After graduating from Sunderland University with a First Class Honours Degree in Law and Business Studies Ann-Marie joined the firm in 2005. She qualified as a solicitor in November 2011 and became a Director early in 2017. Ann-Marie originally worked alongside well known and respected solicitors Ian Chapman and David Worthy until they retired from the firm in 2009 and still acts for many of their clients who appreciate the professional continuity of client care.
Ann-Marie brings in depth legal knowledge and wide ranging experience to her private client practice. She provides expert advice in relation to the making of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney to ensure that her clients wishes are implemented. Ann-Marie offers assistance and guidance following the death of a loved one and throughout the probate process including distribution of estates. Her sympathetic and compassionate approach helps to relieve the burden of dealing with these complex issues at a difficult and distressing time.
Ann-Marie has developed a substantial residential and commercial conveyancing practice. She will advise and oversee all such transactions from the sale or purchase of a first home to the veteran buyer looking for the next project or to establish a rental portfolio. She also has expertise in relation to commercial transactions including drawing up leases in relation to commercial units or advising and overseeing the sale of a business.
Ann-Marie is well known for her personal and client focused service and prides herself on her client care. She is active in the local Law Society and had developed excellent working relationships within the local business community.
In addition, Ann-Marie is a qualified Notary Public. She successfully graduated from the Notarial Practice Course at University College London in 2018 with a Distinction, achieving the highest mark on the Course that year. She is believed to be Sunderland’s first female Notary Public.
Outside of the office Ann-Marie has two young daughters who occupy much of her free time with their various activities including dancing and gymnastics.