - Associate Legal Executive

Emily is an Executive in the Conveyancing Team, running her own files with the assistance of her team. She previously worked at Eric Robinson in Southampton, whereby she gained vast knowledge of sales and purchases, including various schemes such as Right to Buy, Help to Buy and Shared Ownership. She graduated from Portsmouth with First Class Honours in Law.

She enjoys socialising with friends, watching films, and tennis.

emily.peterson@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones - Private Client Paralegal

Having relocated from Herefordshire Adrian joined Francis George Solicitor Advocate in April 2018. He graduated with a law degree from Staffordshire University in 2012, which he studied part time while he was employed in the Trading Standards and Licensing Sections of Herefordshire Council.

Adrian subsequently joined a reputable firm of solicitors in Herefordshire in 2015 as a Private Client Paralegal and gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of Private Client Law. At the same time, he also studied the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Birmingham, passing October 2017.

Adrian’s ultimate ambition is to qualify as a Private Client Solicitor in the near future.

Outside work Adrian enjoys walking, which he also combines with his interest in landscape photography.

adrian.jones@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Sian Kalynka

Sian Kalynka - Family Paralegal

Sian studied at the University of Plymouth where she graduated with a law degree in 2006 and went on to study and complete her Legal Practice Course in 2008. Sian returned to Swindon in 2009 and joined Wiltshire Police as the Licensing Officer for Swindon. After nearly 10 years with Wiltshire Police, Sian joined the firm in April 2018 as a Paralegal in the family department.

Outside of work Sian enjoys spending time with her 2 children, walking her dog and socialising with her friends and family.

sian.kalynka@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Lisa Barlow

Lisa Barlow - Legal Assistant

Lisa had been with the firm for 7 years. Prior to this she worked with Intel.

Starting out assisting in the family department, she now assists in the property department where she has gained experience in residential and commercial property transactions.

Her interests include reading, cinema, fashion and cooking.

lisa.barlow@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Jenny Seviour

Jenny Seviour - Senior Family Consultant

Jenny is married with two children. She has practised family law in Swindon for 30 years and is well respected and liked by both lawyers and clients. She was with Townsends (now Thrings) for 20 years and Bevirs for 10 years. She is committed to finding a resolution of issues that is fair and cost effective. Her experience of life equips her to deal with the problems her clients face throughout their legal process and to enable them to move forward with their life and see their position in a positive light. Jenny is now enjoying her retirement but provides holiday cover for the family team.

Mark Davies

Mark Davies - Consultant

Mark is a non-practising former Solicitor who specialises in Insurance and Financial Services work. A graduate from Cambridge he was a Solicitor and Advisor to Zurich Financial Services before becoming a Consultant. Mark is happy to advise on a number of areas including PPI, Interest Swap Agreements and Contracts of Insurance. A formidable negotiator and Legal intellectual, Marks advice and assistance are invaluable to the Litigation team.

Corinne Hornett

Corinne Hornett - Receptionist

Corinne is a very experienced receptionist having previously worked in law firms over the past 30 years. She provides a warm cockney greeting and impeccable customer service. She enjoys keeping fit, walking the dog and spending time with her family and friends.

corinne.hornett@francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com
Louise Gardo

Louise Gardo - Finance Apprentice

After passing her Maths and Further Maths A Levels at The Commonweal Sixth form, Louise Joined the Team as an Apprentice in the Accounts Department. She is Currently Studying for her AAT Level 2 Exams and is a Voluntary Swim Coach.

Louise’s Hobbies include Competitive Swimming and Partying at the weekends!