Darren Bowen

Head of Residential conveyancing

Darren Bowen

Direct Dial: 01252 550419

Emma Fairbairn

Direct Dial: 01252 550417

Sally Digweed

Direct Dial: 01252 550416

Jo Elliott

Direct Dial: 01252 550406

Shona Laird

Direct Dial: 01252 550431

Jess Oliver

Direct Dial: 01252 550440

Kate Reid

Direct Dial: 01252 550402


Whether you choose to instruct us on your purchase/sale will depend on what’s most important to you:

  • the cost, or
  • the quality of service you receive.

If it’s cost, there are plenty of cheap conveyancers out there.

But we believe that we get what we pay for.  And with something as pivotal as a house purchase or sale, a professional and reliable job is not only sensible; it’s essential.

What you'll get from us

  • You’ll have your own team working for you, headed by a specialist and highly experienced lawyer, and you’ll have the direct phone number and email address of all members of your team; so you’ll have a personal service.
  • You’ll have the right mix of skilled legal insight, practical proactive action and friendly, efficient service.
  • You’ll have a team with superb back up in terms of I.T., banking services, and practice management.

All our Clients’ comments are uploaded, every month, onto this website.
Have a look at them; they speak for us better than we ever could.

We’re not expensive; just realistic. So if you think we might be what you're looking for, ask us for a quote without obligation.

For price transparency information click here.

We promise that we will

  1. listen to you,
  2. communicate with you,
  3. advise you and, above all -
  4. get you moved

Contact us by phone or email.

Our Conveyancing Team


Darren Bowen

Solicitor and Partner

Head of Residential Conveyancing

Darren Bowen

Direct Dial:01252 550419

Email Darren Bowen

Darren qualified as a Solicitor in 1994 and has been an equity Partner since 1998.

He is Head of Residential Conveyancing and his particular areas of interest are equity release schemes and leasehold extensions.


Sally Digweed

Licensed Conveyancer

Salaried Partner – Residential Conveyancer

Sally Digweed

Direct Dial:01252 550416

Email Sally Digweed

Sally is a Licenced Conveyancer and has been a Partner since 2015. She specialises in residential conveyancing.


Emma Fairbairn

Fellow Institute Legal Executives

Partner - Assistant Head of Residential Conveyancing

Emma Fairbairn

Direct Dial:01252 550417

Email Emma Fairbairn

Emma has been a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives since 1996 and an equity Partner since 2013.

She specialises in residential conveyancing and has a particular interest in old properties with difficult Titles.


Jo Elliott

Fellow Institute of Legal Executives

Salaried Partner – Residential Conveyancer

Jo Elliott

Direct Dial:01252 550406

Email Jo Elliott

Joanna is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, having qualified in 2008, and has been a Partner since 2015.

She specialises in residential conveyancing and has a particular specialism in new builds and the Help to Buy Scheme.


Shona Laird

Residential Conveyancing Executive

Shona Laird

Direct Dial:01252 550431

Email Shona Laird

Shona completed the Legal Practice course, following a Law Degree, in 2014 and works in residential conveyancing.


Kate Reid

Residential Conveyancing Executive

Kate Reid

Direct Dial:01252 550402

Email Kate Reid

Kate specialises in residential conveyancing.


Georgina Short

Residential Conveyancer

Fellow Institute Legal Executives

Georgina Short

Direct Dial:01252 550449

Email Georgina Short

Georgie manages one of our residential conveyancing teams.

After a Degree from the University of Nottingham in politics. She trained and qualified as a licenced conveyancer in 2012 and then as a chartered legal executive in 2014.

She trained in residential conveyancing with a local firm, Harrison Li, and then moved to a large specialist property firm in Guildford, GCL.   There, she worked closely with developers and purchasers and was chosen to spend 4 years working in Hong Kong as an appointed lawyer acting for purchasers at property exhibitions.

She joined us as a team manager in July 2018. 

Georgie is skilled in all aspects of residential conveyancing including shared ownership and help to buy assisted properties, new builds, auctions, re-mortgages and transfers of equity.

Joanna Elliott was fab! Always replied right away and great help.

Case Ref. W2750/1

Thank you Darren for your support during this experience, special thanks to Yvonne, Sarah and Kerry. A very stressul time was made much easier by the calm and professional manner of all the staff, would recommend the company highly.

