About Franklins Law

Steven Clews

Steven Clews - Senior Partner

Steven joined Franklins as an Assistant Solicitor in 1985, was made a Partner in 1987 and Senior Partner in 2002. He holds an Honours Degree in Law from University College London and qualified as a Solicitor in 1981. He is an accredited specialist family lawyer with particular specialisation in financial provision and domestic abuse cases. He is also a long-standing member of the Resolution Organisation (formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association), which promotes a non-adversarial approach to resolving problems arising from family and relationship breakdowns. Apart from specialising in family and criminal/motoring law he also deals with Wills, Probate and Transfers of Equity. Steven is a member of Duty Solicitor schemes and was on the first ever rota after the introduction of the schemes under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act in the 1980s.

When not being the World's nicest boss (he says) he still plays the increasingly occasional game of rugby or tries to train a group of two dozen tone deaf hamsters to sing the Hallelujah chorus. He finds this less frustrating and more rewarding then dealing with the Legal Aid Agency.

Nick Tuckfield

Nick Tuckfield - Partner

Nick became a solicitor in 2006, having obtained a 2:1 honours degree in Law. He specialises in all aspects of family law, and has developed particular skills dealing with children cases. Nick's caseload also includes a wide variety of other areas of legal work including employment, civil litigation, and probate. He developed his experience and sympathetic approach working with the University College Hospital NHS Trust and his local Citizens Advice Bureau and is now also a member of Resolution.

Somewhere along the line he found time to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Psychology. Nick demonstrates that ex-prop forwards can be human beings too, and with a young family to support, in more ways than one, his sporting ambitions are now realised vicariously from the touch line through the football skills of his son.

Janice Gabbott

Janice Gabbott - Solicitor and Head of Residential Property

Janice qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and was previously a director of a national residential conveyancing firm. She now lives near Leighton Buzzard and has taken up a role that gives her the chance to combine her experience with a more individual approach to clients.

Janice enjoys spending her spare time being taken for long walks in the countryside by her five Jack Russell terriers. She also enjoys Salsa dancing and keeps her enviable sense of calm with the occasional assistance of yoga.

Katrina Rennalls

Katrina Rennalls - Solicitor and Head of Criminal

Katrina joined the firm in 2013 as a Criminal Law Duty Solicitor and has become the mainstay of the department and an Honours Graduate of the University of Hull. Calm, intelligent and a fine Advocate Katrina's skills were forged in the pressurised environment of the London Courts after her background experience as a Crown court Judge's Clerk. Outside of work Katrina teaches Flamenco dancing and recently reached the National darts finals coming second in her weight division. Admittedly out of two.

David Young

David Young - Solicitor and Head of Commercial Property, Wills and Probate

David qualified as a solicitor on a date he prefers not to divulge, but let’s just say that he remembers witnessing the Magna Carta. Over his years in practice in the Beds/Bucks area he has built up devoted following of clients who value his calm, meticulous, good sense approach.

By his own admission a bit of a fair-weather biker, David also takes an active role in the Flitwick Vale Rotary Club, of which he is presently secretary. He is also a churchwarden in his home town of Ampthill. David says that if he had any spare time he would spend it in the garden.

Mike McCourt

Mike McCourt - Deputy District Judge and Litigation Solicitor with Higher Rights of Audience and Accredited Mediator (see ADRg website)

Mike's range of experience makes him our ideal Lord High Everything Else. When not helping clients with his down-to-earth, realistic advice Mike is a slightly improbable gym-bunny who tells us convincingly the he also has a penchant for mountain biking and long-distance running and walking, thereby demonstrating that it takes all sorts.

Julian Cross

Julian Cross - Solicitor and Duty Solicitor

Julian is a highly experienced criminal defence Duty Solicitor with a friendly down-to earth practical approach and great client empathy. Something of a friend to the stars he shares a hairdresser with Jedward and has purchased the shirt wardrobe from the 1970s hit T.V. series Hawaii Five-O.

Nadia McMahon-Wilson

Nadia McMahon-Wilson - Trainee Solicitor

Nadia is our Trainee Solicitor educated at Kings College, London (well nobody's perfect). She came for work experience in July 2013 and we have never let her leave. Nadia's enthusiasm, helpfulness and energy, not just focused on "Glasto" are an example to us all and she has quickly gained experience in the full range of our work. Nadia likes to spend her weekends in a welder's mask sculpting woodland creatures from sheet metal.

Jean Pollock

Jean Pollock - Accounts Manager

Jean is our Accounts Suprema. Meticulous and seemingly infallible. Jean keeps the firm's financial wheels turning smoothly. Jean is another dancing queen, specialising in Salsa, and recently purchased a villa in Spain as her weekend retreat. Come to think of it perhaps I ought to look at those accounts again.

Kim Welford

Kim Welford - Conveyancing Assistant

Kim has worked in conveyancing since she left school in a year which it would be far too indiscreet to specify. Kim joined Franklins in 2000 and since then has added a knowledge of Wills and probate to her conveyancing skills.

Whenever the chance arises Kim likes to spend time on her country estate in Turkey. She is also a keen supporter of the Wasps Rugby Club, unofficial wine expert and multiple - but glamorous - granny.

Colette D’Arby-Wright

Colette D’Arby-Wright - Family Law Assistant

After completing a Business Studies Course Colette went into family law at the age of 19 and has worked in this field ever since, which she claims to be 20 years. She has almost forgiven Joanna Lumley for impersonating her. Colette must be one of the few grandmothers recently to sustain a burn from the exhaust pipe of her go-kart. Apart from setting a bad example to her 2 children and 7 grandchildren, Colette likes to spend time skiing, scuba diving or just relaxing on her canal boat.

Zoe Ferguson-Lees

Zoe Ferguson-Lees - Criminal and Family Law Assistant

Zoe is Steven's unflappably efficient Secretary. Cool under pressure she gets on with it and get things done. Away from work Zoe likes to read the works of Ovid in the original Latin or add to her already extensive collection of memorabilia relating to 1930s Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

Denisa Conway

Denisa Conway - Criminal Law Assistant

Denisa is the other half of the dynamic duo in the Criminal Law Department with Katrina. Unfailingly cheerful and helpful. Denisa has a colourful family background. Her Great Grandfather was King Zog, the last monarch of Albania.