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.