SWANSEA | MUMBLES | PORTHCAWL | CARDIFF | 01792 65 00 00
At DJM, we take a fresh approach to law. We have recently passed our 70th year of providing modern, jargon-free advice to a national customer base.
Our straightforward approach has helped us become one of the largest law firms in Wales. Our efficient, cost effective legal advice from a team of straight-talking experts means we are capable of taking on any legal problem.
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DJM is made up of a team of specialists and experts on hand to provide you with the advice you need. Take a look at our legal team and learn a little more about us.
Phone: 01792 656524
Year joined DJM:2017
Qualifications:Charlotte graduated from Cardiff University with a 2:1 in law in 2012 going on to carry out her professional CILEX examinations and qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2016.
Specialist Area:Charlotte joined the firm in 2017 as a Legal Executive within our residential property department.
Interests:Charlotte enjoys theatre, reading, attending fitness classes, socialising with friends and family and is an avid dog lover.
Phone: 01792 656535
Qualifications:Chris graduated with an LLB Hons Degree from Bournemouth University in 2009. He then went on to study the Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University and obtained a Commendation.
Specialist Area:Chris is a solicitor in the commercial property department and advises on all areas of commercial property, including landlord and tenant, sales and purchases, developments and secured lending. Chris also has experience acting for buy-to-let investors and dealing with high-value residential properties.Chris joined DJM solicitors in 2017, having moved from a central Bristol based commercial firm.
Interests:Outside of the office Chris enjoys going to the gym, improving his golf, skiing and is a supporter of Bath Rugby.
Phone: 01792 656510
Qualifications:Russell graduated with a degree in Law and Politics (LLB) from Cardiff University in 1998.Accreditations: Russell is an Accredited Mediator (CEDR)
Specialist Area:Russell is recognised as a “Leading Individual” in the field of property litigation by the Legal 500.Russell regularly advises property owner clients in relation to interference with easements (such as rights of way etc.), claims relating to nuisance (particularly flooding) and claims against trespassers to recover possession of property. He particularly specialises in dealing with remedies for breaches of a wide range of leasehold and freehold covenants, particularly those affecting the sale or development of commercial land.Landlord & TenantRussell has over 15 years’ experience advising on a wide variety of land disputes involving commercial, residential and agricultural land. He acts for both landlords and tenants and seeks to achieve a swift and pragmatic resolution to the disputes he handles, in line with clients’ expectations. He has extensive experience of a wide range of litigation in the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, Upper Tribunal (formerly the Lands Tribunal), Agricultural Lands Tribunal and Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. Russell regularly advises commercial landowners and tenants on remedies for breaches of a wide range of leasehold covenants and on general tenant management issues (including tenant insolvency). In the area of real property disputes, Russell has genuine expertise in advising upon the enforcement and modification/discharge of freehold restrictive covenants, particularly those restricting developments.Social HousingRussell regularly advises Housing Association landlords in relation to tenant management issues. This includes advising on anti-social behaviour issues (including serious violence, racism and harassments), demotion orders, anti-social behaviours injunctions (including Powers of Arrest/Exclusion Order), Undertakings and committal applications. Russell has extensive advocacy experience in anti-social behaviour related cases, including Fast Track trial work.ClientsRussell has acted for a wide variety of high profile public and private sector clients.
Interests:Formerly a keen cricketer and footballer, Russell is now focused on improving his golf (which shouldn’t be hard!) when not chasing around his young family.
Phone: 01792 656519
Year joined DJM:2012
Qualifications:Sheraz graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Law in 2003.
Specialist Area:Corporate & CommercialPrior to joining DJM Sheraz was previously with a large Commercial firm based in Cardiff and has dealt with an extensive corporate client base situated both in the UK and internationally. Sheraz has been involved in transactions of varying size and complexity the largest of which was a disposal with a value of £80 million.During his career to date Sheraz has dealt with numerous acquisitions, disposals, MBO’s, investments, share schemes, restructures, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, LLP agreements and commercial agreements. Sheraz also has vast experience in dealing with medical and health-care organisations.
