Conveyancing, probate and litigation teams from Charles Hoile join Gardner Leader


Two of Newbury’s well established firms of Solicitors, Gardner Leader and Charles Hoile are delighted to announce a joint restructuring of their services. Gardner Leader have expanded their inheritance protection, residential property and dispute resolution departments through the transfer of Charles Hoile’s probate, conveyancing and litigation teams.  This enables Charles Hoile to focus on its expertise in family and criminal law.

The move will see three solicitors move from Charles Hoile to join the team of 28 lawyers at Gardner Leader, which has had an 11% growth in turnover in the last 12 months.

Gardner Leader’s residential property team will be joined by Patrick Stewart.  Kathryn Tarry will be part of Gardner Leader’s inheritance protection team, and Rachel Keating will work within the dispute resolution department. Three members of the Charles Hoile support team – Diane Hunt, Pam Pearce and Jo Hemsley – will also make the move from Charles Hoile to Gardner Leader.  Charles Hoile’s criminal department will continue to be led by Mike Davis and Alexandra Scott-Malden will remain in charge of the family team at Charles Hoile.  The family team at Gardner Leader is unaffected by the changes.

Derek Rodgers, Managing Partner of Gardner Leader said: “This acquisition is another move forward for Gardner Leader, bringing benefits to both firms and our clients.

“It will help us to further build and strengthen the range of specialist legal services that our clients currently enjoy and gain from, whilst opening up opportunities for future growth.

“We’re delighted to welcome all six people to the team and we look forward to exciting times ahead.”

Mike Davis of Charles Hoile said: “This gives us a great opportunity to focus on our key strengths of criminal and family law.  As one of the few remaining solicitors in West Berkshire offering legal aid we remain committed to providing a service in these areas.

We wish our departing staff the very best for the future and thank them for their valued support.”

It completes a successful few weeks for Gardner Leader, during which litigation lawyer Judith Rountree won LawNet’s national award for Young Lawyer of the Year and Chris Dale took silver in the Law Firm Services (LFS) awards for Young Conveyancer of the Year.

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