Our People

We invest in our team. All of our lawyers have an individual training plan so you can be sure that whoever you are dealing with at MacDonald Oates has the most up-to-date knowledge and skills, to give you the best possible legal advice. We also actively encourage our team to get involved with our local community. As a firm, we provide sponsorship and fundraising for various organisations and charities; as individuals, many of us serve as volunteers, school governors and members of local business organisations.


Roger Brown-hovelt

Consultant Solicitor

Emily Bull

Associate Solicitor


Consultant Solicitor

Nick Ellin

Partner and Head of Operations

Ben Greaves


Melissa hackett

Associate Solicitor

Ben Holden


Joanna James


Patrick Jenkins

Partner, Head of Litigation Department and Head of Revenue

Tim Melville-Walker

Partner and Head of Family Law

Jessica Pye

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Clare Ridout

Associate Solicitor

Sarah Rowden

Associate Solicitor

James Sawers

Partner, CEO and Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts Department

Kate Shires

Associate Solicitor

Lucy Shires


Kevin Smith

Partner and Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration

Karl Smith

Partner, Head of Residential Property and Head of Client Service

Nisha Tayal

Consultant Solicitor

Rosie Taylor

Associate Solicitor

Jill Williams

Chartered Legal Executive

Linda Wilson

Partner and Head of Employment