Interests:Spending time with family, motorcycling, cycling, football, boxing and travel
Phone: 01792 656520
Year joined DJM:2010
Qualifications:Laura graduated from Cardiff University with a Law Degree LL.B (Hons) 2:1 in 2008. Laura then completed the Legal Practice Course in 2009 at Swansea University and passed with Distinction.
Specialist Area:Laura joined the firm in 2010 as a paralegal in our Dispute Resolution and Commercial departments, assisting Philip Graham on contracting matters, joint ventures, partnerships, litigation and dispute resolution. Since then Laura has qualified as a solicitor within our Dispute Resolution department and in January 2017 was appointed as an Associate Director. Laura deals with all aspects of commercial litigation and is currently specialising in Contentious Probate/Trusts matters.
Interests:Outside DJM, Laura’s interests include singing, socialising and travelling.
Phone: 01792 656529
Year joined DJM:2011
Qualifications:Jenna graduated with an LLB Hons Degree from Swansea University in 2008 and successfully completed the LPC with Cardiff University in 2013.
Specialist Area:Jenna is a Solicitor in the Commercial Property team working with both large corporate firms from throughout the UK and smaller local based businesses, and individuals in relation to the acquisition and sale of their residential properties.
Interests:Jenna enjoys socialising with friends and family, keeping fit and skiing
Phone: 01792 656514
Qualifications:Elaine is a qualified Paralegal and a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals
Specialist Area:Elaine is a Paralegal within the Estates and Trusts Department and assists with all areas of private client matters including:- preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications; assisting with the Administration of Estates and managing client affairs together with assisting with the preparation of trusts.
Interests:Spending time with the family, keeping fit and socialising.
Phone: 01792 656530
Year joined DJM:2013
Qualifications:Graduated from Cardiff University with a Law degree LLB Hons 2:1 in 2011 and then completed the Legal Practice Course in 2013 at Swansea University.
Specialist Area:Amy joined the firm in December 2013 as a paralegal within the residential property department. She is now a trainee Solicitor and will qualify at the end of August 2017 and will work from our Mumbles branch.
Interests:Amy enjoys playing netball, going to the gym, travelling and socialising with friends and family.
Phone: 01792 656526
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Year joined DJM:Rejoined in 2013
Qualifications:Jonathan graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a Law Degree LL.B (Hons) 2:1 in 2005. Following graduation Jonathan spent a year working as a paralegal/case worker with a firm of Solicitors in Llanelli. The following year he successfully completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Wales, Swansea. Jonathan is also a student member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) having obtained a distinction in the foundation course examination in 2012. Time and work permitting, Jonathan hopes to complete the STEP diploma within the next few years so that he can become a full member.
Specialist Area:Jonathan joined DJM solicitors as a trainee solicitor in September 2007 and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in September 2009 while a member of the private client department.Jonathan joined a local firm of solicitors in January 2010 where he specialised in the drafting of Wills and Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications and general legal advice to elderly clients.Jonathan rejoined the private client department of DJM solicitors in September 2013.
Interests:Outside DJM, Jonathan enjoys all forms of sport but particularly rugby. He currently plays as a back row forward for Morriston RFC and the Wales Deaf Rugby Union who are reigning deaf rugby world champions.
Phone: 01792 650000
Qualifications:Hannah graduated from Cardiff University with a Law degree LLB Hons 2:1 in 2012. Hannah then completed the Legal Practice Course in 2013 at Cardiff University and passed with a distinction.
Specialist Area:Hannah joined the firm in 2013 as a paralegal and is now a Solicitor in our Commercial Property department.
Interests:Hannah enjoys exercise, in particular yoga and walking and also enjoys cooking, socialising and travelling.
Phone: 01792 656532
Year joined DJM:1990
Qualifications:FMAAT, ACCA Professional part 2
Specialist Area:Practice Management – Barry is responsible for the operational management of the practice overseeing the Support Services functions. He has been a Director since April 2010.He was appointed an advisory Committee member of the Law Society Law Management Section in March 2015. He is also a regular columnist for Legal Practice Management magazine and has contributed to articles in the Law Society Gazette and other legal press.He is also a Trustee Director of the Monmouth Building Society Charitable Foundation.
