Meet Your Amicus Law Team

We pride ourselves in being friendly, approachable and yet tenacious. It’s simple; We get things done.

Many lawyers make big claims and yet are slow and fail to communicate effectively.

Our team are genuinely interested in you and your situation. We care, we listen and we help to protect you, your family and your best interests.

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David Satchell

Senior Partner and Head of Private Client

David Satchell is AmicusLaw’s Senior Partner and Head of the Private Client Department.

David started out in general practice after having qualified with North West Regional Firm Russell & Russell in 1994, later moving to the South West in 2002 to specialise in Private Client work helping clients of all ages with Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Administration, Tax Mitigation, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Care Fees issues and applications to the Court of Protection.

David conducted the case of Miles & Beattie v The Public Guardian which was heard in the High Court and established important principles as to the acceptability of wordings in Lasting Powers of Attorney.

In his spare time David is a keen cyclist and recently completed a ride from Lands End to John O’Groats helping raise £20,000 for local charities.

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James Mumford

Head of Criminal Law

James heads up the Amicus Criminal Law department. He is an accredited Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor.

James spends much of his day representing the firm's clients in the local magistrates courts. A former barrister, he brings considerable experience and expertise to this role.

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Caroline Bennett

Partner & Head of Conveyancing

Caroline is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She is well respected for her diligence in all manner of residential property transactions and attracts a strong and loyal following of local people for whom she has acted for on repeated occasions over the past 25 years.

Caroline lives locally, enjoys travelling abroad with Italy as one of her favourite countries. She is a strong supporter of local businesses and events.

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Daniel Stevens

Dispute Resolution Lawyer

Dan hails from the Thames Valley – he worked for Boyes Turner in Reading before moving to the SW in 2002 to join Stones Solicitors’ Litigation Team in Exeter, moving up to become Head of the Department there. Dan then moved to a litigation specialist firm in Exeter before joining Amicus in 2013. Dan is a litigation and dispute resolution specialist with over 17 years’ litigation experience, from Court of Appeal through High and County Courts to Small Claims Court and in Mediations. With specialist experience (and age!) comes the understanding that clients do sometimes need a Rottweiler to hammer home a point and other times need a more pragmatic and commercially viable approach – not just a run of the mill legal expert who fails to understand what the client needs to achieve from a dispute he/she invariably could do without whilst costing a small fortune.

Dan has acted in reported cases on Search and Seize injunctions, the proper interpretation of covenants in title deeds and commercial contested lease renewals and he has acted in any number of contract disputes and contested debt claims, he will fight for your cause and he is an adept negotiator and commercially minded business lawyer.

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Ian Pearson

Employment Solicitor

With 30 years of legal experience and 20 in employment Ian has seen fads come and go and the wheel reinvented countless times. However, the fundamental issues remain the same and most problems in the workplace are down to management. Today, he specialises in sorting out the root causes of problems that lead to workplace strife.

This approach with an understanding of the real world, and having fun outside interests, lets Ian help those who want a more holistic and caring solution to all that the world throws at them. Ian is also available to come to you for an initial meeting.

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Richard Kemp

Consultant Solicitor

Richard has had a lifelong interest in the law triggered by “Perry Mason” on BBC television in the early 1960’s. Between taking ‘A’ level examinations and starting university his “gap” year consisted of working as an articled clerk at a Solicitor’s office in Gloucester. Richard then spent four years at St. John’s College, Oxford and emerged with a degree in Jurisprudence. He then attended the College of Law and articles for two years at Rowberry Morris in Bristol and was admitted on 15th July 1978. Richard continued working there until 1981 when he moved to join and run the branch office of Clarke Willmott in Martock. He then married Jackie and in November 1986 bought that office from Clarke Willmott. Richard then ran the office as a sole practitioner for 30 years before merging with AmicusLaw on 1st August 2016. Richard has experience of most areas of the law although now concentrates on probate and private client work.

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Deborah Schmieder

Solicitor

Deborah trained at a small firm in London initially covering Immigration, Conveyancing, Private Client and Family Law, and upon qualifying moved to a larger renowned firm in London where she specialised in Family Law and Private Client.

She services the administration of estates often where there aren’t any issues, but, there are cases where the family dispute the deceased’s Will and disagree with how the deceased’s estate is to be distributed. She has several contentious probates where siblings are arguing over their entitlements. It is a difficult area where there has been a death, which is hard to cope with, but when in addition to that the children believe they have been left out of the estate or left less than they think they should have then the emotions run even higher. The same skills used to discuss matrimonial matters is useful here also, and the same skills apply.

