Our People"Friendly, professional, first class, solicitors with a sense of humour". To find out more about members of our team, click on the relevant photos below.
David is a partner with over 30 years’ experience in both Conveyancing work and Private Client work. He has conducted well over 1000 conveyances during this time. David qualified as a solicitor in 1990 after passing his solicitors finals exams at the first attempt in Manchester. He completed his training contract at Blackhusrt Parker and Yates (now Blackhurst Swainson Goodier) in Preston. After a further period with the Preston firm Whittle Robinson (now John Whittle Robinson) he joined our firm in 1999. He became a partner in 2000.
Outside of work, David likes to be adventurous by caving and climbing. David also likes his fine wines, as well as the sampling of local ales, and can always be spotted at the local CAMRA festivals.
Justine is the head of our property team and has over 15 years’ experience in dealing with property matters. Justine has worked in this area since she qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has dealt with hundreds of property transactions ranging from residential properties to farms and property developments. She is continually working to improve Milne Moser’s property services. Having spent over a decade as a business leader, Justine also advises in business matters.
Justine gained a degree in law from the University of Central Lancashire, before completing her post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law. She worked in London, before joining Milne Moser as a trainee solicitor, in 2003, and became a partner in 2008.
Justine is the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) in respect of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme of which the firm is an accredited member.
Rebecca joined Milne Moser in 2005 as a trainee solicitor, qualified in 2007 and became a Partner in the firm in 2013.
Originally from Arnside, Rebecca has over 12 years’ worth of experience in both Contentious and Non-Contentious matters. She now specialises in Residential Property, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, together with general Civil Litigation. Rebecca has dealt with hundreds of matters across a broad range of fields during her time at Milne Moser and is the Firms Complaints Partner. She sat as President of Westmorland Law Society between 2015 to 2018 and continues to sit on the committee as the longest standing member. Rebecca has been a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2011.
Outside of work, Rebecca is a busy mum of two, and as a family, most of their free time is spent travelling and enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer. One of her proudest moments was being awarded the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award by HRH Prince Philip at St James’s Palace at the age of 18. Rebecca also participates in local amateur dramatics and singing groups when time allows.
Paul qualified as a solicitor in 1981. He attended the University of Keele and gained a joint honours degree in Law and English. Paul worked for another firm in Cumbria, before joining Milne Moser in 1983 and becoming a partner in 1984. He retired from the partnership in 2015, and now works for the firm as a Consultant.
Since qualifying, Paul specialises in commercial transactions, with particular expertise in the sale and purchase of businesses and companies. He is also experienced in criminal defence law and has represented thousands of defendants charged with a wide variety of charges, including the more complex criminal charges.
The few spare hours of time that Paul has outside of the office are spent running over his local fells, and participating in national orienteering competitions as a member of Lakeland Orienteering Club. He also ensures that he enjoys at least one skiing trip abroad each year.
Bernadette is head of Civil Litigation and has over 13 years’ experience in Civil Litigation and Employment Law. She has worked in both areas of law since 2005 with 75% of her time being devoted to handling all manner of civil disputes. Bernadette has conducted a number of very complex commercial, construction and land disputes and she has helped thousands of individuals and companies. The remainder of Bernadette’s time has been spent in handling a wide range of Employment matters including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy and TUPE transfers. Her particular areas of expertise are quite diverse and also include contentious probate matters and claims under the Consumer Rights Act. She has also represented clients in a number of high profile inquests.
Bernadette is also dual qualified. She qualified as a barrister in 2003 with one of the highest pass marks. She then completed her dual qualification as a solicitor in 2008 passing with a Grade A. Bernadette is therefore well placed to advise on a wide range of disputes.
Based in Cumbria, Bernadette has worked for different firms, initially as an associate solicitor and later as a director, before joining Milne Moser as a consultant in 2017.
Outside of work, Bernadette has in the past enjoyed a number of sports. She was a member of the Great Britain Shooting Team but also enjoyed cycling, running, walking and latterly fly fishing.
Originally from Surrey, Bridget has lived in Kirkby Lonsdale since 2007 and joined Milne Moser in 2015.
Bridget qualified as a solicitor in 1990, having studied law at King’s College, London. She initially worked in the City and specialized in commercial property for five years after qualifying but moved to live in the Lune Valley after a career break to raise her children and a spell living overseas.
She returned to practice in 2010 where she now deals with a wide range of commercial and residential property transactions.
Bridget has been involved in hundreds of property transactions during her career, ranging from residential sales and purchases to larger scale site acquisitions, commercial leases and business sales.
