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Directors


Mark Adcock

Mark Adcock

Mark Adcock

 


Email: ma@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442100


 

Mark Adcock is the third generation of the Adcock family to have worked in the practice. Whilst having had experience in most areas of private practice, his current specialism is Leasehold Reform work, where he acts for both landlords and tenants across the UK.  Mark has completed many substantial property transactions including projects in Leicester,  Lynton in Devon and London. Of this specialist area of work, Mark regularly deals with missing freehold cases and complex enfranchisement work.

Mark was awarded the Broderip and Easterbrook prizes in the Law Society’s final examinations for his results in the conveyancing law papers and is regarded as somewhat of a perfectionist in his work. “The job isn’t done until every detail is resolved!” he says.

Mark is presently working part time for the Law Commission, a statutory independent body which advises the Government on possible areas of the law, for reform.
The Law Commission is undertaking a complete review of the law relating to Leasehold Reform (amongst other things) and Mark has been asked to help with this task given, his extensive experience in this area. ‘I’m delighted to be working with the Law Commission on this. It’s an area of my work that I have a great interest in and I hope that the review leads eventually to changes to make the system fairer for all concerned’ Mark said.

Hedley Adcock

Hedley Adcock

Hedley Adcock

 


Email: hja@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442106


 

Hedley joined the firm in February 2016 after a successful 10 year career at Birmingham City Centre firm, the Wilkes Partnership, where he trained and worked up to Senior Associate level. Hedley has joined as a Director of the firm, an appointment which secures the future and name of the firm for another generation. Hedley specialises in all aspects of commercial property law including disposal and acquisitions, asset management, leasing, and investment finance. He is respected for his no fuss approach to commercial property transactions and is known for ‘getting the job done’.


Practice Director


Frances Di Pierri

Frances Di Pierri

(née Adcock)

Frances Di Pierri

 


Email: fd@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442100


 

Frances has been working in the practice since 2007, following her creative degree and teaching positions at a leading city College. As the fourth generation of the Adcocks family to do so, Frances plays an active role in the development of the practice. Whilst following traditional methods of private practice, Frances, as the practice director, has also introduced more modern methods of working to ensure efficiency, transparency and fluidity in the work Adcocks undertake. She provides invaluable training and support to the team at Adcocks and prides herself in ensuring the practice maintains its well known high standards of client care.


Management Team


Dario Di Pierri

Dario Di Pierri

Dario Di Pierri

 


Email: dp@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442107


 

Dario, who is now part of the management team, manages all aspects of the accounts department at Adcocks with absolute precision. His role is to ensure all financial related matters are dealt with on a daily basis and works closely with both fee earners and the directors of the business, providing necessary accounting reports to ensure the smooth running of the practice.
Following the necessary Regulatory principles, Dario also ensures that all funds we receive from clients and third parties are dealt with accordingly, and swiftly. And that the firm complies with its obligations to its Regulator.
He is continuing to develop new accounting skills with further study with ILFM (Institute of Legal Finance & Management) to ensure he is always up to date
with money matters!
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PERSONAL INTERESTS: Dario enjoys watching his favourite football team Aston Villa FC, Mountain Biking, DIY & Cooking in his free time.

Kirstie Barrett

Kirstie Barrett

Kirstie Barrett

 


Email: kb@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442117


 

Following successful completion of her degree in Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Kirstie joined the practice in 2014.

She now provides invaluable support as Assistant Practice Manager and helps with all aspects of the firm’s administration, as well as providing support to Dario and his team in the accounts department.
Her prior experience of working in an office environment has provided Kirstie with the perfect diplomatic skills required to undertake her position in the centre of the administrative part of the practice, tapping into her transferable skills from her previous employment.

