Privacy & Website Policy
This notice sets out when and why we collect personal data about you. It explains how we use it, keep it safe and to whom we may disclose it.
If you are a client of Cunningtons LLP, then we ask you to read and understand this notice. It should be read in conjunction with our general terms and conditions.
Cunningtons LLP is the data controller and it collects, processes and stores the personal information that you provide us with. Cunningtons LLP is a limited liability partnership which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA ID 619821).
This notice does not apply to any website which contains links to our website or to any website to which we provide links.
The information we may collect
The information we collect will depend on our instructions and what you have asked us to do. We do not ask you to provide us with more data than we require in order to provide you with legal services or to enter into a contract with you to provide those services.
When you complete forms on our website, telephone us, email us or otherwise correspond with us, we collect the personal information that you provide to us. That personal information may include your name, employment details, business activities, personal and business contact details, your personal preferences and requirements, financial information, personal description, photograph, any national identifier, date of birth and your personal circumstances.
Neither our website nor our services are aimed at children. However, there may be occasions when we receive personal information about children involved in a case.
If you are not our client, we may obtain such information about you from our client or other publicly available sources with a view to providing our client with legal services. Normally we will not have to tell you that we have this information if you have it already or if doing so would impair the ability for us to provide legal services to our clients and potential clients.
Cookies are small amounts of information which we store on your computer. Cookies make it easier for you to log on to and use the site during future visits. They also allow us to monitor website traffic and to personalise the content of the site for you. You may set up your computer to reject cookies although, in that case, you may not be able to use certain features on our site. We may also collect technical information and data from your use of our website.
Why we process your personal information
We collect personal information primarily for the purposes of a) providing you with legal services b) complying with our regulatory and legal obligations c) complying with our operational requirements and d) assisting us to improve and market our services.
If you do not provide us with your consent to process your data in this way, we may have to stop working for you, as it may mean that we are unable to provide you with accurate or correct legal advice or comply with our legal or regulatory obligations.
The legal basis’ upon which we may process your personal information include your consent, our legitimate interests, pursuant to a contract between you and us or to comply with our legal or regulatory obligations.
Our legitimate interests include offering to provide you with legal services, quotations and preliminary advice prior to formal instructions. It also includes enabling us to process payments, manage and develop our business, for marketing activities and to better understand how our website and services are used. It also includes hosting and maintaining our website. It also includes enforcing the terms of any contract between us and any client.
We do process your personal information in any automated way which has a significant effect of the individual concerned or produces legal effects which affects that individual.
To whom we may pass your personal information
We will never sell your data and will keep it safe and secure at all times.
There may be occasions when we need to pass your information to third parties pursuant to our professional and legal obligations. We may also need to pass your information to third parties during the course of your transaction or pursuant to the work that we are undertaking on your behalf.
The third parties to whom we may pass your personal information may include regulatory, law enforcement and fraud prevention bodies and agencies; companies and individuals that introduce you to us; medical practitioners; barristers; experts; courts and tribunals; people you ask us to provide your information to; and persons and companies who satisfy us that they have your consent to provide them with your personal data, such as those seeking legal advice or quotations on your behalf, provided that we will not be in breach of our legal or regulatory obligations.
We may share limited technical personal information, such as your IP address, with Google Analytics. We use this information to understand how people use our website and not for direct marketing purposes.
In some cases, payment transactions will be processed securely via our website by Worldpay and we will pass on the personal information required for this purpose.
We share your personal data with some third party service providers, such as our electronic case management system provider. In some cases, personal information may be transferred (the definition of which includes making available remotely) to countries outside of the EEA. This will only happen if this is done with your informed consent; is necessary for the performance of a contract between us and a client; or is to a country or international organisation which provides appropriate safeguards.
Retention of your personal information
The information that you provide to us or that we collect is stored on our secure servers or in hard copy in our storage facilities.
We will retain your information for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires and for the specific purposes for which it was obtained. Generally speaking, your information will be retained for a minimum period of six years but possibly longer, depending on the circumstances of the matter, our legal and regulatory requirements and the risk to us of any future claims.
You have the right to request us to provide you with access and rectification of your personal information. In some circumstances you have the right to restrict or object to the way in which we process your information or to request the erasure of it. You may have the right to ask us to transfer your personal information to another person or business.
You have a right for your information not to be used for marketing purposes. We normally seek your consent before using your information for marketing purposes. If you are our client, you will be given the opportunity to opt in or out of marketing. You can change your mind at any time. If we have obtained your consent to process your personal information, you can withdraw that consent at any time by contacting us.
You have a right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner’s Office (www.ico.org.uk).
We have voluntarily appointed a Data Protection Officer. Any queries in respect of your data, this policy or your rights should be sent to him. Our Data Protection Officer’s contact details are:
Essex CM7 1UD
Tel: 01376 326868
We may have to verify your identity before fulfilling any request or query that you may have and we may ask you to put your request or query in writing.
Changes to this policy
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.
Rhyannon Andrews and Sarah-Louise Green are the senior conveyancing solicitors at the Braintree office. They are supported by qualified Solicitors and Licenced Conveyancers.
Cunningtons LLP Braintree invite you to their walk-in Advice Centre on Tofts Walk, offering expert advice direct to the public on all aspects of matrimonial law, Litigation, residential conveyancing, and wills and probate. The centre is open from 9am to 5:30pm Monday, 8:30am to 5:30pm Tuesday to Friday and also 9:30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays, so it is open at a time convenient to YOU, with no appointment necessary. Our friendly and professional staff are on hand to guide you through any issues you may have and help you reach the conclusion you require.
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 Ilford office of Cunningtons LLP was opened in October 1994 by Cunningtons Partner John Simpkin who has only just retired from the firm after more than 20 years of service to our clients. However he will still be acting as a consultant and so his much valued experience will still benefit our clients. Mohammed Moula is now the Partner with responsibility for the office. The office is conveniently located in Cranbrook Road on the northern outskirts of Ilford Town Centre within easy reach of the M11 and A406 North Circular. The office is also within a few minutes walk of the main shopping area, Ilford station and bus routes. The area is served by the London Underground Central Line in the north at Redbridge, Gants Hill and Newbury Park. There is also metered parking in both Cranbook Road and Beal Road within a very short distance of the office.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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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Don't Take Our Word For It....Read What Our Clients Say
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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