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Our People

At the heart of Hannays Solicitors and Advocates Ltd., are the people who work diligently for their clients and it is their depth of knowledge, commitment and persistence that has made the firm as successful as it is today.

Private Client and Conveyancing

Kim Rainford BA (Hons) Law : Managing Director

Kim Rainford BA (Hons) Law : Managing Director

Managing Director

Kim is originally from Hull, but for a long time has made the North-East his home. He qualified as...

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Craig Thompson LL.B LL.M Solicitor/Notary Public

Craig Thompson LL.B LL.M Solicitor/Notary Public

Solicitor/ Notary Public

Craig is a solicitor/notary public with our firm who specialises in residential conveyancing and is supervised by Kim Rainford. He assists...

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Sharon Hurst FCILEx

Sharon Hurst FCILEx

Sharon is a Chartered Legal Executive who works alongside and is supervised by Kim Rainford. She started her legal...

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Jordan Garvin

Jordan Garvin

Trainee Solicitor

I am a Trainee Solicitor primarily within the Conveyancing and Private Client Department at Hannays Solicitors and Advocates. I...

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Neil Priestley

Neil Priestley

Trainee Licensed Conveyancer

Neil is a Trainee Licensed Conveyancer who supports the residential conveyancing team. After studying at the University of Newcastle...

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Gavin Coates

Gavin Coates

Paralegal

Gavin joined the firm in June 2021 as a Paralegal within our busy private client department and assists with...

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Children and Family

Gill Wright LL.B (Hons) : Director

Gill Wright LL.B (Hons) : Director

Director, Head of Children and Family

Gill qualified as a solicitor in 1993 after obtaining her Law Degree from Nottingham Trent University and studying for...

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Leeanne Pearce LL.B

Leeanne Pearce LL.B

Solicitor Advocate for Children and Family

Leeanne has worked with our firm since 2009.  She specialises in Family Law and is supervised by Gill Wright...

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Other members of staff

Margarita Rainford BA(Hons) : Practice Administrator

Margarita Rainford BA(Hons) : Practice Administrator

Practice Administrator

Following a change in direction from a long career in nursing Margarita graduated from the University of Sunderland with...

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What our clients think

"I would recommend because of the professionalism at all times from the staff"
"Recommended by my friends – friendly and straightforward"
"Very polite staff and straightforward procedure"
"We were treated with polite friendliness at all times"
"We felt the Solicitor genuinely cared and kept us updated at all times"
"First class service and I am completely satisfied - thanks"

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