Kirstie is currently on Maternity leave and will be returning in January 2021

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PERSONAL INTERESTS: Kirstie enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

Nikki Evans

Nikki Evans

Nikki Evans

 


Email: ne@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442114


 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, with devolved responsibility for our property investment portfolio. As Practice Manager, her responsibility is to ensure the smooth running of the firm, its resources and the welfare of our team. Having worked in the practice for several years as the firm’s property investment portfolio manager, dealing primarily with the management of client’s property investments, she has extensive knowledge of the administrative tasks necessary to support the firm and its clients. This enables her to interact with the Leasehold Reform Act work, for which the firm is so well known, given her extensive knowledge in portfolio management.

Nikki’s calm and collected manner and sense of judgement serves her well in the professional environment of the practice.

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PERSONAL INTERESTS: Nikki enjoys attending a weekly book club, walking, traveling and spending time with my family and friends. Also enjoys the occasional trip to the theatre.


Solicitors and Chartered Surveyors


Geoffrey Bates

Geoffrey Bates

BA FRICS

Geoffrey Bates

 


Email: gb@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442100


 

Geoff qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1981 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2000. Since February 2009 he has been Adcocks senior in-house Surveyor and Valuer.
Geoff works with the legal team in respect of all aspects of the Leasehold Enfranchisement process, from the initial valuation to settlement of the terms, in respect of collective enfranchisement claims, leasehold extension claims and leasehold to freehold conversions. Whilst the firm’s record of settling leasehold enfranchisement claims is exceptional, Geoff still handles the appropriate technical submissions to the First-Tier Tribunal as an expert witness in those very rare cases where a negotiated agreement just cannot be reached.
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PERSONAL INTERESTS: I like club road cycling and cycle touring

Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

Emily Fitzpatrick

 


Email: ef@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442134


 

Emily joined Adcocks as a consultant in our Leasehold Reform Department having moved from a well-known practice in the South East. . Emily was admitted as a Solicitor in 2007 and has for the greater part of that period, practiced in this specialist area. We are delighted that she has joined our team of lawyers dealing exclusively with this type of work. She has, during her career, acted for a wide range of both freeholders and leaseholders, helping with their transactional work and exercising or defending their statutory rights, and has a wide and extensive experience of right to manage cases in particular, a particularly difficult and technical area of our work. Emily is keen to support the practice team in this specialist area, for which Adcocks have become so well established.

Emily has a strong educational background having obtained a first class law degree and a distinction in the legal practice course. She has been recognised for her specialism a number of times over the years in the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards run by News on the Block. She has handled a number of high profile cases and continues to apply her exceptional intellectual skills to the difficult and testing work we do.

Emily is currently working part time for the Law Commission, an independent statutory body which advises the Government on possible areas of law, for reform. Emily is currently working on the Right to Manage project and has also played a pivotal role in the review of the law relating to Enfranchisement, which has recently led to the publication of an extensive public consultation paper.
“I’m delighted to have joined the team at Adcocks at this important time. I hope to bring to the firm my knowledge and skills in this area and to help promote the possible changes that may come to clients of the practice” Emily said.
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PERSONAL INTERESTS: In my spare time I enjoy tending to my rescue house bunnies and cockapoo, and playing netball for my local team which I also Captain. I am a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, can often be found at local motoring events and enjoy watching the Formula 1. I am also a member of the Rabbit Welfare Association and hold a certificate in England Netball Umpiring.

Razina Akhtar

Razina Akhtar

Razina Akhtar

 


Email: ra@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442135


 

Razina qualified as a solicitor in 2008 with an award-winning real estate team at Burges Salmon in Bristol. She gained a wide-ranging experience in all aspects of real estate acting for high profile clients such The Crown Estate, The London Development Agency Lloyds Bank and various international banks and off-shore trusts.

Razina’s experience includes negotiation of leases, advising on freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, property finance, insolvency, land option agreements, building developments and solar and wind farm developments.
She has dealt with the broadest spectrum of properties ranging from retail premises, shopping centres, industrial estates and agricultural land. Razina also has experience in acting for banks, investors and fund structures in the niche practice area of Islamic Finance. Her experience in this area has included the purchase of student accommodation buildings and financing of residential developments.
Razina is able to adapt her approach to transactions to reflect the distinct aims and concerns of her clients and she prides herself in providing a solution-based approach.

