Cunningtons LLP: Community & Social Responsibility
Cunningtons LLP encourage staff to take up roles within the local community as well as sponsoring a number of local causes and charities.
The firm is also a patron of the Essex Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, the partners and staff at Cunningtons LLP are proud to participate in various charity events from Red Nose Day to Jeans for Genes day throughout the course of the year.
From 2013 to 2017 Cunningtons has elected the J’s Hospice in Chelmsford as it’s chosen charity and will be actively supporting the J’s throughout the course of the year.
What is the J’s Hospice?
The J’s Hospice is an emerging hospice, developed through the drive and vision of the local community to see enhanced support for young adults with life limiting conditions. The J’s aim is to offer all young adults aged 18 to 40 with a life limiting illness in Essex, the choice to receive the care and support that they need in the comfort and security of their own home. The J’s Hospice helps young adults with this condition through the transition from children’s to adult services and bridges the gap by providing age appropriate care and support.
The inspiration behind the J’s Hospice
The J’s was formed in memory of Jonathan Whiffin who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 3 years. Jonathan used children’s hospices from the age of 14 to the time he died. Jonathan was a fun-loving, outdoors typical teenager who enjoyed socialising with people of all ages. His greatest love was dolphins and the J’s logo represents this. During his teen years, his mum Denise realised there was a dire need for hospice and respite care once young adults outgrew children’s hospices. Whatever their circumstances, young adults have the right to expect equality of access to the physical environment and all other aspects.
To learn more about the J’s Hospice please visit their website www.thejshospice.org.uk or contact Dominique Brunning at the J’s on 01245 351 514.
You can also make a donation if you wish via the Just Giving page Cunningtons have set up to help support our chosen charity:www.justgiving.com/cunningtons-solicitors
Cunningtons LLP in Great Square and Tofts Walk in Braintree, Essex, is the head office for Cunningtons Solicitors across the UK. Established in 1748, the Braintree head office in Great Square is still in its original offices. This amounts to almost 300 years of Experience and Tradition.
The Senior Partner at Cunningtons’ Braintree office is David Drake. Paul Fenton is the Joint Managing Partner. He, along with Johanna Withams are the residential conveyancing partners at the Braintree practice. They are supported by qualified Solicitors and Licenced Conveyancers.
The Brighton & Hove office of the firm Cunningtons LLP was opened on 1 April 2014 by Cunningtons partner Jason Bradshaw, and is located on Duke Street in Central Brighton. The office specialises in residential conveyancing in Brighton and Sussex, and also provides you with access to a range of other legal services through our branch network.
If you are selling your home, buying a new home, or simply remortgaging your existing home, our firm of residential conveyancing solicitors make sure that all the legal aspects are taken care of. To find out how much conveyancing will cost, click here:
The Chelmsford office of Cunningtons LLP was founded as Colemans Solicitors by Brenda Coleman in 1979. Colemans was incorporated with Cunningtons Solicitors in 2001.
Cunningtons’ Chelmsford branch specialises in residential conveyancing and family law.The Chelmsford office of Cunningtons LLP is situated on New London Road and deals with residential conveyancing in the Chelmsford and mid-Essex area, including Brentwood, Epping, Basildon, Ingatestone and Maldon.
The Croydon branch of Cunningtons LLP was opened in January 1995, and specialises in residential conveyancing and commercial property issues.
Jason Bradshaw, who was based at the Croydon office when he joined the firm, is the Partner with overall responsibility.
Nicholas Brothers joined Cunningtons Solicitors as a Senior Associate in 2006 and is based at Croydon. Nicholas is Cunningtons’ specialist commercial property solicitor.
The Solihull branch of Cunningtons LLP was established in July 1994, and is now run by managing partner Aymer Hutton. Aymer is a specialist residential conveyancing solicitor, and became a partner of Cunningtons Solicitors in 2001.
The Solihull branch of Cunningtons LLP deals mainly with residential conveyancing enquiries, covering a large area of the country including Birmingham, East and West Midlands, Wales, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Coventry, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. The Cunningtons Solicitors Solihull branch also works closely with other Cunningtons branches so they can offer the full range of Cunningtons’ services to our clients, with dedicated specialists in matrimonial law, personal injury, wills and probate, litigation, immigration and commerial property.
Cunningtons LLP’s Wickford Office was opened in 1989 by Cunningtons LLP Managing Partner Paul Fenton and is located on London Road in Wickford. The office specialises in residential conveyancing.
Cunningtons LLP Wickford offers a dedicated and personalised residential conveyancing service for the local community. Cunningtons Solicitors Wickford believes in the traditional approach of an office based around the personal touch with each client telephone call being answered by the solicitor or secretary. The modern benefits of the technological world prevail in the methods we employ to gain information upon properties. The internet is utilised to request information from the Land Registry and the search results upon properties are e mailed to each solicitor to save any unnecessary postal delay. Clients regularly comment on the friendliness and efficiency of the service.
