Our team is ready and waiting to help you, whatever your legal requirement.
Chris is the driving force behind Newtons and provides the inspiration for the practice´s innovative approach to providing top quality legal services at affordable fees. As well as spending his time building positive client relationships - a cornerstone of Newtons´ approach - Chris conducts his own litigation and insolvency caseload (Chris is joint insolvency board trained), writes on legal issues for the press, appeared in a "legal eagle" radio phone in and presents regular legal seminars.
Tel: 01423 789051
Mobile: 07772 368167
Sarah helps to manage risk and compliance in the business, ensuring that we comply with Lexcel requirements and the Solicitors Professional Rules of Conduct. Sarah also deals with any complaints. Sarah co-founded the business with Chris and has previously held senior positions in the Courts Service as well as at a national clinical negligence law firm.
Personal Injury Claims
Tel: 01423 789051
Rob is a solicitor in the litigation department having previously been a partner in a Harrogate law firm. He specialises in commercial litigation, insolvency and contentious probate, wills and trusts. He has acted on many matters of complex disputes with values ranging up to millions of pounds.
Tel: 01423 789065
Mobile: 07808 762612
Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in 2004, having previously qualified as an attorney at law in California in 1992. Her main practice areas were antitrust and business litigation and she did many years as a voluntary attorney with AIDS Project Los Angeles providing testamentary documents to their clients. Elizabeth now specialises in estate planning, probate and elderly client law. She is passionate about the care and service she gives her clients.
Wills and Probate
Tel: 01423 789063
Mobile: 07702 714180
John joined Newtons in November 2012 as a Director in order to establish our office in York where he has worked for the past six years. John specialises in commercial and residential property, but also works on debt enforcement and property management company issues.
Law is John’s second career, having been a history teacher for thirteen years, and he is fortunate to have a number of his former students as clients and business contacts (even though some still use the school nicknames for him)
Tel: 01904 409077
David qualified as a solicitor in 1974 and has been involved in the property market for over 30 years. He has particular expertise in property management, property investment and property development.
Tel: 01423 789056
Mobile: 07710 531432
Heather has gained extensive experience of all areas of Residential Conveyancing over the last 20 years working with several well known firms in the Harrogate area. She has established a reputation for providing a caring, personalised, quality service to her many long standing clients.
Tel: 01423 789057
Mobile: 07889 411251
Malcolm is an experienced commercial solicitor who advises on and prepares agreements for small and medium sized enterprises. While the bulk of his time is concerned with corporate transactions Malcolm also deals with most commercial agreements and is especially interested in employment and e-commerce law. Malcolm uses his blog to comment on current developments and put them into perspective for SMEs.
Tel: 01423 789059
Mobile: 07764 795169
Sam specialises exclusively in family law, providing specialist, tailored and sensitive advice. As a member of Resolution, she is committed to a code of practice requiring a constructive and cost effective approach to resolving relationship breakdown issues.
Tel: 01423 789054
Mobile: 07540 220974
Shamim qualified as a solicitor in March 2008 and specialises in Residential and Commercial property. She deals with commercial property acquisitions and lease transactions for both landlord and occupiers and has particular interest in Landlord and Tenant work. She also deals with the whole range of residential conveyancing.
Tel: 01423 789064
Mobile: 07730 526292
Meryn studied Law at the University of Birmingham following which she worked for city firm Eversheds in the commercial property department before studying for the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York in 2001. Meryn trained with local Harrogate firm Hirst and Capes gaining experience in property law, family law and wills and probate. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2003. Meryn specialises in property law and has extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of residential and commercial property. She also has particular experience of dealing with retirement developments.
Tel: 01423 789066
Mobile: 07889 411253
Estella is a solicitor in the litigation department dealing in both civil and commercial matters. She is able to advise on a wide range of issues where there may be conflict including contracts, property disputes and contentious probates.
Tel: 01423 789177
Lucy worked for 2 Harrogate solicitors´ practices before deciding to join Newtons family law team.
Lucy advises clients on a wide range of matters including divorce and separation, financial settlements, emergency injunctions, pre-nuptial agreements, child residence & contact issues. Lucy is regularly in court on behalf of her clients, is a member of Resolution and is often asked to advise domestic abuse agencies.
Outside of work, Lucy is a loyal supporter of Nottingham Forest and has a passion for motorcycle racing.
Tel: 01423 789058
Mobile: 07899 411 253
Nathan qualified as a solicitor in Hull and then worked in Leeds before joining the residential property team at Newtons.
Before qualifying as a solicitor Nathan worked in his family´s building business and still has a keen interest in property development with his wife Brooke.
By far the most interesting thing about Nathan is the 2 years that he spent in Ivory Coast doing charitable work, until the military coup broke out and he had to lie low for several weeks!
