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.
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.
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.
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.
Kim Thurston

Kim Thurston - Assistant Head of Conveyancing

Kim joined the Firm having relocated from the South East in 2013. She is married with 3 grown up children and relishes life in a small country village. Kim has over 35 years’ experience in Residential Conveyancing and holds a Paralegal Diploma in Specialist Residential Conveyancing Practice. When not working, she (attempts) to tend her gardens and enjoys “experimenting” with making chutney.
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.
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!
Francesca Rowland

Francesca Rowland - Associate CILEX

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 and is now in the final stage of completing her ILEX qualifications.

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!
Jennie O’ Connell

Jennie O’ Connell - Trainee Solicitor

Jennie is a graduate of Swansea University and is currently a Trainee Solicitor at the Firm in the Conveyancing Department, specialising in commercial matters. Jennie and her family are involved in the pub industry and local community in Old Town. She is a mother of two and enjoys keeping fit, running and triathlons.
Jess Howell

Jess Howell - Associate CILEX

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 - Paralegal

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 Paralegal 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 will shortly begin 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.
Tara Aqeel

Tara Aqeel - Paralegal

Tara graduated from The University of Birmingham with a Law Degree and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at The University of Law, Bristol graduating with a Distinction. Tara has four years previous conveyancing experience and is currently working as a Paralegal in the Conveyancing department. Tara will commence her Training Contract in September 2017 and is looking forward to gaining experience within different areas. In her spare time Tara enjoys reading a variety of books and volunteering.
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.
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.

Rebekah Little

Rebekah Little - Accounts Assistant

Rebekah previously worked for Lambert Fenchurch as Trainee Accounts Clerk between 1996 – 1997 and Zurich as Finance Clerk between 1998 – 2007. She obtained her AAT qualification in 2012. She enjoys spending time with her children, the family dog, and friends and taking holidays.
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.
Louise Gardo

Louise Gardo

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!

Beth Williams

Beth Williams - Paralegal

Beth graduated with First Class Honours in Law from Cardiff University in 2016 and is currently studying for her LPC at the University of Law in Bristol. Beth works as a Paralegal in the Family Department, primarily dealing with divorce and children matters. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.