The Partners & Staff
Partner – Family Law
Kerry qualified as a solicitor in 1985, joined JWS in 1993 and became a partner in January 1997. Kerry specialises in all aspects of general Family Law including Divorce, Contact and Residence of children and Cohabitation and Civil Partnerships.
Managing Partner – Wills, Probate and Trusts
Berni joined JWS in 1995 with a management background, she qualified in business and legal accounts in 1997 and became a partner in April 2012. She manages and runs all administrative departments of JWS including Accounts, ICT, HR, Marketing and Compliance, allowing her other partners to concentrate on their various aspects of the law so as to provide a more efficient service to their clients. Berni is also experienced in Wills, Estate administration, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and all associated private client matters.
Partner – Wills, Probate and Trusts
Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and joined JWS in September 2013 and became a partner in January 2017. He has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners since 2002 and has many years of experience dealing with Wills, Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Court of Protection work.
Hayley Smith (nee Kirk)
Partner – Wills, Probate and Trusts
Hayley qualified as a solicitor in January 2012 and joined JWS in March 2014 and became a partner in February 2022. Hayley is experienced in Wills, Estate administration, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and all associated private client matters.
Solicitor – Commercial Property and Company
Jeremy qualified as a solicitor in 1976 and joined JWS in July 2012 having been in practice, for a number of years in the West Midlands. He has extensive experience of all types of commercial property including sales, acquisitions, leasing, property developments and funding as well as residential conveyancing. He also undertakes general commercial and corporate work including business sales and purchases, distribution and franchise agreements.
Solicitor – Domestic Property
Kenneth qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and worked as a property lawyer until 2009. Kenneth then worked outside of the law until joining John Welch and Stammers in April 2015. He has extensive experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, re-mortgages, shared ownership, retirement and new-build properties.
Solicitor – Commercial and Residential Property
Sarah Qualified as a solicitor in 2004. After working for a number of years as a locum for many firms in Oxfordshire including ourselves, we persuaded her to permanently join our conveyancing team in February 2023. Sarah has extensive experience of all types of commercial property including sales, acquisitions, leasing, property developments and funding as well as all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, re-mortgages, shared ownership, retirement and new-build properties.
Conveyancer – domestic property
Claire joined JWS in 2002 and worked as a secretary in the Property Department until July 2006 when she began her training to become a Chartered Legal Executive. After some time, Claire decided that she preferred a supporting role within the conveyancing department rather than a fee earning role so she now provides administrative support to the other fee earners within her department. She has experience in residential sales, purchases and re-mortgages.
Solicitor – Civil Dispute Resolution
Russell qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and practised in South London (including running his own legal practice) until moving to Oxfordshire in 2001. Russell joined JWS in 2011 and handles a variety of civil disputes particularly commercial or contractual disputes, land, property or landlord and tenant disputes and contentious probate or inheritance disputes. Russell also provides advice on settlement agreements terminating employment contracts. He has substantial experience in dealing with unusual and complex cases and regularly uses alternative dispute resolution such as mediation as a cost-effective alternative to court proceedings.