Baron Grey Solicitors: A Year into the Pandemic

It’s been a challenging year for all of us, but we would like to assure all our clients and colleagues that we are fully open and ready to take instructions again.

We are also very pleased to announce that our office refurbishment is now fully completed. During this work we installed a new state-of-the-art air exchange system which completely replaces the office air volume five times per hour – making it equivalent to an outdoor environment. All meetings at our offices observe the latest COVID government protocols and the new air-exchange system helps make our office a safer place for our staff and visitors alike. We look forward to meeting with you in person at the earliest opportunity. 

During the pandemic there have been many changes and some of these have also impacted the legal world. Here are some key headlines within our areas of specialisation.

Divorce Rates in 2020 were 25% higher when compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

Source: BBC 

At Baron Grey our Family Law specialists are available if you have been affected.

Many companies’ employee contracts need to be reviewed, revised, and rewritten due to changing work conditions.

With home working becoming the norm we are here to help if you need to review contracts; employee handbooks; or any other aspects of Commercial Law

Crime rates have been falling, however law breakers have become more sophisticated in the use of technology with scams and cybercrime on the increase.

If you need to review your business’ safety measures, particularly regarding employee safety, please get in touch with our Criminal Law experts.

There have been nearly 40% fewer entry clearance visas for either study or work visas during the first lockdown.

Source: U.K. Government.

The post BREXIT world has changed how and when a UK business can engage with foreign nationals as employees. Should this be an area where you may need some advice, contact our Immigration experts we are on hand to help you.

Last year the Mayor of London’s office reported over 1,400 complaints where rogue landlords have used the pandemic to evict or change tenants’ contracts.

Source: Mayor of London Office.

If you are a landlord, please contact our Property Services experts to be updated on your latest legal obligations.

Wills, Trusts and Probates are more important than ever.

Needless to say, this has been an area which has seen a significant increase in cases over the past year due to the global pandemic.
Ensuring that you place the right money, into the right hands, at the right time, can be achieved with correctly written Wills and Trusts. We can also advise upon, or deal with, probate and a Deed of Variation.

At Baron Grey we continue to look after your interests, whatever form that takes. With many years of experience and our personal touch, you will always be treated with diligence and care.

If there’s anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8891 4311

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David Thorley


David works on civil litigation with a particular interest in disputes arising from wills, probate and trusts. Beyond this, he has experience with claims in a range of fields including: employment; property/landlord and tenant; company law/insolvency; construction; and debt recovery.

David qualified as a solicitor in 2022 having previously worked in academia and journalism. This background has given him a clear-sighted perspective on the cases he handles, a ready appreciation of the complex issues at stake, and a pragmatic approach to advising clients.

Chris Wright


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


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

Associate Solicitor

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.

Lara Symons


Lara Symons qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has specialised in all aspects of Immigration Law since then. Lara was formally the head of the Immigration Appeals Team at White Ryland Solicitors in Shepherds Bush, before moving to Spain for four years with her family.

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

Minnie Waite


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.

Ben Hall

Solicitor Advocate

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


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


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.