Our Specialist Lawyers
Darren joined Geoffrey Leaver in January 2014 as Head of the Commercial Property Team after some years as a Partner at a Legal 200 firm in Kent.
He has worked with developers both national and local, as well as on the property aspects of deals involving finance.
Darren has a wealth of experience in the more complicated land acquisition work including options and conditional contracts together with leases and licenses for both landlord and tenant.
In his spare time Darren enjoys traveling and walking. As a keen linguist he is currently studying German for business (and leisure !).
Richard Willis has been a Partner at Geoffrey Leaver since 1993.
He specialises in Property Law, representing clients with small family businesses to large PLC’s, but also acts for statutory bodies, landowners, investors, developers, lenders, Housing Associations and Charities. One of his particular interests is working with Charities which range from faith groups of all denominations, environmental organisations, hospices, educational establishments and community groups. His clients include some of the largest Charities in the region.
Richard, is a former trustee of Willen Hospice and Chairman of its Ventures Board, likes to cycle, play golf and walk in his spare time. He is a member of the Charity Law Association, the Social Housing Law Association.
Ken is Head of the Dispute Resolution Department. His team have been recognised by Legal 500 UK – “Dispute resolution is a core focus for Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP, reflected in a partner-driven team led by Kenneth Stangoe, and including Guy Brooks, Mairead McErlean, and the highly experienced Trevor Coward“. The firm represents a broad range of local, national and international clients.
He is a commercial litigator with a heavy focus on property disputes.
Often described by clients as tenacious and highly effective, he is recognised by Chambers and Partners 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 law guide as ‘a leader in his field‘ and “attracts high praise for his client service skills”. Kenneth Stangoe of Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors has recently worked on matters pertaining to agricultural and development sites. Clients state that he is “focused, knowledgeable, strategic and practical.”
He is a member of the Property Litigation Association.
Away from work, he enjoys a variety of sports and outdoor pursuits.
Richard is a Partner with over 18 years’ experience acting for clients in commercial disputes and construction related matters.
He is head of the construction team, which advises clients on matters ranging from those acquiring and selling property for development to those who are building or contracting out the building of commercial or residential units. He is often instructed by specialist sub-contractors and members of ‘the professional team’.
He and his team advise clients on all aspects of the construction process. He specifically advises on:
- Drafting of the terms of the contract, warranties, deeds of appointment, performance bonds and parent company guarantees and associated documentation;
- Matters as they arise during a contract relevant to a specific project. This involves looking at the scenario that has arisen, advising on the contractual and/or other obligations and looking at practical solutions to resolve the issue where possible in order to avoid or minimise the financial and time consequences the issue or dispute might cause;
- Dispute Resolution where an amicable resolution to an issue cannot be found and the matter needs to be referred to adjudication, mediation, arbitration or litigation;
Legal 500 UK 2016: “Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is led by Richard Millard, who regularly acts in adjudications and advises on draft contracts for professional appointments.”
Legal 500 UK 2015: “Richard acted for a major developer and contractor clients in high-value procurement and sub-contracting disputes.”
Chambers & Partners 2014: Clients have praised him for his “efficiency and ability to understand the brief from very early on.”
Chambers & Partners 2013: “Clients recognise his ‘sound advice and considerable experience in contract law”.
His style and approach with clients is to listen and learn what outcomes they want to achieve, look at the facts to analyse if and how those outcomes can be achieved and then develop and implement a strategy that seeks to deliver those outcomes. When doing so, he provides objective advice as to the likely outcomes so decisions can be made by the client in the best interests of their business.
Sakshi is a Solicitor in the Commercial Property team. She works closely with the partners in the team. Sakshi has experience working with individuals, builders, investors and financial institutions.
Sakshi concentrates on transactions including the buying and selling of land, property development, leases, commercial property investment, and portfolio management. Her client’s include housing associations, charities and local SMEs.
In her spare time, Sakshi enjoys cycling and yoga.
A graduate of Northampton University, Emma qualified as a Licenced Conveyancer in 2005.
She joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors three years later and deals with the lease, sale and purchase of commercial property and residential, as well as representing several national charity organisations.
Emma is a keen traveller, and in her spare time enjoys going to the theatre, reading and listening to music.
Georgina joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in October 2014 from Williams & Company in Ampthill. Georgina completed the Legal Practice Course at Sheffield University after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a 2:1 in Law (LLB).
Georgina works in the Commercial Property team, dealing with reversion work and assisting the team’s consultant David Barton.
Outside of the property department Georgina enjoys musicals, classic movies and baking.
David Barton joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in 2014 along with his planning and property development team from Williams & Company in Ampthill.
David and his team specialise in helping farmers, landowners and property developers grow houses on their land. There are usually several thousand houses under cultivation at any one time and David hopes his specialist blend of expertise in nurturing and cultivating his crops will lead to renowned success for GL clients as well as his following of existing clients from Williams & Company.
In his spare time David is trying hard to become an Epicure. He has a personal trainer, called Layla, who takes him for brisk walks every morning and evening and likes to work on his pecs by making him throw sticks which she is very eager to return to repeat the process.