• Archer House
  • CB7 4QN
  • 01353 662203
  • www.wga.co.uk

Ward Gethin Archer Limited

01353 662203

We offer a client-driven, personal service to an increasing number of businesses and private individuals. Our aim is to resolve your legal problem in a way which exceeds your expectations. Everyone needs a lawyer at some time in their lives. Often our assistance marks a major stage in your life; such as buying a home or making your will. We promise to provide you with the best possible legal services at a time when service and quality really matters.

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Keith Williams
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April 05, 2019 20190405150812

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Very helpful and efficient service

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Andrew Richards
Verified Andrew Richards Added 1 week ago Report to admin
April 05, 2019 20190405150812

Residential Property


First class service, less than seven weeks to complete on property sale, excellent !

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March 08, 2019 20190308114235

Wills, Trusts and Probate


All very helpful, friendly and informative.

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Clive Alexander
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March 08, 2019 20190308114235

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Very satisfied customer

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March 08, 2019 20190308114235

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Grateful for the understanding of our needs, clear explanation and friendly attitude.

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Jenna and Ian
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March 08, 2019 20190308114235

Residential Property


Dealing with Claire Williamson, from the Swaffham office, has been a pleasure throughout. She has made everything very easy and stress free. Cannot recommend Claire and Ward Gethin Archer enough!

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Adrienne Thornton
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March 08, 2019 20190308114234

Wills Trust and Probate


I have used your company several times in the past and have always been entirely satisfied.

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Verified Richard Added 1 month ago Report to admin
March 08, 2019 20190308114234

Residential Property


I was very satisfied with the way you handled the sale of my late mother in law's house and the purchase of a new property for my sister in law. The purchase highlighted several complex issues that you guided us through to a successful completion.

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Len Dawkins
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March 08, 2019 20190308114233

Residential Property


Very professional efficient and helpful at all times

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Verified Danielle Added 1 month ago Report to admin
March 08, 2019 20190308114233

Residential Property


I can't rate the service we received from our solicitor Alex enough. The communication through the process was excellent and really put us at ease as we were first time buyers, so were thankful that it wasn't anymore stressful than it needed to be! Would definitely recommend Ward Gethin Archer and would use them again.

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Solicitors who work at Ward Gethin Archer Limited

  • Karen Carpenter

    Karen is a Chartered Legal Executive and Director who heads up the Family Team based at the Ely office, where for over 30 years she has given help and support to all her clients who find themselves in situations of conflict and high emotion. A member of the Law Society Family Panel and Resolution, Karen has undertaken mediation training and qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2005 (for more information go to www.ccflg.co.uk). Karen deals with and has experience of all aspects of Family Law including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and all related financial issues, child welfare including residence orders and assisting grand parents and other family members to obtain Special Guardianship orders together with Step-parent Parental Responsibility Agreements. Clients appreciate Karen's supportive approach throughout what can be a very difficult period, delivering legal advice with empathy and understanding. Karen plays an active role in her home village. She enjoys amateur dramatics, reading and walking.

  • Philip Hasler

    Based in our Ely Office Philip has recently joined our Residential Property Team. His work includes sales and purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, right to buy and lease extensions. Philip has been a solicitor for over 25 years. He has extensive knowledge of Property Law and worked for many years in London dealing with high value residential property transactions as well as specialising in leasehold enfranchisement. Outside of work Philip has a keen interest in foreign travel and learning foreign languages. Closer to home he is also an avid theatre and cinema goer.

  • Joseph Henry

    Joseph Henry is a solicitor in the firm's Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation Team and is based in our Ely office. Joseph qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined Ward Gethin Archer in June 2017. Joseph specialises in civil litigation and is able to assist clients on a wide range of contentious matters including professional negligence claims, property disputes, inheritance issues and contract disputes. Joseph trained and qualified at a Cambridge firm and before joining Ward Gethin Archer was working at a Legal 500 firm in London. When he is not working, Joseph enjoys spending time with his family and cooking.

