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Brendan Fleming

Owner of the company and head of the Public Law Department, Brendan started practicing law in 1966 at just 17 years of age and established his company in 1982. A criminal lawyer throughout much of his career, Brendan has also practiced civil law; but it is family law that has always been his first love. His firm belief is that children are better brought up by their natural parents and family; and his company has a strict policy of not acting for the local authority in care proceedings. The firm represent parents and families all over the country and Brendan is proud of their success rates.

Meet the Team

Salvia Akram

Salvia originally worked with Brendan Fleming Solicitors from 2000 to 2002. She returned in 2012 and now works in the Private Client Department.

Salvia is a keen footy fan and supports Liverpool Football Club.

Sue Barrett

Sue originally worked with Brendan Fleming Solicitors between 1990 and 2002, before spreading her wings to work with a criminal law firm.  After 10 years, she returned to work with Brendan once again in the Billing department – an area in which she has many years of experience, both on the family and the criminal sides of law. Sue is a divorced mum of 2 boys aged 22 and 17.

Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her sons, her family and her friends.  She is also a very big football fan. New Contact Button 4

Michaela Beale

After attending Liverpool University, gaining 2.1 LLB with Honours, Michaela’s interest in family law crystallised. She then returned to live at home whilst studying for her LPC at the Birmingham branch of the College of Law. Michaela started working as a paralegal with Brendan Fleming Solicitors in July 2009, she then gained a Training Contract and qualified as a Solicitor with the firm in August 2012.  Michaela has her own case load, this relates to both public and private applications which involve children. Michaela enjoys socialising with friends and gets on really well with all the Brendan Fleming staff.

She enjoys being active and taking part in a variety of activities, regularly organises and participates in charity events with many of the Brendan Fleming team.

Zoë Brettle

Zoë joined the firm in April 2012. Zoë completed her degree at Wolverhampton University, achieving a First Class Honours degree in 2009. Zoë then went on to complete a full time Legal Practice Course which further confirmed her interest in Family Law. Zoë commenced her employment as a Trainee Solicitor and will qualify in  2013. Zoë currently has her own case load of Public and Private Law matters.

In her spare time, Zoë likes to keep active and enjoys walking her dog, going to Zumba and taking part in charity events.   She also loves to travel and socialise with friends and family.

Jennifer Brook

Jennifer obtained her law degree with honours from Wolverhampton University where she also completed the Legal Practice course. She qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and joined Brendan Fleming in January 2012. She deals with family law and private children law proceedings.

Her spare time is devoted to her ex-racehorse!

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Steffi Butler

Steffi graduated from Birmingham City University in the Summer of 2012 after obtaining her Law Degree with Honors. She joined the firm as a paralegal in October 2012 originally assisting in the Divorce and Finance department. Steffi then moved to the Care department in June 2013, assisting solicitors in the day to day running of their cases. Steffi is now responsible for the running of her own full case load, predominantly dealing with matters wherein we represent the parents in Public Law Care Proceedings. Steffi will be returning to her studies next year whilst continuing to work within the firm and she looks forward to qualifying as a lawyer in the future.

In her spare time, Steffi enjoys shopping, keeping fit and spending time with her family and friends.

Jai Colmey

Jai joined Brendan Fleming in April 2011. She worked in the Legal Aid department before going on maternity leave to have her daughter who is now 2. On returning to Brendan Fleming she joined the Wills and Conveyancing Team and has gained a great deal of knowledge in these areas. Jai has now joined the Lawshop team as a legal assistant dealing with public and private law family matters.

Jai is very bright and bubbly and an extremely valuable member of the Brendan Fleming Team.

Joan Downer

Joan began her career at Brendan Fleming’s in 1982, when the company first opened for business. She is a loyal member of the team and is known for keeping spirits up. She has a multitude of responsibilities. This includes ensuring clients get their correspondence, welcoming new clients to the company and liaising with clients. She is hardworking, enthusiastic and always puts clients first. She also is known for her fantastic cuppas. She is the first port of call for people who have started out at Brendan Fleming. Her experience shines through as she guides people who are learning the ropes.

Joan loves to read. She also loves cooking and has been known to make the staff a lovely lunch.

She is highly regarded at Brendan Fleming and is an essential member of the team.

Rob Fitt

Rob manages our high cost cases through the billing process, and can always be seen with a smile on his face. Rob joined the firm in 2010 after graduating from the University of Wales, Swansea.

