Meet our exceptional team
Our people make us what we are. Outstanding
Right from the start
From our very beginning in the 1830’s, client care was at the forefront of how we did business and it still is today.
We’re proud to have a team who share our values and deliver exceptional standards of client care across the range of legal services we provide.
You might be looking for a local solicitor to take care of things for you, or perhaps you’re further afield. Or maybe you’re acting on behalf of a local, national or multinational company. Whatever you’re looking for you can be assured you’ll receive a personal, thorough and efficient service from our highly competent, qualified and motivated team.
We’re committed to maintaining a blended team, with each individual having expertise and specialist knowledge they can feel passionate about and use day to day with their clients.
And still moving forwards today
We continually develop our people both with qualifications and accreditations and as a business we seek to be at the top of our game, fully accredited by the professional bodies that are important in the legal profession. You can see some of our accreditation partners’ logos at the bottom of this page.
What this means for you
In residential conveyancing you’ll benefit from always have a qualified and experienced conveyancer managing your case personally, unlike some other firms who use non qualified staff in this area.
For individual and family services you’ll be able to call on our supportive and reliable team who will deal with your matter respectfully and thoroughly, bringing their wealth of experience to bear on your behalf.
In business you’ll be talking to someone who has spent time ‘in the real world’, in business. They understand the problems, the pressures, the environments and are solutions focused, not simply legal jargon interpreters.
Our team is exceptional. Find out a bit more about us…
John is the senior partner of the LLP and is in charge of our Law for Business Group. John was originally an electronics engineer and qualified as a solicitor at the London intellectual property law practice, Bristows, in 1990. After qualification, John worked as a solicitor at Bristows for 6 years, then spent 3 years as sole in-house counsel at The Generics Group plc (now Sagentia Group plc) in Cambridge, before joining VSHLaw to found its commercial law operations in 1999.
Qualifications: BSc (Eng), MSc, Solicitor – 1991, Chartered Engineer
Memberships: Institute of Engineering Technology, Institute of Licensing Executives
Louise is head of our Private Client Department. Louise has extensive experience in advising traditional private clients and elderly clients regarding Wills, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection matters, trusts and administration of estates, with an emphasis on the higher net worth individual and more complicated probates. Much of what she does involves tax planning and wealth preservation. Louise’s specialism is advising farmers on partnership agreements, succession planning and capital tax mitigation, often as part of a strategic team with land agents and accountants. Louise is a highly regarded local solicitor, having advised generations of families over the years.
Qualifications: BA (Hons), Solicitor – 1986
Memberships: Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, Law Society Probate Section
Rhona is Managing Partner of VSH Law and specialises in commercial and employment law. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Rhona worked in a management role in United Utilities and later as a researcher in Liverpool John Moores University. Following qualification, Rhona became Practice Manager of a firm in Liverpool and then Managing Partner of that firm from August 2004, before joining VSH in November 2006 and subsequently becoming Managing Partner in April 2007. Rhona qualified as a Workplace Mediator in 2012 and is also an area representative (Northamptonshire) for the Solicitors Benevolent Association.
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), Solicitor – 2001
Memberships: Employment Lawyers Association, Northamptonshire Law Society Council Member (President 2010-2012)
Shelly became a Partner in April 2015 and is also Head of Land Law. She deals with commercial property transactions including sales, purchases and leases of many types of property. Shelly has worked for the firm for over 13 years and for the last 6 years as a Licensed Conveyancer. She now works within in our Law for Business Group, heading up the Commercial Property function, working with Jane Brooks, Jo Le Count and John Davies or on her own depending on the nature of the matter. Shelly specialises in agricultural and unregistered land transactions although she provides the full range of non-residential conveyancing services. Shelly’s recent instructions have included large-scale estate purchases and land re-organisations.
Qualifications: LL.B. (Hons) Licensed Conveyancer – 2006
Following a degree in Law and Spanish, which included a year at the University of Oviedo, Spain, Laura qualified as a solicitor in 2002. She joined VSH Law in late 2015 and then became a partner in September 2017. Laura is a very experienced private client solicitor undertaking a wide variety of work including Will drafting, Lasting Powers of Attorney preparation and registration, estate planning, wealth preservation, applications to the Court of Protection and administration of estates. Laura enjoys an admirable reputation locally and has for many years been assisting families with their complex Wills, estate planning and administration of estates with a foreign element. She prides herself in giving common sense advice. Laura is a Council Member of the Northamptonshire Law Society. She is also a Notary Public and fluent in Spanish. If you want to know more about Laura’s Notarial practice please see the Notary page on our website.
Qualifications: LL.B. (Hons), Solicitor – 2002, Notary Public
Memberships: Northamptonshire Law Society Council
Our Legal Team
Paula joined VSH Law in September 2015, bringing with her a wealth of legal experience gained at secretary/assistant level across many practice areas of law. Paula is a qualified Legal Secretary and recently completed the Licensed Conveyancer qualification. Paula works in Claire Hogben’s team and provides immediate support and advice on all aspects of residential conveyancing.