  • Georgina Devlin

    Georgina is a Commercial Property solicitor in our Ely Office having joined Ward Gethin Archer in August 2017. Georgina qualified as a solicitor in September 2014 and specialised in utility deeds, transfers and leases at her previous firm. Georgina advises on a range of commercial Property matters, including sale and purchase of commercial property, commercial leases and the grant of covenants and easements. Georgina is personable and has an eye for detail. Outside of work Georgina likes to keep fit and travel both in the UK and abroad.

  • John Thorogood

    John is a Director working in our Ely office and is a specialist in commercial, agricultural and residential property transactions. John qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and joined the firm in 1985. His work encompasses sales and purchases of agricultural land, including farm sales and purchases, the sale and purchase of development sites; legal development of commercial industrial estates and the preparation of options, pre-emption and joint venture agreements. John also deals with partnership formation and franchise agreements as well as business start-ups. John is a member of the Solicitors Benevolent Association and the Law Society Property section. He was a board member of Kings Forest Housing Association, and is currently Chairman of the Eric Drummond Mercer Trust, a charitable trust dealing with people with learning disabilities. John is a former Round Tabler and now a member of the Ely 41 Club (the ex-Round Tablers organisation). He is a member of Ely XT Limited, a charitable organisation responsible for organising the annual firework display in Cherry Hill Park, Ely. John was also the former Registrar to the Dean and Chapter of Ely Cathedral and was a former Governor of Soham Village College from 1996-2007, being Chair of the Governing Body from 1998-2007. He is a keen cyclist and walker, having taken part in the National Three Peaks Challenge and having successfully trekked to Everest Base Camp.

  • Alix

    Alix is a Trainee Solicitor in our Dereham office, and joined the company in June 2017. She is currently undertaking her third seat in our Private Client team. Alix enjoys playing the piano, especially by ear. She enjoys reading (her degree was in English Literature) and photography.

  • Desmond Humberston

    Desmond is a Director in the Private Client Department, some 25 years a solicitor, with the vast majority of that time spent practicing in Dereham as a Partner with Hood Vores and Allwood specialising in Wills and Tax Planning, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work and Trusts. He is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners and was, for a number of years, dual qualified as a financial advisor. He has held many appointments over the years as Charitable Trustee, Clerk to the Income Tax Commissioners, Chair of School Governors and Treasurer of the local PCC. He has always been, and remains, a keen sportsman, running and playing racket sports, squash and badminton regularly and as much golf as proves possible. He also enjoys watching sport, walking, film, theatre and reading and vegetable gardening.

  • Sara Plummer

    Sara is a solicitor in the Family Law team and works in our Dereham office covering Dereham, Swaffham and Watton. Sara qualified in 2006, joined the firm in October 2008 and has over ten years' experience in Family Law. Sara advises clients on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, in particular upon financial issues that follow a relationship breakdown. Sara also specialises in issues regarding children such as child contact arrangements and residence disputes. Sara also deals with advice and preparation of Cohabitation Agreements, Separation Agreements, Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Change of Name Deeds. Sara is a Resolution Accredited Specialist with particular specialisms in Child Law, private proceedings and financial provision. She is also a member of Resolution, which is an organisation of Family Law that is committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive and conciliatory way. She has also been a trustee of charities that help victims of domestic violence. Sara is also on the staff liaison committee with the firm. She enjoys keeping fit/relaxing by supporting her local villages with zumba and yoga clubs.

  • Andrew Skuse

    Andrew is a Solicitor and Director within the Property Department responsible for our Watton, Swaffham and Dereham Property teams and works from our Dereham Office. Andrew commenced his career in law in the year 2000 and has since developed a proven track record within residential conveyancing, including, sales, purchases, leasehold & freehold, new builds, shared ownership, right to buy, share equity, re-mortgage and buy-to-let properties for investors as well as experience with commercial property transactions. Andrew is often praised for his "helpful, fast and efficient service", making clients feel "at ease", being "reliably available" and his working relationship with other professionals.

  • Claire Williamson

    Claire joined WGA in June 2016 in our Dereham Office as a Residential Conveyancing Solicitor. Claire qualified in 2012, originally specialising in Criminal Litigation but found her vocation with residential conveyancing in 2013, specialising in all areas of Residential Conveyancing including buying and selling both freehold and leasehold properties, transfers of equity and re-mortgages. Outside of work, Claire enjoys many outdoor activities from running and cycling to walking in the Lake District but also enjoys quality time with family and friends.