Outside of work, Rob enjoys combining music with red wine. New Contact Button 4

Michelle Franks

Michelle finished college in 2005 after completing an ILEX legal secretaries diploma; and has worked since then for family and criminal solicitors. Starting as a secretary, she worked her way up to undertaking fee earning work. In 2010, she left the legal profession to become a support worker for 16-25 year old homeless people. In December 2014, Michelle was then put in touch with Brendan Fleming Solicitors, where she returned to the profession in the role of admin assistant, with the responsibility of completing time recording for the fee earners.

Outside of work, Michelle loves to spend time with her twin boys and fiancé; and to socialize with family and friends.

Kerry Gilbert

Kerry’s working life originally began with Brendan Fleming years ago when she used to attend the offices on weekends and in school holidays helping out. This initially sparked her interest in law, which she went on to study; however her career took a turn and she built up a solid career in the catering industry running some of the most prestigious venues including the Grand Prix at Silverstone and The Ryder Cup at The Belfry. At 19, she was also part of the catering management team who reopened The Birmingham Hippodrome and launched The New Bullring. Kerry decided to have a career change and retrained working for a firm of Solicitors in Birmingham City Centre. Kerry qualified as a Legal Secretary, predominantly based in Residential Conveyancing and ran her own files. Kerry came full circle in her working life when she came to work for Brendan Fleming again at the beginning of 2012. She is now the Financial Manager for the firm and Property Manager and Personal Assistant to Brendan Fleming himself and loves her job.

Any spare time is devoted to her husband and her two young children who keep her more than busy with the odd bit of swimming and kickboxing!

Vicky Harvey

After completing her Law Degree at Coventry University and her LPC at the College of Law in Birmingham, Vicky joined Brendan Fleming in July 2009. She joined as a paralegal and worked with a wide range of clients before obtaining her training contact and qualifying as a Solicitor in August 2012. Vicky continues to work with a wide range of clients up and down the country, predominantly within public law however she also has some private law matters. Vicky enjoys this area of work as it allows her to work with a vast group of people and experts.

In her spare time Vicky enjoys keeping fit and socialising with her family and friends.

Sioned Hetherington

Sioned graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea with a 2.1 BA Honours in History in 2009. Having completed her degree she took a gap year for a well-earned break, before joining Brendan Fleming Solicitors as a paralegal in March 2010.

She enrolled at the Birmingham College of Law in September 2010, passed the Graduate Diploma in Law in July 2011 and subsequently passed the Legal Practice Course in October 2013. She now holds a further LLB post-graduate degree in Law, and fully qualified as a solicitor in May 2015.

Sioned works within the public care department with the majority of her work load involving representing parents in cases of alleged non-accidental injury against children. She has a particular interest in cases involving brain trauma and head injuries.

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Vicky Hubball

Vicky attended Birmingham City University and graduated with a degree in Law and American Legal Studies (LLB Hons) in 2008, successfully completing the Legal Practice Course at the same institution the following year. She began working for Brendan Flemings in October 2010 as a paralegal, and her training contract started  in August 2012 and she is now fully qualified as a solicitor. She has been responsible for her own case load for some time, mainly consisting of care work.

Vicky has recently taken up running in her spare time and has completed two half marathons. She has also joined several members of the Brendan Fleming team in various charity events, including completing the 10k Race for Life and climbing Mount Snowdon.

Jane Hurcomb

Jane originally joined Brendan Flemings after leaving school in 1987. Having undertaken the Legal Executive Course with ILEX, she was promoted to the Family Department and continued to deal with divorce, financial proceedings and children’s matters for the next ten years until she left to have her two children. Prior to her return to the firm eighteen months ago, Jane worked for four years for a company specializing in child support problems, helping people to resolve their issues with the Child Support Agency. She is now, once again, dealing with all aspects of family law.

When not spending time with her husband and two children, now aged 11 and 14, Jane enjoys reading – being a member of a book club – and also bike riding and swimming.

Gemma Hyett

Gemma has been a member of the Brendan Fleming team since 2011, working as part of both the Client Care Department and the Public Law Family Department. She is the legal assistant to the firm’s principal, Mr Brendan Fleming, and spends her time dealing with the new clients that approach the firm. Gemma advises and assists families who are experiencing difficulties with Social Services in the stages leading up to Court. These families may have had children removed previously and be expecting another child; some families may have entered into a voluntary arrangement with Social Services and the arrangement have broken down; and some families may have been suspected of Non-Accidental Injury. The families assisted by Gemma are wide-ranging and diverse. She also deals with any emergency matters that arise for families during the weekend or evenings. This can include difficult times where children have been removed on an emergency basis by the police. Her determination to achieve the best results for the clients has seen her successfully reuniting children with their families and avoiding the harrowing prospect of court action by Social Services.

