together for one
The team here at Woollcombe Yonge are exactly that, a team.
We compliment each other well, covering off the major disciplines of the legal profession, offering you the customer the very best possible service in the South West region. The front line legal staff are balanced by a support team that ensures that the whole operation runs smoothly, seamlessly and professionally.
Tracey joined the firm in 1989 and as well as being the Managing Partner of Woollcombe Yonge, she is also a Defence Lawyer.
She specialises in criminal defence work including police station advice/representation and advocacy in the Magistrates and Crown Courts and at Courts Martial.
Tracey has rights of audience in the Higher Criminal Courts.
Tracey has been nominated for the Devon and Somerset Law Society Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2020
What they say about Tracey:
• “I would like to convey my sincere gratitude for the way my solicitor represented me and to all the legal team and for your support after my case, thank you all so very much.”
• “You do not need to do anything to improve your service, I wish all solicitors were as good.”
Partner, Solicitor and Head of Wills and Probate
Tracey heads up our Wills and Probate team with particular interest in advising on inheritance tax planning, especially in the rural sector. She joined Woollcombe Yonge with 17 years of experience of advising clients in Devon and Cornwall on all of their Private Client needs.
She advises on all aspects of will planning, powers of attorney, trusts, estate planning and administration. Additionally Tracey enjoys acting as a Deputy, appointed by the Court of Protection, to look after the financial affairs of those who might otherwise be vulnerable to exploitation due to a lack of mental capacity.
What they say about Tracey:
• “10/10 Exemplary”
• “Could not fault the quality of the service”
- “I was treated with the utmost courtesy and respect. Something which is in short supply these days”
- We approached Tracey Wright with regards to a rather complicated Will and Trust that we needed to set up. Tracey listened, advised, explained and made the whole experience actually quite enjoyable. I think we even laughed a few times! Everyone we spoke to at Woollcombe Yonge were helpful, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for making our dreaded Will experience so effortless and painless. We really appreciated the professional way everything was handled.
- We just want to say a big thank you for everything. It was a difficult time for me so its truly heartfelt. Thank you.
Partner and Solicitor in our Crime Department.
John has been a Partner since 1982 and holds an excellent reputation within the legal community in the South West with his experience in criminal law.
With specialisms in this area of law, John represents clients at police stations, magistrates court, crown courts and courts martial, covering the whole range of criminal offences.
He is highly experienced in advising and representing individuals and companies in relation to Road Traffic and Regulatory offences.
John has rights of audience in the Higher Criminal Courts and is a qualified Duty Solicitor.
What they say about John:
• “Can’t thank you enough for your support on the day of the interview, I know I was a bit of a wreck on that day. Again thank you, and I will be recommending your services to others for sure.”
• “Mr Haythorn was most reassuring and supportive throughout what was a very traumatic evening for me and my family, it was a relief to have a professional with me.”
Partner, Solicitor and Head of Residential Property
Joe is the Head of Residential Conveyancing and became a Partner in January 2018. He qualified as a solicitor in July 2014 after successfully completing his Training Contract with us here at Woollcombe Yonge.
He specialises in all aspects of residential and commercial property including the buying, selling and remortgaging of houses and flats, the acquisition and sale of development sites and plots and commercial leases for both landlords and tenants.
What they say about Joe:
- “The service from the onset was very professional and efficient. Would recommend and use your services again. Thank you!”
- “As a family, we found the service provided to us was delivered with ’empathy’ and was in fact ‘outstanding’, we would most certainly recommend your services to friends.”
Partner, Solicitor and Head of Business Services
Ian joined Woollcombe Yonge in 2018 as a partner in the commercial team. He specialises in commercial and corporate disputes across a number of industries. His work also encompasses all aspects of regulatory disputes including health, safety, financial and environmental issues. This includes advising on formal investigations and prosecutions by government bodies and local authorities, advising on appeals against Notices and dealing with judicial review proceedings.
Ian also acts for clients and insolvency practitioners in relation to insolvency cases, business rescue and litigation work and has been involved in advising clients involved in fraud cases, with a view to civil proceedings to recover assets. He regularly advises on Directors duties and Directors Disqualification Proceedings, complex shareholder and partnership disputes including unfair prejudice and minority shareholder disputes, warranty disputes, high value contested debt and construction disputes.
