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Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP

Employment > Employment: Essex Tier 3

The group at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP, based in Westcliff, regularly deals with commercial transactions, specifically relating to TUPE transfers. Practice head Fiona Colwell has continued to be instructed on a significant number of settlement agreements, and utilises her commercial expertise to draft non-contentious documentation for employer clients. The group receives mandates from clients in the insurance, charity and recruitment sectors.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Colwell

Private client > Family: Essex Tier 3

The team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP, which impresses clients with its ‘knowledge and attention to detail’, is led by Christopher Wall, who is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Law panel for financial remedy disputes and private law children work. The practice is split between Westcliffe and Billericay and has a specialist children department that includes specialist Annette Lowen.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Wall

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Wilks; Annette Lowen; Lorraine George


‘I have always been very impressed with the team’s knowledge and their attention to detail.’

‘Lorraine George has been approachable, listens to your point of view and gives you a clear answer to which way she thinks the best approach is.’

‘The team is highly responsive and considers both strategic and tactical matters at all times. I have felt fully supported at every turn.’

‘Chris Wall has been dynamic and responsive and has provided excellent advice. He is good at saying what he can do and then fully meeting or exceeding expectation. He always achieves a great deal in a short time.’

‘Chris Wall has experience in tackling complex matrimonial finance cases and is popular with clients. He is building an excellent reputation for the firm and personally and is our go-to solicitor in Essex.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

At Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP, the team advises on a range of transactions including landlord and tenant matters, tenant agreements, leases agreements, deposit deeds, tenancies at will and licences to assign. The group is able to provide a holistic service, benefitting from Mark Deans‘ commercial property expertise combined with his M&A knowledge. Deans leads the team with Wendy Cole and the pair are based in Billericay and Westcliff-on-Sea respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deans; Wendy Cole

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 4

Alongside general commercial matters, practitioners at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP handle the business and property elements of asset purchases and sales, as well as share transactions. Practice head Mark Deans, whose expertise includes company formations, M&A, group reorganisations, partnership agreements and commercial contracts, leads the team with Fiona Colwell, who practices from Westcliffe-on-Sea.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deans; Fiona Colwell

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex Tier 4

Based in Billericay, the team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP is led by Lee Hibell, whose practice focuses on estate and trust administration, wills, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters; Hibbell is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Caroline Cole is another key team member and specialises in wills, trusts and estates.

Practice head(s):

Lee Hibell

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Camelot Lottery

One of the largest law firms in the South East with offices in Westcliff on Sea, Billericay, Benfleet and Stratford, Paul Robinson is a leading provincial firm with a City approach.

The firm: Established in 1983 by Paul Robinson. After formation, the firm consisted of a small team: Robinson, a personal assistant, an articled clerk, two secretaries and an accounts manager. The firm has grown into a multi-officed business, consisting of fourteen partners and 115 other staff members.

Paul Robinson offers a full range of legal services to both individuals and organisations. The firm recruits high standard employees, trained and developed to deliver a quality service for clients. Paul Robinson has achieved the Lexcel standard.

The firm is committed to supporting local communities, providing pro bono advice at local law centres and at various Citizen’ Advice Bureaus. It sponsors a number of arts and educational organisations, and sports teams including West Ham United, Southend’s football, rugby and cricket clubs, and Billericay Town football and cricket clubs.

Types of work undertaken
Residential legal services: a dedicated team of residential property lawyers assist in the sale and purchase of homes, remortgages, transfers by way of gift and residential lettings. The team offers advice on joint ownership and trust deeds, and has secured the Law Society’s CQS accreditation.

Crime: the firm offers 24-hour legal advice following an arrest. It deals with offences, including road traffic, thefts, burglary, robbery, frauds, assaults, public order incidents, drug-related offences, sexual offences, white-collar crime, benefit fraud and murder. Its team is experienced in representing clients in trading standards prosecutions, Royal Mail prosecutions and environmental prosecutions, and can assist with appeals or judicial review cases. Representation extends to police stations, Magistrates Court and Crown Court. The team also deals with all matters relating to motoring offences.

Commercial property: the team represents developers and builders on both large and small housing developments, assists with options, joint ventures, factory, office and shop developments, licensing arrangements and general commercial property work. Paul Robinson is dedicated to dispute resolution, also covering a wide range of landlord and tenant work involving both residential and business tenancies. The firm also deals with licences, tenancy agreements and business leases and can advise on landlord and tenant disputes.

Family litigation: Paul Robinson helps with divorce proceedings, by offering information, administering the procedure, and handling the financial matters in adherence to the Resolution code of practice. The team deals with disputes related to children, has  accredited children law practitioners’ on-hand to offer expert advice. It assists unmarried couples and cohabitants on their rights in relation to property and children and in cases of abuse or domestic violence it can advise on the legal implications of the situations, and offer safe, high-level guidance. It also assists with collaborative law, allowing families to work in partnership, without resorting to the court process.

Employment legal services: the firm’s advice covers raising grievances with an employer, dealing with disciplinary proceedings, dismissal and appeals. It negotiates confidential exit packages, representing clients in tribunal claims, creating employment contracts and administering TUPE transfers. It also provides HR advice to client companies and assists them with related employment matters.

