We at Pellys RJP are rightly proud of our reputation and history as a client service focused law firm ... but what is history if we can't learn from it?... and if we're not careful history can breed complacency! Our History has lead us to where we are today, a Law Firm for Today, certainly, but also a Law Firm for Tomorrow. The next generation.
We have proudly represented three generations of both private and business clients. We've learned and perfected our legal skills and trained and encouraged our people along the way. We have seen and guided clients through the legal maze which impacts on their personal and business lives. We have seen and been part of huge successes and happy times and equally have been there at the worst possible times imaginable for our clients. In all this we have listened, learned and developed as lawyers from you, our clients.
The world has changed. The pace of change is extraordinary...New Media, the Cloud, Internet, Facebook, Twitter, on-line shopping, banking and all manner of transactions... a 'virtual' everything. The issues and challenges that our clients face in their personal and business lives are the same issues that we face in ours... we embrace the changes and challenges and our lawyers are all dedicated and entrepreneurial in their approach to finding the right legal solution for our Clients of Today and we will be doing it with energy and pride for our Clients of Tomorrow.
We are big enough to deal with today's legal issues for you and we will be ready for those posed by tomorrow. Yet we haven't lost sight of where we came from and how we got here and at the core of everything we do is making sure that we do things right.
We want you to be proud to say that you are one of our clients just as we will be proud to call you a client. We want you to feel that you have a relationship with us and that you can contact us whenever you choose, by whatever method suits you best and that you can be assured of our best attention at all times. In turn, we are confident that we will do a fantastic job for you and help you to achieve your individual or business goals.
Please explore and enjoy the website and do not hesitate to contact either myself or anyone of my colleagues as we are all here to help you.
Andrew Arnold trained and worked in London until 1990 following which he spent 15 years in practice locally before opening the Saffron Walden Office in May 2005. 2014 will mark his 30th year in the law.
Andrew is Head of the Dispute Resolution team and has vast experience of all litigation and is able to advise on matters from simple debt collection to the most complex commercial disputes. He has a substantial client base who not only use him time and again but are always happy to refer him to others.
Andrew will always bring a firm but pragmatic approach to disputes. He is highly approachable and personable and always determined to get the right outcome
Colin Grimwade is a solicitor and is the Chairman of Pellys Solicitors Limited. Colin qualified in 1973 and has over 40 years experience of commercial and development property transactions across the spectrum of client requirements. Colin's aim is to provide a service that both is second to none in expertise and experience but offering value for money.
Nick Johns qualified in 1981 after completing his Articles with Grays Inn Square based firm Curwen Jessop and James. He moved to Hertfordshire in 1983 and entered into partnership with Richard Winters in 1988 operating under the style of Winters Johns & Co based in Bishops Stortford. In 1999 he merged his practice with the Reynolds Partnership to form the Reynolds Johns Partnership and then in 2012 he joined forces with Pellys to form Pellys RJP.
Nick has a wealth of experience in many aspectsof litigation gained over 32 years in practice and his friendly, personable manner will help put you at ease as he guides you through your matter.
Nick's main areas of work include Family, Employment, Landlord and Tenant and General Civil Litigation. He is head of the Family and Law team at Pellys RJP.
Andrew Robinson is one of our directors and heads up our residential conveyancing team. Andrew has over thirty years experience in conveyancing, working in Great Dunmow, Bishops Stortford and Saffron Walden. He has a large following of clients and professional contacts across the country who instruct him again and again and recommend him to friends, colleagues and family.
Andrew has a practical approach to conveyancing and is ever mindful of the stress and huge burden of paperwork facing clients who are moving. Andrew and his team strive to make the process as stress free as possible, communicating in plain English to help cut through the jargon.
Simonne McIvor holds a business law degree from London Metropolitan University. She was originally admitted to Grays Inn as a Barrister in 1984, before requalifying as a Solicitor in 1991. She trained at the London firm Constant & Constant before relocating to Hertfordshire with her family. She is currently head of the Employment team at Pellys and has specialised in this field of law.
When not at work her interests include music of all genres, F1 Grand Prix, and travel.