  • Diane Hewitt

    Diane is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Private Client Team, working primarily from our Swaffham office. She joined the firm in May 2006, having specialised in Private Client work for 10 years before joining us. Diane advises on the making of wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as the making and registering of Lasting Powers of Attorney and the appointment of deputies through the Court of Protection. She helps to manage people's financial and property affairs when family are not able to do so. Diane has recently successfully completed the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioner's Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation (England & Wales) and is now a STEP affiliate. Diane enjoys gardening, walking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

  • Charlotte Merrett

    Charlotte is a Trainee Legal Executive in our Dereham office and specialises in residential property matters. Charlotte joined Ward Gethin Archer in May 2014 as a Legal Secretary, commencing her legal qualification in May 2016. Charlotte's interests outside of work include socialising with friends and family, travelling to new places and swimming.

  • Jill Wheeler

    Jill is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Conveyancing team, based in our Swaffham office having worked in the legal environment within the Norfolk area for the last 11 years. Jill appreciates that buying or selling a property can be a very stressful time and where possible, with her calming approach and excellent negotiation skills, will ensure a smooth and trouble free transaction for everyone. Jill believes that building a strong relationship with her clients is key to a successful resolution of a conveyancing transaction. One of her many strengths is looking after her clients personally, ensuring all their needs are met, providing a high quality bespoke service. In her spare time Jill enjoys badminton, cycling, walking, cooking and was once on Ready Steady Cook!

  • Tony Williamson

    Tony is a trainee Legal Executive in our Swaffham office, and specialises in Residential Property matters. He joined Ward Gethin Archer in November 2017, having come from another legal firm dealing entirely in property transactions, where he worked as a Conveyancing Executive for over three years. Tony is studying the final part of his course to become a Legal Executive, and hopes to qualify in the near future. Clients will like Tony's calm, friendly approach, and his determination to deliver a first-class service. Outside of work, Tony has a keen interest in music and has achieved Grade 7 in piano. He also has an interest in learning the church .

  • Chris Dewey

    Chris is a solicitor, the firm's Managing Director and a key member of both the Personal Injury and Employment Law teams. He is a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel, and specialises in helping Union members with accidents at work and occupational disease claims. He also has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of Employment Law including claims for unfair dismissal, disability claims and TUPE transfers.

About This Branch


We are a long established East Anglian practice with eight offices serving West Norfolk & Cambridgeshire and one of the major firms in the area in terms of size and expertise. A full range of legal services is offered by highly qualified personnel: solicitors and legal executives with the support of other well trained and experienced staff. Although based in East Anglia, we offer a personal service to both our local clients and those who live away from the area. Ward Gethin Archer take the delivery of our services very seriously; wherever possible we adhere to recognised service requirements and quality standards. Wherever appropriate we also encourage our Partners and lawyers to join and participate in their specialist bodies and accreditation schemes. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Practice Number 566796) and their rules and principles governing solicitors' conduct apply to us. An on-line guide to these can be found at www.sra.org.uk/handbook.

