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Our People A to Z

Clive Barker

Family Law Consultant, Solicitor (Family Law Department)

t: 01252 550 433
f: 01252 375 399

Clive has practised locally in law for more than 40 years, having joined the firm of Tanner & Taylor immediately after leaving Farnborough Grammar School in the 1960’s. 

With the increasing specialisation within the profession, Clive soon discovered that his forte lay with the inter-personal requirements of Family Law. Whilst retaining an interest in other aspects of law, he has concentrated on the areas of Divorce and its financial consequences for many years now. 

Over the duration of his career, Clive has established contact with many high quality barristers, which enable him and the firm to offer to clients the best possible advice. 

He is delighted to have joined Woodford Stauffer recently, following the conclusion of his time with Tanner & Taylor, where, for some 15 years, he was senior partner.

Outside of office hours, Clive is involved in the local community and in raising money for charities in his dual capacity of Associate Musical Director of the Rushmoor Male Voice Choir and as Guest Conductor with the Aldershot Military Wives Choir.

Darren Bowen

Partner, Head of Department (Conveyancing Department)

t: 01252 550 419
f: 01252 375 399

Darren has practised exclusively in the field of conveyancing for more than 18 years. He has an enviable reputation amongst local estate agents in the Hampshire and Surrey areas for an efficient, reliable and yet personal level of service.

Darren's work is from Hampshire and Surrey but he takes instructions from people moving home all over England and Wales.

He is assisted by 5 other conveyancers in the department and a large support staff. The department handles a large amount of work, but offers a friendly service.

Sally Digweed

Salaried Partner, Licensed Conveyancer (Conveyancing Department)

t: 01252 550 416
f: 01252 375 399

Joined Woodford Stauffer: 2002.

Qualified as Licensed Conveyancer: 2008.

Sally has worked in conveyancing for over 20 years, specialising in residential conveyancing. She takes instructions from across the country. Sally acts in all areas of residential conveyancing, and has a particular interest in leasehold transactions.

Joanna Elliott

Salaried Partner, Legal Executive FILEX (Conveyancing Department)

t: 01252 550 406
f: 01252 375 399

Joined Woodford Stauffer: 2000.

Qualified as Legal Executive (FILEX): 2008 

Joanna acts in all aspects of residential conveyancing.

Emma Fairbairn

Partner, Conveyancing Manager (Conveyancing Department)

t: 01252 550 417
f: 01252 375 399

Emma is an experienced conveyancer and for many years has worked with a team of assistants.

She takes on work from a large well-known firm of West London estate agents, as well as for clients from all over the Surrey and Hampshire areas.

Emma assists Head of Department Darren Bowen to ensure a smooth positive conveyancing experience for all our clients.

Jennifer Lee

Family Law Solicitor, Member of Resolution (Family Law Department)

t: 01252 550 432
f: 01252 375 399

Jennifer joined Woodford Stauffer in January 2015. 

Jennifer qualified as a solicitor in June 2014 and is a member of Resolution. 

Jennifer previously worked at a local law firm since November 2011 in the Family Law department. Jennifer mainly acted in relation to obtaining protective orders for victims of domestic violence, representing parents in care proceedings and representing parents in children disputes including contact and residence.

Jennifer acts in all aspects of Family Law.

Julie Ralls

Practice Manager (Accounts Department)

t: 01252 550 401
f: 01252 375399

Julie was previously employed in banking and accounts before joining Woodford Stauffer in 2002.

Julie is a qualified Legal Cashier and became Practice Manager in 2011.

Verity Stauffer

Senior Partner (Personal Injury Department)

t: 01252 550 408
f: 01252 375 399

Verity Stauffer studied Law at Oxford University and then practised personal injury law in the city before moving to Farnborough in pursuit of a better work/life balance.

Struck by the difference in culture between city firms and most provincial firms, Verity founded Woodford Stauffer with two colleagues, in 1990, in order to build a firm operating only in areas where it could offer specialism and excellence.

She continues to practice only in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence.

Luke Taylor

Salaried Partner, Solicitor TEP (Wills, Trusts and Probate Department)

t: 01252 550 428
f: 01252 512 125

Luke is involved in the administration of estates, the preparation of Wills, the creation and administration of trusts, tax and financial planning, Court of Protection work including Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship Applications. He has practiced as a solicitor exclusively in this area of work for over 10 years, and is head of the Probate, Wills and Trusts department.

Luke has recently completed the STEP diploma in Trusts and Estates, which is the benchmark qualification for practitioners in this field, and is now a full member of STEP.

Emma Warner

Wills and Probate Executive (Wills, Trusts and Probate Department)

t: 01252 550 436
f: 01252 512 125

Emma Warner, Wills and Probate Executive, has been with Woodford Stauffer since 2007.   

Emma currently works alongside Luke Taylor within the Probate, Wills and Trusts Department dealing with Wills, Probate and Court of Protection matters.