Mullis & Peake LLP > Shenfield, England > Firm Profile

Mullis & Peake LLP
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Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Essex Tier 3

Mullis & Peake LLP‘s Romford-based dispute resolution team specialises in employment, debt recovery, as well as company and commercial property disputes. Praised by clients for ‘always thinking ten steps ahead of the other side’, department head Holly Minney strengthens the department’s offering with her qualification as solicitor advocate. With past experience working for local governments, Esther Marshall in Shenfield is an expert in employment law and property disputes

Practice head(s):

Holly Minney

Other key lawyers:


‘The team offers a level of service that one typically expects from a leading firm based in London. They have expertise and experience across a wide range of areas.’

‘Holly Minney is an excellent litigator. She is hard working, commercially aware and is always thinking ten steps ahead of the other side.’

‘The ability to always be able to speak to a member of their firm who is aware of the subject we wish to discuss.’

‘Genuine expertise and ability to deal with almost every issue without the support of counsel. Very fast adoption of updated technology when it becomes available. The team is very diverse with people of all backgrounds and demographics to be able to understand specific cultural issues and concerns. They also recognise talent and nurture their younger lawyers properly.’

Key clients

Laville Limited/Laser Impex

Rainham Steel

Aquarend Ltd

RCH Care Homes Ltd

Barry Stewart & Sons Ltd

M & J Properties

Barry Stewart & Sons Ltd

PFC Flooring Ltd

Private client > Family: Essex Tier 3

Sally Ward, who is praised by clients for giving ‘consistent and well-explained advice‘, leads Mullis & Peake LLP‘s family department from Romford, but is also present in the firm’s offices in Shenfield and Upminster. Roisin McCorry specialises in complex financial matters, including those involving businesses, executive pensions and contingent assets. ‘Committed and reliable practitioner’ Jessica Thrower‘s practice includes handling complex child arrangements, cohabitee issues, adoptions and special guardianship work.

Practice head(s):

Sally Ward

Other key lawyers:


‘Very warm and welcoming.’

‘Sally Ward is very approachable. She is very good at explaining the legal process in layman’s terms. She has given consistent and well explained advice.’

‘Sally Ward is very patient and understanding, has been very considerate to legal costs, and has championed a low-conflict approach.’

‘The Team is very professional, efficient, and provides good quality legal advice.’

‘Jessica Thrower is a committed and reliable practitioner. Her clients speak very positively about her. She provides sensible and reliable legal advice and assistance.’

‘I enjoy working with Sally Ward and her clients. Sally seeks the best possible outcome for her clients and is keen to seek guidance on matters that fall outside of her expertise.’

‘The team is experienced, with senior solicitors with wide ranging experience in all areas.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

Mullis & Peake LLP‘s Romford-based commercial property team is known for its expert advice on the acquisition and disposal of development sites, as well as commercial landlord and tenant matters. Joanne Wood leads both the residential and commercial property departments, and provides support to the firm’s largest clients, while Sophie Williamson handles the renewal of leases and grant of licenses for landlord clients. Andrew Fidler is recommended for complex commercial land transactions.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Wood

Other key lawyers:


‘We have found Mullis and Peake extremely personable and accessible for all our needs. This has been at an extremely professional level and without any “air of superiority”, allowing us to feel comfortable in discussing issues and raising ideas for solutions and therefore engaging, so that we fully understand what we are legally responsible for.’

‘We are 100% comfortable with Sophie Williamson’s competence and confident, she is always very pleasant to deal with but also firm in her advice.’

Key clients

Unisystems Freight (UK) Limited

Gurdev Channa of Britannia Pharmacy

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex

Since the department’s restructuring 2021, Manzurul Islam has been leading Mullis & Peake LLP‘s wills and probate team, which is growing fast in strength and knowledge.

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,  Hutton Road, Shenfield and Station Road, Upminster

The firm has around 40 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. 

In December 2015 we opened a second office in Shenfield to reflect the continued growth of the firm.

We are delighted that in February 2018 another Romford based firm, McCorry Connolly Solicitors Ltd, have joined with Mullis & Peake LLP Solicitors. Then in September 2022 we were delighted to be joined with Upminster firm Stanton and Doran.

In July 2023 we were pleased to join with Wells Solicitors and open a new office in Upminster in Suite 5, Essex House, 15 Station House, Upminster, RM14 2SJ.

Types of work undertaken: Services for business: corporate and commercial; commercial disputes; commercial property; employment advice; mergers and acquisitions; 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 and Upminster

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Martyn Trenerry 01708 784000
Corporate and commercial Denise Madams 01708 784000
Dispute resolution Holly Minney 01708 784000
Commercial property Joanne Wood 01708 784000
Family Roisin McCorry 01708 784000
Residential property Paul Fursman 01708 784000
Court of Protection Samantha Hamilton 01708 784000
Wills and Probate Manzurul Islam 01708 784000
Photo Name Position Profile
Shazia Akhtar photo Shazia Akhtar Solicitor specialising in wills and probate
Emma Boys-Smith photo Emma Boys-Smith Solicitor in the Wills and Probate team
William Cook photo William Cook Solicitor in Dispute Resolution
Manzurul Islam photo Manzurul Islam Manzurul is a Member and heads our Wills and Probate team
Denise Madams photo Denise Madams Denise is a Member at Mullis & Peake and ​specialises in commercial…
Esther Marshall photo Esther Marshall Esther is a Solicitor and works in our Dispute Resolution team
Anne Wijayarathne photo Anne Wijayarathne Anne is currently working as an Associate Solicitor for the Wills and…
Joanne Wood photo Joanne Wood Joanne Wood is a Member, heads our Company and Commercial team and…
Number of UK partners : 7
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)