Interests:Barry is a keen follower of local football, and enjoys spending time with his young daughter.
Phone: 01792 656534
Year joined DJM:2014
Qualifications:As a member of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (F.C.I.L.E.X.) for over 14 years, Stephen has been qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives for 12 years and is committed to his continuing personal development by attending training courses and seminars that are applicable to his role – regularly reading legal journals and articles to keep abreast of current developments within his area of expertise, enhancing competence in his role and providing sound advice to clients.
Specialist Area:Stephen is highly motivated, ambitious and hardworking individual with a positive and flexible approach to work with a great desire to succeed. He has great communication, organisational and research skills – with a logical approach to problem solving and exercising sound judgment in making appropriate decisions.Stephen has spent the majority of his career working in Debt Recovery, and with well over a decade of experience of practicing in this field, specialising in Civil Litigation and worked at three of the region’s leading private sector law firms. Stephen has acted for organisations such as Financial Institutions and Insolvency Practitioners, in secured and unsecured lending; Local Government Bodies; Local Councils; Private Schools; Fashion Houses; National Utility Companies, a Nationwide Car Rental Company; Local Businesses and also private client’s.Stephen has extensive experience in all aspects of Debt Recovery including: –•Preparation of Letters Before Claim;•Issue of County Court Proceedings;•Requesting Judgment;•Advising client’s on the most appropriate enforcement action to take having considered the merits of each case on an individual basis;•Enforcement of Judgment (in Default): Orders to Obtain Information; High Court Enforcement Officer; Warrant of Execution (County Court Bailiff); Attachment of Earnings Order; Third Party Debt Orders; Charging Orders; Order for Sale;•Dealing with Defended cases when allocated to the Small Claims Track; Preparation of the Witness Statement on behalf of the client and briefing Counsel;•Advocacy at Court Hearings including: Repossessions, Applications to set Aside Judgment, Final Charging Orders and Bankruptcy•Providing Financial Management Information Reports to clients on a monthly basis;•Quarterly Review Meetings at clients’ Head Offices to ensure the smooth running of caseload continues and discussing new work ethics;•Providing Training to the clients’ needs as and when required ;•Dealing with Mortgage Repossession cases for a variety of blue-chip clients;•Incorporating all aspects pursuant and incidental to Personal/Individual Insolvency.
Interests:Captaining a 5-a-side Football Team, competing in a local League for the last 23 years and an avid Swansea City Football Club Supporter/Season Ticket Holder.Enjoys long distance running for fun, and in the process raising money for various charities competing in events all over the country to enjoy this pursuit.Generally involved with any sport based or thrilling activities. Socialising with close family and friends.
Year joined DJM:1996
Qualifications:BA Wales, Diploma in Social Science, graduated from University College Swansea. Cyril is a former Chairman of Rent Tribunals and Rent Assessment Committees and was the first chairman of the City & County of Swansea Council Standards Committee.
Specialist Area:Cyril qualified as a Solicitor in 1953 after completing two weeks of his articles with Douglas-Jones Mercer because his original principal had died. Cyril started his own practice after qualifying. Cyril re-joined DJM in 1996 as a Consultant in Commercial property.
Interests:Individuals, golf and swimming.
Phone: 01792 656536
Year joined DJM:2001
Qualifications:Philip graduated with an LLB Hons 2:1 Degree from Swansea University in 1999.
