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Probate Fees Set To Rise In 2022

Probate Fees Set To Rise In 2022

The Ministry of Justice has announced plans to increase probate application fees. According to the new proposals, the cost of applying for a grant of probate will rise from £155 (for professional users) and £215 (for non-professional users) to a universal fee of £273...



Photo by Melinda Gimpel on Unsplash The Law Society of England & Wales has produced interesting new research revealing that large amounts of people have been making or updating their wills during the pandemic.    Statistics differ, but it is generally thought that...

Lastest COVID Restrictions On Commercial Sanctions

Lastest COVID Restrictions On Commercial Sanctions

Photo by Jahoo Clouseau from Pexels Starting from 29th September 2020, the number of days’ rental arrears required before landlords can take any action under the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery scheme (CRAR) has increased. This is due to the ongoing effects of...

Mark Hipkin’s Bike Review: “ZED” 650 STARFIGHTER

Mark Hipkin’s Bike Review: “ZED” 650 STARFIGHTER

I was invited to ride the Kawasaki Z650 by M & S Motorcycles on Westgate Road in Newcastle. Often the middle-weight sector gets forgotten in the rush for off-road or dual-purpose bikes to go around the world or super-powerful naked roadsters. Fashions come and...

Special Arrangements for Witnesses in Child Care Cases

Special Arrangements for Witnesses in Child Care Cases

Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels As citizens of the UK we are each entitled to a number of fundamental rights and freedoms under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950). The recent case of Re C (No.2) (Children:...

Video-Witnessed Wills During Coronavirus Pandemic

Video-Witnessed Wills During Coronavirus Pandemic

Photo by Matilda Wormwood from Pexels. We recently commented on the possibility of making a valid will whilst working within the existing law and complying with social distancing requirements. We also noted that the Law Society and other bodies were lobbying the...

Charitable Gifts    

Charitable Gifts    

Photo by Porapak Apichodilok from Pexels. Recent legacy data analysis by Smee and Ford indicates that charitable income from gifts in wills was down slightly in 2019, the first decline in a decade.  The total amount received was £2.9 billion compared to £3 billion the...

Alderson Law Reaccredited To The Conveyancing Quality Scheme

Alderson Law Reaccredited To The Conveyancing Quality Scheme

Photo by Binyamin Mellish from Pexels. Alderson law has been reaccredited to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme for the 8th year running.  This means that we are recognised for following best practice, having the appropriate expertise, and offering the...

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Alderson Law LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales under company number OC307338.
Registered office: Pethgate House, Castle Square, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1YL

Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA ID number 402010.

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Chris was originally a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives from 1997 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2001.

He has over 25 years experience in private client work comprising Wills, Trusts, Probate, Powers of Attorney and other Court of Protection Work such as Deputyship applications. Chris has been a Partner in several firms in the North East, being Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate.

He brings a wealth of experience to his role and works closely with clients, providing them with a service tailored to their needs

Susan was born and bred in the North East, spending all of her working life in Blyth. She qualified in 1981 and, after some years at Alderson Law, began to specialise in family law, covering both private and legal aid. Susan was a member of the Law Society Family Panel and an accredited Resolution specialist, specialising particularly in private children law and domestic violence.

Susan took part-retirement in December 2018 but still works as a Solicitor here at Alderson Law. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. She has also been a Brownie leader for over 40 years.

Originally from East Yorkshire, Jasmine moved to the North East in 2012 to study at Northumbria University undertaking the M Law Exempting (BPTC) course (the only undergraduate course in England and Wales which incorporates the Bar Professional Training Course), graduating in 2016 with a First Class Honours and a Very Competent in the Bar Professional Training Course. Prior to joining Alderson Law Jasmine specialised in RTA Fraud in a Personal Injury firm, before moving to another firm to work as a Family Law Paralegal.

In 2018 she joined our team as a Family Law Paralegal, and whilst working full time, undertook a two year Legal Practice course at Sunderland University, qualifying as a Solicitor in November 2021. In her spare time Jasmine likes visiting the beach, watching live music and looking after her pet rabbit.

Julie is a highly experienced property solicitor. She studied Law at Northumbria University and, after qualifying in 2000, went on to work at national and international firms prior to joining the team at Anderson Law in 2017. She works alongside her clients, advising on residential and commercial property development, property investment, portfolio management, property finance, landlord and tenant, easements and restrictive covenants.

Fiona is a specialist private client lawyer providing advice and assistance with wills, trusts, tax planning, probate & estate administration, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection and elderly client work. Having previously worked with a number of Newcastle-based firms listed in The Legal 500, Fiona brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. She is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), the association for specialists in family inheritance and succession planning.

Fiona grew up in Northern Ireland and studied law at Durham University, and has remained in the North East ever since. She enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage in Northumberland.

Mark Hipkin, partner at Alderson Law LLP, has been advising businesses and claimants since he qualified as a solicitor in 1982.

Mark’s passion is for representing claimants on two wheels in complex, serious and catastrophic motorcycle, scooter and cycle injuries, but he also has extensive experience of acting for claimants in many other personal injury areas including occupiers and public liability work and accidents at work. He specialises in challenging and complex cases. Mark always puts the client first, looking from the first day of instruction to obtain the best and fairest outcome for a claimant, no matter how long a case may take. He is a fan of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and early neutral valuation as alternatives to litigation. Sometimes, however, litigation is the best option, together with the necessary drive to see every matter through to a fair conclusion.

Mark also, having started his own business, advises business clients, often with motorcycle-, scooter- or cycle-related businesses and also deals with complex commercial disputes, professional negligence cases, and general civil litigation.

Mark likes to spend what free time he has with his family, his faithful sprocket spaniel, and practising Tai Chi and Tang Too Do (Korean karate – in which he is a second Dan).

Having worked in family law for over 25 years, Julie is a highly accomplished specialist in her field. She has a vast body of experience in dealing with family law, from divorce and related financial issues to complex child-related cases. Julie was the first person in North Tyneside to achieve the status of an accredited advanced family law specialist, and is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel, which demonstrates her experience in complex contested family cases and other subject-specific matters.

Though multi-talented and highly experienced, Julie’s particular speciality is in complex ancillary relief (financial settlement) claims and complex residence and contact disputes.

In her spare time Julie enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and three grandchildren. She attends clients at our Whitley Bay and Blythe offices.

Tracey is one of our Partners and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. Throughout her career she has had a varied caseload undertaking matters in most areas of civil and private client law. Tracey can assist clients in a wide range of matters including: Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Debt Recovery, Residential and Commercial Conveyancing as well as Licensing and Landlord and Tenant matters.

Tracey is one of our most senior practitioners with over 20 years of local experience, having graduated from both Newcastle University and Northumbria University. When not in the office she enjoys walking, cycling, and cooking with her family.