Mullis & Peake LLP > Shenfield, England > Firm Profile

Mullis & Peake LLP
CM15 8NR

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
Shazia Akhtar photo Shazia AkhtarSolicitor specialising in wills and probate
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)