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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Verified Susan Added 3 weeks ago Report to admin
December 19, 2018 20181219201502

Residential Property / Conveyancing


Really helpful team during a difficult & stressful move.

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Verified Raymond Added 1 month ago Report to admin
December 16, 2018 20181216201502

Local legal services


Very happy with the service and as you are local, I felt hat you are close enough if I had an issue.

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Verified Carole Added 1 month ago Report to admin
December 04, 2018 20181204201501

Approachable company


I found all the staff at Warner Goodman very helpful and approachable at all times which led to a smooth and efficient service overall.

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Verified Peter Added 1 month ago Report to admin
November 30, 2018 20181130201501

Highly recommended


Even though we have moved to Devon we were so impressed with our conveyancing that we didn't hesitate to return to do our Wills.

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Verified Mark Added 1 month ago Report to admin
November 29, 2018 20181129201502

Good, reliable, trustworthy


I enlisted the help of Warner Goodman when my marriage broke up, and they were very competent in every aspect of the process.

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Verified Trevor Added 1 month ago Report to admin
November 26, 2018 20181126201501

Solicitors for us


Central Fareham with easy access, friendly and professional help with clear advice given and a fair price we thought.

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Verified Robert Added 1 month ago Report to admin
November 18, 2018 20181118201504

Residential Property / Conveyancing


Very good service.

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Verified Ian Added 2 months ago Report to admin
November 16, 2018 20181116201504



Have used Warner Goodman (Fareham branch) 4 times in the last 5 or so years for house moves and purchase of rental properties.. ALWAYS good, prompt and attentive service. I wont go anywhere else!

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Verified Monica Added 2 months ago Report to admin
November 12, 2018 20181112201504

Residential Property / Conveyancing


Found everything very friendly and always answered to phone quickly or returned call.

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Verified Edson Added 2 months ago Report to admin
November 09, 2018 20181109201506

Very Helpful


Great all round service, can't really fault it on any stage of conveyancing. Laura was always helpful and very friendly and Mr Blake and his team performed excellently.

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Solicitors who work at Warner Goodman

  • 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 Warner Goodman & Streat 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 Warner Goodman. 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 at Warner Goodman LLP, 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 Warner Goodman LLP 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.

  • 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.

  • Sarah Brooks

    Before joining Warner Goodman, Sarah started out life as a jockey. But having raced against the likes of Lester Piggott and Willie Carson (and lost), she decided to hang up her reins and embark on a legal career. Sarah now has 27 years experience in the law and has a broad knowledge of many fields. Having gained experience in criminal law, civil litigation and probate, Sarah decided to specialise in the world of property – now heading up Warner Goodman’s Conveyancing Team. She qualified as a Legal Executive in 2001 and became Business Head of the Residential Conveyancing Department in 2009. In 2011 she became a Partner. 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 horse riding and long country walks with her dog.

  • 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.

  • Ed Voller

    Ed is the firm’s Managing Partner – a full time management role within Warner Goodman LLP where he will be able to use his people skills and business knowledge to assist in the continuing development of the firm. After acting for injured claimants for over 30 years, as of June 2015, Ed ‘hung up his boots’ as an injury lawyer in order to work alongside the firm’s retiring managing partner. During his 30 years he helped thousands of people claim compensation following serious injuries, road traffic accidents, accidents at work and many more who have been able to rebuild their lives due to the important financial support received. Ed is no stranger to management roles, for many years he has been a member of the firm’s Business Team and, before that, he was a member of the firm’s Management Team, Partner In Charge of our large Southampton Office, Litigation Business Head and Marketing Partner. Ed was born and raised in South London (the accent still gets through!) and trained in Gray’s Inn, London, spending the first seven years of his legal career there. Ed joined Warner Goodman in 1987 and has been a Partner in the firm since 1989. Outside of work, he is a singer/songwriter and writes original descriptive labels for a commercial craft ale brewer.

  • Jane Cox

    Jane began in 2004 as an Assistant Solicitor in the Private Client department before being promoted to Associate status in 2007, and then appointed Partner in 2013. Jane graduated from Plymouth University with a 2:1(Honours) degree. She went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford and obtained a Distinction. Jane completed her training with a firm in Kent aptly called Warners and then spent her first year as newly qualified Solicitor in the firm Lamport Bassett. Jane works part time and the remainder of her time is spent looking after her children, walking her Labrador, Bess and trying to fit in some time to relax with her husband Mark.