Deborah is looking forward to supporting clients current and new, both in Minehead itself and the surrounding district.

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Tracey Martin

Solicitor

Initially training and working in maritime litigation in London, Tracey moved to Somerset 15 years ago with her young family. She changed tack, now specializing in private client work. Tracey enjoys helping her clients with drafting wills, related tax advice, administering estates, preparing LPAs and Attorneyship, Court of Protection work and advising on all areas of elderly client care.

When not actively participating in family time she enjoys riding and reading.

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Judith Mills

Senior Conveyancer

As a senior conveyancer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Judith has experience in dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing. Judith's professional and efficient manner has meant that many clients return to her and refer her to others. She has also established a good working relationship with many of the local agents and other advisers.

As a keen artist and member of a local art group she has exhibited her work locally.

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Barbara White

Residential Conveyancing Lawyer

Barbara is a residential property conveyancer who has practised in Yeovil and the surrounding areas for many years. She is well respected by the local estate agents and is renowned for providing a first class service to ensure property transactions go as smoothly as they can. Barbara can provide comprehensive quotes and talk you through the process at the outset to give you peace of mind.

Barbara has for many years now trained, shown and judged many horse shows and events up and down the country.

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Andrea Parsons

Conveyancing Solicitor

Andrea qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and worked in and around her home county of Northamptonshire before moving to and settling in Somerset in 2010 with her young family. Andrea has a reputation with local agents for “getting the job done”. As well as helping you buy and sell your property, she can help you with extending your lease, granting and releasing easements and other residential property matters. Andrea spends her spare timing baking, horse riding and gardening.

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Win-Yee Li

GCILEx

As a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Win-Yee works in our Conveyancing Team. She has gained over three years of experience in the real estate department and lives locally. She has recently completed her Cilex Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice and wishes to go on to become a qualified Chartered Legal Executive.

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Nigel Mills

Conveyancing Executive

Before relocating to Exeter in 2003 Nigel gained valuable experience in working in the residential market in both Southampton and central London advising on all aspects of residential transactions. Nigel has excellent experience of not just general freehold and leasehold matters, lease extensions, high value properties but also transfers of equity and the occasional garage purchase! Nothing is too big or too small and all will receive the same high quality service that you can expect.

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Gary Voysey

Chartered Legal Executive

Gary is a Chartered Legal Executive. Having qualified over 30 years ago he has a wealth of experience in residential Conveyancing having worked in this field both for a major lender as well as in private practice. His particular passion is for social housing and he specialises in acquisition of property from Housing Associations by way of shared ownership Leases and shared equity transactions.

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Abbi Tow

Conveyancing Paralegal

Abbi has vast experience in dealing with residential conveyancing matters, specialising in Shared Ownership transactions along with staircasing and resale matters. She enjoys helping clients from start to finish of their sale/purchase journey and is keen to help many more! Abbi has lived in Exeter for over 10 years and is looking forward to developing the firm’s position in the area.

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Joanna Shortland

Trainee Licensed Conveyancer

Jo has been in Law for 12 years and joined AmicusLaw in 2015 as a Conveyancing Assistant. Her role has since developed and she is now proceeding to undertake work on her own files.

Jo is currently studying to become a Licensed Conveyancer and is approaching her final exams. She hopes in the near future to use her experience, skills and qualification to further aid her training and knowledge of property law so that she can apply these in practice.

In her spare time, Jo enjoys musical theatre, reading and spending time with her family.

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Donna Newton-Smith

Criminal Caseworker

Donna is a Paralegal within the Crime Team at AmicusLaw. Based in the South West Donna previously worked with the Crown Prosecution Service for 24 years, holding a number of positions including Crown Court Paralegal, Associate Prosecutor, and Paralegal Business Manager. Donna is very experienced in the preparation of criminal cases, court processes and working with Counsel. Donna joined AmicusLaw in September 2016.

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Maria Brooks

Assistant to David Satchell

Maria joined AmicusLaw in 2009 and is assistant to David Satchell in the Private Client Department as well as being part of the Business Support Team.

Maria comes from a farming background and has lived in the local area all of her life.

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Stephen Forsey

Managing Partner

Stephen Forsey is AmicusLaw's Managing Partner. Having originally qualified as a barrister in London he then went on to work as a Corporate Tax Lawyer at Wragge & Co in Birmingham before returning to the Southwest where he was born and grew up. Having returned to his roots he then ran a large regional multi office law firm before joining AmicusLaw in 2017.

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