Razina has joined the team at Adcocks working in our Commercial Property department and is excited to help build our brand in this core area of work under the supervision of the firm’s commercial property department Director, Hedley Adcock.
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PERSONAL INTERESTS: I enjoy nature walks with family and travelling in my spare time. I also play netball at local league level which helps keep me fit and achy!

Jo Adcock

Jo Adcock

Jo Adcock

 


Email: jea@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442100


 

Jo specialises in commercial and residential property. She graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2005 and joined the Wilkes Partnership in Birmingham. In 2009 she completed her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Birmingham and qualified as a Legal Executive in 2014. She moved to Adcocks with Hedley in 2016 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2017.

Jo acts for individuals, companies, trustees and lenders in all aspects of real estate including acquisitions, disposals, secured lending, the granting and assigning of leases. She is keen to see the practice evolve and meet the challenges which professional life brings in this exciting phase of her career.
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PERSONAL INTERESTS:
In her spare time Jo enjoys walks and visits to National Trust properties with her family and has a keen interest in history and politics. She enjoys helping her local community and is a member of her village hall committee.

Verity McMahon

Verity McMahon

Verity McMahon

 


Email: vm@adcocks.com

Telephone: 014543 442133


 

Verity completed her training contract at the practice and qualified in 2017. She currently works in our Leasehold Reform & Residential Conveyancing Departments. After successfully completing her law degree and Legal Practice Course, Verity joined the firm in July 2014 as a Property Paralegal when she started to gain invaluable experience with a vast range of Landlord & Tenant, and Conveyancing transactions. Verity is eager to develop her skills
and knowledge of these areas of property law.

She thrives on new challenges and always strives to provide a professional, friendly and high quality service to ensure all clients are satisfied.

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

 


Email: am@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442118


 

Andrew undertook his training contract at the practice and qualified in September 2019. He is involved in both commercial and residential property matters assisting both Hedley and Mark in their respective departments.

Andrew is an invaluable member of the team with a wealth of legal knowledge and skills. His tenacious and measured approach to a problem lends confidence to his clients who speak highly of his methodical approach to their problems. He is keen to develop his career with us and ensure our property departments continue to prosper.

Andrew thrives on challenges that face him and enjoys overcoming them with creative and original solutions. With a genuine desire to provide the best service to our clients, Andrew is sure to always make you feel at ease.
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Personal Interests: Andrew enjoys going to the Gym and days out in nature such as Cannock Chase and Trentham Gardens with the family.


Paralegals and Trainees


Yvonne Currow

Yvonne Currow

Yvonne Currow

 


Email: yc@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442116


 

Yvonne works in the Private Client department of the practice, helping with the Administration and completion of Deceased’s Estates from start to finish. Yvonne has a great deal of experience in this area of work, having worked for the greater part of her working life in private practice. Her attention to detail and compassion for her job show through. Supporting the team in this area of our work, puts her in regular contact with the families of Deceased clients, which for them is often a very emotional experience. She approaches her role with the care and compassion so necessary at a difficult time.

Yvonne also has responsibility for management of the firm’s significant custodial services, ensuring that requests for documents, copies of documents and custody services are dealt with smoothly and efficiently.
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PERSONAL INTERESTS: Yvonne enjoys entertaining and cooking for her family and friends.

Daniel Farrelly

Daniel Farrelly

Daniel Farrelly

 


Email: df@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 4422105


 

Daniel joined the practice in August 2018 and is providing invaluable support to our Leasehold Reform department in a paralegal capacity. Following successful completion of his law degree and the legal practice course, Daniel has brought to the practice a wide range of skills which he is now putting into practice.
As the specialist work that we do continues to provide us with legal challenges, Daniel is keen to be involved in finding practical and viable solutions to benefit our clients.

