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Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP

Employment > Employment: Essex Tier 3

Sought out by clients in the education, automotive, logistics and retail sectors, Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP‘s employment team's work covers the entire South West region from its base in Westcliff. Group head and commercial expert Fiona Colwell has expertise in settlement agreements, and is also well versed in TUPE matters, as well as drafting documentation, such as staff handbooks, contracts for consultants and ancillary documentation.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Colwell

Private client > Family: Essex Tier 3

With bases in Westcliff-on-Sea, Billericay and Benfleet, Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP‘s family department is reputed for its ‘great depth of knowledge and experience’. Department head Chris Wall is a key contact for complex financial matters, and private children law disputes. Annette Lowen is a member of the firm’s dedicated children department, while Melanie Steeples specialises in financial remedies, and Summer Croft is praised by clients as ‘a true asset to the firm’.

Practice head(s):

Chris Wall


‘A very personable and friendly team with a great depth of knowledge and experience in relation to all aspects of family law. The team is very approachable and always go the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Fantastic, hardworking team. In particular Summer Croft, who is a true asset to the firm. Nothing is too much trouble, and she goes above and beyond. We would recommend Paul Robinson to everyone.’

‘Summer Croft is very knowledgeable, and nothing is too much trouble. I really recommend her for family law.’

‘I first spoke to Summer Croft for legal advice in relation to a potential divorce case, and she was incredibly sympathetic and provided concise advice without making me feel like I had to action anything straight away. Her help has been invaluable.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Essex Tier 3

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP ‘s commercial property team acts for individuals, businesses and financial institutions on a broad spectrum of property transactions, including acquisitions and sales, tenancy agreements and leases, as well as option and investment agreements. Mark Deans leads the team in Billericay, and is well versed in high-value commercial leases, sales and purchases of freehold investment properties, and commercial loans. The team in Southend-on-Sea is headed up by Wendy Cole, who specialises in site acquisitions through various mechanisms, such as unconditional and conditional purchases and option agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deans; Wendy Cole


‘Fast and efficient – good communication.’

‘Mark Deans is super efficient.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Essex Tier 4

Group co-head Fiona Colwell in Westcliff-on-Sea advises Paul Robinson’s clients on asset and share transactions, as well as partnership and shareholder agreements. Fellow co-head and M&A expert Mark Deans in Billericay, and Courtney Parry-Lansdowne strengthen the team’s offering with their knowledge of property related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deans; Fiona Colwell

Other key lawyers:


‘Fiona Colwell provided an excellent service. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and was very responsive to requests and went out of her way to respond.’

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

Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP‘s private client team is headed up by Lee Hibell in Billericay, and is equipped to handle wills, estate administrations, trusts, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters. Hibell is a full member of the STEP and an associate member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Caroline Cole is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Lee Hibell

Other key lawyers:

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Sam Robinson 01702 338338
Real estate Andrew McClintock 01702 338338
Commercial Mark Deans 01277 500123
Family Christopher Wall 01277 500123
Crime Michelle Breindel 01702 338338
Private client Caroline Cole 01702 338338
Civil litigation Fiona Colwell 01702 338338
Crime Seth Collins 01702 338338
Civil Litigation Lorraine Lancaster 01702 338338
Private client Lee Hibell 01277 500123
Real estate Pauline Evans 0208 049 5888
Real estate John Branch 01702 338338
Real estate Claire Bradley 01277 500123
Crime Emma Grewock 01702 338338
Private Client Jonathan Saunders 01702 338338
Photo Name Position Profile
Caroline Cole photo Caroline Cole Partner in private client department who handles all aspects of will drafting,…
Wendy Cole photo Wendy Cole Partner within the department, work includes site acquisition refinancing and development, asset…
Fiona Colwell photo Fiona Colwell Partner and head of civil litigation at the firm. Holds a mostly…
Lorraine Lancaster photo Lorraine Lancaster Partner.  Holds a mostly property litigation based caseload, from both civil and…
Annette Lowen photo Annette Lowen Chartered Legal Executive Specialises in all types of children work – Child…
Andrew McClintock photo Andrew McClintock Head of real estate partner. Acts for buyers and sellers, landlords and…
Paul Robinson photo Paul Robinson Specialism is property and corporate work generally and now advises within the…
Sam Robinson photo Sam Robinson Managing partner.
Melanie Steeples photo Melanie Steeples Senior Associate
Number of UK partners : 15
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.