Corporate insolvency: the firm offers business clients corporate insolvency, including the dissolving of companies and partnerships, solvent liquidations, and the restructuring of a business. It also assists in directors’ disqualification and directors’ duties, and reaching settlement of purported claims.

Private client: the firm offers a wide range of services from drafting a simple will to advising on and creating complicated trusts. It provides assistance in matters surrounding loss of capacity and vulnerable adults, including drafting and registering LPA and Court of Protection applications as well as acting as professional deputies or attorneys. The firm is there to guide friends and family after death in obtaining grants of probate and administering estates of all sizes.

Civil litigation: Paul Robinson deals with all aspects of contractual claims, landlord and tenant disputes (residential and commercial), personal injury, commercial disputes; insurance claims, professional negligence, debt recovery, defamation claims, property disputes and contentious probate. Its representation covers the County Courts, High Court and also all forms of alternative dispute resolution. The department also has an accredited mediator.

Senior partner Sam
Real estate Andrew
Commercial Mark
Family Christopher
Crime Michelle
Private client Caroline
Civil litigation Fiona
Commercial Wendy
Civil Litigation Lorraine
Private client Lee
Real estate Pauline
Real estate John
Real estate Claire
Crime Emma
Michelle Breindel photo Michelle BreindelPartner and head of the criminal department. Work includes attendance and representation…
Caroline Cole photo Caroline ColePartner in private client department who handles all aspects of will drafting,…
Wendy Cole photo Wendy ColePartner within the department, work includes site acquisition refinancing and development, asset…
Fiona Colwell photo Fiona ColwellPartner and head of civil litigation at the firm. Holds a mostly…
Lorraine Lancaster photo Lorraine LancasterPartner.  Holds a mostly property litigation based caseload, from both civil and…
Annette Lowen photo Annette LowenChartered Legal Executive Specialises in all types of children work – Child…
Andrew McClintock photo Andrew McClintockHead of real estate partner. Acts for buyers and sellers, landlords and…
Paul Robinson photo Paul RobinsonSpecialism is property and corporate work generally and now advises within the…
Sam Robinson photo Sam RobinsonManaging partner.
Melanie Steeples photo Melanie SteeplesSenior Associate
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 35
English (fluent)

CLIENT: Mick Jennings
COMPANY/FIRM: Nationwide Vehicle Assistance
TESTIMONIAL: We have used Paul Robinson Solicitors initially for some Private Land Purchases. I have been using Solicitor firms in business and personally for over 30 Years and I was so amazed at how quick and efficient my Land Purchases were dealt with by John Branch and my new lease by Zuzanna Glowacka. Every time I called, I got through or received a call back as soon as Solicitor was free to speak from Paul Robinson.

CLIENT: Tony Baker
COMPANY/FIRM: Chambers Financial Solutions
TESTIMONIAL: Pauline and I have been working together for the past five years with providing conveyancing services to our clients. Pauline is our preferred legal partner and have no hesitation in recommending her services. She is very efficient and friendly which is what our clients love about her. Furthermore, we work together as a team as we both have the desire to get to completion in the interests of all concerned.

CLIENT: Jamie Lewis
COMPANY/FIRM: Affinity Mortgages
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked in the property industry for the last 23 years as both an estate agent, a writing mortgage broker and now the Managing Director of Affinity Mortgages and Director of The Mortgage Mum – over the many years in the industry we have worked with a number of law professionals and you should know that at every stage, of every separate transaction that has been undertaken by every lawyer, solicitor or support team member at Paul Robinson the service to the end client has been absolutely exemplary.

CLIENT: Barry Ryan
COMPANY/FIRM: Taylor Ryan Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: We have been a client of Paul Robinsons Solicitors for in excess of 40 years and have always found their services to be of the highest calibre. The recent sale of one of our commercial premises proved to be a rather more complicated process than usual but was handled in a very professional manner by Wendy Cole and her team.

CLIENT: Ivor Watson
COMPANY/FIRM: Marden Homes Limited
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Paul Robinson Solicitors for a number of years now and on a number of residential and commercial developments and the service they provide is and continues to be too a very high standard. From the initial introduction including searches and report on title through to the planning, construction and conveyancing stages of the development we are advised of any issues that arise which are fully highlighted and dealt with accordingly. We would definitely recommend their services.

CLIENT: Michael Hayes
COMPANY/FIRM: Railscape Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: I have been a client of Paul Robinson Solicitors both personally and professionally for over 17 years. Over this period, they have provided me with expert legal advice across a wide range of areas including Conveyancing, Commercial Litigation, Human Resources and Contractual Legal matters. I have found the team to be very professional and knowledgeable, providing a high standard of expertise at all times. My questions are always answered swiftly, with the respect and integrity. I would highly recommend using Paul Robinson Solicitors for legal advice.

CLIENT: Simon Goldring
TESTIMONIAL: As time passes, Fairfield’s requirement for property related advice has increased exponentially.

Paul Robinson’s experienced and exceptionally helpful team have always responded positively to challenges of dealing with complex and, most frequently, urgent time limited deals and all for most reasonable fees.

Given these uncommon attributes, coupled, of course with the relevant levels of expertise, I would have no hesitation in making a recommendation.