Case Ref. W2846/3

Excellent - Jo was super efficient and always responsive.

Case Ref. M2507/2

Would like to thank Shona Laird for a great service and the help she provided. I wouldn’t hesitate to use your firm again, was happy with the service and commitment.

Case Ref. P2294/1

Sally Digweed - very calm and courteous at all times.

Case Ref. P2267/2

Joanna Elliott answered emails quickly and helped us no matter how silly the question. Thank you for everything! The whole process was hassle free!

Case Ref. G2341/1

Sally Digweed and her team were again excellent, we would not go elsewhere

Case Ref. T303/9

Darren was great in communicating and answering my queries. You did it right, I'm happy everything with our purchase was 100% right.

Case Ref. M3318/1

Sally Digweed was extremely helpful.

Case Ref. T1555/2

Emma Fairbairn was extremely helpful and kept me informed all along the way. She is an asset to your company, lovely lady.

Case Ref. S3125/4

Emma, Megan and Lindsey, they are all pleasant, helpful and very efficient. True professionals.

Case Ref. C3225/1

Excellent service from Emma Fairbairn.

Case Ref. S3603/2

Jo Elliott and Gill were always professional, frendly and efficient. Always responding to questions in a timely manner.

Case Ref. M3015/2

Highly recommended Sally Digweed - fast, efficient, superb service.

Case Ref. S3532/1

I want to compliment Sally Digweed for excellent service. She was very helpful and attentive.

Case Ref. K1142/3

Darren and Yvonne were incredible, very efficient as always.

Case Ref. D1665/2

Sally Digweed gave me total confidence throughtout the purchase of my property

Case Ref. L1795/2

Emma Fairbairn very professional manner, friendly and efficient

Case Ref. H3143/2

The service we received from Joanna Elliott was fantastic. A very approachable personality who guided us all the way with our sale and purchase.

Case Ref. A1443/2

Darren was exceptional

Case Ref. B3708/2

Shona Laird has given me excellent service. She has always kept me informed, listened to me sympathetically and responded the way I expected. She is extremely professional and her service is outstanding. I am more than happy to recommend her and this company to anyone.

Case Ref. M3315/1

Emma Fairbairn was excellent and always available for help. Lindsey Haines was fantastic on the day of completion when it all went to the wire! Great value high quality service - we were so pleased - thank you.

Case Ref. H2268/4

Sally Digweed was very approachable, always answered direct line calls, no questions too trivial, felt WS were on my side.

Case Ref. D1862/1

Shona Laird was very helpful and worked well with our conveyancing.

Case Ref. W2916/1

I found all members of staff extremely helpful and took extra time to explain what I didn't understand.

Case Ref. G2280/3

We dealt with Gillian Hawker, Jo Elliott and Clive Barker - outstanding service. Would thoroughly recommend "Woodford Stauffer" regarding any legal advise or matter.

Case Ref. J1079/1

I was very happy with the service I received. All staff I dealt with were always friendly and helpful.

Case Ref. T1660/2

Thank you for the excellent service you provided in respect of both my sale and purchase.

Case Ref. T1660/2

Sally was excellent, very helpful and never too busy, a pleasure to deal with.

Case Ref. W2881/1

Darren and team, super efficient, knowledgably and offer a great service throughout. Thank you!

Case Ref. B3782/1

Darren, Sarah, Jessica and Clive - All were brilliant, professional,, swift. Would recommend to anyone. Excellent service.

Case Ref. O562/1

Can I also take this opportunity to thank you for your amazing service and work with this. Very helpful, professional and trustworthy and if it means anything would definitely be using you again and would recommend your firm to friends,, colleagues and family. Thanks to your swift and professional work we have been the first to be ready to exchange despite being the bottom of the chain and playing catch up with the other parties.

Case Ref. O562/1(2)

Just wanted to say a massive thanks for all your hard swift professional work. I would recommend you to anybody and would certainly be my first and only choice if I ever needed a solicitor again

Case Ref. O562/1(1)

Emma Fairbairn and her colleagues were excellent. Thank you for your hard work and efficiency to complete my transaction.

Case Ref. L1823/1

Liz Lipo was very helpful and reassuring. Very happy with your service.

Case Ref. S3696/2

Thank you, I felt reassured throughout the transfer of equity process due to clear advice and efficient management.

