Angela joined Mortons in 1986 as a junior typist, her career in the firm is unique. 

She decided shortly after joining that she wanted to develop her career in law and studied part-time to obtain a law degree from Northumbria University.  Angela acquired wide experience in the legal world by working full-time within the firm as a legal clerk.  She was admitted as a solicitor in 1996, became Partner in 1999 and Managing Partner in 2011.  Angela having progressed through the ranks has a sound understanding of the firm making her an ideal Managing Partner and a shining example to all members of our support staff.

Although in her early days Angela helped develop and establish our busy Family department by advising on divorce and child care matters in more recent years she now heads the firm’s Conveyancing department supervising the Conveyancing team and dealing with domestic and commercial sales and purchases, re-mortgages and buy-to lets and is still very much hands on.

Christine qualified as a solicitor in 1999.  She joined Mortons in 2004 and specialises in all aspects of family law.  She is a member of The Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme and Resolution. 

Christine graduated from the University of Leeds in 1979 with a B.A. Honours Degree in English. She subsequently studied at Manchester Polytechnic graduating in 1981 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management Subsequent to her graduation Christine undertook a number of roles within the management field until 1990.

In 1991 Christine decided upon a change of career path and began to study at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle with a view to entering the legal profession and in 1996 she successfully achieved her Legal Practice Diploma.

Christine joined a local firm of solicitors in 1997 where she had sole responsibility for the Family Law Department.

In 2004 Christine joined Mortons Law as an Associate Solicitor and was promoted to Partner in April 2008 and is now a director and Head of the Family department. Christine continues to specialise in all aspects of Family Law  with a particular interest in the area of Children Law.

Glyn joined the firm in January 2013 to work on the finance and business strategy.  He became Chief Executive Office of the firm in 2015.  His role is to lead the Management Team in change, strategy and performance management.

Glyn also manages a successful business consultancy.

Andrew studied Law at Northumbria University, graduating in 1998 and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2000.

Since qualifying as a Solicitor, he has undertaken a wide range of work including commercial and residential property, wills and probate, trusts, family law, business law, civil claims and business lease extensions.

He now spends much of his time dealing with –

Commercial transactions including Sale and Purchase of interests in Hospitality Businesses such as Pubs, Hotels, and Restaurants, Commercial Leases of Garages and major office complexes, acting for developers in the purchase and subsequent sale of plots on residential developments and distressed property transactions.

Trusts  including protecting assets for the family to avoid disappointment in the case of a widowed parent remarrying and protecting assets from the impact of Long-Term Care Fees.

Court of Protection Applications, Wills and affairs of the elderly

In 2019 Andrew was awarded an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice by Northumbria University after producing an in-depth study into claims by adult children against the estates of their parents where little or no provision had been made for them and in Statutory Will applications where a parent had lost capacity and had made little or no provision for their adult child on their death.  

Aside from his role as a Solicitor, Andrew is the Independent Person appointed to the County Durham & Darlington Fire Authority where he reviews complaints made against the Fire Authority members with reference to their Code of Conduct.

Claire qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and joined Mortons in 2011. Claire has practised in family law but now specialises in residential conveyancing and manages an extensive portfolio of cases.

She now heads our residential conveyancing team at our Seaham office.

Claire became a Director in 2016 and has been heavily involved in the development and expansion of the conveyancing team which continues to grow under her supervision.

David joined Mortons in 2009 as an Assistant Solicitor following completion of his training contract with a local firm.

During his training, David gained experience in a number of areas, including Crime, Conveyancing and Family Law.

Following his admission as a Solicitor, David has chosen to specialise exclusively in Family Law and enjoys the variety and challenges associated with all aspects of Family and Matrimonial Law.

Andrew joined the firm in March 2013 as an Associate Solicitor in our family department with particular emphasis on children’s matters both in Care proceedings and in Private law disputes between parents.

Andrew began his legal career in 1982 as a trainee Legal Executive and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1988 before attending Northumbria University to complete the Law Society Solicitors Final examinations qualifying as a solicitor in 1990.

He has represented clients in complex family matters including divorce, cohabitation disputes and family finance throughout his career.  He joined the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme in 2004 and is accredited to be appointed by the court to act on behalf of children in care proceedings.

Abigail studied Law at Northumbria University where she graduated and went on to complete her training contract at a local high street firm.

