Ward Gethin Archer Limited

01953 880800

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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Robin & Jacqui
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March 08, 2019 20190308114234

Wills Trust and Probate


very friendly knowledgeable and efficient. We feel safe that our affairs are handled by this long established local firm.

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Anoop Surendran
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March 08, 2019 20190308114234

Wills Trust and Probate


100% satisfied and impressed with the service I received from each and every member of the team who were involved. I admire the patience, friendliness and clarity they offered during the creation of my will. I would recommend Ward Gethin Archers to all families and friends. Thanks to Nicola and her team I feel that I have less burden on my shoulders now and lesser worries for the future. Thank you!

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March 08, 2019 20190308114233

Wills Trust and Probate


Everyone we spoke to were very friendly and kind, making it a very enjoyable visit

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Verified Malcolm Added 2 weeks ago Report to admin
March 08, 2019 20190308114232

Residential Property


Excellent service. Will definitely use again

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Drs Ken and Niru Burchett
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March 08, 2019 20190308114232

Residential Property


Very easy hassle free sale of property

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Verified Julier Added 2 weeks ago Report to admin
March 08, 2019 20190308114231

Wills Trust and Probate


Excellent service thank you

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Sir John Baird
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March 08, 2019 20190308114228

Wills Trust and Probate


Highly recommended for any Legal Services

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Verified Louise Added 1 month ago Report to admin
February 13, 2019 20190213190143

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Received a speedy, fixed price will writing service. I was very pleased with the thoroughness, speed and efficiency of the service I received.

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Paul Christopher
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December 18, 2018 20181218201502

Wills, Trusts and Probate


I found the friendly and efficient staff provided a high quality service. I will definitely recommend you to my family and friends.

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John Alexander
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December 03, 2018 20181203201501

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Ward Gethin Archers legal representative fully met my needs, friendly and efficient in every way. Highly recommended.

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Solicitors who work at Ward Gethin Archer Limited

  • 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 .

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

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