Case Ref. M3384/1

Kate and Liz were both very efficient and courteous. Documentation was sent to us in a timely manner.

Case Ref. W2900/1

Jo was always prompt to reply and kept me updated with progress.

Case Ref. P2299/1

Joanna Elliott, super efficient, helpful and friendly at all times. Made it nice and easy for us.

Case Ref. D1865/1

Jo has been amazing from start to finish :-)

Case Ref. R1967/1

Afeefa has been brilliant. Very efficient and keeps us up to date with any progress with both the buying and selling of our properties.

Case Ref. W1770/3

Many thanks for your support through this process Jon, really very much appreciated.

Case Ref. R1888/1

This is the 4th transaction and in all of them I have had excellent service. I will definitely use Woodford Stauffer as you are by far the best firm I have used.

Case Ref. B2300/4

Thank you so much for all your help and support during the whole process. You have been absolutely amazing. Lots of recommendations will be coming your way and will definitely use your services if required in future.

Case Ref. D1833/1

Both of us have enjoyed meeting a person with a scintillating intellect and a highly individual style. Moreover honourable!

Case Ref. B3701/2

Thank you, you pushed things forward when they needed shifting.

Case Ref. Y203/1

Sarah Coy was very helpful, efficient and understanding. Many thanks for all your help.

Case Ref. M3357/1

Rebecca and Michael McKay - all our queries were answered promptly and happy about it.

Case Ref. H3196/1

Darren Bowen is an excellent solicitor and has gathered around him an extremely efficient team of very able staff :-) Would recommend without hesitation.

Case Ref. W186/3

This is the second time I have used your firm and we were really pleased with the ease and professionalism both times. All the staff are very friendly and approachable. This made the paperwork easy to handle in order to complete all formalities in good time. I would recommend Woodford Stauffer to others; also if we need to use a solicitor we will first come to Woodford Stauffer. Thank you once again for all your help and support.

Case Ref. R1720/4

Thank you to Jo and Gill, they made our first house purchase very easy!

Case Ref. C3277/1

Sally Digweed was very informative and thorough. We will definitely use you for our next purchase.

Case Ref. M2852/3

Thank you for getting me in my new home.

Case Ref. B3754/2

All provided a very professional service for which we are grateful.

Case Ref. E225/3

We found Darren and his team efficient, courteous and very professional at all times.

Case Ref. W1131/12

Fantastic communication from Emma Fairbairn, quick efficient, would definitely recommend!

Case Ref. C3306/1

Emma Warner and Sally Digweed were both excellent. Both ladies have been professional and helpful in a very stressful time. A big thank you to both ladies.

Case Ref. B3745/1

Joanna Elliott provided exceptional service in what was a very difficult conveyancing case.

Case Ref. S3401/3

Everyone we dealt with was efficient and helpful. As professionals ourselves, the most important attribute we seek in other professionals is competence. We felt that Woodford Stauffer staff conveyed and exuded an air of competence and that is important to us.

Case Ref. M714/4

Jo Elliott was very professional and efficient. Thank you! :-)

Case Ref. E816/1

Joanna Elliott was excellent, efficient and informative.

Case Ref. D1708/4

Mica was outstanding.

Case Ref. G2342/1

The entire team was excellent.

Case Ref. B3555/4

Darren's attention to detail could not be faulted - thank you.

Case Ref. W2684/3

Excellent service from Emma Fairbairn - quick responses, very clear communications.

Case Ref. P2507/1

Sally Digweed & Liz Lipo - excellent service. Always very prompt in carrying our house searches, etc & replying to queries.

Case Ref. RES46904

Sophie Kaler was so helpful and always kept us informed. Our Estate Agent recommended you. I have to say "they were spot on!!" We couldn't wish for better service. Thank you so much for all your help.

Case Ref. RES46815

Everyone [was] extremely helpful & knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

Case Ref. RES46509

Nimmi was excellent with care & attention throughout the whole process. Very good service. Always contactable & contactable at all times! Highly recommend. Big thank you Nimmi!

Case Ref. RES46160

Would like to 'thank, big thanks' to Emma Fairbairn & her team for such a smooth & pleasurable experience in dealing & sorting my mother's sale & purchase. The whole process was dealt with very professionally & we were looked after all the way through sale & purchase.