Gemma is highly thought of by both colleagues and clients, is straight talking; and, in true Brendan Fleming style, she is committed, dedicated and always goes the extra mile for the families she is assisting.

Charley Kelly

Charley joined the firm as a Paralegal in January 2012. She first came to Birmingham when she studied Classics at the University of Birmingham, where she gained a 2:1 in her degree, going on to study the two-year Law Degree for Graduates, also at the University of Birmingham. Having attained a 2:1 in her Law Degree, Charley then attended the University of Law in Birmingham in order to undertake her Legal Practice Course, in which she gained a Distinction. In addition to obtaining a Distinction overall, Charley also won the Legal Practice Course prize in Property Law for achieving the overall highest mark in Birmingham for that subject in 2013. Throughout the Legal Practice Course, she continued to work at the firm part-time in order to retain responsibility for the day-to-day running of files.

Charley undertook her training contract at the firm and qualify as a Solicitor in April 2015. Charley is responsible for her own case load, dealing with the day-to-day running of these files. This includes meeting with clients; drafting statements and applications; pre-hearing negotiations and conducting advocacy. She mainly represents parents in Public Law Proceedings and undertakes some Private Law matters. Charley is described by clients as supportive, kind, caring, non-judgmental and always willing to go the extra mile to help.

In her spare time, Charley loves to spend time with her family and friends.

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Brian McGeown

Brian McGeown, ACILEx, is an Associate of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives having more than 40 years experience. An expert in his field, he is considered friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. His good advice extends to ensuring clients are fully aware of all the costs and expenses throughout their dealings with Brendan Fleming. He has earned himself a great reputation throughout the Midlands property world and is proud that in all the years he has been in the business he has never had a single negligence claim against him.

Brian’s ever-growing band of satisfied clients is a tribute to his professionalism and his conveyancing and will-writing expertise.

Lizette O’Callaghan

Lizette joined the firm in 2011 as the Cashier and works with the finances daily.

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Charlotte Raybould

Charlotte joined the firm in September 2011, having previously worked at a family law firm in Dudley for two years.  Prior to that she studied Law & Criminology at the University of Sheffield, followed by the LPC at Birmingham College of Law, where she received a Commendation.  Since joining the firm, Charlotte has run a full caseload of private and public law Children Act matters, and deals with injunctions under the Family Law Act.  She is a confident advocate who undertakes all of her own advocacy, diary permitting.  Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in November 2014.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys walking her Labrador, Harry, and she also travels to visit her friends all over the country.  She is an avid reader and cinema-goer with varied tastes.

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Cyrus Rashvand

Cyrus obtained his LLB (hons) from Leicester University. Having completed the LPC course through the College of Law in Birmingham he completed his training contract in 2012 doing a variety of law but particularly focusing on representing parents in Care Proceedings. Cyrus joined the firm in 2013 where he continues this work. He undertakes a lot of the firm’s court work, assisting other fee earners in their court work as well as his own.

Outside of work Cyrus enjoys music and football supporting Aston Villa.

Kelly Russell

Kelly has been a member of the Brendan Fleming team since 2014. She is employed as a part-time admin assistant whose responsibilities include handling Credit Control.

Outside of the office, Kelly likes to spend time with her 3 year old daughter. She also likes to watch a good football match and has been known to enjoy the odd hand of poker.

Ellie Satterthwaite

Ellie first joined the firm as a paralegal in 2012 after graduating with a 2:1 in her Law degree from Birmingham University. She then spent some time travelling around South-East Asia before returning to Birmingham to undertake the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Ellie is now in the process of completing her Masters in Legal Practice and has returned to the firm as a paralegal. Ellie is responsible for the day to day running of public family law files and is looking forward to starting her training contract with the firm this year.

In her spare time Ellie likes to keep active and would like to complete another half marathon (sometime in the near future!). She also enjoys reading and socialising with her family and friends.

