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Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP
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Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors enjoys a successful track record of claims against accountants, architects, solicitors, and surveyors. Key names to note include Rosie Fletcher and Helen Bell, who is noted for her expertise of professional negligence matters concerning property. All of the individuals that have been mentioned operate across East and West Sussex. Former practice head Karim Mohamed left the firm in May 2023.

Other key lawyers:


‘They are very responsive, cut to the chase and know what they are doing.’

‘They have the capacity, knowledge and infrastructure to deal with high value complex claims.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 3

Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors has a strong track record for representing local authorities, emergency services and utility companies in the South East region, with demonstrable know-how in the travel sector specifically. 'Intellectual heavyweight' Lee Hills leads the team out of Brighton and is a go-to name for international personal injury claims.  

Practice head(s):

Lee Hills


‘A highly respected team of defendant lawyers with unparalleled knowledge of the interplay between insurance and substantive legal issues. their use of technology is very strong and they are very popular with a broad spectrum of the defendant tour operator market’

‘Lee Hills, partner, is commercially savvy, and an intellectual heavyweight. He is often the first choice for tour operators and insurers in a range of claims, including catastrophic injury and complex package travel disputes.’

‘I have used Lee Hills at MWB for a number of years now. I have always found him knowledgable and trustworthy on our Tour Operator Liability cases.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

The private client team at Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, member of AMPA, is led by Fiona Dodd, who frequently acts as a professional executor and trustee in matters concerning entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals and families with business and farming interests. The team handles an array of work including cross-jurisdictional estates, Court of Protection matters, trusts as well as wealth, tax and succession planning issues. As Dementia Friends, the team also serves elderly clients and tackles lasting powers of attorney work.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Dodd

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Partridge; Claire Busuttil; Matt Parr; Caroline Flint; Rebecca Louis


‘I refer individuals to Mayo Wynne Baxter’s private client non-contentious team because I know them to be capable and trustworthy.’

‘Jessica Partridge is definitely one to watch. She is excellent with clients and comes up with pragmatic and technically sound solutions. Fiona Dodd’s straight talker, no nonsense approach makes her an ideal candidate to act as a replacement independent administrator of an estate where there is a background of a dispute between beneficiaries and/or previous executors.’

‘They have all bases covered. Although a large team, with a huge amount of expertise, it feels like you are dealing with a small company.’

‘Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP are incredibly responsive when dealing with clients. Their commitment to their clients’ wellbeing is second to none. This is evidenced by their personal interest in each client.’

‘I have worked with Claire Busuttil for several years. Claire’s knowledge of the legal aspects of each case, including her understanding of adult safeguarding is exceptional. Additionally, she has an outstanding way with people that encourages trust-based relationships that ultimately achieve the best outcomes for each of her clients. She is a pleasure to collaborate with, and I would confidently recommend Claire to anyone needing legal advice or support.’

‘The team are sensible, practical, and easy to deal with.’

‘Rebecca Louis in particular stands out. She is efficient, friendly, and analytically extremely sound.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP’s property litigation department has vast expertise in commercial dilapidation disputes, TOLATA cases, and lease renewals. The ‘approachable and professional’ team operates out of Brighton, East Grinstead, and Lewes, with ‘standout’ practice head Helen Bell bringing over 30 years’ experience in handling landlord and tenant disputes to the team. Jo Ironside focuses on complex lease extensions and acquisition orders. Associates Marika Monaghan and Paul Rooke handle right of way claims and boundary disputes, and possession actions, respectively. Nick Stockley joined from Dawson Hart in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bell


‘The property litigation team here is very approachable and professional offering calm, measured and commercial advice.’

‘Helen Bell – exceptional. Her speed and efficiency is second to none. Difficult clients do not phase her. Extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Marika Monaghan is astute, thorough and dedicated to her clients.’

‘I have always found Marika Monaghan to be an excellent property solicitor. Frequently her clients have never been involved in litigation previously; Marika takes considerable care to take them through the process, ensuring that they are aware of the risks and expense of litigation and the stress involved and giving sensible advice on potential outcomes. Her client care is excellent.’

‘Jo Ironside and her department are probably one of the best and most experienced leasehold enfranchisement teams outside of central London. Nothing is too complex for them and clients are very much in safe hands.’