Case Ref. RES46589

Full marks for both Lorna (Horrill) and Zoe (McCaig). As I write, I am dealing with 4 other solicitors on other cases. However I am forever chasing them. Something that I did not have to do with Woodford Stauffer.

Case Ref. CCV1322

Yvonne Hill was exceptionally helpful to me as I had never dealt with property before.

Case Ref. P2391/1

The service from Woodford Stauffer has been faultless and we couldn't thank Yvonne (Hill) and Jo (Elliott) more., We will certainly be looking to use the firm again in the future.

Case Ref. RES46806

Joanna (Elliott) - really patient and supportive throughout.

Case Ref. RES46647

Georgina (Short) was always very helpful - as were all the others!

Case Ref. RES46414

Sarah Coy was extremely helpful during all aspects of engagement. Latterly Kerry Brunt was extremely polite and helpful as was Darren Bowen. Very efficient, polite in delivering what was agreed within a reasonable budget.

Case Ref. RES47115

Emma Fairbairn looked after our conveyancing and was professional and helpful at all times.

Case Ref. RES47229

Excellent service received from Lindsey. This is the 2nd time using your conveyancing team and, as before, an outstanding service at exceptional value for money.

Case Ref. RES47451

Everyone we dealt with from the team was helpful, professional and efficient.

Case Ref. RES47489

Sally & Liz were fantastic. This is the third time we've used them to sell/buy a property and they were diligent, thorough + incredibly helpful at all times. Huge thanks! Sally understood that our jobs don't allow us to take loads of phone calls & most things were easily resolved over email which was incredibly helpful for us.

Case Ref. RES47031

Sally Digweed is an amazing solicitor who was very helpful and was very quick to respond to my enquiries and offered an outstanding service.

Case Ref. A1601/1

We have worked with Joanna Elliott over several years and she has always been quick, efficient and professional in all our dealings.

Case Ref. RES46995

Good team work but I mostly dealt with Emma Fairbairn and Sophie.

Case Ref. RES46696

Georgina, Claire & Afeefa, all the team have been very helpful. Very happy with customer service.

Case Ref. RES47315

Sarah Coy provided an excellent admin service backing up Darren Bowen's first-rate conveyancing. The service we received was both professional and efficient.

Case Ref. RES47196

We wanted to say how much we have valued your support and help over these last few months. Particularly these last couple of weeks. The nightmare process for us of selling and buying is now over and the dream of escaping to the country becomes a reality. We will always be grateful for your very important part in the process. We could not have done it without you!!!

Case Ref. RES46985 & RES47750

All the team were very supportive in particular Lorraine Lowe and Georgina Short. I would have no reservations in using or recommending Woodford Stauffer in the future.

Case Ref. RES47550

Zoe Morris was outstanding in her professionalism and keeping me informed. I would definitely use Woodford Sauffer again!

Case Ref. RES47705

Liz and Ian were exceptional. Two friends are moving home this year so I have mentioned Woodford Stauffer to them.

Case Ref. RES47472

Sarah Coy was extremely efficient and professional throughout making the whole process simple.

Case Ref. RES47765

Zoe McCaig gave a very good service. Always a good service with Woodford Stauffer. I would use them again.

Case Ref. RES47603

Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you and your team for managing my purchase. We are now moved in (sort of) and delighted that everything went so smoothly.

Case Ref. RES47723

Darren Bowen, Annette Jameson, Kerry Brunt and Sarah Coy were very helpful, very professional in dealing with our purchase and very patient with us, thank you! Excellent - Many thanks for everything!

Case Ref. RES47654

Emma Fairbairn and Sophie Kaler kept my move on track under difficult COVID-19 conditions. Will certainly recommend - thanks to all.

Case Ref. RES48184

We would like to thank Sally Digweed for the care and diligence in which she handled our very complicated house purchase. We felt in very safe hands and had great comfort in Sally's clear intent to look out for our best interests. Thank you so much.

Case Ref. RES47425

Very efficient and professional. This is the second time we have used you and both times service has been excellent.

Case Ref. RES47723

Once again, thanks very much to you and your team for assisting us with our sale and purchase until the successful completion. We would be happy to recommend your firm to other buyers or sellers (we have done so already).

Case Ref. RES47914

Many thanks for confirming and for all of your hard work to get this over the line. We really appreciate your efforts and approach. Please pass on our thank you to the rest of your team, in particular Zoe who has always been very responsive and on top of things. We were very happy with Woodford Stauffer and have earlier recommended the firm.

