Warner Goodman

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Warner Goodman LLP are one of the leading law firms in the Solent area and have been delivering legal services for over 160 years. The firm has won many awards in recent years including LawNet Law Firm of the Year 2014, and Hampshire Venus Awards Company of the Year 2017. Today the firm employs over 100 people and has four offices across Hampshire; Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton and Chandler's Ford. We offer a host of legal services to businesses and individuals alike, with a wide range of local, national and international clients.

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Catherine
Verified Catherine Added 2 weeks ago Report to admin
March 08, 2019 20190308114239

Conveyancing

5

Warner Goodman Conveyancing tea, always provide a first rate service that is both effective and efficient. I have used them to both buy and sell homes now and would highly recommend their services.

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Craig
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March 08, 2019 20190308114238

Conveyancing

5

WG provided extremely efficient and highly professional conveyancing services for my recent home purchase. I was very impressed with how effective the team worked meeting all pre-set deadlines whilst ensuring all procedural matters were delivered effectively. I received courteous service at all times and it was a pleasure to receive such a genuinely warm appreciation of my custom. I can highly recommend Warner Goodman and Paul Winslade amd his team are a pleasure to deal with.

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KT
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March 08, 2019 20190308114238

Conveyancing

5

First class service, with excellent communication throughout the process. Would recommend every time.

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Amanda Dade
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March 08, 2019 20190308114238

Personal Injury / Insurance

5

This is the first time i’ve used this kind of service.I’m so glad I chose you,you couldn’t have been more helpful and did everything you said you would.You made it all very easy and got a positive outcome.

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Anonymous
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March 08, 2019 20190308114238

Conveyancing

4

Warner Goodman provided value for money, friendly conveyancing service.

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Jane
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March 08, 2019 20190308114238

Wills Trust and Probate

5

Easy to understand, explained well.

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Leiqing Shi
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March 08, 2019 20190308114237

Conveyancing

4

Great Service.

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Kate
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March 08, 2019 20190308114237

Conveyancing

5

Great service from instruction to completion. Communication was excellent made purchasing our first home timely, stress less and enjoyable. Thank you!

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Richard
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March 08, 2019 20190308114237

Conveyancing

5

From start to finish Wendi, Anne and their team have kept in contact and provided excellent service throughout at a competitive price. Would definitely recommend and use again in the future.

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Margaret
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March 08, 2019 20190308114237

Wills Trust and Probate

5

Every point explained and then dealt with quickly and efficiently. No complaints.

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Solicitors who work at Warner Goodman

  • Anne Mills

    Anne joined the firm in March 2000 as Legal Assistant to Claire Battye in the Property Team at Portsmouth whilst studying part-time for her LPC (solicitor’s practice course) at the College of Law in Guildford. She had previously graduated from St. Anne’s College, Oxford with a BA Hons in English before going on to take a Graduate Diploma in Law (popularly known as the law conversion). She was consequently offered a training contract in March 2001 and qualified as a solicitor in March 2003. After qualification, Anne returned to the Property Team at Portsmouth as Assistant Solicitor and was promoted to Associate in 2005. She has led various teams at our branch offices over the last 13 years and specialises in all aspects of residential property. Anne strives to give the highest level of service and still loves the satisfaction of helping people achieve their move in a smooth and relatively stress free manner. She now leads our office in Chandler’s Ford office which opened in February 2018 and offers conveyancing services for the local area. Anne has two children and on the rare occasion that she has any leisure time she enjoys swimming, badminton, country walks, piano playing, and socialising with friends.

