Our Team

Stratford Solicitors Poynton

Nicholas Stratford – Solicitor

Nick established Stratford Solicitors Ltd in 2006. Prior to this he worked for a number of years in a large Manchester city centre practice. Nick is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner, has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious law, and is a recognised expert in both fields. Nick has successfully qualified as a mediator and is qualified to mediate in all aspects of law excluding family law. Nick has recently qualified as a Notary.

Send Nick an email: nick.stratford@stratford-solicitors.com

Lauren Sumner – Solicitor

Lauren began with Stratford Solicitors Ltd in 2007. She studied at BPP Law School where she completed her Legal Practice Course. Lauren has been qualified for seven years and has a particular interest in Conveyancing, Family Law and Will Writing.

Send Lauren an email: lauren.sumner@stratford-solicitors.com

Jessica Dryburgh – Legal Executive

Jessica joined Stratford Solicitors in 2012 after completing her A Levels at Wilmslow High School Sixth Form. She is training to be a Legal Executive and has recently completed her CILEX qualifications and Professional and Vocational Training in Oldham.

Send Jessica an email: jessica.dryburgh@stratford-solicitors.com

Sophia Kokkinis – Trainee Solicitor

Sophia is the newest member to the team. After completing her LLB Law Degree at BPP Manchester, she then went on to study her Legal Practice Course there, receiving a Commendation.

Sophia joined us in July 2018 and has a keen interest in family law. She looks forward to qualifying as a Solicitor.

Send Sophia an email: sophia.kokkinis@stratford-solicitors.com

Alice Brown – Trainee Licensed Conveyancer

Alice joined Stratford Solicitors in May 2018 and is completing her Licensing Conveyancing Course alongside working for us.

Send Alice an email: alice.brown@stratford-solicitors.com

Simon Heapy – Consultant Solicitor

Simon is a specialist in mental capacity work; in both the Court of Protection looking after clients’ property and affairs and in contentious probate work.

Simon has been listed as an individual leading lawyer (in property and affairs Court of Protection Work) in both the Legal 500 (“an excellent practitioner” and “highly competent at advising on intricate and complex trusts and Court of Protection matters”) and in the Chambers and Partners directory (“it is hard to find anybody else with such enthusiasm”, he is passionately committed to dealing with people with mental capacity issues”) (all quotes from 2016 editions) and “He is great – he cares about the clients, he understands the law, and he has a firm hand when needed, which is critical in this area” (quote from Chambers 2018 edition)

He has given a number of talks in this field as a guest speaker for third parties such as Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and 9 St John Street Chambers. He completed the Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme with the (then) Senior Judge Lush (having been invited by him to do so) in the Court of Protection.

He is a member of the STEP Mental Capacity Special Interest Group and was a founding executive committee member of the Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association (COPPA).

Outside of work he is a music lover and is “a decent guitarist, a reasonable drummer and below average keyboard player”.

Simon loves most sports but particularly football and cricket. He is a season ticket holder at Macclesfield Town FC.

Send Simon an email: simon.heapy@stratford-solicitors.com

Karen Leadbetter – Solicitor

Karen specialises in family law, including divorce and complexed financial issues, particularly high net worth cases involving substantial assets, business assets and both public and private pensions.

Karen also advises upon Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements and cohabitation disputes. As well as issues involving the arrangements for children.

With over 20 years’ experience Karen is a natural peoples person, who shows her client’s care, empathy and total professionalism all the way through the process.

Karen was noted in the Legal  500 as ‘fights hard for her clients’ and as having ‘exceptionally strong negotiation skills backed up with years of experience in handling difficult proceedings’

Send Karen an email: karen.leadbetter@stratford-solicitors.com

Laura Brunt – Legal Assistant

Laura joined Stratford Solicitors in September 2017 after receiving a First Class Honours Law LLB degree from Newcastle University. Laura is currently studying her Legal Practice Course at BPP Manchester alongside working for us.

Send Laura an email: laura.brunt@stratford-solicitors.com

Daniel McLoughlin – Consultant Solicitor

Daniel began with Stratford Solicitors Ltd in 2014. Daniel studied at Manchester Metropolitan University where he completed his Legal Practice Course. Daniel qualified as a Solicitor in 2018.

Send Daniel an email: dmcloughlin@stratford-solicitors.com

Darren Crowther – Consultant Legal Executive

Darren has almost 20 years’ experience working in the law. Darren is a CILEX qualified Legal executive who has a special interest in Litigation.

Send Darren an email: darren.crowther@stratford-solicitors.com

Angela Nekooie  – Consultant Solicitor

Angela qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and has worked in the legal sector for over 35 years.  She worked in a large Manchester City firm, specialising in commercial property work, before she joined us in 2014 .

Angela employs a proactive and solution focused approach to all matters and is passionate about delivering outstanding client care.

She has been a Property specialist for the last 22 years and in that time has built up experience in both residential and commercial matters including 

  • Buying property
  • Selling property
  • Leasehold matters
  • Re-mortgages
  • Equity releases
  • Secured lending

Send Angela an email: ANekooie@stratford-solicitors.com


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