Case Ref. RES47890

This is the second time we have used Woodford Stauffer and the service has been excellent. It is not what happens when the transaction is smooth but what happens when it's a bit bumpy, that matters.

Case Ref. RES47995

Both Sally and Liz were exceptionally pleasant people to deal with - especially in the times that things became a little fraught.

Case Ref. RES48248

Zoe Morris was excellent, speedy,, efficient, patient & courteous. Very professional service. First time I've used your service, would definitely use again.

Case Ref. RES47889

Sophie was excellent! Very professional and efficient.

Case Ref. RES47481

Georgina remained throughout supportive, professional and totally understood all my queries, my own worries especially during lockdown for Covid-19. The staff always get back to you, and check your concerns and documentation.

Case Ref. RES48059

Very impressed with how quick & efficient they helped me resolve my request especially considering the current situation with Covid 19. Emma & Anna helped with anything I was unsure about & assisted in an attentive & professional manner.

Case Ref. RES48709

The quality of Woodford Stauffer is, frankly, a bright star in an otherwise dull sky.

Case Ref. RES47139

Emma Fairbairn worked very well and was professional even when dealing with ..... ..... Lawyers which was hard going at times.

Case Ref. RES48041

We were very happy with the service we received from your team, everything went very smoothly.

Case Ref. RES47963

Everybody is just so good and pleasant. Nothing is too much trouble. Staff go the "extra mile" in times of need. Thank you.

Case Ref. C1999/4

I have to say that you [Emma F] and your team have been fantastic in these difficult circumstances.

Case Ref. RES48277

I just wanted to write and thank you [Emma F] and the team for helping us with our sale and purchase. It couldn't have been easy at all in such difficult circumstances, and we really appreciate all you have done for us. Everyone always says it's the stress of what's being done behind the scenes in order to exchange and complete, but I have to say, that was the easiest bit! Thank you ever so much again for making the purchase of our new home go so smoothly.

Case Ref. RES47052

Georgina's endeavours to make sure the property purchase was completed within the time scale was excellent and her drive at the beginning and the last month was great.

Case Ref. RES47445

Sarah Coy was particularly helpful. It was a challenge to complete the sale during the lockdown but Woodford Stauffer were able to maintain a high service.

Case Ref. RES47875

Emma Fairbairn & her team offer exceptional service, she was always available and responded to any query we had clearly and quickly. Nothing was too much trouble & we couldn't have got through such a stressful process without her! Thank you Emma.

Case Ref. RES46460

Thank you for making a difficult process run smoothly, especially in such difficult times. We dealt with a few people, all were very professional

Case Ref. RES48181

Considering these testing times, everyone did a great job. Thank you.

Case Ref. RES48621

Great Service - thank you again! I have used Woodford Stauffer for two house purchases now and would always recommend.

Case Ref. RES48656

Joanna Elliott managed our house purchase very well, was helpful, and balanced in her working practices. Woodford Stauffer provided me with a good service at the right value and made the transaction uncomplicated.

Case Ref. RES48204

All were excellent and the whole process was a great experience.

Case Ref. RES47565

Joanna Elliott - Fantastic communication, dedicated to ensuring everything went smoothly, always friendly and ready to answer any questions we had! Thank you massively Joanna, me and my partner are grateful for all your hard work. Great prices, good service, efficient and helpful.

Case Ref. RES48408

Absolutely excellent service, help & support - Sally Digweed & her assistant Liz Lipo

Case Ref. RES47428

Excellent Service. Georgina & her team were an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you for making the whole process so stress free & professional. I would certainly recommend Woodford Stauffer to other house movers.

Case Ref. RES48243

Thank you so much to Lorraine for all her fantastic efforts during this process. She was extremely helpful, efficient and professional at all times.

Case Ref. RES48241

Megan Barnes was always quick to respond to our requests, and kept us informed, thank you! As first time buyers Woodford Stauffer made the whole process super easy for us. Thank you!

Case Ref. RES48712

Emma Fairbairn as our lead solicitor was efficient and friendly. Her support team, latterly Lindsey, were always quick to respond to our queries. We were very impressed with the professional service we received.

Case Ref. EF/RES

Sally Digweed - always friendly, efficient, helpful, conscientious.

Case Ref. SAL/RES