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”.
Associate - Commercial Business Services
Gary is an Associate Solicitor specialising in Commercial Property.
Gary’s vast experience in property law covers all aspects of commercial property including business transfers, leases, acquisitions, disposals, option agreements and bank finance. It also includes landlord and tenant work and all aspects of property development.
Gary relocated to the South West from Manchester at the beginning of 2014.
Gary’s vast experience in property law covers all aspects of commercial property
including business transfers, leases, acquisitions and disposals. It also includes
landlords and tenant legal work and all aspects of property development.
He has extensive experience in all aspects of property law covering both commercial and residential property.
This experience includes the buying, selling and remortgaging of houses and flats and the acquisition and sale of development sites and plots. His experience also includes all matters relating to the sale and purchase of owner managed businesses with a particular emphasis on hotels, guest houses, public houses, shops, industrial units and professional practices.
What people say
- ‘An excellent professional service, wholly appropriate to my needs & delivered without fuss’
- ‘Excellent throughout. Could not ask for better’
Chartered Legal Executive - Commercial Business Services
Krista joined the firm in January 2020. Krista completed her Law Degree in 2014 and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2018. Krista has previously worked at an International Corporate Firm and another Local Firm.
She specialises in Commercial Property and Commercial work including sales and purchases of commercial property, land and businesses, acting for Landlord or Tenants in respect of leases, adverse possession claims, prescriptive easement claims, drafting Terms and Conditions, NDA’s and drafting and reviewing various other commercial agreements. Krista has also been heavily involved with strategic development work for property developers.
Krista enjoys being connected with the local community and takes time to understand her client’s needs and the issues they care about resulting in a bespoke service.
Krista also has extensive knowledge and experience in relation to the GDPR and offers assistance to a variety of clients in becoming GDPR compliant including general advice, training sessions and drafting a variety of GDPR compliant legal documents.
Associate and Head of the Criminal Department.
Rebecca specialises in Criminal Defence law covering offences across the whole spectrum of criminal law.
She is a qualified Duty Solicitor undertaking work at Police Stations, Magistrates Courts, Youth Courts and Crown Courts.
Rebecca is passionate about providing a proactive defence for our clients and ensuring the best possible outcome in their case.
With links to the Royal Navy, Rebecca is keen to support and work with the Armed Forces.
In December 2018 Rebecca was appointed as a member of the Law Advisory Board with Plymouth University and is an active member of the local legal community.
January 2020 Rebecca joined Plymouth Law Society as a committee member.
Rebecca is also the Chair of Governors at a local primary school and a Trustee with a multi-academy trust.
Rebecca qualified in South East England working in and around London before moving to Devon in 2011.
What they say about Rebecca:
• “If I needed a solicitor again I would definitely use this Company, a police friend of mine recommended you, it was very good advice.”
• “Very friendly and explained everything.
Associate Higher Rights Advocate
Michael qualified as a Solicitor in 1993, and as a Solicitor Advocate in 2004. He has represented clients in a wide variety of criminal cases for more than 20 years. In recent years he has conducted mainly Crown Court and Court Martial cases.
He has represented service personnel in the UK, Germany, Cyprus and Belize. He has conducted Crown Court and Court Martial trials and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Court Martial Appeal Court.
What they say about Michael:
- “Is a true gentleman, never once rushed me; the service I received was beyond excellent, I would very highly recommend you to anyone who needed a criminal solicitor; also not having a Barrister helped me as only one individual to deal with which is more reassuring, I would like to say thank you very much.”
- “Prompt and thorough, excellent legal advice.”
- “I found no reason for Mr Green to improve on any aspect of his very supportive and professional conduct.”
Solicitor in the Criminal Department
Paul joined the Criminal Litigation Department on the 28th May 2019.
Paul is an accredited Duty Solicitor. He is an experienced criminal practitioner also undertaking licencing, taxi licencing and health and safety work.
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.
Raegan qualified as a Solicitor in 2015 after completing both her law and postgraduate degree here at the University of Plymouth. She joined the Wills, Trusts & Probate team at Woollcombe Yonge in January 2018.
Raegan deals with various private clients matters, including estate administration/planning, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Deputyship and Court of Protection applications.
Raegan is a member of STEP (www.step.org) and also sits on the committee for STEP’s West of England branch. She is also a local school governor.
