Baron Grey Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary with Local Charity Fundraiser

Baron Grey Solicitors has announced that it will mark its centennial year with the launch of a fundraising campaign for Swan Support: a swan rescue charity that has been impacted by the Covid pandemic.

The company will kick off its support with a donation in March, and its goal is to raise £20,000 over the next 12 months through team initiatives such as sponsored cycle rides.

Founded in 1922, Baron Grey provides trusted advice and legal services to families and businesses throughout Twickenham, Richmond and surrounding areas. The firm employs 12 local people and offers opportunities for law students with training and career development.

Swan Support was formed as a registered charity in 2015 by a group of volunteers with extensive experience in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured swans within the Thames Valley region and surrounding areas. The independent non-profit provides a 24-hour service responding to calls reporting injuries and concerns from the public and organisations such as the police, Highways Agency and the RSPCA. Swan Support is staffed by volunteers and is solely funded by individual donations and supporting businesses. During the pandemic, fundraising events and activities have been severely curtailed.

Baron Grey principal Vincent Hambleton-Grey said, “As part of Twickenham’s history for the last 100 years, we wanted to commemorate our anniversary by giving back to a cause that is close to our hearts, and to the hearts of the people in our local community. Swans are a legally protected species, and they have been present here on the Thames for centuries. These magnificent birds are enjoyed by residents and visitors throughout the year – we often see them from our office, which looks out over the river. The activities carried out by Swan Support in rescuing and releasing swans back to their natural habitat are vital to their long-term welfare, and we are honoured to be able to contribute to this essential work.”

Swan Support trustee Joanne de Nobriga commented, “We are extremely grateful to Vincent and his team for their dedication and help in raising awareness of our organisation. In addition to the adverse effects of the pandemic, this year we have been closely involved in the retrieval of swans and other waterfowl that have sadly perished from avian flu – extending our work as far as Reading, Windsor, Oxford and Newbury. This support from Baron Grey could not come at a more critical time.”

Swan Support has recently been granted planning permission for a purpose-built facility for the rehabilitation of swans, whilst providing a focus for educational outreach to schools and communities. Funds raised will partly contribute to this new build, as well as dedicated equipment to facilitate the charity’s work.

To make a donation to Baron Grey’s fundraising campaign, please visit the company’s JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/baron-grey1

More about Swan Support can be found at: http://www.swansupport.org.uk/

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Chris Wright

CONSULTANT

Chris initially qualified and practiced at the Bar for several years before going into industry with two major UK construction and engineering companies. He left this position to become a senior partner at a law firm where he handled a range of domestic and international construction and engineering law matters. He was an Adjudicator on the TeCSA panel, and acted as a reviewer for the FIDIC White Book Conditions. He has contributed to a text book on BIM and Quantity Surveying. 

Chris remains a member of the Society of Construction Law where he brings his experience as a consultant on construction law matters. He is also a practising Mediator and Arbitrator, being both an FCIArb and an Associate of the Civil Mediation Council.

Peter Arnstein

CONSULTANT SOLICITOR

Peter qualified as a solicitor following his training with a firm on Richmond Green and has since worked with firms on both sides of the river. Initially specialising in criminal law and dispute resolution, he later brought the forensic skills he had acquired to residential and commercial conveyancing, Wills and Probate. His approach in acting for clients has always been to look for problems and offer solutions.  

Peter is delighted to have now joined Baron Grey where he continues to look after clients old and new, seeking to provide an approachable and professional service to all.

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James Atkins

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James is a private client solicitor specialising in wills, trusts, powers of attorney and estate administration. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in English Literature in 2013 and went on to complete his law conversion course at BPP University. 

James trained at Baron Grey and after a sabbatical in Russia has recently re-joined the firm. James has a very friendly and approachable manner and is an asset to Baron Grey.

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Lara joined Baron Grey in 2013 and now works for the firm dealing with a wide range of immigration and probate matters.

Minnie Waite

Conveyancer

Minnie Waite joined Baron Grey in 2017 as a conveyancer having worked in the City for many years.

She has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with all aspects of conveyancing transactions and has studied the License Conveyancing course. Minnie specialises in freehold/leasehold, enfranchisement, has some commercial experience and advises on mortgages.

She is extremely approachable and friendly and a great addition to the Baron Grey team.

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Ben Hall is an experienced solicitor who re-joined Baron Grey solicitors in early 2018, having originally trained under Vincent in 2006.

Ben specialises in criminal defence work and regularly represents clients from the investigatory stage all the way through to the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, where he has had notable success.

Ben has expanded his practice into civil litigation with a particular emphasis on commercial and probate disputes.

Emma Faulkner

Solicitor

After being awarded a 2:1 degree in Law from the University of Reading, Emma joined Baron Grey in 2012. Since then, she has successfully completed the Legal Practice Course part-time obtaining a Distinction, and qualifying as a solicitor in February 2016.

Emma assists the litigation team and specialises in Family Law, including divorce and financial proceedings. Emma also deals with the niche area of Private Client Law concerning Lasting Powers of Attorney. She follows the footsteps of her grandfather who worked for Baron Grey as a senior legal assistant.

Vincent Hambleton-Grey

Principal

After graduating in Law in London, Vincent joined the firm in 1990 as a newly qualified solicitor. He specialises in litigation and company commercial work as well as employment and matrimonial matters. 

He is passionate about representing those who do not always have a fair voice in the community and his clients vary from local people to many small businesses in the area. Whenever possible, Vincent’s aim is always to meet and discuss matters with all new clients personally first. 

Born in Swansea, South Wales, he moved to London as an undergraduate and has lived in Twickenham since 1994. He is married with two daughters.