Specialist Area:Noted in the Legal 500, Philip’s established construction practice regularly acts in complex construction matters involving multi million pound claims, often against multinational companies. Philip has extensive experience in Adjudications for both Referring Parties and Respondent’s, including enforcing and resisting enforcement of Adjudication decisions and is presently in the process of becoming a qualified Arbitrator.His experience extends to all forms of construction disputes including:•The scope and duties of architects, project managers, structural engineers and planning consultants and the breach of these duties;•Extension of time claims and prolongation of works, liquidated damages and defective works;•Collateral warranty and contribution claims;•The interpretation and enforcement of all forms of JCT, NEC & bespoke agreements;•Valuations of services and final account claims including the quality and scope of works;•Successfully acting for builder in Arbitration concerning alleged defective construction of a swimming pool hall with technical arguments over construction, responsibility for design defects and claims for loss and expense;•Litigation relating to the design & construction of bespoke water treatment facilities in Eastern Europe before the ICC Court of Arbitration•Acting for an on-site specialist Engineering company for the production & operation of specialist milling machinery upon a cantilever road bridgeLegal 500:2016 Edition: Headed by the ‘exceptional’ Philip Graham (who is regarded as a ‘litigator par excellence’), Douglas-Jones Mercer ‘punches above its weight’ and provides a ‘fantastic level of service’ to clients including Dawnus Construction Holdings, Haywood Homes and Rowecard Holdings. Clients also rate the ‘hardworking’ and ‘tenacious’ Graham for his ability to ‘cut through the nonsense and distil the case into the critical issues’.
Interests:Outside work, Philip is a keen road cyclist and has recently been appointed as Club Secretary of Swansea Wheelers, which seeks to promote and encourage the sport and pastime of cycling within Swansea on both a competitive and social level. Philip also enjoys playing and watching football and rugby.
Phone: 01792 656511
Year joined DJM:August 2004
Qualifications:Helen read law at University of Wales, Swansea and graduated with a 2:1 LLB Honours degree in 2000. Helen studied in Cardiff Law School to complete the Legal Practice Course in 2001 and commenced her training contract in 2001. Helen qualified as a Solicitor in January 2004 and was made an Associate Director in January 2017.
Specialist Area:Helen is an experienced property lawyer who specialises in all aspects of Residential Property including buying, selling, re-mortgaging, transfers, new builds and leasehold property.
Interests:Helen has an interest in keeping fit by playing netball and running and enjoys music and spending time with her family including her two children.
Phone: 01792 656522
Qualifications:Having grown up and educated in Pembrokeshire, Aaron graduated from University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a Law Degree LL.B (Hons) 2:1. Aaron then undertook a Masters in Commercial Law at Cardiff University, passing with distinction, followed by successfully completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Chester in 2009.
Specialist Area:Having worked in the North West of England for two large national commercial law firms, Aaron joined the firm in 2011 as a Trainee Solicitor. Since then Aaron has qualified as a solicitor within our Corporate & Commercial department. Aaron advises on all employment issues facing employers, ranging from contentious tribunal claims to general employment queries, TUPE transfers and redundancies. Aaron is an advisor for our Employment Protection Scheme and welcomes speaking and meeting any existing or new clients who are interested in protecting themselves from unwanted employment issues.
Interests:Outside DJM, Aaron enjoys socialising with friends, sports, music and walks on the beach!
Phone: 01792 656516
Year joined DJM:June 2008
Qualifications:Rebecca read Law at University of Wales, Cardiff and graduated with 2:1 LLB Honours Degree in 2000. She continued her studies at Cardiff Law School on the Legal Practice Course and completed the course with Commendation in 2001.Rebecca was appointed an Associate Director in January 2017.
Specialist Area:Prior to joining DJM, Rebecca trained and qualified with a large firm in Cardiff and specialised in civil litigation. Rebecca returned to work in her home town of Swansea in 2008 to join the DJM, Estates & Trusts team.Rebecca now an Associate, specialises in all aspects of Private Client work, including the drafting of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Applications. Rebecca also specialises in the administration of Estates including those of high net worth clients. Rebecca prides herself on being professional whilst advising clients yet also compassionate and sympathetic to their needs and situation, putting them at their ease at, quite often, very difficult times. Rebecca represents a significant number of clients through acting as their Power of Attorney or Deputy, which includes maintaining their financial affairs with IFAs and representing clients at MDT meetings involving social services and LHBs. Rebecca’s expertise includes: • Wills• Administration of Estates• Lasting Power of Attorney• Registration of LPA’s/Enduring Power of Attorney• Court of Protection Applications• Management of financial affairs• Personal Injury Trusts• Advance Decisions• Property Protection Trusts• Inheritance Tax advice
Interests:Outside DJM Rebecca is passionate about music and sport. As a classically trained singer Rebecca regularly sings as a soloist in charitable events. She is also a firm fan of the Ospreys and Swans. Rebecca thrives on being involved in Charitable work and has trekked the great wall of China for Marie Curie Cancer Care and run the Cardiff Half Marathon for the James Whale Fund.