Natasha Satterthwaite

Natasha first joined the firm as a paralegal in 2012 after gaining a 2:1 in her Law Degree. She returned to her studies in 2013 to complete the Legal Practice Course at the Birmingham University of Law, achieving a Distinction. Currently she is working toward her Masters in Legal Practice. Having returned to work at Brendan Fleming in 2014, Natasha is now responsible for running her own case load, representing parents in public law proceedings.

In her spare time, Natasha enjoys running and taking part in various charity events. She also enjoys socialising, spending time with friends and family and travelling.

Laura Stocks

Laura joined the firm as a paralegal in July 2011. After gaining a 2:1 in her degree, Laura completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Birmingham, achieving Commendation for both. She also obtained 2:1 LLB.  Laura is currently undertaking her training contract and is due to qualify as a solicitor in March 2015. Laura is currently responsible for her own case-load, representing parents and other relatives in both Public and Private Law proceedings. She also has experience of representing clients in domestic abuse proceedings, as well as some experience of divorce and financial matters, after doing some training in this area. She deals with the day to day running of her files and undertakes most of her own advocacy.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling and shopping.

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Dawn Sweeney

Dawn first started out in Law in 1988 before specialising in Family Law in 1990. She joined Brendan Fleming in 1993 because she wanted to gain experience in one of the top Family Law firms. She remained with Brendan until 2000, when she moved to another firm to broaden her knowledge of Family work.  She had a break from the legal world between 2006 and 2010 to have her two younger boys before rejoining Brendan Fleming at the end of last year. Dawn is a busy mum of three boys – 14 years, 6 years and 3 years old – which has given her a practical understanding of some of the situations that Clients with children face.

If she does get any spare time (which is a premium) she is into genealogy, reading, music and good films.

Anne-Marie Tidmarsh

Anne-Marie began her career at Brendan Fleming Solicitors in the 90’s and she worked here for 8 years when we were based at the Gazette Buildings. After having a break to start a family, Anne-Marie made a welcome return in 2010. Anne-Marie specialises in cases where supportive parenting is required and the Local Authority have removed children from a parent’s care. Anne recently had great success in a long-standing case where our client’s children were returned home following a successful appeal in the Royal Courts of London.

Anne-Marie enjoys spending time with her two children and being a child herself. She enjoys cycling, trampolining and long mountain walks. She is also a keen runner and has been in many charity fun runs.

Anne-Marie is an asset to Brendan Fleming Solicitors. She has a great energy and passion for her work and is always focused on getting the best outcome for her Clients.

Rebecca Ward

Rebecca first joined Brendan Fleming as a paralegal in 2008 and since that time, driven by her indomitable enthusiasm and commitment to her work, has gone from strength to strength, having now fully qualified, and been formally admitted to the Roll as a solicitor. She is a true solicitor in the Brendan Fleming style: a star of the firm with a terrific and effervescent personality. Working in the area of complex cases, Rebecca specializes in the area of non-accidental injury, where she works very hard for her clients.

She is highly thought of by both colleagues and clients alike. As one client put it: “She was so compassionate to us as a family and dealt with us on a very caring basis. She went far and above what a normal solicitor would have done…. She was wonderful with our children.”

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Annette Woodall

Annette has a wide experience in all matters relating to family breakdown, particularly in respect of financial matters. This includes dealing with high-net financial claims, often involving substantial assets and pension issues. She has a firm and practical approach to achieving high levels of settlement and client satisfaction. Annette has specialised in family law for many years, having joined Brendan Fleming in 1984 before moving to head up a large family department at another firm in Solihull. She is a Member of Resolution (former Solicitors Family Law Association).

Her return to Brendan Fleming was welcomed throughout the company.

Louise Woodall

Louise originally joined Brendan Fleming in 1989 and returned to us in 2008 after leaving to have her two children. Having returned originally to assist in the areas of divorce and private law children matters, Louise soon showed a keen interest and aptitude in dealing with public law matters, gaining considerable experience in the area. She is now is a valued member of our care department team, being extremely supportive to her clients and well liked by all.

Away from the office Louise enjoys time with her two young children and socialising with her family, friends and work colleague.

Julie Young

Julie joined Brendan Fleming in January 2014, having previously worked for many years for a local Midlands Family Law practice.  Julie has wide experience in matters relating to Family Law with a particular interest in financial matters.  Her aim is to achieve high-level settlements, together with providing the utmost support to her clients during a difficult time.

Away from the office, Julie is kept busy by her two young children. New Contact Button 4

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