Qualifications: Licensed Conveyancer – 2016
Jane is a solicitor working in the Law for Business Group having joined the firm in 2008 as a paralegal. She works mainly in our commercial conveyancing department dealing with a range of commercial property transactions including sales, purchases and leases of various property types and values as well as carrying out first registrations and assisting with the property aspects of partnership re-organisations. Jane also works with John Davies and Rhona Rowland on business sales, purchases and investments and general commercial contracts.
Prior to her legal career, Jane worked as a health visitor, having obtained a degree in nursing from Manchester University. She subsequently attended Warwick University where she obtained her law degree before moving to Northamptonshire to join VSH.
Qualifications: BN(Hons), LLB, Solicitor – 2010
Sophie specialises in Probate matters and assists other fee earners with the administration of estates, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work, which involves the appointment of Deputies, under the supervision of the Head of the Private Client department. Sophie is currently studying to become a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive.
Claire joined VSH Law at the end of 2016 as a solicitor working in the residential property department, ably assisted by Paula Bird and Beth Farmer. Claire specialises in buying, selling and re-mortgaging residential properties including leasehold property as well as transfers of equity, new build purchases from developers and shared ownership transactions. Prior to joining VSH Law, Claire attended the University of Birmingham, obtaining a degree in Commerce and later undertook the Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies at the University of East Anglia and the LPC at BPP Law School in Leeds. Claire qualified in 2009 and has since then worked with leading law firms in Sydney, Australia and Northamptonshire.
Qualifications: BCom (Hons), Solicitor – 2009
Janette specialises in Private Client work including Wills, Probate and Associated Tax Matters, Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection and Elderly Client. She has worked for large national firms as well as smaller High Street practices so brings a wide range of experience to her clients. Janette joined us from the RSPB where she was a Senior Legacy Officer. She dealt with high net worth estates of individuals who had benefited the charity in their Will and also advised the charity’s Directors and Trustees on the legal implications for the charity of contentious issues. Her knowledge an experience makes Janette ideally suited to guide clients through an estate with a charitable beneficiary.
Jo Le Count
Jo is a Licensed Conveyancer, a specialist in buying, selling and re-mortgaging of residential properties along with transfers of equity, leasehold property and acting for purchasers buying new builds from Developers. Before joining VSH Law in 2006, Jo worked at a leading Northampton firm. Since December 2016, Jo has been working with Shelly Phillips and Jane Brooks in the LLP’s Commercial Conveyancing Department.
Qualifications: Licensed Conveyancer – 2010
Kelly has previously worked with leading Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire firms. She qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2003 and specialises in Residential Conveyancing, heading up our Residential Conveyancing Department. Her expertise extends to buying, selling and remortgaging of residential properties along with equity release and lifetime mortgages, transfers of equity, leasehold property and acting for purchasers buying new builds from Developers. Kelly is supported by Lucille Barnett, Jane Letts and Beth Farmer.
Qualifications: CILEx (Legal Executive) – 2003
Our warm welcome and people we can’t do without
Lucille works in the Residential Conveyancing team, supporting Kelly Wedge. Lucille’s had previously worked in residential conveyancing with a local firm and has now started her studies to become a Legal Executive in order to support the practical skills and knowledge she already possesses.
Our excellent receptionist Janet, always ready to help and a mine of information, having been with VSH Law for more years than she cares to remember. Janet is a qualified Legal Secretary, having specialised in family law for many years but previously working in other departments of the firm. Janet is one of our resident First Aiders and has received training in the Heart Start program. Janet therefore has her finger on the pulse in more ways than one!
Beth joined VSH Law in March 2000 and is a very experienced conveyancing assistant. Beth works with Kelly Wedge and Claire Hogben in the Residential Conveyancing Department, providing support and advice on all aspects of residential conveyancing.
Jane joined VSH Law in August 2015, having gained a wide range of experience in both commercial and residential conveyancing administration work and qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2010. Initially Jane worked as part of the Residential Conveyancing support team but now works within the Private Client team, supporting Partner, Laura Carter.
Qualifications: CILEx (Legal Executive) – 2010
Rosemary joined VSH Law in May 2016 as an assistant in the Private Client Department, assisting fee earners with the administration of estates, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work under the supervision of the Head of the Private Client department.
Wendy joined VSH Law in January 2018 moving on from a role at a local dental practice in which she gained extensive experience as a key member of staff. Wendy now works at reception alongside Janet.
Keiran joined the firm in September 2015 as an Administration Assistant, working with Janet Brackley. Keiran’s previous experience in customer service roles is ideally suited to his current role as an Administrative Assistant providing support to the Law for Business team which includes John Davies, Rhona Rowland and Jane Brooks. Keiran has now embarked upon further training to become a Legal Executive.
Rosie joined VSH Law in January 2014 as an Administration Assistant and now provides administrative support to our Commercial Conveyancing team, supporting Shelly Phillips, Jane Brooks and Jo Le Count. Rosie started studying to become a Legal Executive in 2015 and is now well on the way to becoming an Associate Legal Executive.