Suzie qualified as a solicitor in September 2003. She is the head of our criminal department and has over 15 years’ experience in criminal law. She has prosecuted and defended, enabling her to evaluate a case from both perspectives. She has helped thousands of individuals at the police station and the court and can represent on a private basis as well as under legal aid order if granted. Suzie has achieved full accreditation with the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme.
Suzie also provides advice in all aspects of Family Law including Divorce and Financial Relief and Private Children Law. She has four years of experience in this area and has conducted hundreds of matters during this time. She is a member of the Family Law organisation, Resolution and she is committed to approaching family matters in a non-confrontational way, helping individuals resolve their divorce, separation and other family problems in an amicable way. Suzie also practices in residential conveyancing.
Suzie is originally from the Altrincham area of South Manchester.
She obtained her degree in Law and Criminology from the University of Sheffield and completed her Legal Practice Course there before working for a firm in Doncaster.
Suzie’s family moved to Kendal in 2005 and, following her wedding in the area a year later, Suzie relocated here with her husband.
Out of hours Suzie enjoys horse riding, dog walking and other outdoor pursuits with her family, as well as getting involved in village events where she lives.
Miriam joined Milne Moser in 2002 as a trainee solicitor and qualified in 2004. She is presently working in our conveyancing team. Miriam has a combined sciences degree from the University of Derby and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice course at the University of Central Lancs. Miriam enjoys the diversity of property in Kendal and the South Lakes area and has worked in conveyancing for over 15 years. Miriam has also enjoyed working with the Private Client team in recent years.
She specialises in residential conveyancing and has worked on hundreds of property transactions during her career, and also assists clients in making lasting powers of attorney.
Originally from Penrith, Miriam now lives locally with her husband and family. Outside of the office, Miriam enjoys an active family life and all things outdoors, including cycling, skiing, fell walking and exploring France and further.
Ian is from Ambleside and qualified in 2007 having completed his training with Milne Moser. He has been working for the firm since 2005. Ian has a degree in Law from the University of Manchester and undertook the Legal Practice Course at the University of Central Lancashire. Ian has a good deal of experience in residential and commercial property matters as well as business transactions and associated elements and he has conducted hundreds of completions during his employment with our firm.
Fiona grew up in the South Lakes and relocated back to the area with her husband and family in 2003. She is Head of the Private Client Department and specialises in drafting wills, advising on inheritance tax planning and the administration of estates and trusts, as well as advising on issues relevant to elderly clients including residential care funding, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications.
Fiona is an award-winning member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). The TEP qualification is given to practitioners who are recognised as having an expertise in the above areas of work.
After a successful early career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and with other large multinational organisations and charities, Fiona converted her Educational Psychology degree to a Law degree in 2006 and completed the Legal Practice Course in 2007. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and in 2016 was accredited as a TEP.
As a mature entrant to the legal world, Fiona brings with her a wealth of career and life experience and has a relaxed and approachable manner. She remembers how it felt when seeking legal advice before she became a solicitor.
Fiona has handled hundreds of estates and prides herself on her accuracy when complex inheritance tax calculations are involved.
She has also handled hundreds of Lasting Power of Attorney applications and provides in-depth face-to-face and written advice for her clients.
Outside of the office Fiona is a Trustee at St John’s Hospice, and enjoys visiting the theatre and socialising with her friends and family. Her two children are both at University and keep her on her toes when they come back home.
With her first degree being a BA(Hons) in Librarianship, Hilary worked for 15 years within Central Government and the private pharmaceutical industry as an information professional, providing information to Government Ministers and members of the public and training information analysts. Re-training as a Solicitor, qualifying in 2007, she has since worked in Cambridge, North Norfolk, Greater Manchester and, for the last 6 years, in Kendal.
Hilary has provided advice to hundreds of individuals since qualifying and specialises in Private and Elderly Client work including the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, advice in relation to residential care home funding and NHS Continuing Healthcare applications, Probate (administration of estates including inheritance tax calculations), Court of Protection work (Deputyship applications) and Trusts.
Hilary is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and also a Dementia Champion through the Alzheimer’s Society.
Originally from Wiltshire, Sara moved to South Cumbria in 2016 and worked for a law firm in Ulverston before joining Milne Moser in 2019.
Sara qualified as a solicitor in 2013, having completed a Graduate Diploma in Law at Bournemouth University and then completing the LPC with The College of Law (now University of Law). Sara’s first degree is in Education Studies and English Literature which she obtained from Winchester University.
She completed her training with a firm of solicitors in Wiltshire before moving to South East Asia where she taught Business and Law subjects at a private business college. Sara concentrates on residential conveyancing and has over 3 years’ experience. In that time, she has acted for hundreds of clients on matters ranging from freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, transfers of equity and re-mortgages.
In her spare time Sara enjoys walking her dogs, reading and cooking.