Jim Lee
Director, Solicitor

Jim Lee heads the Hereford office. He has spent his whole career with Gabbs, having joined in 1977 as a trainee solicitor, after gaining an Honours degree in Law from the University of Central England.

Melanie Tree
Director, Solicitor & Deputy Diocesan Registrar

Melanie is one of our Directors and has over 20 years’ experience in property work.

Carolyn Theobald
Director, Solicitor

Carolyn Theobald joined us in May 2007 and operates out of our Hay office. She studied law at Exeter University and at the College of Law in Chester before embarking on her legal career in Lincoln's Inn in 1976.

Jeremy Wilding MBE
Director, Solicitor, Under Sheriff & Diocesan Registrar

Jeremy Wilding MBE – Director, Solicitor, Under Sheriff & Diocesan Registrar Jeremy Wilding was educated at Hereford Cathedral School. He then read Law at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a choral scholar in the college’s famous choir.

Angela Palliser
Practice Manager

Angela has management experience in several professional services sectors. She is responsible for the financial management of the company and for personnel and other key areas of practice administration.

Victoria Cole
Assistant Practice Manager


Hannah Dudley
Associate Solicitor

Based in the Hereford office, Hannah joined Gabbs in March 2021 as a Commercial Property Solicitor and, prior to relocating to Hereford, worked for firms of various sizes in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham.

Rachael Hughes
Associate Solicitor & Deputy Diocesan Registrar

Rachael is an Associate Solicitor based at the Leominster office specialising in Agricultural and Residential Property. She has over 22 years of experience advising thousands of clients during her career

Stacey Janes
Associate Chartered Legal Executive FCilex

Stacey Janes joined the Hereford branch of Gabbs in 2004, gaining a wide level of experience whilst completing her legal qualifications. Stacey qualified in 2009 from the Worcester College of Technology with a distinction in conveyancing practice and was granted Fellowship to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in July 2011.

Fenella Longstaff
Associate Solicitor

Fenella is an experienced solicitor who has worked in residential and agricultural property since 1995 when she qualified as a legal executive

Rhian Vaughan
Associate Solicitor

Based at our Hereford office, Rhian is the head of our Hereford Private Client team.

Anne Vincent
Associate Solicitor

Anne is the head of our family team and has over 30 years' experience in family law, dealing with divorce, separation, children and financial matters.

Thomas Bagley

Following his education at Hereford Cathedral School Thomas spent 15 years working in the property sector managing a portfolio of residential freehold ground rents.

Sarah Charlesworth

Sarah joined Gabbs as a receptionist in our Leominster office in July 2018, having just graduated with a first class law degree from Bangor University. She undertook her LPC with the University of Law in Birmingham, completing this in 2020.

Fiona Davies

Born and educated in Shrewsbury Shropshire, Fiona studied a law and French degree at Keele University Staffordshire.  Fiona lived and worked in France and Canada before moving to Herefordshire.

Kevin Denny

Kevin is a Solicitor with over thirty years experience in residential conveyancing matters. Kevin started in the law at the age of 18, initially training as a Legal Executive before being admitted as a solicitor in 1999. Kevin worked at the same Kent based firm from 1990 until recently relocating to Herefordshire to enjoy the countryside. Kevin works at our Hereford office and deals with all types of residential conveyancing matters.

Navdeep Kaur
Trainee Legal Executive (MCilex)

Based in our Hereford Office, Nav joined our private client team in August 2018. She has completed her Chartered Institution of Legal Executives qualifications and is currently studying part time to complete the LPC LLM in Professional Legal Practice.

Jennifer Lewis
Trainee Legal Executive (MCilex)

Jenny joined Gabbs in 2015, graduating from Staffordshire University with a Graduate Diploma in Law in 2017, and winning the Worcester Law Society Student of the Year upon Graduation. She is currently a Graduate Trainee Legal Executive and will be applying for Fellowship as a Chartered Legal Executive in August 2023.

Sue Godwin
Probate Executive

Based at our Hereford Office, Sue is a probate executive who has worked in our private client team for over 17 years.  As a legal PA, she has assisted in helping many hundreds of clients dealing with probate, will drafting and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Sarah Williams

I joined Gabbs as a Legal Secretary in July 2015 in the Leominster office working for the Private Client department.

Michelle Wilmot
Registry Clerk

As Hereford Diocesan Registry Clerk, Michelle acts as clerk to the Registrar. A background in business with a foreign language, Michelle began her career with a management consultancy firm in London before moving to Hong Kong.

Katy Betambeau
Legal Secretary

Katy started off at Gabbs on a work experience placement and after completing her placement was offered a job as a Legal Secretary, supporting various departments. She now work alongside Jim as his Legal Secretary in the Conveyancing Department.

Clare Tyler
Legal secretary/Administration Assistant
Dawn Davis
Receptionist / Legal Secretary

Dawn joined our office in Leominster as a Receptionist in December 2018. In March 2019 she also took on the role of Secretary for Anne Vincent, working in the Family Department.

Debbie Densley
Legal Secretary

Debbie joined Gabbs in June 2019, having previously worked in Local Government as a legal secretary and then for the education department.

Karen Dowell
Legal Secretary/Receptionist

Karen joined Gabbs in our Hay office in the summer of 2017. She has over 25 years' experience working for law firms in Cornwall, Herefordshire and latterly hopping over the border into Powys.

Karen Jones
Legal Secretary

Joined Gabbs in 2013 working in the litigation department, and currently provides support to John Shurvinton in our litigation / family department.

Karen Lawless
Legal Secretary

Karen has been a Secretary in our Commercial Conveyancing Department since January 2021, although she has been associated with Gabbs since 2003 having worked as a temp around the city when her children were young.

Megan Meredith
Legal secretary/Administration Assistant
Millie Wells
Legal secretary/Administration Assistant

Based in our Hay office, Millie is a trainee Legal Secretary/Admin Assistant. She is the newest addition to our Hay office, having completed her A-Levels at Llandrindod High School, and is now currently working for Gabbs alongside studying a law degree with Arden University.

Louise Parish
Legal Secretary

Louise joined Gabbs in 2008 and is Carolyn Theobald’s secretary. They have have worked together for nearly 20 years and we are part of a very happy team in the Hay-on-Wye office.

Helen Playdon
Legal Assistant

Helen joined the Gabbs team in Hay on Wye as a Legal Secretary in 2016.  She supports Melanie Tree in the Commercial Property / Conveyancing Department 4 days a week. 

Jane Pritchard
Legal Assistant

Jane lives in Herefordshire and I have worked within the profession since leaving college at 18 as a secretary, apart from having a break to have her children.

Michelle Robinson
Legal Assistant

Michelle is a legal assistant based in our Leominster office. She works alongside Stacey Janes, Associate Chartered Legal Executive, in the Conveyancing department. She joined Gabbs in December 2017 having previously worked in social housing.

Margaret Turney
Legal Secretary

Margaret came to Gabbs (then R Trevor Griffiths & Co) as her first job  after leaving Secretarial College in 1972. She remained with the firm for seven years during which time the firm became part of Gabb & Co. 

Tracey Skipp
Receptionist/Administration Assistant
Danita Harris

Danita one of our two Receptionists at our Hereford office. She started her career with a Youth Opportunity Programme at a lighting company and then moved in to the travel Industry working for when she was 17 years old, where she discovered a love of travel.