Phone: 01792 656518
Year joined DJM:2009
Qualifications:Hana graduated with an LLB Hons Degree from Swansea University in 2007. Hana continued her studies at Swansea University and completed the Legal Practice Course in 2008 with Commendation.
Specialist Area:Hana joined DJM as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2009. After working in various departments at DJM during her training contract, she was offered a position in our Property department upon her qualification in September 2011.Hana specialises in both Commercial and residential property transactions. Hana advises on all forms of commercial property, developments, and landlord and tenant matters as well as Buying & Selling Residential Properties, Re-Mortgaging, New Build Properties and Legal Charges/Secured Loans.
Interests:Hana enjoys travelling, shopping, and is a keen supporter of Mumbles RFC and Wales.
Phone: 01792 656523
Year joined DJM:2016
Qualifications:Angharad graduated from Swansea University with a 2:1 in English Literature in 2013. Having decided change career paths, Angharad then completed both the Graduate Diploma in 2014, followed by the Legal Practice Course in 2015 at Swansea University passing with a Commendation and then a Distinction.
Specialist Area:Angharad joined the firm in 2016 as a paralegal within our residential property department and commenced her training contract in March 2017.
Interests:Angharad enjoys musical theatre, dog walking, skiing, socialising with friends and family and watching rugby.
Phone: 01792 656506
Qualifications:Cloe graduated from University of South Wales with a 2:1 in Criminology with Psychology in 2014.
Specialist Area:Cloe joined the firm in late 2016 as a paralegal within our residential property department.
Interests:Cloe enjoys music, keeping fit and attending exercising classes, weekends away and socialising with friends and family.
Phone: 01792 656501
Year joined DJM:1972
Qualifications:A product of Gowerton Grammar School, Ken graduated from University College London in 1971 and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1973.
Specialist Area:Ken deals with all notary public matters.
Interests:Ken enjoys watching rugby and football but his main extra-office activity is golf.
Phone: 01792 656543
Year joined DJM:2015
Qualifications:Natasha graduated from University of Wales Trinity St David with 1st class honours in Business Management in 2013. Having decided to pursue a legal career, Natasha then completed both the Graduate Diploma in 2014, followed by the Legal Practice Course in 2015 at Swansea University and passed with Commendation.
Specialist Area:Natasha joined the firm in 2015 as a paralegal within our Dispute Resolution department and is now a Trainee Solicitor.
Interests:Natasha enjoys keeping active in the gym, travelling, snowboarding, watching rugby and socialising.
Phone: +44 (0)1792 656525
Qualifications:Jonathan graduated with a LL.B (Hons) degree from Cardiff University in 2000
Specialist Area:Noted in the Legal 500, Jonathan qualified with the practice in 2003, becoming Director in 2010 after heading up the department for a number of years. Jonathan has spent the entirety of his career specialising in private client work and presently acts for a base of clients ranging from high net worth commercial clients to the very elderly. Jonathan also works with numerous accountants, financial advisors, company directors and property developers in providing complex trust and taxation advice.
Interests:Outside DJM, Jonathan has a keen interest in golf and enjoys travelling. Jonathan also has an interest in cars and supporting our local rugby union team; the Neath Swansea Ospreys.
Phone: 01792 656542
Year joined DJM:1999
Qualifications:Mike graduated with an LLB Hons 2:1 degree from the University of Glamorgan in 1998.Michael became a Director in 2008.
