Meet Our Team

Meet our team

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Choosing the right solicitor to guide you through your legal journey is a big decision and it is important that you find a solicitor whose experience and background compliment your individual requirements. The Moss & Coleman professionals, in Hornchurch, Essex are always open about what our staff can do for you and if you just want a consultation to get to know us, there is no pressure to commit.
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A trusted and specialist Essex law firm

We at Moss & Coleman could not have built up our reputation as a fair, efficient and trustworthy legal firm without the dedication of our solicitors and support from an invaluable team of staff. Professionals. A large percentage of our clients are returning clients or client referrals; we are proud that you trust us enough to recommend us to your friends and family. Rest assured that there will always be an expert for your issue. We look forward to hearing from you.

Alan Foskett

Alan trained with Moss & Coleman, starting in 1969 and qualified as a Solicitor in early 1975 becoming a Partner shortly thereafter and has been senior Partner for the last 20 or so years.   

Alan is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel and deals with family matters generally with an emphasis on children issues, particularly care and adoption work. 
Alan is probably one of the few non central London Solicitors who has been personally involved in the presentation and passing of a Private Act of Parliament and also a case before the Supreme Court (previously the House of Lords). 

In his spare time, Alan enjoys travel – both overseas and within the UK, singing in a choir and arts and crafts.

Gerry Harrington

Gerry has over forty years’ experience dealing with all areas of commercial property law and related issues. Having joined Moss & Coleman in 1985 Gerry quickly progressed to Partner in 1986, where he is now Head of the Commercial department. His clients cover a broad spectrum, from individuals to trusts and pension schemes. In particular, Gerry specialises in property disputes and trusts of land matters, and also general business law.

Outside of work Gerry’s hobbies include being a member of a cycling club as well as his local Rotary Club. He also enjoys taking part in pub quizzes.

Gill Botwright

Gill started her career in the 1970s as a Legal Executive with Moss & Coleman and has never left us! She qualified as a Solicitor in 1991, became a Partner in 1992 and is now Head of the Private Client department.   

Gill deals with, and is happy to give guidance to, older and vulnerable clients, their carers and families. Gill predominantly advises clients to assist them with planning for their future, including advice on Wills and tax matters, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection, probate and elderly client issues. Gill is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Outside of work Gill enjoys scuba diving and travels extensively to dive in various exotic places! 

Gary Forbes

Gary is an experienced solicitor who has invaluable knowledge of the local area, having worked in and around Hornchurch since 1986. He joined Moss & Coleman in 2007 before becoming Partner in April of 2015, where he is now Head of Residential Property. Gary also specialises in all areas of commercial property law and property disputes, including trusts of land matters. He also has extensive experience in private client law.

Outside of work Gary enjoys a day at the races and is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club.

David Berry

David joined Moss & Coleman in 2001 as a Trainee Solicitor and completed his training contract in 2003. David is now Head of Litigation and has extensive expertise in a range of civil and commercial litigation and dispute resolution matters, including debt recovery, contractual disputes and property matters including rights of way, rights of light and landlord and tenant. He also has experience in employment law, including advising on settlement agreements.

Outside of work David enjoys playing tennis for his local club and snowboarding.

Sheila Duke

Sheila has over 30 years’ experience as a qualified Solicitor and joined Moss & Coleman in 2001. She has always specialised in Private Client practice and can advise and guide clients through all aspects of Court of Protection applications, Lasting Powers of Attorney, the preparation of Wills, estate planning and estate administration. A particular area of interest for her is assisting elderly clients to deal with the challenges, both legal and practical, that face them in their advancing years.

Outside of work Sheila’s main focus is on her family and friends; she enjoys attending live music events and the theatre.

Jane O’Vel

Jane has specialized in matrimonial work for around 30 years and particularly enjoys dealing with matrimonial finance.   
Jane realises that it is important to empathise with the loss, desperation and stress felt on breakdown of marriage and guides clients through the minefield of matrimonial settlement to a fair and equitable conclusion.

Jane is a member of Resolution and subscribes to its values - attempting to diffuse conflict wherever possible whilst, at the same time, recognising that her clients expect her to be protective of them. She does not therefore allow them to be intimidated by unnecessarily aggressive correspondence from those with contrary interests. 

In her personal life Jane strives for happiness and never takes those she loves for granted. 

Neena Chopra

Neena is an experienced family solicitor specialising in children law. She is a member of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel representing parents and children in care proceedings. Neena regularly attends local courts and is on the Duty Solicitor Rota at East London Family Court.  

Neena has a clear ability to address Client’s needs compassionately and practically in very stressful situations. 

Outside of work Neena participates in various sports, has a keen interest in travelling and theatre as well as supporting various charitable organisations.

Katie Nickless

Katie is an Associate and a member of our Residential Property Department. Katie qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FCILEX) in 2010 having completed her training at Forbes & Co and then with us at Moss & Coleman. Katie understands that moving home, or taking your first step on the property ladder can be an incredibly stressful time and she strives to make the process run smoothly from start to conclusion.   

Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and ferrying her very cheeky but very adorable daughter to dance competitions.  

Nicola Moore

Nicola started her career with Moss & Coleman in January 2012, undertaking her training contract with the Firm and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor in June 2014. Nicola specialises in all matters relating to the Private Client department, from the making of a Will to the administration of an estate. Nicola can advise you regarding powers of attorney, estate planning and Inheritance Tax and will also deal with some conveyancing matters.   

Making decisions and plans for later in life can be complex and daunting but Nicola is happy to hold your hand throughout the process, whatever path you choose.   

In her personal life, Nicola enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

Terri Allington

Terri joined us as a newly qualified Solicitor in 2016, she flourished under the guidance and support of the family department and rapidly gained experience including undertaking advocacy. Terri works closely with Alan and also deals with family matters, particularly care issues.   

Terri is currently on maternity leave having recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl and in her spare time (if she still has any!) has a keen interest in outdoor life and particularly enjoys walking the family dog in the fresh air.

Gemma Ball

Gemma completed her training contract with Moss & Coleman in January 2017 and is now a qualified Solicitor working within the Firm’s Commercial Department. 

Gemma has experience in a range of commercial matters including company sales and acquisitions (by way of share and asset sales), property developments, freehold/leasehold sales and purchases, residential and commercial leases including proceedings in the First Tier Lands Tribunal, and trusts of land disputes. 

Outside of work Gemma enjoys walking her dogs and exercising, in
particular she enjoys practicing yoga.

Stephen Saych

Stephen completed his training contract with Moss & Coleman in November 2017 and is now a qualified Solicitor and member of our Commercial and Residential Property Departments.

Stephen has experience in a range of property matters including freehold/leasehold acquisitions and disposals, auction purchases and sales, the drafting and negotiation of leases, lease assignments and extensions, remortgages (including equity release plans), overage and option agreements, and property development.

Outside of work Stephen enjoys attending sporting events, cycling and playing six-a-side football.

Nigel Deal

Nigel has been a conveyancer since 1980 and has worked in East London, Essex having throughout, handled both freehold and leasehold residential property matters. He is a firm believer of giving a client a personal service, and acting as the first point of contact so as to give continuity throughout a transaction.

Nigel joined Moss & Coleman in September 2015, and finds that the Firm has the same values as to the service clients should receive, in a cost effective manner.

Nigel enjoys travelling and dining out, and his interests include music and concerts.
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