Legal Services
  • Theft
  • Taxi offences - points and disqualification
  • Children
  • Dangerous driving
  • Diabetes Claims
  • Road Traffic Accident
  • Professional Negligence law
  • Separation Agreement
  • Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme
  • Business Crime
  • Car Accident
  • Horse Riding Injury
  • Anaesthetic Awareness Claims
  • Constructive/Unfair Dismissal
  • Dilapidation Claims
  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • Media and Sports
  • Oral Cancer Claims
  • Stillbirth Compensation Claims
  • Assault
  • Barristers
  • Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Restrictive Covenants, Easements and Wayleaves
  • Military
  • Lease Extensions
  • Separation
  • Group B Streptococcus Claims
  • Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Drugs offences
  • Adoption, Surrogacy, Care and Special Guardianship
  • Litigation - M&A and warranty disputes
  • Redundancy
  • Housing Management
  • Taxi offences - illegally plying for hire
  • Death By Careless Driving
  • Failed Sterilisation Claims
  • Car Passenger
  • Renting and Tenancy Agreements
  • Dental Negligence Claims
  • Failure to provide a blood sample
  • Extending your Lease
  • Maternity and Paternity
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Pancreatic Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Tax Compliance Services
  • Laser Treatment Claims
  • Freehold Enfranchisement
  • Dental Negligence
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Leasehold properties
  • Employee Team Moves
  • TUPE
  • Tenancy Breaches, Injunctions and Forfeiture Claims
  • Child Law
  • Disqualification removal
  • Surveyors
  • Failure to furnish identification
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Industrial Disease Compensation
  • Stroke Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Architects
  • Criminal defence - All
  • Dermal Filler Compensation Claims
  • Pressure Sore Claims
  • Amputation
  • Child Relocation After Divorce
  • New home purchases and sales
  • Litigation - Property litigation claims
  • Domestic violence
  • No Win No Fee
  • Tribunal Claims
  • Back Injury At Work
  • Misdiagnosed Miscarriage Claims
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Cycling Accident
  • Surgical and Transvaginal Mesh Claims
  • Family Mediation
  • Investment and buy to let properties
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Vibration White Finger
  • Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Claims
  • Restoration of licence
  • HMRC Tax Investigations and Disputes
  • Criminal Damage
  • Buying at auction
  • Probate
  • Notice of intended prosecution
  • Pregnancy and Gynaecology Injury Claims
  • Cohabitation and Unmarried Relationships
  • Housing Associations
  • Family law
  • Transfer of title
  • Children's Serious Injury
  • Wills
  • Accident and Emergency Claims
  • Asbestos Compensation
  • Blood Transfusion Claims
  • Property Holding Structures
  • Surgery Compensation Claims
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes
  • Fatal Accident
  • Motorbike Accident
  • Taxi offences - licensing investigations
  • Children's Accident
  • Recognition of disqualification
  • Accidents At Sea And Cruise Injury
  • Pension Law
  • Transfers of equity
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Matrimonial transfers
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Failure to provide a specimen
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Pension and property advice
  • Defective Work Equipment
  • Early return of driving licence
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
  • Motor Insurance Policy
  • Service Charge Recovery
  • Knee Replacement Claims
  • Family Leave
  • Discrimination at Work
  • Holiday Pay Issues
  • Child contact
  • Financial advisors
  • Professional Discipline
  • Accident Abroad
  • Speeding offences
  • Fall From Height
  • Careless driving
  • Sexual allegations including Rape and Sexual Assaults
  • Trusts
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Orthopaedic Negligence Claims
  • Civil partnerships
  • Goods vehicles - operators licence
  • Road Traffic Accident Abroad
  • Medical Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Employment Contracts
  • Terrorism Abroad
  • UK Employment Laws
  • Equal Pay Disputes
  • Exclusivity and lock-out agreements
  • Serious injury by dangerous driving
  • Cerebral Palsy Claims
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Death by dangerous driving
  • Unmarried Couples' Rights
  • Asbestosis
  • Parental responsibility, paternity disputes, surrogacy
  • Declarations of trusts
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Collaborative Law
  • Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Tenant Eviction
  • Defective Medical Device Claims
  • Insurance brokers
  • Skiing Injury
  • Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Unpaid Rent, Service or Ground Charges
  • Trusts
  • Special Reasons
  • Professional Negligence
  • Convicted in absence
  • Serious Injury
  • Senior Executives
  • Drink driving
  • IT professionals
  • Property Disputes
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Professional trustees
  • Injunctions
  • Regulatory Defence
  • Asbestos Lung Cancer
  • Faulty Defibrillator Claims
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Flexible Working
  • Sepsis Negligence Claims
  • Bus and Coach Accident
  • Financial Matters
  • Pedestrian Accident
  • Meningitis Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Nerve Injury Claims