  • Wendi Coupland

    Wendi joined in January 2018 as a Conveyancing Executive and is based in the Chandler’s Ford office as part of the Residential Conveyancing Team. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is currently studying towards qualifying as a Graduate Member. Prior to joining the firm, Wendi spent 20 years working within the legal sector, and has worked locally in firms including Coffin Mew LLP and QualitySolicitors Knight Polson. Wendi has an extensive knowledge and expertise in dealing with new build transactions including Help to Buy and Forces Help to Buy. In recent years she has developed her field of work to include sales, purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and right to buy transactions involving both leasehold and freehold titles. Having moved home herself on a few occasions, Wendi understands just how stressful such a time can be for her clients. She uses her personal and legal experience to tailor her approach to transactions on an individual basis to ensure that her client’s needs are met throughout the entire process. When not working and studying Wendi spends time with her menagerie of pets and also enjoys cooking and eating out.

  • Claire Battye

    Claire is one of the firm’s partners and has been with Warner Goodman since 1998. She heads up the Commercial Property and Land Development team and is based at our Portsmouth office. She specialises in all aspects of Property Law with a particular focus on acting for developers and speculators. She also enjoys dealing with all types of commercial property acquisitions/disposals, and security work for High Street Lenders. Claire qualified as a Solicitor in 1993. Before this she left school in 1984 and worked full time in the legal profession whilst studying. In her final year she attended Guildford College of Law where she passed her Solicitors final exams with First Class Honours.

  • Paul Winslade

    Paul can see every angle when he deals with property conveyancing – having been both a home purchaser and an estate agent before becoming a legal executive and partner. Paul deals with commercial and residential property transactions. He is fascinated by property law and relishes tackling the unusual. He recently had to research ancient rights of way and also private water supply laws for clients who were buying a historic barn with long-established footpaths across the land and its own bore hole shared with a neighbouring farm. Paul is married with two young daughters and has always lived in Portsmouth. He was an estate agent before joining Warner Goodman to train as a legal executive in 1997 and became a Partner in 2011. Paul enjoys all sports and represented Portsmouth youth teams in basketball, cricket and football.

  • Torion Bowles

    After studying at Cardiff Law School for four years, Torion was called to the Bar in 2003. He pursued a career in Civil Litigation with a focus on property litigation before joining Warner Goodman in the Residential Conveyancing team in Southampton just after cross-qualifying to become a Solicitor in 2013. It was in March 2014 that he transferred to the Commercial Litigation team and has since built a strong client base focussing on contentious matters involving companies and partnerships, the protection of the reputations of businesses, internet defamation, intellectual property, contentious debt recovery and disputes concerning the supply of services and goods. Torion has recently successfully represented defendants in a multi-million partnership dispute in the High Court preventing another partner purchasing the partnership assets for less than open market value. Torion has conduct of other high value litigious commercial matters and he also forms part of Warner Goodman’s international company and commercial team advising international clients on claims brought within the UK. Torion was delighted to be promoted to Partner in May 2017.

  • Helen Porter

    Helen Porter is a Partner heading up the Commercial Litigation Department. Helen advises on all aspects of commercial litigation in the High Court and County Courts, of dispute resolution and professional negligence. Helen also specialises in property related disputes advising on all aspects of commercial and residential matters and construction/building disputes, acting for both land owners and tenants in Court, Tribunal and Adjudicator’s office proceedings. Helen previously worked in Government both in London and overseas before obtaining a First Class BA Honours degree in Law and French at London Guildhall University. Helen was also a member of the Territorial Army for 10 years so understands the importance of dispute resolution! She moved to the south in 2005 after qualifying with a firm of solicitors based in Peterborough. Helen joined the Commercial Litigation team at Warner Goodman LLP in 2008. In her spare time, Helen enjoys gardening, travelling and keeping fit through zumba classes.

