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Mullis & Peake LLP

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 3

Benefitting from 'a strong breadth of expertise within the practice', Mullis & Peake LLP's team in Romford handles disputes across a range of sectors including construction, leisure and healthcare. Practice head Holly Minney is a qualified solicitor-advocate, while firm chairman Martyn Trenerry has 'decades of experience in litigation across many subjects including high value personal injury, probate, and other estate claims.' Associate Esther Marshall's track record includes commercial disputes, landlord and tenant matters and property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Holly Minney

Other key lawyers:


‘Mullis & Peake have a number of excellent litigators who all focus on achieving the client’s objectives in the most effective and focused way possible. This firm is all about their clients. All of the fee earners I have worked with are intelligent, conscientious and personable.’

‘Martyn Trenerry has a wealth of experience and is a great tactician. Holly Minney is highly experienced in dealing with all aspects of business disputes.’

‘Always able to contact them. Excellent extensive knowledge by all.’

‘Martyn Trenerry and Holly Minney’s strengths are that they are practical, determined to understand the facts of a case, and good litigators. They have good back-up and are on top of their practices.’

‘All of the people I deal with are very efficient and always work in timely manner. I can always speak to someone who will know about my case.’

‘There is a strong breadth of expertise within the practice.’

‘A fantastic firm with high quality people who are aware of all the practice areas offered and are not limited to just their own usual case load subjects. One of the most diverse firms I have worked with.’

‘Martyn Trenerry has decades of experience in litigation across many subjects including high value personal injury, probate, and other estate claims. The group has a high skill level in many areas of litigation with a particular interest in landlord & tenant work, and fully understands the statutory changes that are catching so many people out.’

Key clients

Laville Limited/Laser Impex

Rainham Steel

Aquarend Ltd

RCH Care Homes Ltd

Barry Stewart & Sons Ltd

M & J Properties

Private client > Family: Essex Tier 3

Sally Ward now leads the primarily Romford-based team at Mullis & Peake LLP after joining the practice in 2021, replacing Roisin McCorry. She is well supported by mediator and arbitrator Jessica Thrower, who is ‘particularly skilled in private children law disputes‘ at associate level. The group is well known for representing clients in complex child arrangements and financial matters.

Practice head(s):

Sally Ward

Other key lawyers:


‘Honesty and great attention to detail. Patience. Availability. Feels like a two-way, collaborative effort to do things the right way.’

‘Sally Ward has been very thorough, calm, understanding, patient and honest.’

‘Jessica Thrower is a trained mediator with an eye on resolution of disputes through mediation and collaboration and yet robust, direct and pragmatic when court action is required. Particularly skilled in private children law disputes.’

‘The team is a very well respected department.’

‘A cohesive team able to provide a range of services across family law.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

Mullis & Peake LLP Solicitors is a leading law firm with teams of highly skilled specialist practitioners providing legal advice to businesses and individuals. The firm is known for its commitment to excellent client care and its strong links to the local community.

The firm: Established for over a century in the East London and Essex area, Mullis & Peake LLP Solicitors is committed to providing trustworthy expert advice tailored to meet each client’s individual needs. Its heritage is built upon close family and business ties and a progressive, candid approach to its work.

Mullis & Peake was founded in 1902 by Fred Mullis. He was joined by his nephew, Lewis Peake, in 1919; this was the start of the Mullis & Peake partnership. The firm continued to expand through three generations. Mr Peake’s daughter, Daisy Peake, joined the firm in 1937. Mullis & Peake was a truly pioneering firm of the times; Daisy was only the 33rd female lawyer in the country.

Today the firm can be found in Eastern Road, Romford and Hutton Road, Shenfield.

The firm has around 35 legal practitioners of varying levels of seniority and experience. Senior members of the firm are members of the Law Society’s Personal Injury and Family Law Panels. The firm is a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme and holds the Lexcel Accreditation for practice management.

Samantha Hamilton, head of the firm’s Court of Protection department, is one of only a few Court of Protection panel deputies nationwide.

The firm is a member of LawNet, which is an organisation of medium-sized law firms dedicated to helping member firms achieve excellence in the delivery of legal services.

The firm’s century-long presence in the Romford area means that Mullis & Peake takes its community links and duties seriously. The firm selects a local charity as its charity of the year and all members of staff are invited to take part in a broad range of fundraising initiatives. .

Types of work undertaken: Services for business: company and commercial; commercial disputes; commercial property; employment advice; mergers and acquisitions; industry expertise; construction; healthcare; and leisure and hospitality.

Services for individuals: contested wills and financial provision; Court of Protection; dispute resolution; employment advice; family and divorce law; family mediation; lease extensions and enfranchisement claims; legal disputes; personal injury; residential property; wills and power of attorney; and trusts and probate.