Jeremy Davies is a Solicitor and the firm's head of the Personal Estate Planning Department. Jeremy has over 22 years' experience working in almost every area of the law, but for a long time has specialised in Private Client. He is particularly keen to help with practical issues surrounding Wills, Powers of Attorney, Inheritance Tax and Estate Planning and, when the time comes, Probate. He is always looking to provide practical solutions to what can be complex problems and sometimes at a most difficult time personally for our clients.
Paul Penney qualified as a lawyer in 1984, specialising in Property and has worked in the Saffron Walden area for over 30 years. Paul was a partner in a local solicitor firm for over 20 years and has an enviable knowledge of the local area. With a large client base and often working with generations of the same family, Paul’s repeat business demonstrates his approachability. Paul’s pragmatic and professional attitude makes each client matter individual and hassle free.
David Gray (A.Inst.L.Ex) is a Conveyancer with over 16 year's experience. He learnt his trade in the heart of London before becoming the Head of Legal for a conveyancing department of a solar company. Here he led the legal team resulting in the securitization of assets with a value of £100 million, the largest solar portfolio sold globally to date.
When away from the office David loves to spend time with his young family and, when allowed, to play golf! His passions include cooking, woodwork and technology.
Elaine Kane is a Legal Executive. She has some 30 years experience in Conveyancing, working in a top London firm of solicitors, Hogan Lovells, for 15 years and then locally. She specializes in all types of residential conveyancing work, including leaseholds, re-mortgages and shored ownership and her priority is to give clients an excellent service.
Her interests include reading, gardening and watching sport.
Andy is a Solicitor and qualified in 1986 with Crabtree & Whitehead in Hitchin. He went on to manage Whitehead Devereux there until 2006 when he joined Borneo Hughes Martell in Northampton before joining Pellys RJP as a Consultant in July 2014. Andy has nearly 30 years experience in all aspects of property and business law but now specialises primarily in commercial property work. Andy aims to give sound practical and sensible advice to all of his clients irrespective of the value of the transaction and believes in looking for ways to get deals done rather than finding reasons not to.
Tim Penn graduated from the University of London with an Honours Law Degree in 1971. In 1978 he came to Royston to open a branch office for a major Bishops Stortford firm. After a number of years, Tim acquired the branch office which ultimately evolved into the present firm of Penn Sassoli in 1986. Tim has a wide experience in all areas of property law, including domestic and commercial conveyancing, landlord and tenant, Wills and Probate. Tim is a member of the Law Society’s Probate Practitioners Group and he is an active member of the Cambridge & District Law Society and was a member of their working party established to advise on Home Information Packs. Outside the law his interests include music, long-distance running, wine and horticulture.
Joined Penn Sassoli in November 1984 having previously practised in London. Oscar has some 25 years of experience gaining a wide and detailed knowledge of the law in many areas. His particular expertise and areas of interest are Litigation generally and Divorce and Family work but also undertakes a wide range of other matters. Oscar often appears before the local Courts but also further afield including the London Courts. Oscar endeavours to bring a personal and sympathetic approach to the work he undertakes knowing how daunting and stressful the problems can be and working closely and in concert with the Client. Oscar's outside interests are many and varied but first and foremost he is an avid enthusiast of motor racing and motoring generally.
Richard has almost 30 years experience in advising businesses of all sizes and sectors on a wide range of corporate transactions and commercial agreements. He spent 15 years with large corporate practices in Birmingham. This experience includes mergers and acquisitions, business sales, management buy outs, shareholder agreements and shareholder disputes, re-organisations, joint ventures, share option and employee incentive schemes, bank finance, partnership agreements and a wide range of business to business agreements across a variety of sectors. Richard was listed in the Legal 500 2015 as a 'Leading Individual' in the West Midlands and cited as 'offers a customised service, having listened to the clients actual needs'. Outside of work, Richard enjoys playing the electric guitar, music, cycling and travel.
Alannah Macdonald is a Solicitor within the Personal Estate Planning department and joined Pellys RJP in July 2016. She prides herself on tailoring her approach to each client's individual needs whilst providing a professional service throughout every matter. Alannah is fully aware that the most important aspect of her work is to ensure her clients understand every stage of the matter on which they are instructing her, cutting through the jargon, whilst providing a stress free and smooth transaction. Outside of work, Alannah enjoys baking and Irish Dancing.