MEET OUR TEAM

Get to know the people behind Stratford Solicitors and how their legal expertise can help you.

Nicholas Stratford
Nicholas StratfordDirector
Nick is a solicitor, registered trusts and estate practitioner and notary public. He has vast experience in both contentious and non-contentious law. He was for a number of years a part-time university lecturer updating solicitors and trainee solicitors in relation to the law. The law is his hobby as well as his career and he is happy to see clients by arrangement on both evenings and weekends.
Lauren Sumner
Lauren SumnerSolicitor
Lauren joined Stratford Solicitors as a Trainee Solicitor in 2007 and has mainly undertaken Conveyancing work since this time. Lauren qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and is now a Director at Stratford Solicitors. Lauren has a good relationship with many key third parties involved in the conveyancing process which allows her to maintain our service levels with clients, and to improve our standards and practices. Lauren aims to provide a friendly, yet professional approach with clients colleagues and all third parties to provide a smooth turnaround of transactions.
Simon Heapy
Simon HeapyConsultant Solicitor
Simon is a specialist in mental capacity work in the Court of Protection and also in contentious probate matters.

He has been listed as an individual leading lawyer (in property and affairs Court of Protection Work) in both the Legal 500 (“an excellent practitioner” and “highly competent at advising on intricate and complex trusts and Court of Protection matters”) and in the Chambers and Partners directory “it is hard to find anybody else with such enthusiasm” (2016 edition) and “He is great – he cares about the clients, he understands the law, and he has a firm hand when needed, which is critical in this area” (2018 edition).

He was a founding executive committee member of the Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association (COPPA) and has completed a Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme with the (then) Senior Judge Lush in the Court of Protection. He also assisted the OPG in writing their Practice Note SD14 on Family Care Payments.

Outside of the law he is a music lover and is “a decent guitarist, a reasonable drummer and below average keyboard player”. Simon loves most sports but particularly football and cricket. He is a lifelong supporter of Macclesfield Town FC.

Karen Leadbetter
Karen LeadbetterSolicitor
Karen specialises in family law, including divorce and complexed financial issues, particularly high net worth cases, Pre-Nuptial Agreements & cohabitation disputes. As well as arrangements for children. With over 20 years’ experience, Karen was noted in the Legal 500 as ‘fights hard for her clients’ and as having ‘exceptionally strong negotiation skills backed up with years of experience in handling difficult proceedings’
Angela Nekooie
Angela NekooieConsultant Solicitor
A solicitor qualifying in 2002 working in the legal sector since 1980. Employs a proactive and solution-focused approach and is passionate about delivering outstanding client care. For the last 22 years specialised in both residential and commercial matters including buying, selling, leasehold matters, re-mortgages, equity releases and secured lending/bridging loans.
Moira Percival
Moira PercivalSolicitor
Moira is a solicitor with many years‘ experience, who now specialises in the administration of estates. Moira is a member of STEP and the Law Society Private Client section and used to be a Court of Protection Panel Deputy. Moira strongly advises clients to have an up to date Will and Powers of Attorney in place, which should be constantly reviewed to reflect life’s changes.
Andrew Matthias
Andrew MatthiasSolicitor
Andrew has been qualified as a solicitor for over 30 years. Previously he was a partner in a large city
centre firm in Manchester. He has a wealth of experience in relation to Family Law, including
divorce, civil partnership dissolution, financial claims arising from the break down of a marriage or
civil partnership, and disputes between parents in relation to children. He has also considerable
experience in relation to advising unmarried and same sex couples.
Philip Cusack
Philip CusackIndependent Consultant
Philip is currently working as an Independent Consultant. Philip has previously worked as a Solicitor for 34 years, and spent 33 of those years as a Notary Public. Philip has worked as a Partner in one legal practice for 31 years, and as an Associate Solicitor in another practice for 3 years. He has undertaken extensive general legal and notarial work for diverse clientele. Philip has substantial practice management, financial and supervisory responsibilities.
Darren Crowther
Darren CrowtherConsultant Legal Executive
Darren works as a Consultant Lawyer for Stratford Solicitors, specialising in litigation. After completing his Law Degree, he then went on to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer in 2018. Darren takes a particular interest in Litigation, and provides legal advice on Lasting Power of Attorneys and Wills.
Jess Dryburgh
Jess DryburghLegal Executive
Jess began working at Stratford Solicitors in 2012 when she began her studies to become a Chartered Legal Executive. She qualified in December 2018 and is now working as a Consultant for Stratford’s after returning from maternity leave, dealing with Conveyancing, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Alice Brown
Alice BrownTrainee Licensed Conveyancer
Alice joined Stratford Solicitors in May 2018, having previously worked in the conveyancing sector for approximately 5 years. Alice is currently in the process of completing her Licensed Conveyancing Course. Alice is due to qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer in Summer 2020. Alice deals with all types of residential property transactions including re-mortgages, sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties, new build, right to buy and shared ownership.
Ashleigh Irwin
Ashleigh IrwinTrainee Solicitor
Ashleigh started at Stratford Solicitors in January 2020 and is a Trainee Solicitor at the firm. She has been working in the legal sector for 3 years, after completing her undergraduate Law degree at Swansea University. Ashleigh has since completed her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law and has also successfully obtained a Master’s in Professional Legal Practice. Ashleigh has a specific interest in motoring offences and has over 1 year of specialist experience working solely with motoring offences.