Other offices: Shenfield

Chairman Martyn 784000
Corporate and commercial Denise 784000
Dispute resolution Holly 784000
Commercial property Joanne 784000
Family Sally 784000
Residential property Joanne 784000
Court of Protection Samantha 784000
Wills and Probate Manzurul 784000
James Bowles photo James BowlesJames is a ​Solicitor and works in our Corporate and Commercial team.
Roger Clark photo Roger ClarkRoger is ​a Member and joined Mullis & Peake in 2005
Peter Connell photo Peter ConnellCommercial Property and Company and Commercial Member
Andrew Fidler photo Andrew FidlerAndrew is a Member at Mullis & Peake and works in our…
Shelley Fitzpatrick photo Shelley FitzpatrickShelley qualified as a solicitor in October 2016 and focuses on residential lease…
Paul Fursman photo Paul FursmanPaul qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and specialises in Residential Property…
Natacha Gomes photo Natacha GomesNatacha is a Senior Associate Solicitor specialising in Residential Property matters.
Samantha Hamilton photo Samantha HamiltonSamantha is a Member at Mullis & Peake and heads our Court…
Manzurul Islam photo Manzurul IslamManzurul is a Member and heads our Wills and Probate team
Denise Madams photo Denise MadamsDenise is a Member at Mullis & Peake and ​specialises in commercial…
Esther Marshall photo Esther MarshallEsther is a Solicitor and works in our Dispute Resolution team
Roisin McCorry photo Roisin McCorryFamily Team Consultant
Holly Minney photo Holly MinneyHolly is a Member and head of our Dispute Resolution Department
Hazara Patel photo Hazara PatelHazara joined Mullis and Peake as a Solicitor in the Wills and…
Jessica Thrower photo Jessica ThrowerJessica qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and has specialised in family…
Charanjit Toor photo Charanjit ToorCharanjit joined Mullis and Peake as an Associate Solicitor in the private…
Martyn Trenerry photo Martyn TrenerryMartyn is the Chairman as well as a specialist in contested wills…
Sally Ward photo Sally WardHead of the Family team at Mullis & Peake LLP Solicitors specialising…
Anne Wijayarathne photo Anne WijayarathneAnne is currently working as a Solicitor for the Wills and Probate…
Sophie Williamson photo Sophie WilliamsonSophie Williamson joined Mullis & Peake in February 2018 and is an…
Kristina Wolfenden photo Kristina WolfendenKristina is a Solicitor within Mullis & Peake’s private client team.
Joanne Wood photo Joanne WoodJoanne Wood is a Member, heads our Company and Commercial team and…
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
Law Society of England and Wales
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)

At Mullis & Peake LLP Solicitors we are committed to a policy of treating all our employees, workers and job applicants equally. No employee or potential employee will receive less favourable treatment because of any “protected characteristic”, namely, but not limited to:

  • age (or perceived age)
  • disability (past or present)
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership status
  • maternity or pregnancy related issues
  • race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • trade union membership (or non-membership)
  • part-time or fixed term status

We are particularly concerned that equality and diversity is maintained in the following areas:

  • in the workplace
  • when providing services to clients
  • in our dealings with third parties, e.g. barristers, experts and suppliers

We aim to encourage, value and manage diversity and are committed to equality for our entire staff. We wish to attain a workforce that is representative of the communities from which it is drawn.

These principles of equality and diversity also apply to the manner in which we treat clients, our business partners and visitors.

CLIENT: Mark Huttlestone
TESTIMONIAL: May I take this opportunity to thank you for your diligent and pro-active work during the process of selling our industrial unit. This was a rare occasion that proceedings did not drag on and your communication was excellent throughout.

I would certainly recommend your services going forward and wish all solicitors were as efficient as you.

CLIENT: Mr Channa
COMPANY/FIRM: Britannia Pharmacy
TESTIMONIAL: It gives me great pleasure in advising you that the level of service and due diligence and care I received from Danielle was to an outstanding level, beyond my expectation of a Non-City Firm.

Danielle took a great deal of care and personal interest in ensuring that I was advised on all matters promptly and fully.

Additionally all follow-ups and matters requiring attention were professionally and courteously handled by Danielle at all times. In fact, there were two occasions where Danielle was ahead of me, such was her level of care over this matter.

I am also certain that Danielle would work with the same enthusiasm on her other projects and clients. You have a good, dedicated solicitor in Danielle.

CLIENT: Mr X, Client of Esther Marshall
TESTIMONIAL: I want to send an email to you to say a big THANK YOU for your professionalism and dedication to dealing with my case. I wouldn’t be able to make the best choice and move on so quickly if it wasn’t with your professional advice. I found the whole process of seeing you, discussing about the agreement, making decisions and having it signed off has been very efficient. You were such knowledgeable in the field and were spot-on with the issues which we should look into. You were also able to give me the most useful advice which I needed most to move on. All of these have taken a lot of stress off me and helped me concentrate on my next steps. I am grateful for all your help and will definitely recommend you to my friends and colleagues should they need any help.

CLIENT: Mrs S, Client of Martyn Trenerry
TESTIMONIAL: Martyn has recently guided and helped me to achieve a successful outcome to a lengthy medical negligence case. He was professional and courteous from my very first phone enquiry and throughout the case, explaining the processes clearly as we progressed. He would always return my calls quickly if he was absent from his office and, on occasions when I needed to visit the office, I appreciated that he would make himself available when I could get there.

Thank you, Martyn, for achieving my successful claim. I am delighted to record my thanks in this way. You are an asset to Mullis & Peake and I highly recommend you to all who may need your expertise.

CLIENT: Mr N, Client of Jessica Thrower
TESTIMONIAL: I will start by saying that the divorce process is not an easy one and when you have to deal with a professional person for two years they have to be up to it and able to communicate. Jessica has been both and more. Mullis & Peake are professional and set up as a company properly. I can only say the service & knowledge Jessica provided was at all times perfect; in such personal situations she had compassion and understanding. I wish her all the best in her career.

CLIENT: Ms J, Client of Samantha Hamilton
TESTIMONIAL: I had never been to a solicitor before and I thought that lots of things would be very difficult. Samantha was not only professional but she put me at ease and explained everything so that I was able to understand. I was really, really happy with the service that I received from Samantha and would definitely recommend Mullis & Peake.