More On Community & Social Responsibility
As well as supporting the J’s Hospice as the firm’s chosen charity, our friendly staff and Partners very often take some of their spare time to help other charities that are dear to their hearts. In total they’ve helped raise over £7000 for various good causes of the last year or so.Here are some examples of the kinds of events they have been involved in.
One of longest standing and senior cashier staff, Pat Walker completed the Half Moon walk in May 2017, starting off at 11.30pm at Clapham Common and walking 15.1 miles around London back to Clapham Common. Ladies and gents dressed up in decorated Bras and pounded the streets raising money for breast cancer research. The weather was fairly kind, but rained towards the end. Pat raised approximately £500 in sponsorship!
Managing Partner Paul Fenton along with conveyancer Jane Cox helped the J’s Hospice with their annual Pedal for the J’s event on 30th April 2017. There were 50, 35 or 15 mile routes around the Essex countryside. Paul volunteered to help with the early slot, which meant a very keen 6am start, helping to set up at the start site and with registrations. Jane marshalled all day at a point on route, helping direct cyclists at traffic junctions and giving a cheering shout of support to the entrants.
Claire Pickford & Debbie Stone, our head cashier, took part in a fund raising motorbike run on Saturday 1st April 2017, Claire rode pillion with Debbie on her Virago “Ruby”, the ride was around the Essex countryside, starting in Coggeshall & rode via Finchingfield, where they stopped for a pit stop, then ending up at Carver Barracks near Saffron Walden. There was a display of Army vehicles and a demonstration by a Trike which has a jet fueled engine. There were around a couple of hundred bikers, riding lambrettas, sports bikes, cruisers – Harleys through to huge trikes. Police & marshalls blocked road junctions along the route so they could all ride safely through without any interactions with car drivers, the pack was a moving barricade of bikes!
Funds raised went to “Brave” – Bikers Respect All Veterans Equally, which is a veteran support and fundraising organization set up by a paralyzed Iraq veteran, injured when his vehicle was blown up by an IED and followed up by small arms engagement. A total of £1787.03 was raised which was excellent!
Our managing director Aaron Coombs has set up a charity rugby team at Witham Rugby Club called the Stags. The team consists of players over 35 years of age and social members who can no longer play. The aim of the Stags is to raise as much money as possible throughout the season playing other vets sides in Essex and through various functions and nights out.
So far in their first season they have raised just over £4,500 for charity. In their first season they decided to raise money for 3 separate charities fairly close to the hearts of people within the Witham Rugby Club community, those Charities are: Brainwave and Stock Ward, Broomfield Hospital Breast Cancer Reconstruction Ward and RFU Injured Players Foundation.
The first two charities were involved with and helped a long standing member of the club battle cancer, a battle which unfortunately she lost just over a year ago.
Our Key People
The staff at Cunningtons are totally dedicated and highly professional. We are committed to the highest level of customer services which is echoed in our testimonials.
David Drake: Litigation Solicitor and Senior Partner at the Braintree Branch
David lives in Colchester and is married with two children.
David is the firm’s senior partner and is head of the Dispute Resolution Department. He is also the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice. and in that capacity steered the firm to LLP status in 2015.
He has been a litigator since he qualified in 1979 and has vast experience of handling litigation matters both for Claimants and Defendants. He specialises in property disputes, residential Landlord and Tenant including leasehold extension and enfranchisement matters and also handles contract and negligence disputes including professional negligence matters.
David is a former Round Tabler and Rotarian.
He is a passionate Norwich City supporter where he has been a season ticket holder for over 20 years. A previously active sportsman he now plays bowls for competition and keeps basically fit by walking the dogs and undertaking the occasional cycle ride. He is also an aging rocker attending many local gigs and supporting his son who plays in a local rock band.
David Drake can be contacted on 01376 567259
“It was a good interview. I came away feeling very satisfied with the outcome” – Mrs B, November 2013
“We were very impressed by Mr Drake at initial telephone contact, also, he made a site visit to actually see our problem before further advice” – Mr & Mrs T, March 2014
“David Drake is a superb asset to your firm” – Dr L, June 2014
“I have found your company and services to be exemplary and would not hesitate to use you again. Thank you” – Mr W, August 2014
“Very helpful and professional” – Mr F, September 2014
“Very many thanks…this is a most welcomed outcome and we thank you again for all your efforts to bring this dispute to such a satisfactory conclusion” – Mr & Mrs D, May 2016
“Thank you very much for helping me recently by providing free telephone advice. I was finding it difficult to deal with the property management company and you really helped and gave me the information I needed to find a resolution.” Ms B, August 2016
Paul Fenton – Joint Managing Partner & Head of Conveyancing.
