• Kings Stone House
  • KT1 1HD
  • 020 8939 4000
  • www.carterbells.co.uk

Carter Bells

020 8939 4000

We are a modern law firm focused on meeting our clients’ needs. Based in Kingston upon Thames, Carter Bells Solicitors provide a range of legal services to help you look after your home, your family and your business. Carter Bells was created on 1st May 1999 when Bells and George Carter & Co merged to become Carter Bells Solicitors. Our offices have always been been based in Kingston upon Thames.

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January 12, 2019 20190112201502

Wills, Trusts and Probate


We're very happy with the service provided by Ms. Mahay.

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January 07, 2019 20190107201506

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Harpreet was helpful and proactive.

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November 24, 2018 20181124201504

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Sophie started off the process for my late father, Denis George Arnett, and Harpreet continued this to probate admirably. We are very grateful.

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November 10, 2018 20181110201505

Wills, Trusts and Probate


Our business was conducted efficiently and as swiftly as the due process permitted. We were well advised initially and kept informed of progress and any possible delay. Dealings were done in a professional, but personal manner. V Good. We received first class, friendly and helpful advice and service.

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Wills, Trusts and Probate


Very helpful and friendly guidance throughout process.

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November 09, 2018 20181109201506

Excellent Service


Professional, friendly and speedy resolution of a problem with freehold documents. Would highly recommend and use again if needed.

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October 12, 2018 20181012211501

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Just Thank you so much

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Very satisfied with the speed of process providing a prompt completion.

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Verified James Added 3 months ago Report to admin
September 20, 2018 20180920211502

Always a great service


We have used Carter Bells on three different occasions for conveyancing and we have always received a good and trust worthy service from Monica and her team

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Verified John Added 3 months ago Report to admin
September 19, 2018 20180919211502

A Professional Service


We had previously used the firm for will writing and for Powers of Attorney. This time it was for conveyancing services in the sale and purchase of residential properties. The advice given was always sound and the tasks were carried out efficiently and professionally. I would have no hesitation in recommending the firm in these areas.

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Solicitors who work at Carter Bells

  • Frank Horder

    Position: Managing Partner Telephone: 020 8939 4005 Email: frank.horder@carterbells.co.uk Qualification: Solicitor – BA (Hons) Law Professional Bodies: Law Society , Resolution Experience: 36+ years Practice Areas: Family, Contested Probate and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) 1975 Act claims and Dispute Resolution After attaining a law degree, Frank attended the Guildford College of Law to study for the Law Society Finals. He qualified as a solicitor on 1st May 1981 and joined the former practice of Bells solicitors as an assistant solicitor in their litigation department. Frank practiced for many years in all area of contentious work, including family, civil, criminal, property and employment law. He became a Partner in Bells solicitors in 1984. Since the formation of Carter Bells in 1999, Frank has specialised in the field of family law. He has expertise in financial remedies/matrimonial finance, financial provision for children, pre and post-nuptial agreements, civil partnerships, cohabitation,children (private law) including schedule 1 applications, abduction and relocation, divorce (proceedings and jurisdiction) and domestic violence. He also has considerable experience in the related field of inheritance act claims and contested probate. Since 2008 Frank has been Managing Partner of Carter Bells.

  • Elaine Guy

    Position: Partner Telephone: 020 8939 4009 E-Mail: elaine.guy@carterbells.co.uk Qualifications: Solicitor – LLB (Hons) Professional Bodies: Law Society, Resolution, Thameside Collaborative Lawyers Experience: 26+ years Practice Area: Separation, Divorce, Injunction proceedings, Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements, Arrangements for Children, Financial Provision for Children, Co-Habitation Agreements, Property Disputes, Mediation and Collaborative Law Having joined the practice in 1989, Elaine qualified as a Solicitor in 1991. Since then she has specialised in all aspects of private law family work dealing both with financial issues and those concerning children. She deals with separation, divorce, Injunction proceedings, pre and post Nuptial Agreements, arrangements for children, financial provision for children, Co-Habitation Agreements and property disputes arising from relationships. She works extensively with married and co-habiting couples and more recently those within a same relationship. Elaine also has a busy mediation and collaborative law practice so is able to offer these services for clients seeking an alternative method of resolving their family difficulties. She is committed to assisting the parties in resolving their issues in a constructive manner, maintaining communication channels which are often vital in relation to the family and particularly children. Elaine is known for being approachable and providing clear and constructive advice to ensure the most efficient and cost-effective solution.

  • Justin Pinches

    Position: Partner Telephone: 020 8939 4022 Email: justin.pinches@carterbells.co.uk Qualification: Solicitor – BA(hons) Business Studies, CPE LPC Professional Bodies: Law Society Experience: 20 years post qualification Practice Area: Commercial – Freehold and Leasehold Acquisition, Landlord and Tenant, Property Investment Purchase and Disposal, Business Asset Purchases and Disposal Justin qualified as a Solicitor in 1997. He joined Carter Bells in 2006 and became a partner in 2008. He specialises in all aspects of commercial property, acting for Landlord and Tenant in the grant of leases and buyers and sellers in the acquisition of freehold interests for a broad range of uses such as offices, restaurants, retails shops, hotels and development land. He also assists clients in the acquisition and disposal of businesses and companies through share sales. Justin is a father of three and enjoys coaching cricket, watching rugby and rowing 23 miles up the river Thames once a year!