Abigail Joined the residential conveyancing department in the Sunderland Office in April 2016 and can assist clients with freehold and leasehold sales, freehold and leasehold purchases, Transfers of Equity, Re mortgages, new build purchases along with helping clients who are looking to purchase their new homes with the aid of Help to Buy ISA’s and under the Help to Buy Government Scheme.

Fiona is the firm’s Private Client specialist, advising on matters ranging from Estate Planning, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection matters and the general affairs of the more mature client.

Fiona qualified at Newcastle Polytechnic, with a degree in Law with Business Studies before attending the College of Law, Lancaster Gate, London. She has been with Mortons for 31 years  first as an articled clerk then assistant solicitor progressing to become a partner then managing partner until 2011 when she became a consultant. In that time she has gathered a broad range of experience in all areas.

Fiona’s very approachable manner has allowed her to successfully build up a substantial private client practice, in which she advises on matters ranging from Estate Planning, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection matters and general affairs of the more mature client.

In addition Fiona is adaptable and results driven with excellent management and IT skills; she thrives on problem solving, variation of work and a busy environment and has experience in a wide range of legal work, including commercial property transactions, residential developments, purchase and selling of businesses and general business advice. Her keen mind and ability to interpret and effectively apply complex information has been rewarded with instructions from  prominent local businesses as well as local and national charities.

Fiona is a former President of Sunderland Law Society.

Janine graduated from University of London, Goldsmith’s College with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies in 1983.

In 1985 Janine completed the Law Society’s Final Examinations and was admitted as a solicitor in 1987 following successful completion of her Articles.

Following admission as a solicitor Janine joined a Manchester firm in September 1987 where she undertook a wide variety of work including Matrimonial, Criminal, Mental Health, Childcare, General Litigation, Personal Injury and Liquor Licensing.

In 1990 Janine became an in-house solicitor for the Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd based in Manchester undertaking defendant Personal Injury work and also defending prosecutions in respect of Food, Health & Safety and Environmental Protection matters.

Janine relocated to Sunderland in 1993 where she joined a local firm as a Senior Assistant Solicitor, specialising in Defendant Personal Injury work, moving later into Wills and Probate matters.

Janine joined Mortons in August 2003 as an Associate Solicitor within the Personal Injury Department supervising a team of paralegals eventually overseeing the day to day conduct of Industrial Disease claims, slips, trips, road traffic accidents, accidents at work etc. for both claimant and defendant.

Janine is an experienced litigation solicitor who deals with commercial landlord and tenant disputes, breach of contract claims, Professional Negligence, Debt Recovery, Contentious Probate and Court of Protection work . Janine spends around 15% of her time working on debt recovery matters. 

Sharon studied law at Northumbria University and qualified as a solicitor in 2000, joining Mortons Family Department in 2016.

Sharon specialises in children matters and is a member of The Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme.

Laura joined Mortons in July 2012 after graduating from the University of Northumbria following completion of her Law Degree together with the Legal Practice Course.

Initially employed as a Paralegal, Laura completed her Training Contract with Mortons and was admitted to the roll of Solicitors in August 2016.  

Laura is now employed as an Assistant Solicitor and currently works in our Private Client Department advising on matters such as Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attoney and Court of Protection work.

Laura also has experience in Conveyancing, Child Care matters, Protective injunctions, Divorce and Contact Disputes.

Karen studied Law and Chemistry in Leicester before completing her Law Society Finals in Newcastle and qualifying as a solicitor in 1991. Since then she has worked in local firms advising on family and property matters, before ultimately specialising in conveyancing at our Seaham office.

Daniel works in the family department, undertaking work in all areas of family law and specialising in private family matters including divorce, financial relief, child arrangement, domestic violence and cohabitation matters.

Having received his initial degree at the University of Leeds he converted to Law and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Law followed by the Legal Practice Certificate at Northumbria University. He began his legal career at a firm in Gateshead where he qualified as a Solicitor in April 2016 working in a busy litigation department,specialising in family and criminal law. He then moved to a firm in Hartlepool where he began to specialise in Family Law before his move to Mortons in September 2018.

Nicola joined Mortons in April 2016 as a Paralegal following the completion of her Law Degree at the University of Sunderland and the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University. Nicola was initially based at our Seaham office assisting in the Private Client Department. Nicola then began her Training Contract with the firm in June 2017 and was admitted as a Solicitor on 17th December 2018.  During her time as a Trainee Solicitor, Nicola was awarded the William Arthur Hutton Prize 2018 by the Sunderland and Tees Valley Law Societies which recognises excellence in Trainee Solicitors in the region.

