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Our knowledgeable and experienced lawyers are courteous and approachable.

We make every effort to obtain a positive result for our clients: giving practical advice in a cost-effective manner.

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Julie is a Special Commercial Property Paralegal based at our Diss office and has worked for Jackamans since 2009.

Julie advises individuals and companies on a wide range of commercial property transactions and really enjoys the variety of work this area covers, which includes the sale and purchase of leasehold and freehold properties, and landlord and tenant transactions including the granting of leases, licences, tenancies and deeds of variation.

Outside of work Julie enjoys walking, horse riding, live music and baking.

Julie Allison

Commercial Property Executive View Bio


Erika has been with Jackamans’ Private Client team in Diss since 2015 supporting Lorna Denton-Cardew.  Describing herself as a team player and people person, she says that she is pleased to be able to assist clients at some of the most difficult and challenging times of their lives.

Erika Bourne

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Ross joined the firm in September 2019 and is based at our Felixstowe office. He qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and spent several years working for commercial firms specialising in dispute resolution work. He now specialises in private client work and can assist with wills, probate, powers of attorney, administering estates and inheritance tax planning.  Away from work, he is an avid music fan and keen musician, playing at local venues and festivals.

Ross Burkitt

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Jonathan joined Jackamans in March 2016 having previously worked in Suffolk and Essex in both the private and public sectors. He has over thirty years’ experience in residential conveyancing, dealing with all kinds of transactions, including equity release mortgages and voluntary registrations of title. Johnathan also has experience of planning and building regulations issues from his time working in the legal department of a local authority.

Jonathan views meeting with clients to discuss their property needs as the most enjoyable aspect of his job. His leisure pursuits include sea and trout fishing, music and gardening, and he appreciates a good wine with a cigar – not all at the same time!

Jonathan Cox

Conveyancing Executive View Bio


Ruth has worked in Private Client with solicitors for all of her working life –  nearly 40 years – and is very experienced in all aspects of Private Client work. Ruth first joined Jackamans in 1991, and is now based in Ipswich supporting Paige Carter, having previously worked in our Felixstowe office.  She enjoys meeting with clients and supporting them through sometimes difficult stages of their lives.

Ruth Davey

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Becky has been with Jackamans since 2014. She has been working in conveyancing since 1988 and qualified as a specialist conveyancing paralegal in 2011. A Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals, Becky specialises in all residential conveyancing matters including selling and buying freehold and leasehold properties, shared ownership and remortgages.

Becky Grimsey

Conveyancing Executive View Bio

Our lawyers are excellent communicators and will explain legal documentation to you in plain and simple language.

James Laband Partner


Tom has experience in dealing with all aspects of Private client work, including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Probate, Tax planning and Court of Protection Deputyship.

Outside of work Tom enjoying spending time with his wife and two young daughters.

Tom Hammond

Private Client Executive View Bio


Dan has 25 years of experience in property specialising in commercial property matters including  sales and purchases, leases for both landlords & tenants and development work. He also deals with the more complicated residential transactions too.

Dan lives in South Norfolk with his wife and children and when not at work enjoys walking and cycling.

Daniel Hewitt

Partner View Bio


James qualified as a solicitor in 1984. In 1988, he took up a position with Jackamans in the Felixstowe office, specialising in residential property work and in 1997, moved to Diss to be Partner in charge there, the Firm having merged with Rollin & Co. James has been the Senior Partner of the Firm since May 2005.

James Laband

Partner View Bio


A solicitor with over 35 years’ experience, Carol has been a consultant at Jackamans for ten years and previously worked in another regional firm as partner and head of private client.

Carol has a wealth of private client experience, is able to advise on estate planning and IHT mitigation, and can advise executors and beneficiaries on capital tax planning in complex and high net worth estates.  Carol drafts trusts and advises on their administration, tax reporting and winding up, and deals with Powers of Attorney completion, registration and cancellation.

Carol is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and is a past President of The Suffolk and North Essex Law Society.  Her professional expertise is such that she has contributed to legal training material.

Carol Lockett

Consultant, Private Client View Bio


Jonathan is a newly-qualified Solicitor at Jackamans, having studied Law at the University of East Anglia, achieving a 2:1 in his degree. He completed the Legal Practice Course and the Professional Skills Course with BPP.

Jonathan is a keen golfer and is a member at his local golf club. Jonathan enjoys playing darts for a local pub team and also likes reading.

Jonathan McGrath

Partner View Bio

Paul McGrath

Managing Partner View Bio

We appreciate that our clients may have a “life situation” rather than just one matter that needs attention.

Paul McGrath Managing Partner



Sharon has worked in the field of wills and probate in South Africa, where she is a qualified Solicitor. She joined our Private Client team in January this year, bringing with her an ability to connect with people and a strong desire to help and advise on estate planning, wills, trusts and LPAs.

Outside of work she enjoys reading, cooking and running in the great outdoors.


Sharon Mowat

Wills and Probate Paralegal View Bio


Timothy qualified as a Solicitor in 1991 and became a Partner in 1995. He leads the Firm’s Family Law Department working at the Firm’s Felixstowe office. He specialises in matrimonial finances and proceedings relating to children and has been a member of the Law Society’s Family Panel since 1999

Timothy Owers

Partner View Bio


Alice joined the firm’s Commercial team in 2018 and is assistant to Howard Wright.  She formerly worked as an assistant in an intellectual property and trademark legal team in Hong Kong before relocating to the UK.  Alice is also a trained reflexologist.



Alice Reeve

Commercial Assistant View Bio


Janis is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She has been at Jackamans for 15 years and during that time has worked in the Personal Injury Department specialising in road traffic accident and employer’s liability claims. Janis has experience in clinical negligence claims with “no win no fee” agreements and appropriate insurance. Janis is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Janis Taylor

Legal Executive View Bio


Terry joined the firm in October 2015, working at our Diss office, specialising in residential conveyancing.  He has been a solicitor since 1996 and was a legal executive before that.  Terry worked for Mid Suffolk District Council after leaving school in 1977 and it was at the council, he began his legal career.  His main role in the legal team was to sell council houses.  Terry then decided to progress his legal career, by working in private practice in 1989 and since then, he has developed many years of experience, principally specialising in residential conveyancing, although along the way, Terry has been an advocate in the criminal courts and has worked in Wills and Probate.  However, Terry now specialises in most aspects of residential conveyancing, whether it be sales and purchases, mortgages or transfers arising from probate, matrimonial matters or even gifts.

Terry is a “local lad”, as he grew up in Dickleburgh and attended the former Diss Secondary Modern School for Boys and after a working life of more than 40 years, he says working in Diss is like “coming back home”.  Terry often bumps into familiar faces whether they be family or friends and enjoys being reunited with people he knows very well but hadn’t seen for years.  Indeed, quite a few of them have become his clients.

Terry Walker

Solicitor View Bio


Howard joined the firm as a Consultant in April 2011. During his career, he has been a partner of three local high street practices in Norfolk and Suffolk. He has 36 years’ experience and expertise in Company, Commercial and Landlord and Tenant Law to offer a wide range of businesses – from small start-up firms to larger corporations.

In his spare time, Howard is and has been a trustee of a number of charities, and is a keen motor-homer.

Howard Wright

Consultant View Bio

We can assist you whatever challenges you face.

Timothy Owers Partner

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