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Erb’s Palsy Compensation Claims
  • Transfers of parts of land
  • Child Arrangements Following Divorce
  • GP Negligence Claims
  • Asset protection and tax mitigation
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Accidents In Public Places
  • Prison law
  • Gym Injury Compensation
  • Harassment
  • Road rage incidents
  • C. Difficile Claims
  • Cosmetic Dentistry Claims
  • Litigation - Trust and pension issues
  • Holiday Sickness and Illness Compensation
  • Children Act proceedings
  • Birth Defect and Wrongful Birth Claims
  • Burns, Scars and Lacerations At Work
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Fertility Negligence Claims
  • Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Whiplash
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Spinal Injury Compensation
  • Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Consumer Disputes
  • Workplace Slip and Trip
  • Broken Bone Or Fracture
  • Spinal Surgery Claims
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Birth Injury Claims
  • Occupational Asthma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Injunctions
  • Discretionary disqualification
  • Deeds of easements, variation, deeds of rectifications
  • Nerve Damage Claims
  • Right of Way and Rights to Light
  • Professional Conduct
  • Legal aid
  • Dog Bite
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Cosmetic Surgery Claims
  • Notary
  • Repossessions
  • Divorce After A Brain Or Other Serious Injury
  • Accident At Work
  • Driving Whilst Unfit
  • Totting Up Driving Ban
  • Stress at Work
  • Litigation - Breach of contract
  • Possession and repossession proceedings
  • Drunk in charge
  • Hospital Negligence Claims
  • MRSA Claims
  • Welfare Issues After Serious Injury
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Restorative Dentistry Claims
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Right to Manage
  • Against The Council
  • Signs and signal offences
  • Housing disputes
  • Eye Surgery Claims
  • Pleural Plaques (Scotland)
  • Appeal driving conviction
  • Periodontal Disease Claims
  • Birth Injury To Mother Claims
  • Agency Staff / Temp Workers
  • New Driver Provisions
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Failing to notify DVLA
  • Part Time Workers
  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Benefits Available To Asbestos Victims
  • Cochlear Implant Claims
  • Litigation - Product liability claims
  • Exceptional Hardship
  • Tax Advisory Services
  • Valuers
  • Ophthalmic Negligence Claims
  • Unfair Dismissal Claims
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome Claims
  • Goods vehicles - tachograph offences
  • Laser Eye Surgery Claims
  • Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Driving without a licence
  • Fatal Medical Negligence Claims and Inquests
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Driving Without Due Care
  • Out Of Court Divorce
  • Litigation - Insurance disputes
  • Gardening Leave
  • Manual Handling
  • Remortgaging
  • Head Injury At Work
  • Litigation Law
  • Juvenile
  • Stopping and reporting
  • Tinnitus
  • Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Breast Surgery Compensation Claims
  • Evicting Squatters and Trespassers
  • Fatal Asbestos
  • Driving without insurance
  • Head and Brain Injury
  • Accountants
  • Deeds of Gifts
  • Taxi offences
  • Fraud
  • Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Claims
  • Supermarket Accident
  • Sports Injury
  • Mobile phone offences
  • Harassment/Bullying at Work
  • Amputation Negligence Claims
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Bowel Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Tax consultants
  • Tax
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Mesothelioma Compensation
  • Dangerous vehicle conditions
  • Medical Negligence
  • Engineers
  • Drug driving
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Social Services
  • Holiday Accidents and Illness
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Health and Safety
  • Developer disputes
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Merchandising and sponsorship
  • Corporate Law
  • Investment purchases and Buy to Let
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment - business
  • Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Agency agreements
  • Business structures and joint ventures
  • Unfair Loan Charges
  • Management buyouts
  • Commercial Leases
  • Credit Control
  • Mediation
  • Franchising
  • Veterinary negligence
  • Rights of way issues
  • Data Protection
  • Intellectual Property
  • Competition law
  • Asset Tracing
  • Agricultural land for sale or development
  • Farm partnerships and corporate structures
  • Purchase and Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Purchase of development land
  • Share option schemes
  • Mis-sold Interest Rate Swap Agreements
  • Licensing
  • Commercial contracts for farming businesses
  • Tax
  • Employment of farm workers
  • Equestrian property
  • Environmental policy law
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Buying and selling a farm
  • Finance
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate finance
  • Development plot sales
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Statutory Demands
  • Summary Judgment
  • Farming disputes
  • Setting up a business
  • Sales or purchases of shops, factories, warehouses, offices and licensed premises
  • Commercial mortgages

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