Maddie Williams

Maddie Williams

Maddie Williams

 


Email: mw@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442109


 

Maddie joined the practice in February 2018 during the final stages of her studies at Birmingham City University. Maddie has now successfully completed the Post Graduate Diploma and Masters in Professional Law and is eager to progress with her career in the practice. She is presently undertaking on a full time basis the Legal Practice Course and we are looking forward to her contributing to our success in our niche areas of work.

Maddie’s adaptable and pleasant nature enables her to conduct a range of paralegal work across the practice including the drafting of legal documents in our private client and residential property departments. Clients like her practical and co-operative style. She also holds responsibility for the day to day management of our company secretarial services ensuring clients meet the necessary deadlines and formalities of corporate support work.
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Personal interests: Maddie enjoys participating in her weekly dance class.

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Smith

Carolyn Smith

 


Email: cs@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442108


 

Carolyn joined the practice in 2017 following an impressive 25 year career in property law. She has had experience of working in a variety of legal practices, including 13 years in South Africa. Carolyn returned to work in the UK in 2001 and continues to build her knowledge and expertise of property law, and the specialist work that we do.

Carolyn is now working in our Leasehold Reform department handling bulk lease extension work amongst other things. These projects are challenging and require patience, tenacity and attention to detail; she accomplishes this with ease.

She has also bought a wealth of technical and IT knowledge to Adcocks and is keen to see how she can help improve efficiency through the use of our resources. Her passion for developing new and improved methods of working enthuses her, which helps the practice to provide the most efficient service to our clients.
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Personal interests: Carolyn enjoys entertaining with friends and family and taking part in aerobics to keep her fit and healthy.


Admin and Resource Staff


Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova

 


Email: pp@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442100


 

Petya joined the practice in 2017 and is currently assisting on reception whilst undertaking an audit of the documents we are holding in storage for our clients. This includes reviewing our client database records to ensure that we stay in touch with you on a regular basis. She also manages the Deeds and Wills records, ensuring that when you need a document, we have it to hand.

Petya has a degree in German language, is multi-lingual in Bulgarian and Russian and finds this helpful in the multi-cultural society in which we work. Petya is enjoying the challenge of working in the legal environment following her career in childcare and is excited by the prospect of ensuring that we meet our client’s expectations in the services we provide, especially our document custody services.

Phoebe Tracey

Phoebe Tracey

Phoebe Tracey

 


Email: pt@adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442103


 

Phoebe joined Adcocks in 2018 and currently provides administrative and secretarial support across the firm. The work that Phoebe undertakes is imperative to the smooth running of the practice. Her excellent organisational skills, keen eye for detail and determination enables Phoebe to meet the demands of her role. Her pleasant and high spirited manner reassures our visitors too!

Phoebe is keen to progress her career in law with Adcocks and has already enjoyed promotion to a new position in line with our desire to encourage our staff to do well
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Personal interests: Phoebe loves baking and walking my dog Harley on the weekends

Francesca Allen

Francesca Allen

Francesca Allen

 


Email: fla@Adcocks.com

Telephone: 01543 442102


 

Francesca joined Adcocks in November 2018 to provide support for the fee earning team across the Practice.

She graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2018 having achieved an upper second class Degree in Law with Criminology.

Francesca’s responsibilities include management of the day to day secretarial support services and other clerical duties supporting the firm’s fee earners.

She is also providing support to the marketing team and increasingly finds herself undertaking more and more responsibility for the legal staff especially in the leasehold reform work that we do. Her attention to detail and thoroughness is an essential quality in ensuring that we achieve the standard of our work for which we are so well respected.
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Personal interests: Francesca has two German Shepherds and in her spare time enjoys taking them for long walks and watching her favourite football team Spurs with her boyfriend. Interestingly she also has a brown belt in Karate.