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.


FIONA SMITH, DIRECTOR.

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.


KADIR SULEYMAN, SENIOR SOLICITOR.

Kadir leads on property law for Carlsons.

He has specialised in residential and commercial property issues since 2009 and has wide experience in a diverse range of property acquisitions and sales, acting for first time buyers as well as seasoned property investors.

Notable commercial cases he has handled include the £20m+ acquisition of a hotel development along with leasehold and freehold transactions of offices, established retail outlets, restaurants, leisure centres, shopping centre units and warehousing.

His extensive experience in residential property law includes leasehold/freehold sales and purchases, new developments, sales at auction, sale and purchase of repossessed properties, equity transfers, leasehold extensions, and secured borrowing. 

He is accustomed to dealing with high value properties and time sensitive matters and is committed to offering a resolution-focused service with a personal touch, meticulous attention to detail and excellent client communication.

Kadir has a keen interest in new and developing technology and admits to being a bit of a ‘techy’ outside work. Aside from listening to podcasts about new and emerging tech, Kadir also has a passion for fitness and healthy living.


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.


ALEXANDRA CLAY, PARALEGAL

Alexandra has joined the practice in the area of family law and dispute resolution after studying Law at Nottingham Trent University, graduating with a 2.1 honours degree.

Having completed a placement year as a Legal Clerk in London, she has returned to London to further her legal career as a Paralegal and intends to start studying her LPC part time in 2019.

She developed a passion for family law through her law degree and a placement year in a family department where she dealt with challenging cases in several types of matters, particularly those involving children. She regularly attended court and assisted with financial settlement negotiations.

She works hard to ensure families going through the legal system receive the level of support they require and is committed to delivering services of the highest possible standard to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients.

Away from work, Alexandra enjoys live music and works behind the bar at festivals and concerts. She has a close family network including four sisters and is a very competitive pub quizzer. She has played netball since she was 11, a sport in which she intends to continue to participate in London.

When she can, she enjoys visiting family and friends in Norfolk and Singapore.