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Kai Luckham – Consultant Solicitor

Kai is an experienced criminal solicitor who has spent the majority of his career representing clients at the police station and in court. He has had a national caseload working with a leading firm in Manchester and also in London. Kai has worked with clients in a range of business settings and has such become familiar with regulations across different sectors.…

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Sharon Williams, Family Solicitor

Sharon qualified as a solicitor in 2005, specialising in criminal law initially. She went onto conduct work on behalf of the General Medial Council in regulatory matters, defending companies facing prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.

After taking some time away from the profession to start a family, Sharon re-joined the firm with whom she qualified with and retrained as a family solicitor. Sharon joined the family department at Bakers…

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Emma Hills, Paralegal

Emma has been in employment within private law firms from the age of 17 and has had experience of working in all areas of law. In 2006 Emma moved to Australia and gained employment with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Government Agency. She was employed as a Legal Assistant, in Darwin and Adelaide, assisting solicitors with proceeds of crime, benefit fraud and illegal fishing. She continued as a Paralegal for the Indigenous Land…

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Sarah Blanchard, Administration and Accounts Manager

Sarah is one of our longest serving members of staff, having joined the firm in 2002 as an apprentice. Sarah's role over the year has evolved and she has successfully supported the firm through several changes. Sarah now holds the position of Administration and Accounts Manager providing daily operational support to the firm and Head of Practice Management.

Sarah has enjoyed being a part of the firm's journey over the past 15 years and is…

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Kate Lloyd, Legal Secretary

Kate began her career within the law industry in 1995, starting out as an office junior within a small firm of solicitors in Manchester. Kate quickly progressed to working as a legal secretary moving on to specialising in personal injury matters. After 10 years, Kate successfully gained employment with a prestigious firm of solicitors in Manchester within their Commercial Litigation Department, supporting a trainee Solicitor. Kate then moved on…

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Jennifer Ryan, Legal Secretary

Jennifer qualified as a Legal Secretary in 2001 after which she starting working for a large firm in Manchester, covering various areas of Law. After three years she gained employment with a city-centre criminal law practice. Jennifer enjoyed 12 year with this firm, working within city centre Manchester and dealing with criminal cases. After starting a family Jennifer remained working within Manchester part time.

Jennifer joined Bakers Solicitors…

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Virginia Parkes, Head of Practice Management

Virginia, better known as Ginny, has recently joined the practice as Head of Practice Management after a long and successful career in education and management. Ginny has significant experience of working at a senior level, gained in both the private and public sector. She joins the practice after having several years working at director level within an educational trust in Greater Manchester. Prior to this she worked for the Department for…

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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, Consultant

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. Ian has experience of general litigation but his reputation is as a first class criminal defence lawyer.

In 2012 Ian was joined by David Parkes and Kirsten Collings and has since retired as a Partner. Ian now undertakes a consultancy role.

Ian’s reputation is such that he is instructed by…

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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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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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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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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"


  • "Callum Morris gave me his all and fought my corner all the way. He put me at ease throughout the Police investigation and made me feel like I was not alone. I want to thank Callum for all his hard work and would definitely recommend him if you find yourself, for any reason at the Police Station under investigation"

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