Paul joined Cunningtons in 1986, after a period in general practice. His flair for residential conveyancing and ability to devise and develop working systems, soon elevated him to a senior role in the conveyancing department. After the “crash of 2008” a Partnership restructuring enabled Paul (as Head of Conveyancing and joint managing partner with the senior partner David Drake) to rebuild the firm with a new emphasis on customer service rather than process. Under Paul’s stewardship the firm achieved external recognition from The Times and Sunday Times awarding the firm the Best Small Conveyancing Firm award in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and Paul personally the Best Conveyancer of the Year 2013.
As one of the Managing Partners, Paul is also jointly responsible for the marketing, staffing and office infrastructure of Cunningtons, and in particular shares responsibility for the development of relationships with external organisations.
Paul has held the Office of President of the Southend & District Law Society and was, for a number of years, its Honorary Secretary. He is still an active committee member.
On the domestic front, Paul is married with 3 children, a keen skier, a rugby fan, and violinist.
Paul’s emphasis on work is to ensure that all staff at Cunningtons recognise that all clients and anyone who has a connection with the firm (including other solicitors, agents, brokers, court officials etc) are all “customers” in one way or another and, drawing on his Christian beliefs that everyone should be treated as we would wish to be treated ourselves- running the business on the fundamentals of fairness, calls returned, pleasant and clear communications, good relationships and being proactive. The firms motto is: “To do what we can, when we can, and not simply when we have to” and Paul endeavours to instil this philosophy into all who work at Cunningtons.
Paul Fenton can be contacted on 01376 567264
Jason Bradshaw is the Partner responsible for the firm’s Brighton Office. He specialises in residential Conveyancing.
Jason joined Cunningtons in 1997 as a trainee solicitor and qualified in 1999. He became a Partner with the firm in May 2002. His focus within Cunningtons has been on the delivery and maintenance of the high level of service clients expect in today’s consumer-led society. He has built up an excellent reputation within his existing client base and is proud that most of his work is from satisfied clients returning with further instructions, or client recommendations.
Jason takes an active role in the management of the firm, and is responsible for the firm’s on line presence including social media channels, takes an active role in the marketing of the firm and is the Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration.
Outside of the office, Jason has two children, and is a keen fencer and golfer.
Jason Bradshaw can be contacted on 01273 200734,
Aymer Hutton: Partner based in Solihull
Aymer Hutton is the partner in charge of the firm’s Solihull office. Aymer specialises in residential conveyancing.
Aymer qualified as a solicitor in 1990. He joined Cunningtons in 1999 from a general practice in a Warwickshire county town. Aymer became a partner of Cunningtons in 2001.
Aymer is married with two children.
Aymer Hutton can be contacted on 0121 705 6868
Kate Hunt: Partner in charge of the Wickford Office
Kate first joined Cunningtons in 2003 as a paralegal and qualified as a Solicitor in March 2006, becoming a Partner in 2011.
Kate specialises in residential conveyancing and is the office manager/Partner responsible for the Wickford office. Kate has a reputation as being friendly, helpful, proactive and efficient. Incoming post and emails received before 4pm are dealt with on the same day ensuring a flow of information to all parties involved. Clients regularly comment that Kate goes above and beyond the call of duty when compared to firms they have used previously. Local estate agents are also highly complimentary to Kate’s work ethos.
Outside the office Kate enjoys keeping fit through aerial arts such as her weekly trapeze class. When she is not flying through the air Kate relaxes in her garden or attends local music gigs.
Kate can be contacted on 01268 732268
Bryony is a Partner in the firm’s Private Client department.
Bryony graduated with from Nottingham Trent with a Law Degree in 2003 and a Masters in Health Law with commendation in 2004, she then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course with commendation at the College of Law in York.
Bryony joined Cunningtons in 2005 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. Bryony became a Partner in 2015 and is the firm’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer. She is a member of the Law Society Private Client Section, an associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Bryony loves being able to assist clients with their matters, often at a difficult time, to achieve the outcome they are looking for in a friendly, straightforward and efficient manner.
Bryony is a Dementia Friend and helps to promote an understanding of what it is like for people living with Dementia.
Dementia Friends is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Bryony also acts as a mentor to students at the Anglia Ruskin University.
What people say about Bryony:
“Very helpful and very friendly and made me feel at ease” Mrs L 06.1.2016
“Thank you for all your explaining and help” Mr W 10.01.16
“Everything was just so easy, thank you a million times over” Mrs W 29.01.16
“Very happy to be able to do our Wills with Bryony so approachable and happy to answer any questions. It was something we put off for ages, she made it all so easy, a lovely lady” Mrs C 18.02.16
“We were very happy with the service provided. The outcome we wanted was achieved and along the way the staff were always courteous, helpful and informative. We would definitely contact Bryony Wilmshurst for any future work” Mrs W 26.02.16
Bryony can be contacted on 01376 567280, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Beer: Head of Family Law at Cunningtons and is based at our Chelmsford office.
