Meet our authors

By Lawyers authors are widely experienced, practical and practising solicitors, conveyancers and legal executives.
They are the key to the practical nature of By Lawyers publications, precedents and matter plans.

Marcella King

MANAGING EDITOR, BY LAWYERS

Marcella has worked in private practice for over 20 years, running a mid-sized, multi-office high street firm for 13 of those years. She specialised in residential property law and practice management, with a good grounding in private client work. She brings a wealth of practical experience and insight to our publications. Marcella enjoys working with others, enabling them to reach their potential in supportive and positive environments. She loves the law and writing about it in practical ways so that other practitioners can enjoy practice more.

As Managing Editor UK, Marcella will oversee all By Lawyers publications.

Email: marcella.king@bylawyers.co.uk

Louise Thomas

CONSULTING EDITOR, BY LAWYERS

Qualifying in 1991, Louise Thomas has over 25 years experience in all aspects of property conveyancing, with expertise in leasehold conveyancing, lease extensions and associated transactions. Louise is a founding member of Ledgisters Limited and is the Head of their Property Department. Louise first joined By Lawyers as a contributing author and after working with the property publications joined us as a consulting editor. She has a particularly strong focus on practical communications and a desire to assist other practitioners to get the job done.

As Consulting Editor UK, Louise will apply her vast practical experience to all By Lawyers publications.

Email: louise.thomas@bylawyers.co.uk

Peter Fuller

LEGAL EDITOR, BY LAWYERS

Pete was called to the Bar in 1998 and has a Masters in Commercial Law from Bristol University. He has worked with leading legal publishers writing, editing and developing legal content across all areas of law and various jurisdictions. Initially writing as a reporter in the Chancery courts of the Royal Courts of Justice, Pete specialised in writing on civil law matters, including specialist tax materials, commercial, company and insolvency materials. As Legal Editor UK, Pete will bring his in-depth knowledge to deliver By Lawyers publications and resources to practitioners.

Email: peter.fuller@bylawyers.co.uk

Keith Betts

MANAGING DIRECTOR, ROBSON & CO SOLICITORS

Keith has worked in the legal profession since 1988, qualifying as a Fellow of the institute of Legal Executives before becoming a Solicitor and then later qualifying as a Higher Courts Advocate (Criminal) in 2007. Keith is a qualified Duty Solicitor and Serious Fraud panel supervisor. Keith continues to give advice at the police station, appears regularly in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court and has appeared on a number of occasions as the advocate in High Court Appeals. Publications he has contributed to include Criminal, Sale and Purchase of Business & Franchise.

Craig Delaney

PARTNER – CALTHROPS SOLICITORS

Craig qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has an undergraduate and masters degree in Law from Nottingham University. He has extensive experience in private client law including tax, trusts, administration of estates, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection work and will drafting. As a member of the ‘Solicitors for the Elderly’, he is a qualified specialist in asset protection, care provision through local authority or NHS funding, tax, trusts and Mental Health Act implications for the elderly. Publications he has contributed to include Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Estates.

Maria Parker

OWNER & SENIOR PARTNER – BURTONS SOLICITORS

Maria is the owner and senior partner at Burtons Solicitors. She has three offices across Kent who specialise in residential and commercial conveyancing, family law and debt collection. Maria specialises in private client work and provides advice for wills, estate administration, equity release, creation and administration of trusts, declarations of trust, powers of attorney and court of protection matters. She also facilitates free seminars within the local communities and is an Alzheimer’s Society recognised Dementia Champion. Publications Maria has contributed to include Conveyancing and Property.

Claudia Francois

SOLICITOR – CJF & CO SOLICITORS

Claudia Francois is a solicitor with her own practice in London. She has extensive experience in a range of criminal defence matters ranging through murder, drugs offences and traffic cases. She is an experienced litigator and advocate who regularly defends clients at trial in the Magistrates Court. Claudia has built a reputation as a formidable representative within her client target area.

Claudia is also a qualified supervising solicitor and a respected criminal defence trainer. Publications she has contributed to include Criminal.

Julie Hulyer

CONVEYANCING MANAGER, BURTONS SOLICITORS

Specialising in residential property transactions including leasehold, newbuild and shared ownership, Julie has worked in small practices for over 20 years and is passionate about delivering excellence in conveyancing services. Publications Julie has contributed to include Conveyancing and Property.