About This Branch


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
  • Financial Matters
  • Litigation - Insurance disputes
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Litigation - Product liability claims
  • Theft
  • Debt and Bankruptcy
  • Dilapidation Claims
  • Right of Way and Rights to Light
  • Gardening Leave
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Unmarried Couples' Rights
  • Litigation - M&A and warranty disputes
  • Drugs offences
  • Leasehold properties
  • Family Mediation
  • Unpaid Rent, Service or Ground Charges
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Tax
  • Professional Discipline
  • Maternity and Paternity
  • Tax Compliance Services
  • Tribunal Claims
  • Housing disputes
  • Child Law
  • Litigation - Property litigation claims
  • Service Charge Recovery
  • Professional Conduct
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Assault
  • Consumer Disputes
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Out Of Court Divorce
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Discrimination at Work
  • Trusts
  • Collaborative Law
  • Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme
  • Injunctions
  • Trusts
  • Injunctions
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Declarations of trusts
  • Exclusivity and lock-out agreements
  • Senior Executives
  • Unfair Dismissal Claims
  • Litigation - Breach of contract
  • Restrictive Covenants, Easements and Wayleaves
  • Children
  • Adoption, Surrogacy, Care and Special Guardianship
  • Housing Associations
  • HMRC Tax Investigations and Disputes
  • Benefits Available To Asbestos Victims
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Pension Law
  • Probate
  • Possession and repossession proceedings
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Evicting Squatters and Trespassers
  • Property Disputes
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Matrimonial transfers
  • Lease Extensions
  • Redundancy
  • Litigation Law
  • Criminal defence - All
  • Litigation - Trust and pension issues
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Tenancy Breaches, Injunctions and Forfeiture Claims
  • New home purchases and sales
  • Children Act proceedings
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Asset protection and tax mitigation
  • Civil partnerships
  • Pension and property advice
  • Property Holding Structures
  • Buying at auction
  • Stress at Work
  • Child Arrangements Following Divorce
  • Transfer of title
  • Tax Advisory Services
  • Child contact
  • Deeds of easements, variation, deeds of rectifications
  • Separation Agreement
  • Employee Team Moves
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Constructive/Unfair Dismissal
  • Social Services
  • Holiday Pay Issues
  • Transfers of parts of land
  • Part Time Workers
  • Harassment/Bullying at Work
  • Child Relocation After Divorce
  • Against The Council
  • Gym Injury Compensation
  • Business Crime
  • UK Employment Laws
  • Renting and Tenancy Agreements
  • Investment and buy to let properties
  • Family Leave
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Remortgaging
  • Transfers of equity
  • Consumer Rights
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Divorce After A Brain Or Other Serious Injury
  • Housing Management
  • Regulatory Defence
  • Tenant Eviction
  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • Equal Pay Disputes
  • Deeds of Gifts
  • TUPE
  • Criminal Damage
  • Wills
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Separation
  • Employment Contracts
  • Extending your Lease
  • Travel rights
  • Welfare Issues After Serious Injury
  • Freehold Enfranchisement
  • Flexible Working
  • Family law
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Repossessions
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Agency Staff / Temp Workers
  • Right to Manage
  • Cohabitation and Unmarried Relationships
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes
  • Parental responsibility, paternity disputes, surrogacy
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Corporate Law
  • Agency agreements
  • Domain Names
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy
  • Statutory Demands
  • Developer disputes
  • Advertising and Marketing Compliance
  • Employment of farm workers
  • Farming disputes
  • Employment - business
  • Commercial Law
  • Trade Marks and Designs
  • Franchising
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Share option schemes
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Sales or purchases of shops, factories, warehouses, offices and licensed premises
  • Intellectual Property
  • Design rights and product designs
  • Computer and IT Law
  • Environmental policy law
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Asset Tracing
  • Veterinary negligence
  • Dealing with intellectual property infringements
  • Equestrian property
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Commercial Leases
  • Debt Recovery
  • Banking
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Patents
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Health and Safety
  • Unfair Loan Charges
  • Agricultural land for sale or development
  • Management buyouts
  • Data Protection
  • Business structures and joint ventures
  • GDPR
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Personality and Image Rights
  • Rights of way issues
  • Charities
  • Summary Judgment
  • Confidential Information, Know-How and Trade Secrets
  • Buying and selling a farm
  • Credit Control
  • Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Purchase of development land
  • Setting up a business
  • Competition law
  • Mis-sold Interest Rate Swap Agreements
  • Commercial contracts for farming businesses
  • Purchase and Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Development plot sales
  • Corporate finance
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Copyright
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Investment purchases and Buy to Let
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Tax
  • Merchandising and sponsorship
  • Finance
  • Farm partnerships and corporate structures

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