  • Steve Grant

    Steve is Head of the Commercial Group and a Partner in our Company Commercial team. Most of Steve’s time is spent advising on share and asset acquisitions, disposals and mergers. Steve has developed a particular specialism in relation to small to medium business sales and purchases. He prides himself on being able to get deals through to completion within tight timescales by working with, rather than against, all of the other parties. The remainder of his time is spent working on shareholder agreements, supplier agreements and other commercial contracts where his keen eye for detail and creative thinking has helped hundreds of clients for over a decade. The majority of Steve’s clients are owner managed businesses. He particularly enjoys the demanding nature of owner managers and relishes the opportunity to give commercial advice as well as advice on the law. He readily acknowledges that he has learnt more from great business owner clients and from running his own business than from legal textbooks or seminars and this is reflected in his services and service levels. Steve is an enthusiastic sportsman and outside of work he can usually be found torturing himself in the gym, playing football or angling.

  • Sarah Whitemore

    Sarah is a Partner within the Employment Team, and leads the Peace of Mind membership within that team. Her journey here was a traditional one, albeit that she took two attempts to complete her LLB. First time around she studied at Brunel where every course is a sandwich degree. She was sent for her work placement to the Courts of Justice in London Road and enjoyed it so much she refused to go back. To continue with the formalities (read to the end for details on her sporting abilities and musical tastes!), Sarah read Law at Southampton University, went on to obtain a (rare) First Class Honours from the Law Society’s Finals Course and joined Warner Goodman & Streat in 1992. Her early training was predominantly in Civil Litigation. She chose to specialise in Employment Law after her daughter was born 16 years ago. She was singled out in the 2002-2003 edition of Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession, for her work with employment law matters and, in particular, her ‘hard work on behalf of applicants whilst maintaining a balanced practice for individuals and employers’. Alongside the people she works for and the stories they tell her, what Sarah enjoys most about being an employment lawyer is the ability to do a deal for someone that gets them out of a situation which is not working for either side. Facilitating the ability to move on is the name of the game, although Sarah may say it’s perhaps not a very catchy one! What our clients say about Sarah is that she has the ‘ability to maintain a calm and balanced perspective on what can be emotionally difficult circumstances.’ Sarah says this could be because she used to be a Tannoy operator or before that a pizza delivery driver each of which required calm and perspective.

  • Howard Robson

    Howard is Team Leader of the Employment department which forms part of the Commercial Services Department. Howard graduated with an LLB (Hons) degree in Law in 1989 from Manchester Polytechnic and successfully completed the Solicitors Final Examinations the following year. Before joining the firm Howard was employed by Southampton City Council as a Principal Solicitor and Manager of the Litigation team within the in-house legal department with responsibility for dealing with the Authority’s Employment Litigation as well as a range of Criminal and Civil Litigation particularly in relation to regulatory matters including health and safety law, food safety matters and local authority licensing. Howard’s work now includes Unfair Dismissal, , Race and Disability Discrimination cases as well as dealing with non-contentious employment matters. Howard is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, and enjoys jumping out of otherwise serviceable aircraft whenever the weather allows! He also enjoys running to stay fit for the former activity!

  • Graeme Barclay

    Graeme qualified in 1996 and has practiced in Family law in the local area since that time. He joined the firm in 2006 and was made a partner in 2011. Graeme has a wealth of experience in dealing with privately funded clients, but is well grounded having handled a large caseload of publicly funded matters over his years in practice. Graeme is a member of Resolution, and is an accredited specialist in the fields of ancillary relief and domestic abuse. Graeme brings a calming and reassuring approach to law built upon the solid foundations of his years of experience. At times of crisis, Graeme offers a sensible and level headed service with a view to minimising pain and maximising results for his clients.

  • Sam Miles

    Sam joined the firm in 2004, having practiced in the local area since qualifying, and became a Partner in 2006. She is the Head of the Family department. Sam is a Resolution trained mediator and a member of Resolution. Sam’s practice spans the entire spectrum of family work, but she specialises particularly in private work involving financial and children matters and also has a large caseload of matters involving unmarried families. Sam adopts a no-nonsense approach to law, but strives to provide a sympathetic understanding of the client’s needs at times of stress and difficulty. Sam is married and has two young children herself so understands the pressures facing families.