‘Helen Bell is a standout extremely dedicated property litigator. Helen is very astute in her case management and strategy and her client care is excellent. It is rare for Helen not to get an excellent outcome for her clients and much of what she does comes from repeat business.’

‘Paul Rooke is developing an enviable reputation as a litigator and is extremely proactive in his case management.’

‘Helen Bell – incredibly driven, thorough and extremely knowledgeable. Never leaves a stone unturned!’

Key clients

Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd

Britekey Limited

Essex Court Investments Limited

Portslade-by-Sea (Investments) Limited

33A Brunswick Square (Hove) Limited

Hadstone Limited

Crown Office Trading Limited

Hargreaves Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of building contractor Britekey to recover unpaid invoices for refurbishment works and successfully defended a counterclaim for £250,000 alleging defects to workmanship and overcharging.
  • Advising residential leaseholders of their rights to claim against their freeholder for failure to keep the roof in repair causing damage to their property and personal injury due to mould.

Private client > Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP has recently bolstered its private client and family practice, which spans Crawley, East Grinstead and Lewes, through the merger with Lawson Lewis Blakers in April 2023. Also a member of the national legal and professional services group AMPA, the team is co-led by ‘incredible solicitor’ and barrister Grant Parker, who specialises in cases of domestic abuse, separation, divorce and cohabitation and financial issues arising from relationship breakdown, and Emma Van Bunnens, who undertakes her own advocacy and focuses on financial remedy and private law children matters including child arrangement and special guardianship orders.

Practice head(s):

Grant Parker; Emma Van Bunnens

Other key lawyers:

Charles Le May; Karen Jeary; Estella Hlisnikowski


‘Grant Parker always puts his clients first. He is friendly and approachable, and a joy to work with. His strategic approach to cases continually sees great results on behalf of his clients. Karen Jeary brings a wealth of experience to cases she is involved in. Her experience allows her to navigate complex matters with minimal fuss, and cases are brought to conclusion with efficiency. Karen is a calming influence when it comes to contested matters but represents her clients’ interests with tenacity.’

‘Estella Hilsnikowski is just a joy to deal with. She is an associate who is extremely diligent and thorough. She is friendly and easy to deal with. Estella represents her client in a transparent and robust manner, always putting her clients’ needs first. Estella’s detailed approach, coupled with her ability to put clients’ minds at ease with her excellent client care sees Estella as a standout choice of who to instruct on complicated case.’

‘A first-class team that is intent on delivering the best service to each client. A great team of partners including Emma Van Bunnens, Grant Parker and Charles Le May.’

‘The family team at Mayo Wynne Baxter are a fantastic group of lawyers to work with. They are always highly efficient and always trying to achieve the best possible results for their clients.’

‘Karen Jeary is very client focused. She has a thorough understanding of the law and the best approach to take to help clients to achieve their goals. Charles Le May is a solicitor who always offers more to his clients. He is careful and knowledgeable. He goes out of his way to support individuals during difficult cases to achieve the best possible outcome.’

‘Grant Parker was an incredible solicitor, and we would use him again if needed. He was truthful, straight up and didn’t sugar coat anything. He was sensitive and kind about the situation but also told us in the kindest way where we were wrong or wouldn’t get what we were asking for from the other side. He was reliable and quick to respond in an emergency, which our case was. He acted with urgency in every way.’

‘MWB has a diverse practice and can offer good practical advice on a whole range of legal matters. They are a mid-sized firm, not too large to lose the friendly personal touch.’

‘The firm is a class and quality firm and has a diverse range of experienced lawyers to cover all aspects of legal issues.’

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Led by the highly praised Martin Williams, Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP, which merged with Lawson Lewis Blakers in April 2023, offers local businesses and other clients in the manufacturing and charity sectors assistance with employment contracts and procedures, dismissals and redundancies.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Chief Executive Dean Orgill 01273 223224
HR Director Clare Smith 01323 745625
Compliance Partner Chris Randall 01273 407445
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Helen Bell photo Helen Bell Partner and Board Chair
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Lee Hills photo Mr Lee Hills Partner
Paul Rooke photo Mr Paul Rooke Associate Solicitor