Ward Gethin Archer Limited

01760 721992

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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Verified Claire Added 1 week ago Report to admin
February 13, 2019 20190213190143



Alix was very helpful, talked me through the process and made it all very easy and straight forward.

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Richard Frank
Verified Richard Frank Added 1 week ago Report to admin
February 13, 2019 20190213190143

Wills, Trusts and Probate


No comment

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Verified No name given Added 2 months ago Report to admin
December 17, 2018 20181217201502

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Excellent service from first to last, great attention to detail, especially with regard to clarification of my wishes and instructions.

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Verified Michael Added 2 months ago Report to admin
December 11, 2018 20181211201501

Overall performance


House sales are always difficult, but I a pleased to say that in my opinion WGA made the process relatively painless by keeping me well informed of the progress and obstacles as well as helping to resolve them.

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Verified colin Added 2 months ago Report to admin
November 23, 2018 20181123201504



Jackie was very understanding of our needs at all times

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Verified Ben Added 3 months ago Report to admin
November 21, 2018 20181121201504

Moving forward


I had a property in Norfolk for years that I let out. I was selling it to raise funds to invest in my business miles away. At the same time my Mother was ill and died so my eye was not as on the ball as it would be normally. Anna and her team really helped and understood what was going on and afforded me the protection I required at this time saving me £1'000s I am very grateful for the professionalism I was afforded. Keep up the good work.

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Verified John Added 3 months ago Report to admin
November 21, 2018 20181121201504



Everyone involved was friendly, thoughtful, thoroughly kind, efficient and effective.

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Verified Roy Added 3 months ago Report to admin
October 28, 2018 20181028201501

Buying and selling


Very happy with the service very professional handled.No questions were too much,would highly recommend Mr skuse and his team .

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Verified Mark Added 4 months ago Report to admin
October 12, 2018 20181012211502

Purchase of Plot 1b Littleport


Very satisfied.

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Verified Christine Added 4 months ago Report to admin
September 25, 2018 20180925211501



Jill wheeler dealt with my property sale efficiently and I was always kept up to date

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Solicitors who work at Ward Gethin Archer Limited

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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