Meet the team

Andrew Walker Andrew Walker Senior Partner / Solicitor Supervisor – Crime, Probate and all Litigation Andrew Walker qualified as a Legal Executive and then as a Solicitor on the 1st November 1979. He has been helping people in and around the Rotherham area for over 40 years with their legal problems. He is an accredited Higher Court Advocate holding both Civil and Criminal approval. As Senior Partner and head of our Criminal and Civil Departments he is actively involved in ensuring our compliance with the SRA Regulations.

An active member of the local community he has been a Chairman of Governors at local schools. He founded and acted as Chair of a local charity set up to help the local unemployed and disadvantaged people following the Miners Strike, and has assisted others in forming similar charitable endeavours. He was actively engaged in helping to form local organisations to help people suffering from the problems of drug abuse.

He is a very proud husband, father and grandfather and takes great pleasure from his family life. He has always been an active sportsman and continues with many forms of outdoor pursuits.

andrew@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Catherine Burns Catherine Burns Partner / Solicitor Supervisor – Family Families and relationships can be complicated and can be difficult when things breakdown. Walker & Co has been offering advice and support to local clients for over 30 years. We pride ourselves on our sympathetic and professional approach and can tailor our services to exactly what you need.

We have a wealth of experience dealing with Divorce, Separation, co-habitation disputes and children matters. No problem is too big or too small.

We can also help if you are the victim of Domestic Violence. We pride ourselves in dealing with these matters sensitively but more importantly quickly. This is also one area of law which Legal Aid is still available and as a firm which still offers Legal Aid we can access this for you.

Our Catherine Burns, Head of Family is a solicitor and a Partner of the firm. She is an accredited member of Resolution with specialism in Domestic Violence and Private Law. She has a friendly manner and a practical way of dealing with matters which puts clients at ease.

catherine@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Ian Clay Ian Clay Partner / Solicitor Employment / Landlord Tenant / Company Law Specialist I was born and brought up in Sheffield, which probably explains why I went to study History and German in Welsh speaking Wales.

After a spell in high street banking I finally followed my best friend's advice and came into law, studying part time at Manchester Met and Nottingham Trent.

My areas of law are employment, landlord and tenant, and commercial property. I like to think I bring the same dogged determination to finishing a job as I developed from more than 30 years of watching Yorkshire play cricket.

Married with 2 sons, I have lived in the Rotherham area for 17 years. In my spare time I also follow Rotherham Titans and am a presenter on a community radio station in Doncaster.

ian@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Paul Dalowsky Paul Dalowsky Partner / Solicitor Supervisor – Conveyancing I joined the firm in 2001 as a trainee and on qualifying as a Solicitor established myself in the Property and Private Client department. 13 years on I am a Partner in the firm and head our Residential Conveyancing and Commercial Property Departments. My team has a wealth of experience in this area of law and we advise both individuals and business alike.

I believe that whenever my clients are purchasing a property the experience should add to the natural excitement of moving to their dream home. Through listening to my clients, being approachable, friendly and welcoming and offering clear advice on the various legal issues encountered, I aim to make the whole process stress free.

I am also experienced in the wide range of commercial property work. I can offer advice and assistance to clients taking on or transferring a lease, selling or buying a business or commercial property advising on a variety of complex transactions such as option agreements, SIPP purchases and commercial finance.

Operating in the fast moving market, I recognise that speed is often essential, and pride myself on being able to accommodate and achieve the tightest of timescales to suit my clients. I provide a personal service and am available to see clients and talk to them outside normal office hours.

I live in Doncaster with my wife, family and Labrador. As a self confessed besotted father, time to myself is rare, but when a hour or two presents itself I like nothing more than watching football, playing golf (badly) and listening to rock music (it would be fair to say I am a Pearl Jam fanatic!!).

paul@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Ruth Hall Ruth Hall Solicitor – Crime, Personal Injury, Civil, Probate & Wills, Employment (Settle Agreements) I am employed as a Solicitor with a wealth of experience spanning more than 21 years.

