OUR HISTORY.

Carlsons Solicitors as we know it today began life in the 1970s with an office in the Regent's Park area of London, later moving to our current offices in Whetstone.

Over the years, we've grown our staff and areas of specialist law. Today we also maintain a presence in the heart of the legal district on Chancery Lane in the City of London.

The quality of service we provide is central to our philosophy and we believe the expertise and knowledge we provide should be backed with a friendly and personal approach that supports and informs our clients through every step of the journey they take with us.

We provide exceptional service by building exceptional client relationships, helping us to be defined not just by what we do, but also by how we do it.

OUR PEOPLE.

DANIEL RUSSELL, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

Daniel, who has been qualified as a solicitor for 25 years, has a reputation for being commercially savvy and fearless; this has won him clients who expect the very best. His expertise lies in family law and dispute resolution.
 
He provides clear, focussed and strategic advice on all aspects of family law including property and financial matters and child arrangements. He has a particular focus on cases involving significant asset pools and issues of legal and commercial complexity.
 
He helps clients to develop a strategy at an early stage of the dispute resolution process and works with leading counsel, experts and other professionals to provide clients with a complete litigation service all the way through to the conclusion of a case. He routinely litigates in the High Court Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions as well as across the country in the County Court. He has extensive experience of resolving disputes through mediation and other forms of ADR.

Some of Daniel's notable cases:-

  • Acting for a substantial landowner in the House of Lords challenging the extension of the Jubilee Line on the London Underground tube system.
  • R v Wallace Duncan Smith - represented a Defendant accused of fraudulent trading and obtaining property by deception in a £90million banking fraud.
  • Clancy v Clancy (2003) - acting for a Defendant in a contested probate case. The court dismissed the Claimant's action seeking revocation of a grant of probate obtained by her brother in respect of their mother's Will.
  • Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company Ltd v Kosky (2013) - successfully defended the first ever application for permission to bring committal proceedings for contempt of court under the CPR 81 in the High Court.

He acts for and against high profile individuals in their divorces. Clients have included professional footballers and other celebrities.

Daniel's work also includes Employment Settlement Agreements, Lasting Powers of Attorney and applications for deputyship.
 
Daniel’s first job was as a children’s birthday party entertainer. He is a very long-suffering Derby County season ticket holder and has a particular taste for Earl Grey tea and the occasional Belgian beer - but not at the same time. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending quality time with his family and travelling (which often coincides with Derby County away games).


RICHARD HIGHAM, DIRECTOR.

Richard specialises in family law and dispute resolution. 

He is a member of Resolution and deals with all aspects related to family law, including:

  • finances on divorce;
  • child contact and residence issues;
  • domestic abuse issues;
  • occupation orders
  • non-molestation orders
  • the divorce process itself
  • international issues where one party is habitually resident in England
  • high net worth individuals.  

He is an experienced dispute resolution solicitor, working on cases that include high value claims against banks and other commercial organisations.  

One of Richard’s notable reported cases is Winnetka Trading Corporation -v- Julius Baer International Limited and another [2011] EWHC 2030 (BH).  This case involved jurisdictional issues between a Claimant and a large Swiss bank, and was fought successfully in the Court of Appeal in Guernsey.  

Richard has worked on high net worth cases for several people in the public eye and has brought about successful conclusions to these matters without the need for contested and expensive litigation, with a proactive and amicable approach to settlement.  

He has previously run a travel company for severely disabled children and a housing company for people coming out of prison and seeking accommodation. He is currently a sitting magistrate and was a partner at an international trade commerce and construction legal practice overseeing the Dispute Resolution Department, which also dealt with clients’ matrimonial issues.

Away from work Richard is a car and motorbike enthusiast and his other interests include international music and dance, family and swimming.  His passion in life is to help others to reach their goals and to achieve the most he can in all he does.


NEIL BOONIN, DIRECTOR.

Neil specialises in residential and commercial conveyancing, helping individuals and businesses to buy and sell leasehold and freehold properties. He advises on every stage of a property transaction and also acts for mortgage lenders.
 
He has assisted in the successful sale of a portfolio of more than 60 properties collectively worth over £10.5million. He has several key clients who specialise in multiple acquisitions for the purposes of HMO lettings and student accommodation.

He is highly experienced in helping first time buyers, particularly those who want to take advantage of the Government’s Help To Buy Equity Loan Scheme, and is also particularly interested in helping clients re-finance their existing commercial and residential properties in order to raise capital and to expand their portfolios.
 
Neil has extensive experience in lease extensions and enfranchisement, working with landlords and both individual tenants and groups of participating tenants.
 
Neil is married with a little boy who takes up most of his spare time! He enjoys cinema, cooking and is also partial to single malt whisky.
 
Outside his professional work he is also a director of a trust which governs a local primary school.


FIONA SMITH, SENIOR SOLICITOR.

Fiona has close to 20 years' experience dealing with sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages, right-to-buy and lease extensions.

She has leading specialist knowledge of unregistered title, having assisted a charitable trust in registering its portfolio of more than 100 unregistered properties (some of which had title deeds going back to the 1600's) at the Land Registry.

Her interest in land law is perhaps a natural progression given she graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge with a degree in Geography.

Fiona also specialises in the law relating to Wills and probate.

In her spare time, she enjoys canoeing, singing in her local choir and dancing.

When she can, she likes to escape to her house in Wales, where she takes long walks or just sits at the top of her garden with a glass of wine from the local Sugarloaf Vineyard at Abergavenny, admiring the view and looking at the sheep.


STEWART WERNHAM, IN-HOUSE BARRISTER.

Stewart read law at The University of Warwick before taking the bar exams at The Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1984.

He completed his pupillage at 12 South Square, Gray’s Inn where he was offered a tenancy, later moving to larger premises at 14 Gray’s Inn Square.

He cut his teeth in criminal law in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. He also built up a busy civil practice in personal injury, landlord and tenant law and family cases before eventually specialising in family law – with a particular interest in what are now known as financial remedy cases. He is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

He has extensive experience in both private and public law involving children, applications to remove from the jurisdiction, injunction applications, domestic violence cases and has dealt with financial cases involving high net worth clients. He has been involved as counsel in several reported cases.

He joined the chambers of Lord Thomas of Gresford QC at 1 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings, Temple in 1994 before those chambers merged with the chambers of Philip Sapsford QC at Goldsmith Chambers.

Early jobs as a youngster and student included the obligatory paper round, gardening and operating the dumb waiter in the kitchen of a top London casino. Away from work Stewart has a passion for cricket, reading - mainly non-fiction and biographies – and supporting Saracens RFC.

He and his wife are keen supporters of the Saracens Foundation and London’s Air Ambulance, and they have sponsored children at a school in southern India for more than 20 years.


EMILY BETTIS, PARALEGAL.

Emily is employed by the practice in its Family and Dispute Resolution department whilst she studies the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at the University of Law, London Bloomsbury. She intends to take the Legal Practice Course (LPC) on a part-time basis.

Emily pursued an interest in the classical past and ancient art, during her undergraduate degree at Durham University, where she achieved a 2:1. 

She still has a passion for the subject, which she indulges by visiting galleries and museums and combines that passion with her interest in the law by attending talks relating to legal technicalities involved in the collection of art.

A winner of the 2017 Durham Intercollegiate Cheerleading Team Competition, Emily continues to enjoy sports and has completed a half marathon where she raised money for the London Legal Support Trust.