Robin Charrot

SOLICITOR & DIRECTOR, EVOLVE FAMILY LAW

Robin founded Evolve Family Law with Louise Halford in 2015. He has worked as a specialist family lawyer for over 20 years. With more than 10 years experience in nuptial agreements Robin also lectures in this area. He takes a practical and proactive approach to family law overall, seeking to achieve the best long-term solutions for his clients and their families. Publications he has contributed to include Family Law.

Chris Roberts

BURTONS SOLICITORS

Chris is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, specialising in residential property transactions of all types including the sale and purchase of freehold or leasehold property, new build home sale and purchase, shared ownership transactions, re-mortgage, lease variation and extension. Chris boasts an ever growing reputation for providing practical and outcome focused advice. Publications Chris has contributed to include Conveyancing and Property.

Louise Halford

SOLICITOR & DIRECTOR, EVOLVE FAMILY LAW

Louise founded Evolve Family Law with Robin Charrot in 2015. Louise has worked as a specialist family lawyer for over 22 years, including 8 years as a partner at two of the leading law firms in the North West. She has particular expertise in children issues arising from relationship breakdown, contact and living arrangements, UK and international relocation and so on. Louise provides calm, firm and pragmatic guidance in family law matters. Publications she has contributed to include Family Law.

Guy Dawson

CO-FOUNDER & EDITOR IN CHIEF, BY LAWYERS

A general practice lawyer for 50 years, Guy is also widely experienced in business and the co-founder of By Lawyers. As the original author of many By Lawyers publications, Guy is one of the most widely read legal authors in Australia and he maintains an active oversight of all By Lawyers publications. Guy’s extensive legal and commercial experience is reflected in the practical, client-oriented focus that is the hallmark of By Lawyers. Guy has read written and collaborated on every UK publication.

Email: guy.dawson@bylawyers.co.uk

Danni Larney

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, BY LAWYERS

Danni developed her substantial management and communications skills in merchant banking and journalism, before co-founding By Lawyers. Apart from being a ground-breaking online publisher she is also the author of many By Lawyers publications. Danni has managed busy legal practices for many years and holds a Masters in Business Administration – skills and experience which drive her desire to make the practice of law more enjoyable for practitioners. Danni has worked closely with the UK authors on publications in Family Law, Wills, Powers and Estates, Business, Criminal and Practice Management.

Email: danni.laerney@bylawyers.co.uk

Kate Eason

GENERAL MANAGER CONTENT, BY LAWYERS

Kate has extensive practical experience as a property lawyer in general practice and was Client Relations Manager at By Lawyers Australia before taking on her current global role. Kate is passionate about delivering industry leading content for small law firms. Her current focus is By Lawyers publications in the UK. Kate has worked closely with Julie Hulyer and Louise Thomas on the UK property publications.

Brad Watts

MANAGING DIRECTOR, BY LAWYERS – AU

Admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1994, Brad completed a corporate management traineeship before more than 20 years in private and government legal practice, including as a partner, director and consultant. Having been a contributing author for 10 years, Brad joined By Lawyers full time in January 2018, bringing a wealth of knowledge and an empathetic, practical approach to assisting By Lawyers’ subscribers. With many years practical experience in criminal law Brad has worked closely with Keith Betts and Claudia Francois to produce Criminal Law.

Keleigh Robinson

LAWYER, CAREW COUNSEL

Keleigh is an experienced and widely regarded family law specialist located in Australia and occasionally Ukraine she holds a Masters of Applied Law (Family Law). She has been Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria Junior Family Lawyers Committee as well as a member of their Family Law Executive and the Maintenance and Property Committees. Keleigh has worked with UK authors on the Family Law publications.

Doug Dawson

LAWYER, BY LAWYERS

Before joining the By Lawyers team Doug practised as a litigation, commercial and property lawyer in the ACT. Highly client focused and commercial, Doug now works with content in By Lawyers publications. Doug has worked closely with UK authors on Domestic Violence, Residential Leases, Wills and Trusts publications.

Russell Cocks

PRINCIPAL, LOCAL LAWYERS and CONSULTANT, BY LAWYERS

Russell is a renowned lawyer in Australia , specialising in all aspects of property law and conveyancing. He authored the Law Institute of Victoria’s Ethics Handbook, writes a monthly column in the Law Institute Journal. Russell worked with UK authors on Practice Management and ethics.

Greg Vale

PRINCIPAL, VALE LEGAL

Greg is an accredited specialist in Business and Personal Tax in Australia. Greg advises clients on business restructuring, taxes including income and capital gains, stamp duties, pay roll tax and land tax. He also handles tax disputes including Project Wickenby matters, superannuation, asset protection planning, estate planning. Greg worked with UK authors on the Companies, trusts and partnerships publications.