Nathan also speaks fluent French.
Tel: 01423 789170
Steve joined us in October 2011 as a senior property and probate solicitor. Steve has practised in Harrogate for the last 29 years and brings a wealth of experience not to mention a superb client following.
Wills and Probate
Tel: 01423 789172
Sarah is a senior commercial litigation solicitor and joined our busy team in March 2013. Sarah qualified in 2006 and has since worked in Teesside. Sarah is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation and specialises in property disputes. She is in the privileged position of having worked as a commercial property solicitor when she initially qualified giving her an in depth understanding of property matters both from a contentious and non-contentious point of view.
Sally joined us in January from a York firm where she was well known in the commercial property sector. Originally from Harrogate, Sally obtained her degree at Cambridge University and trained in the City of London. She now has more than 20 years experience dealing with a wide range of property matters for a variety of clients across Yorkshire. Sally’s expertise includes sales and purchases - acting for owner occupiers and investors, and including freehold, leasehold and let properties; property work in connection with sales and purchases of businesses; commercial leases and Landlord and Tenant Act advice; agricultural and rural property transactions; and residential property.
Sally is popular with clients for her friendly and approachable manner and her ability to combine technical expertise and attention to detail with commercial, practical and straightforward advice.
Tel: 01423 789969
Scott is a senior company commercial solicitor who has just joined our team. Scott deals with setting up corporate structures, buying and selling businesses and drafting agreements. Scott is keen on working with new start ups and giving advice to ensure the smooth running of businesses. Scott´s previous experience includes setting up offshore structures using Gibraltar based vehicles and working with trust management teams.
Tel: 01423 789050
Sarah is a member of the Institute of Credit Management with over 16 years experience. She specialises in debt collection and the county court process, dispute resolution and insolvency. Sarah´s client database is made up of many high profile firms from small local businesses to large nationwide companies.
Tel: 01423 789062
Mobile: 07808 761973
Victoria joined our Wills and Probate Team in March 2013. She qualified in 2007 and first worked in Commercial Property at a large Yorkshire law firm. She then moved on to joining the Marks and Spencers Commercial Team in 2009 before making the step over to Newtons.
Wills & Probate
Tel: 01423 789063
Rosie joined the firm as our Practice Manager, she brings to the firm a wealth of skills in both practice management and finance gained from her time working for accountants and law firms.
Rosie’s role covers administration, HR, finance and the implementation and improvement of systems and software; she also ensures that our Lexcel accreditation is maintained.
Tel: 01423 789171
Gary joined the accounts team at Newtons in February 2012 as a legal cashier. Gary previously worked for another Harrogate Law Firm where he gained extensive knowledge and experience of all cashiering duties required to comply with the solicitors´ accounts rules. Gary gives particular support to our busy property department.
Tel: 01423 789179
Christine provides secretarial support and assistance to the conveyancing department in the Knaresborough office.
Tel: 01423 789061
Kelly provides secretarial support and assistance to the conveyancing department in the Knaresborough office.
Tel: 01423 789173
Laura provides IT and Marketing assistance to the firm. She originally came to the firm as a secretary providing support to the family department but has since moved on to her new role, however still provides some assistance to our Family Solicitor, Lucy Phipps.
Tel: 01423 789067
Paula provides secretarial support and assistance to the company commercial and employment departments in the Knaresborough office.
Tel: 01423 789887
Nicola provides secretarial support and assistance to the conveyancing department in the Knaresborough office.
Tel: 01423 789884
Becky provides secretarial support and assistance to the company commercial and employment departments in the Knaresborough office.
Tel: 01423 789178
Sophie provides secretarial support and assistance to the litigation department in the Knaresborough office.
Tel: 01423 789178
Contact us today for an informal chat - we look forward to working with you.
"First and foremost we want to use Solicitors who are technically very good. We also want them to be able to explain complex problems to us clearly and simply and to be polite and friendly, to be pragmatic and practical and to keep us informed. We want them to do all this and to provide value for money. We are very pleased to say that Chris Newton and his team always achieve these objectives, often exceeding our expectations. We are always keen to recommend Chris and his team because we know we can trust them and that they will not let us down."