Specialist Area:Mike has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial property with particular expertise in pension related property transactions, property development and Landlord & Tenant matters. Mike acts for many large property developers and investors and prides himself on providing an excellent service.
Phone: 01792 656503
Year joined DJM:1976
Qualifications:Michael Snowdon originates from Harpenden Hertfordshire and first came to Swansea University in 1972 where he gained a BSc (Econ) Honours Degree. He then embarked on his Solicitors qualification examinations joining DJM as an Articled Clerk in 1976. Michael thereafter qualified as a Solicitor and was made a partner at DJM in 1984 working from the Mumbles Office for a number of years.
Specialist Area:Michael was part of the DJM Commercial team which was first established in 1992 working out of the dedicated commercial office in St Helens Road. Since that time he has undertaken various roles and advised in relation to a wide variety of commercial company and property matters. Michael now heads the Property and Corporate/Commercial teams based at Axis Court.
Interests:Michael is married with 4 children. He enjoys all outdoor sports and particularly skiing – that is for as long as his knees hold out! He is also a keen supporter of Swansea City Football Club and attends most home matches.
Phone: 01792 656517
Year joined DJM:July 2013
Qualifications:Andrew graduated from University of Wales Swansea with a 2:1 in Law in 2008. After being fortunate enough to travel around the world with his friends, Andrew returned to Swansea University and successfully completed the Legal Practice Course in 2010.
Specialist Area:Andrew is a solicitor within our Dispute Resolution department. Andrew specialises in Insurance Litigation and will often represent insurance companies & local authorities in relation to personal injury and property damage claims.
Interests:In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing and watching Football, Rugby & Tennis. Andrew also enjoys travelling and the occasional pub quiz.
Phone: 01792 656513
Qualifications:Natalie graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2007 with an Upper Second Class (2:1) in LLB.Natalie also obtained a distinction when she undertook the Postgraduate Legal Practice Course at Swansea Law School in 2008.
Specialist Area:Natalie Trained and qualified at a high street practice in Swansea. Upon qualification in February 2012 Natalie joined DJM as a Family Solicitor, but has since joined the Estate & Trusts department and now deals with Private Client matters.Natalie specialises in all areas of Private Client work, including the drafting of Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney, the administration of estates and Court of Protection matters. Natalie prides herself on giving the best quality advice to client’s often at a difficult and sensitive time.
Interests:Natalie has a keen interest in music, keeping fit and reading.
Phone: 01792 656507
Qualifications:Helen has a BSC in Town Planning Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Town Planning Studies from Cardiff University. She also has a law degree from the University of London and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Glamorgan.
Specialist Area:Helen works within the Commercial Property team dealing with a range of commercial property matters. Helen is also a Chartered Town Planner and deals with planning related matters. Her work experience is in both local authority and private practice along with work on major development schemes in the Swansea area. Helen is also Company Secretary of the National Waterfront Museum Swansea and Wales National Pool Swansea.
Interests:Helen enjoys keeping fit, and spends all available time with her family and looking after an array of birds including rare breed geese.
Phone: 01792 656533
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Qualifications:Laura graduated from Cardiff University with an LLB Hons degree in 2006, before going on to obtain an LLM Commercial Law Masters in 2007 and successfully completing the Legal Practice Course in 2008 again at Cardiff University.
Specialist Area:Laura joined DJM in 2011 as a Paralegal before commencing training to qualify as a solicitor. Laura is a Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution Team.
Interests:Laura enjoys watching live music, reading and socialising with friends.
Phone: 01792 656505
Qualifications:Chloe graduated from Aberystwyth University with a Law degree LLB Hons 2;1 in 2012. Chloe then completed the Legal Practice Course part-time at Cardiff University in 2014 and passed with a Commendation.
Specialist Area:Chloe worked as a paralegal in a Cardiff law firm for 3 years prior to joining DJM, specialising in insurance litigation. Chloe has joined DJM as a paralegal within our Residential Property department and is now a Trainee Solicitor.
Interests:Chloe enjoys cooking, socialising and dog walking.
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