The Team

Francis George

Francis George - LLB (Hons), Managing Director and Solicitor-Advocate

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 and Solicitor-Advocate

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 and has recently qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate. He now prides himself on assisting his civil litigation clients from the start of their case until the conclusion. Outside of work Asif enjoys socialising and contributing to the local community.
Emma George

Emma George BA (Hons) CIMA - Director 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 and is the Finance Director.

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

Francesca Rowland - BA (Hons) F Cilex – Director and 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 and Director of the firm.

She is 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!
Kelly Rogers

Kelly Rogers LLB (Hons) - Civil Litigation 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!
Ross Peters Solicitor

Ross Peters BA(Hons)- Family and Probate Solicitor

Ross received a First Class degree in Journalism from Teesside University and completed his Graduate Diploma in Law at UWE. He works as a Solicitor for the Family and Probate departments wowing clients with his shorthand skills. Ross is able to advise in relation to all aspects of family law as well as complex estates. 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.
Jess Howell

Jess Howell LLB (Hons) - Family 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.

Sian Kalynka

Sian Kalynka LLB (Hons) - Family Trainee Solicitor

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.
Lisa Barlow

Lisa Barlow - Conveyancing 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.
Julie Butcher

Julie Butcher - Senior Family Consultant

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 is now living in Spain although she will continue as a Consultant for the firm when she returns to the UK.
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.
Alison Allen

Alison Allen - Accounts Assistant

Ali joined the firm in November 2017 working in the Accounts Department. Previous to this she was an Accounts Assistant at Zurich for 12 years. She completed her AAT qualification in 2007 and is now a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Outside of work Ali enjoys running and spending time with her family and friends.

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!

Yasmin Mahmood

Yasmin Mahmood – Office Apprentice

Yasmin completed her GCSE’s in June 2018. She joined the firm in January 2019 as an office apprentice and hopes to complete her level 2 qualification by January 2020 to then progress to level 3.

Outside of work, Yasmin likes to go to new places and spend time with family.

Abigail Fulford

Abigail Fulford - Paralegal Apprentice

Abi completed her GCSE’s in 2017 at Ribston Hall High School in Gloucester. She then studied 3 A-Levels at Cirencester College in Law, Psychology and English Literature/Language (combined), which she completed in June 2019. She is now undertaking a Paralegal Apprenticeship with the Firm and hopes to eventually qualify as a Solicitor without going to University.

Outside of work, Abi enjoys spending time with her family, sailing, skiing, and eating chocolate!

Tabitha Ford

Tabitha Ford - Paralegal Apprentice

Tabitha joined the firm at the end of July 2019 as a Paralegal Apprentice in the Conveyancing department, assisting with all types of transactions from Sales and Purchases, to Transfers of Equity and Re-Mortgages. Prior to this, Tabitha worked as a Personal Banker at NatWest and has also achieved a Certificate of Higher Education in Law at Bournemouth University.

Outside of work, Tabitha loves all things make up and fashion, spending time with her family and walking her pet pug Rupert.