Our People2019-05-10T15:01:27+00:00

Tom WatkinsTOM WATKINS

Tom is married with two children. Prior to retraining to become a solicitor 23 years ago, Tom spent a number of years in the police and subsequently as a self-employed business man. This experience has given Tom a keen commercial awareness and the ability to analyse evidence effectively.
Tom was formerly a partner and Head of Commercial Litigation at a large regional firm.
When he is not fighting his client’s corner he enjoys cricket, rugby and fishing (when his boat is working!).

 

 

Charlotte RyderCHARLOTTE RYDER

Charlotte, always knew that she would have a career in law and commenced her legal career at 15 after undertaking work experience at 12 College Place (a barrister’s chambers). This led to her accepting an offer of full time employment as a barrister’s clerk. She subsequently studied law at Southampton University and post graduate at Guilford College of Law.  After squeezing some travelling in she went on to work both as an in house solicitor for a UK Company and in private practice. She set up in Partnership with Tom in 2010.

Charlotte has a keen eye for finances, both those of her firm and her clients. She is renowned for her direct approach when recovering her client’s debts. She is a proud mother of two young sons, who keep her very busy when not at work. In what spare time she has she can be found horse riding in the New Forest.

Chris UnswrothCHRIS UNSWORTH

Chris joined Tom and Charlotte in January 2019. He qualified in 2009 having attended Leicester University, followed by Nottingham Law School. He undertook his training contract at Warner Goodman LLP under the supervision of Tom who was at that time head of their Commercial Litigation Department. Following qualification, Chris moved to a large regional firm and then went on to further his experience working at a large national firm in London. Finally, after years of persuasion by Charlotte and Tom he saw the light and recognised the attraction of working for a small niche commercial practice.

Chris brings with him big firm experience together with his ability to handle complex caseloads, a friendly approachable manner and a wry sense of humour. He is an experienced, level headed litigator who offers sound commercial advice and pragmatic cost effective solutions for his clients. He has been recommended in the Legal 500 for his “efficient case preparation and a sensible, practical approach to litigation”

Chris was inspired to become a solicitor after watching Ally McBeal, but was subsequently disappointed to discover that life at a law firm isn’t as they show it on TV. Sometimes it can be much more surreal! A keen reader, Tolkien fan, and self professed ‘geek’, despite this he is a happily married man with a young son.