  • Simon Burley

    Position: Partner Telephone: 0208 939 4044 Email: simon.burley@carterbells.co.uk Simon joined the Residential Property Department of Carter Bells in January 2015. He specialises in both freehold and leasehold Residential and Commercial property transactions including new build purchases, property development, shared ownership, re-mortgages, lease extensions and assignments. Simon originally obtained a degree in music at Manchester University from 1978 to 1981 and worked within the music industry for 10 years. He switched to law obtaining a law degree from London University (External) in 1992-3. He qualified as a solicitor in Uxbridge in 1996, since then he has specialised in all aspects of property law. He moved to Kingston with his family in 1997 and has subsequently worked in Kingston and Perivale, becoming an equity partner at Infields solicitors in Kingston in 2009 Simon has two daughters currently at university and a son studying for A levels. He is a keen footballer and enjoys reading, film and music playing French Horn in local orchestras and piano at home. Date Qualified: 1996 Specialist Area: Residential and Commercial Property.

  • Monica Ward

    Position: Senior Associate Solicitor Telephone: 020 8939 4043 Email: monica.ward@carterbells.co.uk Qualification: Solicitor – LLB (Hons) Professional Bodies: Law Society Experience: 37+ years Practice Areas: Residential Conveyancing Monica read law at the University of Manchester and took her solicitors exams at the College of Law in Guildford. She started a Training Contract with Bells in 1982 and remained after qualification to become their first female partner. As well as having worked in Kingston for the last 35 years she also lives locally with her family. She specialises in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing including the buying and selling of properties both large and small, transfers, new builds, lease extensions and freehold acquisitions. In her spare time, she goes to classes at a local health club, walks the dog and does the odd bit of Salsa. She is an avid cinema and theatre goer and having been an Art lover for many years, now enjoys attending Portrait Drawing classes albeit, sometimes with mixed success.

About This Branch


Carter Bells was created on 1st May 1999 when Bells and George Carter & Co merged to become Carter Bells Solicitors. Our offices have always been been based in Kingston upon Thames. Bells was founded in November 1858 when Mr James Bell, the son of a Scottish Doctor, became Clerk to the Kingston County Magistrate Bench and opened an office at 13 High Street, Kingston, practising under the style of ‘James Bell Solicitor’. He was joined by his two sons, Francis James and John Sackville in 1890, and the practice became known as Bells Solicitors.

Legal Services
  • Right of First Refusal
  • Litigation - Trust and pension issues
  • Service Charge Recovery
  • Investment and buy to let properties
  • Housing Management
  • Tenant Eviction
  • Unpaid Rent, Service or Ground Charges
  • New home purchases and sales
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Unmarried Couples' Rights
  • Litigation - Breach of contract
  • Valuers
  • Insurance brokers
  • Child contact
  • Evicting Squatters and Trespassers
  • Child Law
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Financial advisors
  • Dilapidation Claims
  • Declarations of trusts
  • Injunctions
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Exclusivity and lock-out agreements
  • Child Relocation After Divorce
  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Out Of Court Divorce
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Option agreements and conditional contracts
  • Renting and Tenancy Agreements
  • IT professionals
  • Deeds of Gifts
  • Asset protection and tax mitigation
  • Remortgaging
  • Lease Extensions
  • Transfer of title
  • Transfers of equity
  • Divorce After A Brain Or Other Serious Injury
  • Litigation Law
  • Extending your Lease
  • Leasehold properties
  • Buying at auction
  • Restrictive Covenants, Easements and Wayleaves
  • Litigation - M&A and warranty disputes
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Transfers of parts of land
  • Family law
  • Children Act proceedings
  • Adoption, Surrogacy, Care and Special Guardianship
  • Probate
  • Freehold Enfranchisement
  • Tenancy Breaches, Injunctions and Forfeiture Claims
  • Parental responsibility, paternity disputes, surrogacy
  • Professional trustees
  • Wills
  • Litigation - Property litigation claims
  • Litigation - Insurance disputes
  • Child Arrangements Following Divorce
  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes
  • Possession and repossession proceedings
  • Injunctions
  • Purchase and Sale
  • Cohabitation and Unmarried Relationships
  • Family Mediation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Litigation - Product liability claims
  • Financial Matters
  • Pension and property advice
  • Right of Way and Rights to Light
  • Matrimonial transfers
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Deeds of easements, variation, deeds of rectifications
  • Housing Associations
  • Property Disputes
  • Social Services
  • Service Charge Disputes
  • Housing disputes
  • Civil partnerships
  • Trusts
  • Repossessions
  • Separation Agreement
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Children
  • Neighbour Disputes
  • Right to Manage
  • Barristers
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Unfair Loan Charges
  • Corporate Law
  • Purchase and Sale Of Commercial Property
  • Commercial Leases
  • Data Protection
  • Statutory Demands
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Management buyouts
  • Development plot sales
  • Commercial Litigation Matters
  • Investment purchases and Buy to Let
  • Merchandising and sponsorship
  • Competition law
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Environmental policy law
  • Purchase of development land
  • Franchising
  • Sales or purchases of shops, factories, warehouses, offices and licensed premises
  • Health and Safety
  • Mis-sold Interest Rate Swap Agreements
  • Commercial Law
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Rights of way issues
  • Asset Tracing
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Agency agreements
  • Business structures and joint ventures
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Finance
  • Share option schemes
  • Setting up a business
  • Summary Judgment
  • Corporate finance
  • Developer disputes

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