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