Meet the Bates Wells & Braithwaite team

Bates Wells and Braithwaite Sudbury have a dedicated team with extensive experience and knowledge in their respective fields. Alongside our hard work ethic our ethos is to provide excellent client service which has been recognised across all of our areas of expertise.

To find out more about any of our members of staff, please select a department from the list provided;

AGRICULTURE & COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Robert Sainsbury

Director

Robert is the firm’s agricultural and commercial property solicitor. He joined Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 2003 having worked in East Anglia since qualifying as a solicitor in 1984.

Robert has many years’ experience of agricultural and commercial property work both freehold sales and purchases and the grant and taking of leases, options, promotional and overage agreements. He has given the Cambridge Law Society’s Agricultural Law up-date seminar in recent years.

In his spare time Robert spends a lot of time with his family, enjoys badminton and tennis and plays an active role within St Mary’s Church Bury St Edmunds.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Tim Parsons

Tim joined Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 2017 as a commercial litigation solicitor.

Tim completed his legal training in Norwich, before specialising in commercial litigation at an East Coast firm, where he represented commercial clients and individuals across East Anglia in a wide range of disputes. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in 1993, Tim worked for a large multinational accountancy practice.

Away from the office, Tim enjoys golf and playing and watching most sports.

EMPLOYMENT

June Salmon

June joined Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 2015 and is a specialist employment law solicitor.

June has over 20 years of litigation and employment law expertise gained first in private practice and later in her role as an employment lawyer in a local authority in London where she dealt with highly complex tribunal cases including TUPE matters, sex, race and disability discrimination claims.

Outside of work June is a governor of a local sixth form college and enjoys a busy family life.

FAMILY

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca joined Bates Wells and Braithwaite in February 2019. Rebecca initially qualified as a legal executive and later as a solicitor. She has over fifteen years’ experience in a wide range of family disputes having previously trained and worked as a family solicitor in Bury St Edmunds.

Rebecca is approved by the Law Society Family Law Accreditation Scheme and is a member of Resolution.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys horse-riding, walking and cooking with family and friends.

PERSONAL INJURY

Mark Heselden

Director

Mark obtained a Masters Degree in international commercial law and after working with the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and then a City firm he joined Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 1993.

He is the Managing Director and specialises in personal injury litigation. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and formerly ran the East Anglian regional branch of APIL. He also acts as an executor and trustee where there is conflict among trusts and estates.

A former parish councillor and school governor, Mark spends most of his spare time in the local area though does often travel to Switzerland where his son lives.

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Lorraine Moser

Director

Lorraine joined the firm in 1997 as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and after qualifying as a solicitor in 2003 was appointed Head of the Residential Property Department.

She deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing and is the Practice Manager at Bates Wells & Braithwaite.

Away from work, Lorraine, who lives locally with her husband, enjoys an active life and her interests include hiking, canoeing, skiing, motorcycling and horse riding.

Matthew Stamp

Matthew joined the residential property department at Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 1986.

He studied geography and environmental science at the University of Manchester before returning to Suffolk where a change in direction saw him join the firm.

He is well known to local landowners and devotes much of his spare time to conservation issues having worked in the past for Groundwork Trust and Suffolk Wildlife Trust. He also enjoys walking, travelling and photography.

Emily Turner

Having completed her LLB Law Degree at the University of Essex, Emily began working for Bates Wells and Braithwaite in June 2017 and moved to Sudbury shortly after. She is currently undertaking training to become a Licensed Conveyancer and has already qualified to be a Conveyancing Technician.

In her spare time she enjoys reading and travelling.

WILLS TRUSTS AND PROBATE

Glenn Blair

Glenn joined Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 2009 and gained experience across the firm before qualifying as a solicitor in November 2015. He has a law degree from the University of East Anglia and took the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London.

Glenn is part of the firm’s Wills, Trusts and Probate department and specialises in wills, powers of attorney and the administration of estates including advice on inheritance tax, estate planning and trusts.

Glenn lives locally with his young family and takes a keen interest in watching and playing various sports and is a long-term season ticket holder at Colchester United.

Catherine Palmer

Catherine is a lawyer specialising in wills, trusts and probate matters.

Catherine began her legal career as a secretary with a large regional firm of solicitors before undertaking her legal training through distance learning.

She became a Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1999 before moving on to work, mostly as a locum, in firms all over East Anglia.

She joined Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 2016 and specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration, Court of Protection work and elderly client advice.

In her spare time, Catherine enjoys classical singing, gardening and walking with her dog.

Emily Griggs

Glenn joined Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 2009 and gained experience across the firm before qualifying as a solicitor in November 2015. He has a law degree from the University of East Anglia and took the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London.

Glenn is part of the firm’s Wills, Trusts and Probate department and specialises in wills, powers of attorney and the administration of estates.

Away from work, Glenn takes a keen interest in watching and playing various sports and is a long-term season ticket holder at his local football club, Colchester United. A lot of his spare time is spent with his young family.

Emily Turner

Matthew joined the residential property department at Bates Wells & Braithwaite in 1986.

He studied geography and environmental science at the University of Manchester before returning to Suffolk where a change in direction saw him join the firm.

He is well known to local landowners and devotes much of his spare time to conservation issues having worked in the past for Groundwork Trust and Suffolk Wildlife Trust. He also enjoys walking, travelling and photography in his spare time.

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