Nicola is now based at our Sunderland Office and works predominantly in the Conveyancing Department advising in both residential and commercial matters to include freehold and leasehold purchases, freehold and leasehold sales, new build properties and re-mortgages. Nicola also works from our Seaham office in the Private Client Department attending clients and advising on matters such as Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Asset Protection Trusts.

Alicia joined Mortons in June 2018 after graduating from the University of Sunderland following completion of her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course combined with a Masters of Law.

Alicia joined the firm as a Paralegal in our Family Department, and advises clients in private law disputes, both in matrimonial and children matters. Alicia also advises and attends PLO meetings with clients under legal aid.

Alicia is based at our Sunderland Office, and also assists the other fee earners in the Family Department with a variety of matters, such as financial matters, pre-nuptial agreements, change of name deeds, harassment issues and public law children matters.

Alicia has a keen interest in Family Law and completed her Masters of Law in the research of the proposed implementation of ‘no-fault’ divorce in the UK. This research looked at how the implementation of ‘no-fault’ divorce into the current system would affect those in practice, and whether this would be beneficial to clients seeking a divorce where neither party wishes to apportion blame to the other.

Andi joined Mortons in the Summer of 2018 as a paralegal following a work placement while studying Law at university. He worked within the Private Client department dealing with Wills, Asset Protection Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Andi graduated in June 2019 with a Masters Degree in Law (incorporating the Legal Practice Course) from Northumbria University. He commenced his training contract in the same month and is currently working in the Private Client and Commercial teams.

Kalem joined Mortons in the Summer of 2018 as a paralegal following a work placement while studying Law at university. He worked within the Private Client department while completing his studies at Northumbria University.

Kalem graduated in June 2019 with a Masters Degree in Law (incorporating the Legal Practice Course) from Northumbria University and commenced his training contract in the same month.

Kalem is currently working in the Commercial team.

Rob joined Mortons in 1997 from The Court Service in Sunderland County Court where he assisted the Judiciary and Court Users.

Rob formed an interest in Family Law as a result of his daily involvement with the cases coming before the Court, which ultimately prompted him to make a career change to private practice as a Legal Clerk.

Rob deals primarily with matters relating to children (both private law and public law) along with cases involving domestic violence, including applications for Non-Molestation (injunction) Orders.

Nicola has worked within the legal profession since leaving school in 1998 initially in an administrative support role before embarking on professional legal training.

In 2009, Nicola completed her Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and as a result, was admitted as an Associate Legal Executive with the Institute of Legal Executives on 1st September 2009; Nicola is currently studying towards her Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice.

Nicola works at both our Seaham and Sunderland offices and specialises in most types of Civil Litigation, including debt recovery. Nicola spends around 30% of her time on debt recovery matters. Nicola also has experience of Accelerated Housing Possession Claims on behalf of Landlords. As well as having her own case load dealing with small claims matters, Nicola assists Janine Hobson in the preparation of more complex higher value cases.

In addition Nicola also has significant experience in Probate matters and the distribution of estates.

Kate joined Mortons Law as a Paralegal in October 2018, following her graduation from Northumbria University in 2017, with a Masters Degree in Law (incorporating the Legal Practice Course)

Kate is based in our Seaham office and is currently working in the Family Law department where she assists with all aspects of public law children’s matters. Kate also regularly attends PLO meetings to advise and assist clients under legal aid funding.

Katrina has worked in the legal profession since leaving school, starting her career in administration and secretarial duties. She now is a fee earner and has her own case load which she manages on a daily basis.

After joining Mortons in 2011 she has been based in the firms residential conveyancing department within the Seaham Office, which largely comprises of freehold and leasehold sales, freehold and leasehold purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, and purchases under the right to buy legislation etc.

Katrina has built a good working relationship with local estate agents and mortgage brokers alike.

Catherine joined Mortons in June 2014 following a short break from working in Law.  After joining a Law Firm after leaving school Catherine progressed from administrative assistant to fee earner with her own case load and maintains excellent client relationships.

Catherine has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of residential conveyancing and vast experience in developing relationships with introducers, agents and financial advisers alike.