Katie focused on family law both on her law degree and the Legal Practice Course and commenced her professional training with Cunningtons in 2006. Katie spent the majority of her professional training working in the Family Law department and gained a great deal of experience dealing with a wide range of Family Law cases.
She is a Member of the Family Law Panel which means she is recognised as a Family Law specialist; Katie is also a Mentor for Anglia Ruskin University Law students.
Katie qualified into the family law department in 2009 and since then has continued to give practical and realistic advice and support to her clients. Katie has a no-nonsense approach and is respected for being proactive and professional.
Katie deals with all aspects of family law including:-
- Finances flowing from separation
- Civil partnership dissolution
- Arrangements for children after a separation
- Prenuptial agreements
Katie has a particular focus on helping clients to build a stable future for themselves and their families.
Katie is a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and a member of Resolution.
Katie is also the partner with responsibility for maintaining the firm’s Lexcel accreditation.
Katie can be contacted on 01245 295511.
Mohammed joined Cunningtons in 2014. Having qualified as a solicitor in 2007 he has worked for firms in East, West and Central London and has built up a wealth of experience and clients in property-related matters.
Mohammed acts for a wide range of clients from companies to private individuals and families, helping them with their property purchases and sales.
He earned his Law degree from Queen Mary College, University of London, and obtained his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law in London.
Out of the office Mohammed enjoys following football, and keeps a close eye on his local team, West Ham United. He is married and has two young children who keep him occupied for the rest of his time.
Jill Wiggins - Partner in the Family Law Department
Jill Wiggins is a Partner in the firm’s Family Law department and is based at the Braintree office of Cunningtons.
Jill initially studied French and Spanish at the University of Wales, Swansea before undertaking her Graduate Diploma of Law followed by the Legal Practice Course, which she completed with Distinction.
Jill undertook her professional training in 2010 and qualified in 2012. Jill spent the majority of her professional training working in the family law department and now specialises in family law and is a member of Resolution. Jill joined Cunningtons in 2014 and became a Partner in 2017.
Jill has the responsibility of developing our trainee solicitors when they are in the Family department.
Jill deals with divorce and civil partnership dissolution, financial matters following from a separation and injunctions. Jill has a particular interest in Children Act proceedings, both private and public law and prides herself on giving practical advice whilst remaining empathetic in what can be a very sensitive and emotive area of law.
Outside the office Jill is a keen horsewoman and gardener.
Jill can be contacted on 01376 567276
Kate Horsted: Conveyancing Solicitor at the Chelmsford Branch
Kate graduated from Northampton University with a Law Degree in 2009, she then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course with commendation at the College of Law in Moorgate, London.
Kate qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 and joined Cunningtons in 2014, specialising in residential conveyancing. Kate advises on a wide range of matters including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and lease extensions. Kate places particular emphasis on providing a high level of service to her clients in every aspect of the transaction.
Kate became a Partner with the firm in 2017 and leads the Conveyancing team at our Chelmsford Office.
Outside of the office Kate enjoys travelling, music festivals and can often be found in the kitchen flexing her baking skills.
Aaron Coombs: Managing Director based in Braintree
Aaron is the Managing Director at Cunningtons and is responsible for all aspects of practice management including Advertising & Marketing, Personnel, I.T, Premises and Finance.
Aaron joined Cunningtons in 1993 and played a key role in achieving the firm’s Lexcel accreditation back in 2010 and continues to play a key role in achieving re accreditation each year.
Aaron is part of the Management team tasked with the delivery of the firm’s business plans and strategy.
Aaron takes a pragmatic approach to his work. Having been with Cunningtons for 24 years, he has seen many changes and has coordinated many of them too, from the opening of new branch offices and staff relocations to the development of the firms IT platforms. With such changes over the last 24 years, Aaron’s sense of humour has certainly helped him manage such situations to ensure that they are carried out as efficiently as possible.
On the domestic front, Aaron has 3 children, takes an active interest in Rugby as a player for his local team, despite his advancing years. In addition to Rugby, Aaron is keen on all sports including skiing and playing golf.
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I would like to say thanks for all your work in getting the 2 flats I purchased through Cunningtons to completion prior to the end of March (after March I would have of course incurred significant costs in the shape of stamp duty on the buy to let purchases). In what was not the most straight forward case and with numerous issues raised by the lender, your prompt response and advice ensured the transactions still went through and I thank you sincerely for your efforts.
Particularly with the second purchase being instructed by me with only about 1 month to go before the end of March, it was a very quick turn-around to get that, indeed both, transactions completed in such quick and efficient time.
I have used Cunningtons for almost 15 years, and I would certainly be happy to do so again, including recommending yourself and Cunningtons to friends and family.
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