Barry Cleaver, Gardiners Chartered Accountants and Insolvency Practitioners, York, North Yorkshire
"What I like about Newtons is that they tell you what can be done not what can´t and having established the parameters they just go about delivering effectively"
Roger Lindop, Jordon Lindop Management Associates LLP, Turnaround Management, Surrey
"We have always found their advice open, fair and incisive, providing guidance through a variety of difficult issues to logical and sensible conclusions. I would have no hesitation in recommending Newtons for your legal needs "
Simon Elliot, Gold & Brown, Food Service Providers, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
"It was good to meet you yesterday. Great to put a face to the voice I seem to have spent most of my time talking to over the last week. Both Jillian and I would like to thank you for all your help and assistance and honesty in this to get it sorted out. As I said it would be great for you to attend an event to see for yourself what it´s all about. "
Gordon Sheddon, Knockhill Racing Circuit Limited, Fife
"Clear and concise advice. Precisely what you need to hear, not just what you want to hear"
Tony Armitage of Armitage Jones LLP, Corporate Recovery, North Yorkshire
"Having worked with Chris Newton previously, the decision of what solicitors to use in a complex litigation case involving not only civil action but also a criminal investigation was easy. We contacted Newtons solicitors straight away. What we really like is their honesty in not racking fees up for their own interest as opposed to ours as sadly, often is the case with some other firms."
Company Director, Leeds, West Yorkshire
"I have dealt with Chris Newton for a number of years. His advice is always well considered and gratefully received. Chris has the ability work through difficult situations positively whilst still managing the clients expectations. This is critical, especially in litigation and is not often done. Having also witnessed Christopher in court I can vouch for his fair but hard approach which gives him significant credibility when in the court room. I would rather him on my side than the others and that is not said lightly. "
Andrew Stringer, Stringer Mallard Accountants, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
"I wanted to let you know how valuable we have found your advice during the time we have worked with you. You always provide a balanced view on what our best course of action is; this goes beyond the ´Legality´ of the subject and deals with the viability of pursuing a case both financially and in terms of outcome. This is why we have and will continue to use Newtons."
Jonathan Rayfield, Aspect Design and Marketing LLP, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
"We have had you representing us for some eleven years and have found you to be pleasant, highly efficient and, most importantly, successful on our behalf. We have no hesitation in recommending Newtons Solicitors and we wish you continuing success."
Cary Thornton, ITP Consultancy, Financial Services, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
"I have been dealing with Lindsay for a year now. She has always been extremely helpful, polite, and professional. I feel I am able to ask any questions about any of our cases that I am not clear about. No question is too trivial and I am always made to feel at ease when discussing difficult and complicated cases. I have known Chris for some time and I have always had confidence in dealing with him. I would not hesitate in recommending anyone to use Newtons should they have a good fight on their hands."
Debbie Elson - Credit Controller, Cartridge World Franchise Support
"Chris Newton has represented and assisted us with several legal matters over the past couple of years . His professionalism is second to none and we would always seek Chris´ advice in the first instance and would hold no reservations in recommending him to any future clients. "
Jason Shaw, World Product Sourcing Limited, Importers, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
"I was really impressed by the personal service and the prompt updates I received. My claim was dealt with quickly, efficiently and commercially..... oh, and I won! "
Business Advisor, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
"A very friendly, efficient and reasonably priced service, always prepared to go beyond the call of duty"
Steve Baird, Insurance Loss Adjuster, Suffolk
"An excellent personal and highly professional service - thoroughly recommended "
Julian Pitts, Begbies Traynor, Business Recovery Specialist, Leeds
"I am writing to you to say a belated thank you for the manner and professionalism in which you and your team dealt with my case, I really could not have asked for a better result. As you were aware it was a difficult couple of weeks for me leading up to the hearing but I always felt in ´safe hands´. Please also say a special thank you to Ash - he was brilliant on the day!"
Client represented in the Magistrates Court
"I recommend the team at Newtons to anyone in need of expert legal advice. From the start their analysis of my case was concise, reassuring and most importantly accurate, as demonstrated by the Judge dismissing the case against me and awarding full costs. I am pleased but not surprised to see that the firm is going from strength to strength. "
Steve Wood, Architectural Technician, Harrogate
"I would like to thank Newtons for providing the support I needed to get me through a very troublesome event which occured during my previous employment. Ash was not only a true professional but personable, thorough, efficient, and human with it."
Rob Robinson, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
"I am writing to express my gratitude to you for taking the time to support us at the tribunal yesterday. This support and your good counsel is appreciated and albeit I know that you did not need to be there your presence was reassuring. You and your colleagues have been very helpful."
Car Dealership, Harrogate
"I recently purchased a new home and Newtons were great! I required a quick completion and Shamim certainly delivered. This highly stressful time was made much easier with the professional expertise of Newtons. Communication was excellent! I was always able to contact Shamim either via e-mail or telephone. I highly commend and recomend their expert services! "
Carolyn Sharp, Knaresborough
"Newtons Solicitors provided us with an efficient and professional conveyancing service whilst retaining a friendly and approachable relationship, taking all the stress out of buying our house "
Paul Key, Harrogate
"Many thanks for an excellent service. Very professional, we would thoroughly recommend Newtons"
John and Fiona Raw, Harrogate
"Our house purchase was made easy by the team at Newtons. We had regular contact and updates from the staff. A friendly and professional service all round and would definitely recommend to others."
