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Head of Conveyancing – Gill Dowling

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Gill first worked at Brighouses after obtaining her Degree in law and then completed her training with another large local firm.  She then progressed to being Partner in charge of a large Commercial Conveyancing department.  Gill returned to Brighouses in 2013.  Her friendly and approachable manner is much appreciated by her clients.  Gill has extensive experience in the sale and purchase of commercial properties, dealing with commercial leases and commercial refinances including large portfolios of properties.  She also covers all areas of domestic conveyancing (including equity release cases).

Outside work Gill enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends including following the local school sports scene and cheering on her son regularly.

Head of Civil Litigation – Mike Ratcliffe

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Mike trained at Brighouses after attending KGV, Southport, and studying Modern History at Oxford University. He is a Director of Southport Flower Show and Secretary of Southport and Ormskirk Law Society. His thorough and painstaking approach to everything he does makes him the ideal person to be the Managing Partner of the Practice.

Married with three children he enjoys “pottering” in his garden, visiting archaeological sites and striding across the beautiful North West countryside.

Head of Crime – Mike Braham

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Head of the Criminal Department. He also specialises in matrimonial areas including divorce, matrimonial finance as well as licensing law. He joined Brighouses in 1987. He shows irrepressible enthusiasm in everything he does. A Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside and a former President of the Southport and Ormskirk Law Society, he is also a supporter of lost causes being a Vice-president of Southport Football Club! A member of the local branch of CAMRA he enjoys a pint of real ale. He is also a trustee of Southport Pier.

Head of Family– Gill Cheetham

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Gill is a graduate of the Metropolitan University of Leeds and was admitted a solicitor in 1989. She heads the Family Law Department specialising in family arrangements. She is also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer. A member of Resolution, her sympathetic and caring manner makes her ideally suited to look after an expanding Client base. Married with two teenage sons Gill is keenly interested in sport and can frequently be found pounding the pavements near her home. She enjoys a game of golf and is a keen supporter of Manchester United.

Head of Wills and Probate – Margaret Collins

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Margaret heads the Probate Department, dealing with Probate and Contentious Probate. She also handles the preparation of Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney, Inheritance Tax Planning and issues affecting the elderly. Margaret began her legal career as an office junior gradually working her way up to secretary and then a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1997. Her extensive experience of life and kindly approach makes her ideally suited in the field in which she works.