  • Andy Munden

    Prior to joining Warner Goodman LLP, Andy graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Economics. He then turned to the Law and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. He originally worked for the firm from 1995 to 1999 and returned in 2002. In 2010, he was promoted to a Partner and was the first non-solicitor Partner in the 150 year history of the firm. As Personal Injury Partner, Andy has over 20 years of experience recovering compensation for those who have sustained injuries through accidents at work or on holiday, trips, slips and falls, and accidents due to faulty goods/products. He also has excellent knowledge of dealing with serious or catastrophic injuries, and those suffering with an Industrial Disease. He now specialises in professional negligence claims if clients feel their previous Personal Injury Lawyer has not acted accordingly, or they have not received the optimum level of compensation based on their injury and long term effects on their life. Andy is a well respected leader in the legal community, being a Professional member of the Professional Conduct Panel of Cilex Regulation, who are the regulator for issues of breach of the code of conduct of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, as well as being accredited on the Chair of the Personal Injury Group of Lawnet and a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Andy also now leads the IT provision, with a particular interest in the efficient provision of legal services in a customer focused way. Andy works with stakeholders within the firm and also third party contacts to ensure the firm continues to innovate and deliver customer service excellence in all areas of the practice, both for individual and commercial clients. In his spare time Andy enjoys playing football, golf and squash and watching the Saints (although that is not always enjoyable!). Andy’s wife Teena enjoys baking cupcakes (making Andy chief taster) and he is a devoted family man with two daughters.

  • Dan Thompson

    Dan is a Solicitor and Business Head of the Injury Team at Warner Goodman. After growing up in the local Hampshire area, Dan studied Law at Southampton University and completed his Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University, achieving a distinction and a Law Society prize. After joining the firm as a Trainee Solicitor in 1997, Dan soon realised he wanted to specialise in Personal Injury work. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 and since then has represented clients across Hampshire and the South Coast in a wide range of Personal Injury claims. His expertise focusses on brain and spinal injuries following a catastrophic and life-changing accident. Away from the office Dan enjoys playing cricket, golf and skiing, watching football and spending time with his family.

  • Sarah Brooks

    Sarah has over 32 years experience in the law and has a broad knowledge of many fields. Having gained experience in criminal law, civil litigation and probate, she decided to specialise in the world of property. She qualified as a Legal Executive in 2001 and became Business Head of the Residential Conveyancing Department in 2009 before being promoted to Partner in 2011. Sarah is passionate about the work she does, especially her relationships with clients and her professional colleagues, and takes great pride in her Residential Conveyancing department and the exceptional reputation they have gained. Outside of work Sarah enjoys getting away to see different countries, attending live music concerts and long walks with her dogs.

  • Kevin Horn

    Kevin graduated in Law in 1989 and joined Warner Goodman in September 1990. He became an Associate in 1998 and a Partner in 2000. Kevin spent 25 years dealing with all aspects of family law with a particular emphasis on children related work but in 2016 he decided on a change of career and joined the Private Client team where he hopes to spend the rest of his working life. Away from the office Kevin is a lifelong and passionate supporter of the sleeping giants that are ‘the mighty Blues’, (Portsmouth FC for the uninitiated), and looks forward to a change in their fortunes and a second spell in the Premiership.

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Warner Goodman LLP are one of the leading law firms in the Solent area and have been delivering legal services for over 160 years. The firm has won many awards in recent years including LawNet Law Firm of the Year 2014, and Hampshire Venus Awards Company of the Year 2017. Today the firm employs over 100 people and has four offices across Hampshire; Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton and Chandler's Ford. We offer a host of legal services to businesses and individuals alike, with a wide range of local, national and international clients. There are 6 groups within the firm to cover any legal requirements you may have: Commercial – including Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Commercial Property, Company Commercial, and Employment (for business and individuals) Conveyancing & Residential Property Family (including Family Mediation and Divorce) Financial Services (Investments, Tax Planning and Pensions) Injury (Personal Injury claims) Private Client (including Wills, Trusts, Inheritance Tax Planning, Probate and Estates)


