Ruth Mills has been a Partner in the Firm since 2004 and is the Managing and Finance Partner.
Being Head of the Matrimonial department she specialises in matrimonial law and has over twenty years’ experience in this field. She regularly provides advice regarding divorce, separation, financial matters, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes, disputes involving children, and domestic violence. Ruth is an accredited member of the Family Law Panel.
Ruth also is the Head of the Wills and Probate department specialising in Wills, Probate, Intestacy, Contentious Probate and the provision of Powers of Attorney.
Having been born in Pembrokeshire, where she started her legal career, Ruth worked for a number of firms in Bournemouth, before joining Mustoe Shorter Solicitors & Advocates in 2003. She is married with a young family.
Ruth is happy to be contacted by phone on 01305 250900 or you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Brimacombe qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and has been with the firm since 2006. He became a Partner in 2009. He specialises in Childcare Law.
Simon appears frequently in front of all relevant tiers of the family court to include magistrates, district judges and High Court judges
Simon is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. This means that Simon is considered to have sufficient expertise to represent children in Court proceedings through the children’s Guardian or to take instructions directly from the child. Simon also represents parents in respect of proceedings concerning Children’s Services, and in private disputes between parents, such as disputes over residence and contact.
Simon also undertakes Deputyship work in respect of applications to the Court of Protection to deal with financial affairs and personal welfare issues, for people who have lost the ability to do so themselves, whether that be through accident, injury or simple old age.
Simon is happy to be contacted by phone on 01305 752700 or you can e-mail him at email@example.com
Lee Christmas is a criminal law specialist with over 17 years of experience. He became a Partner in 2013 and is head of the Criminal Law Department.
He has represented clients facing a wide variety of allegations including rape, robbery and murder. He has considerable expertise and experience in road traffic law.
He is well-regarded by his colleagues and clients. He is known for being approachable and able to explain complex legal issues in simple language. His preparation is extensive and his strategies are second to none. This has helped him to achieve an excellent record in acquittals.
He is a police station and court duty solicitor and has higher rights of audience in the Crown Court.
Lee is happy to be contacted by phone on 01305 752700 or you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Shorter has been a Solicitor for nearly 40 years and a Solicitor Advocate for 20 years. He deals mainly with serious crime, regularly appearing as a defence Advocate cases in the Crown Court including trials for murder, armed robbery, drugs offences, assaults, fraud, and sex crimes. He also appears in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). He has experience of Courts-Martial and also of the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal, where he has both prosecuted and defended. He thus has a wide experience of defence work in all types of crime
Tim also has wide experience in commercial conveyancing, acting for several local organisations, varying from small property development companies to a regional hotel chain and a national care provider.
Tim is happy to be contacted by phone on 01305 752700 or you can e-mail him at email@example.com
David Coombe qualified as a Solicitor in 1970, and has practised in South Dorset since 1972, and in Weymouth since 1978.
David has considerable experience in a number of areas of law, including civil litigation, family law, criminal law, commercial law, conveyancing, probate and inheritance claims.
David now specialises in criminal law, and appears in the Magistrates' Court and attends at the Police Station on a regular basis.
David is happy to be contacted by phone on 01305 752700 or you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elaine Walker is a solicitor who specialises in employment law and accident claims.
As a personal injury lawyer, Elaine specialises in claims arising from accidents at work, and with claims arising from the development of an industrial disease, such as asbestosis or hand-arm vibration syndrome.
Elaine can also assist with claims arising from a road traffic accident.
Elaine is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
As an employment lawyer, Elaine provides advice to both employees and employers. She can assist in bringing or defending claims in unfair dismissal and in discrimination, such as discrimination on grounds of sex, race or disability. Elaine is an experienced advocate at Employment Tribunals, with a very high success rate.
Elaine also has significant experience in assisting employers and employees in reaching terms of agreement when employment comes to an end.
Elaine is happy to be contacted by telephone on 01305 752700 or you can e-mail her at email@example.com
Property conveyancing is not just a job to Senior Solicitor Kate Wadsworth, it's a passion.
Kate has specialised in the sale and purchase of commercial and residential properties for the past 15 years and is a renowned expert in the field.
Whether she's acting for first-time buyers, a major house builder, a local commercial landlord, or a start-up business owner, Kate is adept at explaining complex issues and also has a real talent for spotting problems which could cause headaches in the future.
Kate's friendliness, vast experience and excellent local knowledge has helped her win the trust and respect of local estate agents, surveyors and fellow legal professionals which ensures every transaction runs smoothly.
Apart from freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, Kate can also give advice on leases, easements, leasehold extensions, mortgage work, landlord rights and auctions.
Outside work, Kate, who is married with two teenage children, enjoys gardening, festivals and walking her Labrador dog Dylan along the beautiful Jurassic Coast."
Kate is happy to be contacted by phone on 01305 250900 or you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan McGhee is a solicitor specialising in criminal law who represents clients at the Police Station, in the Youth Court and in the Magistrates' Court.
She is an Accredited Police Station Representative and a fully-qualified Duty Solicitor.
She is also experienced in representing clients in their Prison Law matters and she is a fully-accredited Mental Health Tribunal panel member.
Megan is a specialist in youth justice and mental health matters. She is a member of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Young Legal Aid Lawyers and Amnesty International.
Megan is happy to be contacted by telephone on 01202 331613 or you can e-mail her at email@example.com
Linda joined the team at Mustoe Shorter in April 2014. She currently works within our Family & Conveyancing Departments.
Linda is happy to be contacted by phone on 01305 250900 or firstname.lastname@example.org