Kate Metcalfe and Matthew Gudgeon, Green Hammerton, York
"The decision to use a solicitor is often taken as a result of something happening, often unexpectedly. What you really need under such circumstances, is someone who understands your viewpoint, understands the overall situation and someone who can quickly and re-assuringly provide you with the advice you require. What you get from Newtons is all of the above together with down to earth, practical and incisive advice when you need it. Chris thought nothing of discussing a case with me at 10.30 p.m. because he knew it had to be dealt with as soon as possible. The service is, literally, second to none. Simply stunning. Thank you. "
Russ Hirst, Independent Financial Advisor, Harrogate
"Having recently appointed Newtons we have been delighted with their prompt, efficient and friendly service, all at a most competitive price. We would thoroughly recommend them."
Peter Marston, Farrah´s, Harrogate
"Natalie has provided to me, on a number of occasions, advice on employment law issues in varying circumstances. As well as being clearly knowledgeable in her field, which thus provides us reassurance when dealing with often a difficult and sensitive area of running a business, her advice has proved to be extremely commercial in addition to being legally sound. She also has shown a clear understanding of our business needs and therefore her advice has been invaluable. She has by doing this saved our business money but also helps us plan our HR effectively. Besides being very professional she is also extremely personable and therefore a pleasure to work with."
R Phillips, FD of Cartridge World
"I would like to express how grateful I am for your advice, support and skilful representation throughout our recent dispute. Although it could be said that it was a David vs Goliath scenario I remained confident and reassured throughout the battle - largely because of the skilful way you handled our case. Whilst I hope we do not need your services too much in the future we will always know who to turn to if we do! "
Dan Davies, IntegraCare Limited.
"I would like to take this opportunity to say how very grateful I am for the considerable efficiency and empathy shown by Elizabeth Webb. I felt that I and my family were supported all the way through, and now realise just how important that is in a solicitor."
C T Guest, Knaresborough
"Sarah is both professional and effective at debt chasing. Debtors who had previously remained impervious to letters from us have now paid their debts. If I was in the unfortunate position of some of our debtors, I would be very worried if Sarah Townsend contacted me!"
Anne Hardaker, Feather Smailes Scales LLP
"We were very satisfied with the speed of service from Elizabeth who was ultra-professional and very organised. The turnaround on our Wills was excellent."
Mr V Hall, Leicester
"We were extremely pleased with the service offered by Newtons. Shamim and Heather dealt with our sale and purchase in a professional, friendly and efficient manner and took the time to explain the process and guide us through each step. They really went the extra mile to ensure our move went smoothly, and were effective in dealing with a number of complications that occurred along the way. I´m happy to recommend the conveyancing team at Newtons for your move."
Peter and Fiona Wilkins, Harrogate
"Out of all the costs associated with buying and selling, instructing Newtons has proved money well spent. Cheap ´online´ conveyancing was tempting but we´re glad we went with a local solicitor - the service provided by Meryn and her team has been 1st class."
Most certainly one of the reasons why Chris is so successful, he just gets on with things.
Diane Moisley-Mason, 2inspire, Harrogate
Just a quick note to thank you both for helping us to move to our new home - there are boxes everywhere at the moment but it will be lovely once we´ve settled in!
We won´t hesitate to recommend you to friends or family who may be moving in the future.
N & J Harrogate
Newtons made me feel like my house sale and purchase was of the upmost importance. The service was very personalised and I´d like to thank Meryn for all her support, advice and help with the house sale and purchase. We would highly recommend.
Caroline and Tom Cowen, Moortown, Leeds.
Lucy, I have to follow my instinct with this one and I feel out of the 3 solicitors seen in the past 6 months you are the one I engaged with the most.
Anon, regarding our Family Solicitor, Lucy Phipps.
Thank you so much once again for your care and diligence in your handling of my claim and resulting success.
Heidi Chalmers, Harrogate.
Steve Rae has undertaken work for our family over the years. I always leave Steve´s office feeling that I have received first class advice and guidance and for that I am very thankful.
You are a trusted advisor. Whenever I see the calibre of other solicitors it reminds me of how fortunate I am to be able to rely on your services.
CEO of Ground Control Limited
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much indeed for your outstanding assistance in this matter. You have been a pleasure to work with and your friendly but professional manner was much appreciated. Although there were many obstacles to overcome along the way, your advice was spot on.
I shall certainly recommend Meryn and Newtons Solicitors to anyone in need of professional yet affordable legal help.
Once again, my thanks to you and your team.
Alison Shenton, Exmouth.