Having joined Walker & Co in 2003, I specialise in all aspects of Criminal Law and I regularly attend Police Stations and Magistrates' Courts so as to assist clients. I also deal with the more serious cases before the Crown Court and am a Higher Rights Advocate.

My experience extends to advising employees on Employment Law in relation to Settlement Agreements

In addition to this, I am a key player in our Probate and Wills Department and I am able to provide a service that not only guides clients but also offers them support through what can be a very difficult time for them.

When not working, my passions are my daughter and chocolate!

ruth@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Rachel Harris Rachel Harris Licensed Conveyancer I am a fully qualified Licensed Conveyancer with over 10 years experience in Residential Conveyancing.

I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a LLB (Hons) Law Degree in 2003 and thereafter worked for solicitors in Hertfordshire and also in Sheffield City Centre before joining Walker & Co in 2006.

I then undertook the Licensed Conveyancer qualification whilst working at Walker & Co and qualified fully in 2010 with distinction in two areas.

I deal in all aspects of residential conveyancing, including sale, purchases, re-mortgages and transfers. I thoroughly enjoy working in Conveyancing, especially here at Walker & Co where we work very much as a team.

rachel@walkersolicitors.co.uk
David Lee David Lee Probate Executive I am a probate executive, having worked in the legal field since leaving university in 1984

As such I am responsible for wills, probate and administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.

Married with two children, a son who started university in September 2013 studying psychology, and a daughter who has just finished GCSE's.

A personable and down to earth person, very happy to visit clients in their own homes if they either cannot or prefer not to attend at our offices.

david@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Elaine Craggs Elaine Craggs Conveyancing Executive I have worked for Walker & Co since 2005 employed as a Conveyancing Executive, main duties are dealing with residential sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity.

I started out in conveyancing when I was employed as a Secretary for Norrie Waite & Slater, leaving that company to work for Foys as a Conveyancing Assistant. I was then employed by Malcolm C Foy as a Conveyancer where I built up a large client base.

I then moved to Walker & Co employed as a Conveyancing Executive where I have built up a good working relationship with the local Estate Agents and some big Developers and progressed in my career. I also have built up a good reputation in conveyancing, this is shown in the amount of repeat clients and recommendations I get from past clients.

I have been married to Keith for nearly 38 years and have two grown up kids, Jason and Nicola. I also have three granddaughters and a grandson and not forgetting my dog Harry, a cute little Westie.

elaine@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Julie Grant Julie Grant Conveyancing Executive I am a Conveyancing Executive within our Residential Conveyancing Department. After gaining my law degree in 1999, I worked in a Rotherham Town Centre practice, and gained experience of a number of areas of law. I have been a Conveyancing Executive for over 11 years. I have extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of residential conveyancing. My employment with Walker & Co began in 2006 and since then have established an excellent reputation in the South Yorkshire property market. I specialise in the following:

• Sales and purchases of residential properties both freehold and leasehold
• Buy to let Purchases
• Re-mortgaging
• Transfer of equity

My aim is to make every conveyancing transaction as simple as possible from a client perspective, and I am always happy to answer any questions that a client may have. I ensure that my clients are kept up-dated at every key stage of the transaction and always try to explain the process with as little "jargon" as possible.

julie@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Andrew Liu Andrew Liu Property Consultant Andrew Liu is a consultant and specialises in Commercial Property with over 16 years experience.

He advises individuals and companies on acquisition and disposals of industrial and retail premises, lease extensions and all aspects of landlord and tenancy work.

andrewliu@walkersolicitors.co.uk
Jessica Rowbotham Jessica Rowbotham Trainee Solicitor I am undertaking my training contract with Walker & Co and will qualify as a solicitor in July 2018. I work in a range of departments including conveyancing, family, crime, wills and probate.

I graduated from London School of Economics in 2015 with a LLB (Hons) degree. I currently work Monday to Thursday and attend university on a Friday with a view to obtaining my Masters in Legal Practice.
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