Raegan deals with all private clients matters, including the preparation of wills, arrangements for powers of attorney, probate, trusts and tax related matters. With her close ties to the South West region, Raegan is dedicated to her local clients and prides herself on combining a down to earth approach with an undoubted level of professionalism.
What people say
“Thank you Raegan for a professional and speedy service and for helping me through this process at a very difficult time”
Michelle qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 and works in the Private Client Department. Michelle specialises in: Inheritance and Estate administration; Wills; Trusts; Estate Planning; Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.
Michelle provides an approachable and professional service in what can be a difficult time of loss or uncertainty. She also has a strong link to the South West and enjoys being part of the local community.
What they say about Michelle:
Very good service provided by Michelle. Everything was made very clear and easy to understand. I would definitely recommend her.
Associate - Chartered Legal Executive
Natalie joined the residential property team in January 2019.
What they say about Natalie:
Highly competent and professional service. Recommended with excellent value for money.
I had an excellent overall experience coming at a particularly difficult time in my life ….. would highly recommend.
Natalie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, having trained at a Top 100 law firm in Exeter, before more recently working for a niche conveyancing firm.
Natalie has five years’ experience in a variety of property matters with a particular interest in new build property.
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.
Legal Assistant/Paralegal in the Commercial Business Services Department
Clare joined Woollcombe Yonge in June 2019, and assists Ian Veater in the Commercial Business Services Department with Dispute Resolution.
Clare completed a Law degree at the University of the West of England following which she worked at two top 50 law firms.
Clare specialises in financial disputes and investigations, commercial regulatory, property and intellectual property disputes.
Chloe joined the Residential Conveyancing Department in August 2019.
Josie joined the Residential Conveyancing Team as a paralegal in September 2019.
Natasha joined in January 2018 as an apprentice paralegal, she is now a fully qualified CILEx Paralegal.
Natasha assists Rebecca and Angela in the care team assisting parents whose children are involved in court proceedings being brought by Social Services.
Having studied at university in Essex, Alicia relocated to the South West in 2017 and joined the Residential Property Conveyancing team in June 2018.
Alicia works directly with Joe Cunningham who heads up the Residential Property department.
Trainee Legal Executive
Leonie joined the Residential Conveyancing Department in June 2017 after completing her Law Degree at the University of Law in Central London. She is a residential conveyancer within the department with her own caseload and is currently in the process of completing her CILEX Qualification with a view to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer.
Leonie specialises in all areas of residential property including sales, purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity and general legal advice. Leonie tailors her attitude and approach to each client individually so as to provide the highest level of customer service and this is evident in the positive reviews she regularly receives.
Leonie is a Plymouth Representative for the Devon Branch of CILEx, a member of the Business International Group, and also commits her time to arranging and/or taking part in various charity fundraising events in a bid to raise money towards, and awareness of, a variety of causes.
Leonie is a Fee Earner in the department with her own caseload and is currently in the process of completing her CILEX with a view to becoming a qualified Legal Executive Lawyer.
What they say about Leonie:
- Leonie was professional, friendly and expeditious
- Leonie did a fantastic job
- We were extremely happy with the service we received and the speed it was delivered. Leonie did an amazing job all round and could not complain in any way. I will have no problem in recommending your Company to friends and family.
ParaLegal in the Family Department
Jade joined Woollcombe Yonge in April 2019, before which she completed a degree in Criminology and Law.
Jade is a Paralegal in the Family Department supporting with all aspects of Private Law Children and domestic violence cases involving Legal Aid.
Legal Assistant/Office Manager
Jan joined us in 2002 and is our Office Manager.
Jan also supports the solicitors in the Criminal Department on a day to day basis as their personal assistant.
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.
Lian joined Woollcombe Yonge in July 2017 and works in the Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts department.
Lian is a Legal Assistant supporting the Managing Director Tracey Wright. She assists Tracey with her in the Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts department.
Kate joined the firm in November 2018.
She provides support to Tracey Wright, Michelle Crump and Raegan Leather.
Jody joined the firm in 2010.
She is our Legal Cashier.
Collette joined the firm in 2018.
She supports Jody Webber in the accounts department.
Business Services client
"All the staff at Woollcombe Yonge have been excellent, very helpful, courteous with a ‘can do’ attitude."