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Kirsten Collings, Partner

Kirsten Collings qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and after several years of experience joined Bakers Solicitors in 2005. Kirsten became a partner in 2012.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Kirsten ran a successful insurance business based in Buxton. Kirsten's experience and passion is Criminal Law and representing Family Law clients who face involvement from social services.  Kirsten qualified as a Higher Court Advocate in 2011 meaning that…

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Ian Baker, Partner

Ian Baker qualified as a solicitor in 1997 after several years of working in management for the public sector. Ian established Bakers Solicitors in 2002 and was joined by Kirsten Collings and David Parkes as partners in 2012. Ian has experience of general litigation but his reputation is as a first class criminal defence lawyer.

In 2012 Ian handed over the day to day running of the firm to David Parkes and Kirsten Collings, but that has not…

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David Parkes, Partner

David Parkes qualified as a solicitor in 2006 having undertaken training in the areas of family and criminal law. David spent the first 6 years of his career working in a busy Manchester practice before returning to where it all begin and joining Bakers Solicitors in Glossop.

David specialises and concentrates on all aspects of Family Law including divorce, separation and financial disputes but takes a particular interest in children law…

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Lisa Tinsley, Solicitor

Lisa graduated from Durham University and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Lisa undertook her training with a Manchester law firm in the areas of criminal, family and housing law. Lisa joined Bakers Solicitors in June 2010 as a solicitor and has progressed to her current role of Criminal Supervisor.

Specialising in all aspects of criminal defence and motor law Lisa represents clients in magistrates and Crown Court cases, including magistrates…

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Angela Thorp, Family Solicitor

Angela Thorp joined Bakers Solicitors in 2009 having gained considerable experience in all aspects of Family Law following qualification in 1999.

Angela deals with a broad range of family law matters including divorce, separation, financial matters and children. Angela has particular experience in representing clients with complex financial affairs, including cases involving valuation of business assets and pensions.

To further enhance Angela's…

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Hayley Winstanley, Solicitor

Hayley initially completed a 6 month work experience placement with Bakers in 2011, whilst undertaking the Legal Practice Course. After completing this, Hayley spent 6 months working as a Paralegal at a Manchester Law firm before returning to Bakers in January 2013.

Hayley works in the family department offering advice and assistance in relation to various matters. Hayley has a particular interest in representing clients in proceedings involving…

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Hayley Thomas, Solicitor

Hayley graduated from the University of Manchester with an English degree, fully intent on becoming a journalist. Once she began reporting on cases from the local Magistrates Court for the Advertiser, she felt compelled to pursue a career in Law!

Followng completion of the law conversion course, Hayley secured a position initially as a Paralegal with a specialist criminal firm whilst continuing her studies. Once qualified, Hayley began a training…

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Tony Dales, Licensing Manager

Tony Dales joined Bakers Solicitors in June 2011 as Licensing Manager after a long and successful career working as an Inspector in the Licensing Team at Derbyshire Police.

Tony has brought his experience and expertise to Bakers Solicitors where he advises clients on current licensing regulations. Tony assists those in the licensing sector when applying for necessary qualifications and licenses and provides support packages in respect of…

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Samantha Hanson, Chartered Legal Executive

Samantha Hanson has been with Bakers Solicitors since its inception in 2002 and initially joined as a Legal Secretary. Prior to joining, Samantha spent a year working as a claims handler for the insurance industry.

The majority of Samantha’s expertise is in criminal law. Following several years in the Criminal Department at Bakers Solicitors, Samantha progressed rapidly to the position of Litigation Executive and was subsequently made Crown Court…

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Callum Morris

Callum originally intended to pursue a career as a Police Officer, and obtained a Law degree and the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing with this aim in mind. During this process, he realised that he would rather work in Law, specifically the Criminal side and so completed a period of work experience here at Bakers, where he impressed us with his tenacity and voracious commitment to client needs.

Callum is an accredited Police Station…

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Karina Lyon

Karina qualified as a Solicitor in 2009, following successful completion of her training contract with Howard Bernstein Solicitors. Karina spent the next 7 years with the same firm, predominately in the Crime Department. She regularly appeared in court in Greater Manchester and Derbyshire and qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate in July 2010.

Whilst her work is predominantly in the Magistrates Court, Karina has extensive knowledge and experience…

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Rebecca Coward, Assistant to the Family Department

Becca joined us during the spring of 2014 as part of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) Apprentice Scheme.

Rebecca had thought she would be 'too old' to qualify as an Apprentice, but was so determined to get her foot on the career ladder with us that she applied anyway and performed so well at interview she started only a few days later!

We are immensely pleased with Rebecca's hard-working, enthusiastic attitude and are…

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Penny McHale, Typist/FE Assistant

Penny has been with Bakers since 2005 as an audio typist with a particular expertise in the drafting of legal documents. Penny assists fee earners generally including telephone handling.…

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Testimonials


  • "I worried about sharing my issues with anyone but found it easy to talk to and listen to anyone and everyone who helped."


  • "Kirsten has always given me her all. Thank you!!!"


  • "If anyone I know needs a solicitor – I would most definitely recommend Angela Thorp/Bakers"


  • "Tony Dales was really impressive. I never felt like I was dealing with you for the first time. My case was dealt with proper care and passion. I would definitely recommend Bakers Solicitors as I was very impressed."


  • "First class professional service. I would recommend you and would like to thank Kirsten Collings for her excellent job of representing me."


  • "All the staff at Bakers Solicitors are kind, courteous, proficient and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t think twice of having them represent me or my family or friends."


  • "Just like to thank all who worked on my case and Ian for instructing excellent counsel."


  • "On behalf of the FCA's.. I would like to say how impressed they are with you..the calmness which you bring to the case and also how informed you are on particularly complicated issues from a legal perspective"


  • "It's all thanks to David. I never thought I'd see the day I had my little girl living with me again and I owe my now happy life to him"


  • "I had been told I had little chance of winning my case but David had his own views on this. It was a long case but we won...David knows his stuff and is dedicated to his case and clients"

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