Legal Services
  • Professional trustees
  • Car Accident
  • Harassment/Bullying at Work
  • Bus and Coach Accident
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Out Of Court Divorce
  • Valuers
  • Benefits Available To Asbestos Victims
  • Professional Negligence law
  • Professional Negligence
  • Financial advisors
  • Child Relocation After Divorce
  • Asbestos Compensation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Spinal Injury Compensation
  • Fall From Height
  • Architects
  • Motorbike Accident
  • Children's Accident
  • Accidents At Sea And Cruise Injury
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Road Traffic Accident Abroad
  • Sports Injury
  • Accident At Work
  • Unfair Dismissal Claims
  • No Win No Fee
  • Serious Injury
  • Whiplash
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
  • Car Passenger
  • Mesothelioma Compensation
  • Declarations of trusts
  • Head Injury At Work
  • Property Holding Structures
  • Probate
  • Holiday Sickness and Illness Compensation
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Fatal Accident
  • Pedestrian Accident
  • Fatal Asbestos
  • Surveyors
  • Restrictive Covenants, Easements and Wayleaves
  • Parental responsibility, paternity disputes, surrogacy
  • Burns, Scars and Lacerations At Work
  • Dilapidation Claims
  • Dog Bite
  • Manual Handling
  • Child Arrangements Following Divorce
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Family Mediation
  • Unpaid Rent, Service or Ground Charges
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Trusts
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Tenancy Breaches, Injunctions and Forfeiture Claims
  • Adoption, Surrogacy, Care and Special Guardianship
  • Workplace Slip and Trip
  • Occupational Asthma
  • Horse Riding Injury
  • Inheritance Tax
  • New home purchases and sales
  • Tax
  • Insurance brokers
  • Tax consultants
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Defective Work Equipment
  • Leasehold properties
  • Supermarket Accident
  • Cycling Accident
  • Terrorism Abroad
  • Asbestos Lung Cancer
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Pleural Plaques (Scotland)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Barristers
  • IT professionals
  • Pension and property advice
  • Injunctions
  • Against The Council
  • Road Traffic Accident
  • Gym Injury Compensation
  • Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme
  • Motor Insurance Policy
  • Head and Brain Injury
  • Industrial Disease Compensation
  • Injunctions
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Back Injury At Work
  • Welfare Issues After Serious Injury
  • Amputation
  • Financial Matters
  • Employee Team Moves
  • Asbestosis
  • Children's Serious Injury
  • Holiday Accidents and Illness
  • Skiing Injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Accountants
  • Vibration White Finger
  • Engineers
  • Accidents In Public Places
  • Broken Bone Or Fracture
  • Accident Abroad
  • Tinnitus
  • Credit Control
  • Domain Names
  • Insurance
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Purchase of development land
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • GDPR
  • Design rights and product designs
  • Franchising
  • Mis-sold Interest Rate Swap Agreements
  • Intellectual Property
  • Developer disputes
  • Development plot sales
  • Competition law
  • Planning law
  • Tax
  • Corporate finance
  • Asset Tracing
  • Commercial Leases
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Merchandising and sponsorship
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Environmental policy law
  • Personality and Image Rights
  • Mediation
  • Slander
  • Business structures and joint ventures
  • Setting up a business
  • Debt Recovery
  • Small businesses
  • Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Contract law
  • Statutory Demands
  • Finance
  • Agency agreements
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Sales or purchases of shops, factories, warehouses, offices and licensed premises
  • Unfair Loan Charges
  • Purchase and Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Employment - business
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Summary Judgment
  • Corporate Law
  • Rights of way issues
  • Investment purchases and Buy to Let
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Share option schemes
  • Commercial Contracts and Agreements
  • Management buyouts
  • Commercial Law
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Data Protection

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