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Our Solicitors

Partners

Kate Nightingale BA (Hons)

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Kate has worked in the legal profession for 18 years and joined the firm as a solicitor in 2012. She obtained her degree and Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Central Lancashire. Kate progressed to partner in 2014 and has been instructed on thousands cases since the start of her employment with us. She specialises in Residential and Commercial Property and Planning law.

Kate Works from our offices in Bolton and Horwich

Tel: 01204 389908 | 0124 697467
katen@windertaylor.co.uk

Derek Smith

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Derek qualified as a solicitor 1968 and has over 50 years experience in the provision of legal services. Derek specialises in Trusts, Probate and estate administration, Wills and Elderly Client Services (including Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection cases) and commercial and residential property. Derek has been a named partner of Winder Taylor Smith since 2014 by merger from Derek Smith & Co (the firm he established in 1978).

Derek works from our Designa House office

Tel: 01204 389908 | 0124 697467
Dereks@windertaylor.co.uk

Caroline Smith LL.B

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Caroline Smith - Partner Caroline joined Winder Taylor Smith in 2014 by way of merger from Derek Smith & Co. She is a Partner and the Head of Conveyancing. Caroline obtained her LLB Honours degree from the University of Leeds in 1989 and went on to qualify as a solicitor in 1994. Since Qualifying, Caroline has specialised in Residential conveyancing . She has over 25 years experience in the legal profession and has managed thousands of cases in this time. The firm is an accredited member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme and Caroline is in charge of ensuring the department implements and maintains quality and training requirements under the Scheme.

Caroline works from our Designa House office and Ramsbotom office.

Tel: 01204 389089 | 01706 829750
carolines@windertaylor.co.uk

Iain Grundy BSc. (Hons)

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Iain is the head of our Private Client team and has over 6 years experience in private client work. He specialises in Wills and Probate and Court of Protection cases. Iain has been working in this area since he qualified and has helped a vast number of families and individuals. Iain has a degree in Microbiology and Immunology and completed his Graduate Diploma in Law at Leeds University in 2010. He joined Winder Taylor Smith in 2012 during his training contract. Iain subsequently became a partner in 2017. The firm is an accredited member of the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme and Ian is in charge of ensuring the department implements and maintains quality and training requirements under the Scheme.

Iain regularly meets with clients at our Horwich office, although he mainly works from our Harley House office.

Tel: 01204 498970
iaing@windertaylor.co.uk

Helen Grundy Solicitor BSc. (Hons)

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Helen has recently joined Winder Taylor Smith in October 2018, after a period of time with KBL. Helen has worked for 11 years in the legal profession and has experience in all aspects of Residential conveyancing.

Helen has a degree in Applied Biology from DeMontfort University, Leicester and obtained her GDL and LPC from Manchester Metropolitan University between 2005 and 2007. She qualified as a solicitor after completing her training contract in 2009.

Helen works from our Harley House office.

Tel: 01204 498970
HelenG@windertaylor.co.uk

Executive Staff

Charles Uff Solicitor

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Charles joined Winder Taylor in October 2021. Charles has a degree in Coastal Marine Biology and thereafter completed the GDL and LPC with the University of Law in London Moorgate and Manchester respectively.

Charles qualified as a solicitor in 2021 and specialises in Commercial Property.

Charles can be contacted at our Designa House office.

Simon Dennis BSc. (Hons) Solicitor

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Simon joined us in March 2016 as a senior solicitor. After obtaining a degree in Mathematics, Simon attended the College of Law in Guildford, passed the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals and qualified as a solicitor in 1989.

Simon specialises in the preparation of Wills and dealing with the administration of estates. He also advises on Trusts and Inheritance Tax matters and deals with the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and associated Elderly Client Services.

Simon works from our Harley House office.

Tel: 01204 498970
simond@windertaylor.co.uk

Rachel Brabin (LLB. PG Dip.)

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Rachel has worked in the legal profession for 9 years and qualified as a solicitor in 2024. She obtained her Degree and Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Central Lancashire in 2015. Rachel specialises in Residential Property.

Rachel works from our Designa House office in Bolton.

Philippa Best

Paralegal – Private Client

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Philippa is registered with the Institute of Paralegals and is a Tier 3 Paralegal on the Professional Paralegal Register. She gained a Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies from the National Association of Licensed Paralegals in 2008 and is an affiliate member of STEP from which she obtained her Certificate in Trusts and Estates in 2015. She continues to undertake professional development courses within her respected area of law. Philippa has worked within the legal profession in various roles since 1990 and joined us in 2013. She has steadily built up her own case load in Probate, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Philippa works from our Harley House office.

Tel: 01204 498970
philippab@windertaylor.co.uk

Licensed Conveyancers

Joanna Cole

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Joanna graduated with a degree in languages from the University of Birmingham in 2010. Following this, she has gained over 10 years of experience in conveyancing, initially working as a legal secretary and subsequently running her own caseload before qualifying as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2018.

She joined Winder Taylor Smith in January 2022 and can be contacted at our Designa House office.

Consultant

Edward Titley LL.B (Hons)

Winder Taylor Smith | Partners

Specialisations: Company & commercial (including commercial property), probate, wills, inheritance tax and employment law/compromise agreements.

Recognised by The Good Lawyer Guide for ‘outstanding’ legal practice.

Tel: 01204 498970
edwardt@windertaylor.co.uk

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