Moving Forward Together

Partners

Colin E Burdett LL.B (Hons)
Domenica T Fazio LL.B (Hons)
Nicola E Edwards LL.B (Hons)
Emma C Webb BA (Hons) Dip Law

Consultant and Practice Manager

William C Bennett

Consultant

Michael R Blackmore

Solicitors

Sally Lowe
Michelle Prosser LL.B (Hons)

Executive Staff

Angela Kennedy BSc (Hons) & Dipsw
Gerald H Creech Chartered Legal Executive
Elaine G Padbury Trust and Estate Practitioner 

Accounts Manager

Robert H Preece

Accounts Assistant

Michele Moulding

A to Z of People

Vikki Ayto

Joined the Firm in 2008.  

Combines the role of receptionist along with secretarial work for Angela Kennedy who deals chiefly with private client work including Court of Protection, Lasting Powers of Attorney and probate.

Chard office

William Bennett - Consultant and Practice Manager

Joined the Firm in 1974 became a partner in 1982 and was senior partner from 2002 to 2017 when he retired from the partnership.

Now a consultant and practice manager William is based in the Chard office but attending all the offices of the Firm regularly, particularly the Hemyock office. A member of both the Law Society’s Property and Probate Sections dealing with residential conveyancing and private client work, including Wills, probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection.

Chard office

Michael Blackmore - Consultant

Joined the Firm in 2001.

Formerly a partner in a major West Country Firm practising in Dorset and returned to Chard to work where he has lived for many years. Dealing with residential conveyancing and private client work particularly Wills, probate, Trust and Powers of Attorney.

Chard office

Alison Buransky

Joined the Firm in 2016.

Combines the role of receptionist along with secretarial work for Sally Lowe who deals chiefly with private client work including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate.

Ilminster office

Colin Burdett - Senior Partner

Joined the Firm in 1980, became a partner in 1982 and senior partner in 2017.

Based in the Axminster office but attending the Chard, Seaton and Ilminster offices regularly. Deals chiefly with civil litigation, personal injury and family work. Involved in the management of the Firm together with his other partners and also the partner in charge of compliance and anti-money laundering regulations.

Colin received his Post Graduate Diploma in Notarial Practice, by the University of Cambridge, and is one of the relatively few people (probably less than 400) who have become a Notary Public via this route.

Colin's practice as a Notary Public is based in the Firm's Axminster office. However, appointments can be made for Clients to be seen in the Firm's other offices, at home or elsewhere by arrangement.

Please visit our Notarial Services website for more information.

Axminster office

Nicola Bush

Joined the Firm in 2006.

Legal secretary dealing with conveyancing and private client work also involved in reception.

Seaton Office

Emily Chambers - Trainee Paralegal

Joined the Firm in 2019

Ilminster office

 

Patricia Coates

Joined the Firm in 1991.

Undertakes conveyancing, litigation and private client work as secretary to the partners and solicitors in Chard

Chard office

Gerald H Creech - Chartered Legal Executive

Joined the Firm in 2016

Gerald qualified in 1973 and works in our Ilminster office where he will be using his experience and local knowledge to look after our clients’ residential conveyancing needs.

Ilminster office

Nicola Edwards - Partner

Joined the Firm in 2011 and became a partner in 2017.

Nicola completed her 4 year Law & French degree at The University of Wales, Aberystwyth where she spent 1 year studying Belgian Law at the Universite Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. Nicola now speaks fluent French as a result. 

Nicola specialises in Private Client work and regularly advises Clients on Wills, Challenges to Wills, Probate, Estate Planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Nicola is an Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly and having attended school in Lyme Regis, Nicola has a wealth of local knowledge.

Nicola is based in the Axminster office and is involved with the management of the Firm with her partners.

Axminster office

Domenica Fazio - Partner

Joined the Firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2001.

Based in the Chard office but regularly attending the Firm's Seaton office, Domenica is a member of the Law Society’s Probate Section and also Solicitors for the Elderly. Dealing with residential conveyancing and private client work including, Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work.

Domenica is involved with the management of the Firm with her partners.

Chard office

Juliet Heighway

Joined the Firm in 2008

Combining the role of receptionist with secretarial work for Colin Burdett and Nicola Edwards.

Axminster office

Susan Hodson

Joined the Firm in 1983

Private Client and general secretary to William Bennett and deals with the accounts for the Chard office.

Chard office

Angela Kennedy - Private Client Executive

Angela joined the Firm in 2006 after a career in both financial institutions and social work latterly working for the Alzheimer’s Society.

She deals chiefly with Private Client work including Court of Protection, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate. Angela is instrumental in developing a Private Client care service for elderly clients including home visits.

Chard office

Shirley Lomas

Joined the Firm in 2016

Legal secretary to Gerald Creech and also involved with reception in our Ilminster office.

Ilminster office

Sally Lowe - Solicitor

Joined the Firm in 2015

Sally qualified as a Legal Executive in 2005 and completed further studies to qualify as a Solicitor in 2011.

Sally is familiar with all aspects of legal practice having held a variety of administrative and accounting roles. She now specialises in Private Client work advising Clients on Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyships. Sally has a particular affinity with elderly clients and is always available for home visits.

A member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section, Sally will join her colleagues as a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and will assist in marketing the Firm’s services.

Ilminster office

Michele Moulding - Accounts Assistant

Joined the Firm in 1989

Accounts assistant attending to time/cost control and allied accountancy aspects in addition to dealing with Firm’s archives and research.

Axminster office

Peta Melling

Joined the Firm in 1981

Conveyancing and general secretary to William Bennett and longest serving member of the secretarial staff.

Chard office

Sandra Millman

Joined the Firm in 2015

Combining the role of receptionist with secretarial work 

Seaton office

Elaine G Padbury - Trust and Estate Practitioner

Joined the Firm in 2017.

Elaine has extensive experience of Probate having spent almost 20 years working as part of the Private Client team in one of the south of England’s premier law firms based in Southampton.

Following her relocation to Somerset, Elaine joins the Private Client team at Milford & Dormor to specialise in Probate, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Trusts.

Elaine qualified as a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in 2006 and was for a number of years the Student Liaison Officer for STEP’s Central Southern branch.

Seaton office

Judith Phillips

Joined the Firm in 2001

Secretary to Nicola Edwards who deals with Private Client work.

Axminster office

Robert Preece - Accounts Manager

Joined the Firm in 1992

Main role as Accounts Manager but also assists partners with other financial, management and staffing issues.

Axminster office

Michelle Prosser - Solicitor

Joined the Firm in 2016.

Michelle's career began at The Crown Prosecution Service. During her 17 years working there she obtained her LL.B (Hons) and Post Graduate Qualification with Distinction from the University of Wolverhampton.

Michelle has spent the last 10 years working as a solicitor in the Dorset, Devon and Somerset areas gaining a vast amount of local knowledge.

In her spare time Michelle is a keen Cornish Pilot Gig Rower and can often be found on the water.

Michelle will be dealing with conveyancing and property matters for our Axminster and Seaton offices.

Michelle is principally based in our Seaton office.

Seaton and Axminster offices

Jane Sawtell-Fearn

Joined the Firm in 2019

Receptionist and Secretary

Chard office

Emma Webb - Partner

Joined the Firm in 2013 and became partner in 2017.

Emma deals with property matters both residential and commercial.

Emma qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and gained substantial experience whilst working as a local government lawyer and then for a specialist property firm before joining Milford and Dormor.

Emma can help with all aspects of buying or selling a house or flat, landlord and tenant issues and commercial work including the sale and purchase of a business.

Emma is based in the Chard office and is involved with the management of the Firm with her partners.

Chard office