Our Committee

The Committee is made up of a diverse range of representatives from local firms, bringing a variety of skills and expertise across the full spectrum of legal practice.

President and Treasurer

James Walsh – GA Solicitors

James has been the Plymouth Law Society Treasurer since 2012. James is one of the South West’s leading industrial disease litigators with more than two decades of experience, and a specialist focus on high value asbestos claims. James is recognised on a national platform for his experience in asbestos disease claims, in particular those related to mesothelioma victims. He has also developed a formidable reputation in industrial deafness litigation, together with securing significant damages in public and employer liability cases. James is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and an accredited occupational disease and asbestos disease specialist with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). James was the second individual to be appointed and is one of only two lawyers west of Bristol to hold the accreditation. James became President in 2020 and as a consequence of the Covid pandemic shall be the first President to serve an unprecedented second term in 2021.

Email: james.walsh@GAsolicitors.com
Phone: 01752 203536

Honorary Secretary

Rhodri Davey – Kitsons LLP

Rhodri Davey is Managing Partner at Kitsons LLP.

Rhodri studied law at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Law School before returning to the South West where he trained and qualified with Nash & Co. In 2000 he joined Ashfords (then Bevan Ashford) where he specialised in employment law before joining Kitsons Solicitors as partner to build an Employment Team in 2007. He has undertaking the Managing Partner role at Kitsons since 2018.

Email: rhodri.davey@kitsons-solicitors.co.uk
Phone: 01752 236712

Law Society Council Member

Steven Hudson – Gard & Co Solicitors

Steven has been heavily involved in Plymouth Law Society since 2010 and was president in 2012. He is the past president of ASWLS which comprises Bristol Law Society, Cornwall Law Society, Devon & Somerset Law Society, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Law Society, Monmouth Law Society and Plymouth Law Society.

 Steven is senior and managing partner of Gard & Co. He qualified in 1983 and has since that time practised in Plymouth. In the late 1980s Steven gravitated from general property work towards specialising in commercial property work and in particular in business transfers. During the last 25 years he has been involved in the legal work associated with the transfer of most types of business, acting for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies based in different parts of the country, but particularly in the south west peninsula.

Email: sjh@gardandco.com
Phone: 01752 668246

Vice President of Plymouth Law Society

Craig Moore – Womble Bond Dickinson

Craig is the Plymouth Office Head for Womble Bond Dickinson.

He joined the firm (Bond Pearce as it then was), in 1993 and since qualification two years later has undertaken a significant amount of property finance work acting for a wide variety of lenders, borrowers, insolvency practitioners and LPA receivers. He also undertakes a significant amount of commercial property work for investors, developers, registered providers, education institutions, manufacturers and others. He also leads the WBD Real Estate team in Plymouth, and is client partner for a number of key organisations in the South West (and nationally). He is top-ranked by both Legal 500 and Chambers.

Craig is passionate about social mobility and supports a number of key local initiatives and charities.

E-mail: craig.moore@wbd-uk.com

Phone: 01752 677639

Vice President of ASWLS

Neil Major – Foot Anstey

Neil is the past & vice-president of ASWLS which comprises Bristol Law Society, Cornwall Law Society, Devon & Somerset Law Society, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Law Society, Monmouth Law Society and Plymouth Law Society.

Neil acts for clients buying and selling commercial and residential property, and granting and taking leases of commercial property.

He is committed to building and growing his relationships with clients and has acted for some for over four decades. By asking relevant questions about his clients’ present situation and their aims going forward, he has developed a better and more complete understanding about them and their business.

Email: neil.major@footanstey.com
Phone: 01752 675535

Carrie Laws

The Family Law Company

Jonathan Madge

Former President

The Family Law Company

Rebecca Wood

Woollcombe Yonge

Sasha Walton

The Family Law Company

Martin Weeks

Former President

Wolferstans

Phil Thorneycroft

Former President

Wolferstans

Jennifer Philips

Plymouth City Council

Chris Hoile

Womble Bond Dickinson

Maggie Dabska

Womble Bond Dickinson

Rachel Shoheth

Former President

Gard and Co

Rosie Brennan

University of Plymouth

Abigail Payne

Curtis Whiteford Crocker

 Luke Fisher

University of Plymouth

Annabelle O’Higgins

Bright LLP