Rachel is an experienced solicitor advocate who believes it is important to combine expertise, professionalism and sensitivity. Rachel feels very strongly that the ordinary person should have access to justice and be able to have the specialist legal representation they require during what can be a very difficult time for the whole family. Rachel acts in public child care cases.
She deals with cases where social services intervene in a family and pursue care or supervision proceedings, family placements, long-term foster care and adoption.
Trainee legal executive
Rebecca joined the firm in November 2018. Rebecca graduated from Plymouth University in 2015 with a LLB (Hons) Law Degree. Since this time, Rebecca has developed her knowledge of the law in practice and specialises in Family Care Proceedings initiated by a variety of Local Authorities within the South West. Rebecca is often the primary contact for clients and she always ensures that she is able to provide appropriate and timely advice and assistance.
Rebecca has a wide knowledge of Care and Supervision Proceedings, Emergency Protection Orders, Secure Accommodation Orders and Special Guardianship Orders. Rebecca regularly attends Pre-proceedings meetings to represent a client’s interests and provide appropriate advice. Rebecca will often assist parents who have additional needs and recognises when they need support from an Independent Advocate. Rebecca has good knowledge of Legal Aid and always ensures clients are appropriately funded by the Legal Aid Agency where necessary.
Rebecca is undertaking the Graduate Fast Track Diploma with the CILEx Law School and will qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive in the future.
Natasha joined in January 2018 as an apprentice paralegal.
Natasha assists Nicky, Rachel and Rebecca in the care team assisting parents whose children are involved in court proceedings being brought by Social Services.
Susan joined the Family Team as a legal assistant in August 2018.
She supports a number of senior staff members including Will Giles who heads up the Family department.
Stephanie joined Woollcombe Yonge in April 2018 and has been a Legal Assistant in the Family Law since 2005.
She has worked in the South West region since 2004 and more specifically in Plymouth since 2005 and now supports senior staff members including Will Giles who heads up the Family department.
Kathy is both a PA to the Family department as well as a Legal Assistant in the same team.
She has worked in most areas of the law in a career that has spanned over 25 years.
Vivien is a Family Law Specialist. She joined Woollcombe Yonge on 6th August 2018. Vivien deals with cases involving family relationship breakdown.
She specialises in Divorce, Cohabitation and Separation issues, Financial matters and proceedings relating to Children (where the children are to live and who they spend time with). She has experience of drafting pre-nuptial, post nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements.
Vivien also specialises in matters involving domestic violence and has worked with clients via the Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service legal clinic.
Vivien is a member of Resolution. She aims to resolve matters in a constructive and non-confrontational manner. She is a committee member of Devon Resolution and was formerly Chair of Yres, Devon
Angela joined Woollcombe Yonge in May 2018 as a paralegal in the Family
She is from the South West area and studied for her law degree at
Plymouth University. She later completed her Legal Practice Course at the
University of the West of England.
Angela currently works with the Woollcombe Yonge Partner Will Giles in all
aspects of divorce, children contact and financial settlement.
Nicki is a Solicitor in our Family department and has 20 years of experience in dealing with public law children’s cases. She is also a member of the Law Society children panel.
Nicki studied English at degree level before converting to law and completing her law degree at Bristol University. She is passionate about ensuring fairness in proceedings for both parents and most importantly the children involved.
Partner, Solicitor and Head of Family Law
Will joined as the Family Department Partner in January 2018 and qualified as a Solicitor in 1994. He is a Member of the Family Law Panel (Advanced Tier) and is accredited by Resolution as a specialist Family Lawyer.
Will joined as the Family Department Partner in January 2018 and qualified as a Solicitor in 1994.
He is a Member of the Family Law Panel (Advanced Tier) and is accredited by Resolution as a specialist Family Lawyer. He is also a Collaborative Lawyer and an accredited Mediator, which often helps resolve situations without the need of attending court. Will helps unhappy people out of unhappy relationships.
What they say about Will:
- “a kind heart and a good mind”
- “has particular experience in military divorces. William Giles is “especially strong in finance cases”.
"As a family we found the service provided to us was delivered with ’empathy’ and was in fact ‘outstanding’, we would most certainly recommend Woollcombe Yonge to friends.”