Meet the New Faces at Baron Grey

Baron Grey is pleased to welcome two new full-time team members.

Baron Grey now has two new full-time additions to the team. We have a familiar face, David Thorley, who has been with us at Baron Grey for a while but has now formally completed his training and is moving into a new position as a full-time, fully qualified solicitor. Also joining the team is trainee solicitor, Esaniya Sachdeva, who is bringing her unique range of skills and experience to Baron Grey.

David was first introduced to Baron Grey in 2019 as a client seeking advice about an employment dispute where he was encouraged to consider training as a solicitor and worked as a legal assistant with the firm while he attended law school. After graduating, David returned to Baron Grey on a full-time basis to complete his qualifying training. He works primarily on litigation disputes, covering a wide range of civil and commercial issues, and is passionate about resolving contentious probate matters.

Esaniya, our newest trainee solicitor, will be working closely with the firm’s principal, Vincent Hambleton-Grey, and assisting on a range of matters. Before starting her training with us, Esaniya received valuable experience at a high street law firm by providing support in the private client department. She was awarded a First Class Honours in LLB Law from St Mary’s University and completed the LPC and LLM at the University of Law. Whilst undertaking her LLB, Esaniya volunteered for The Citizen’s Advice Bureau, offering support and advice within the community.

Vincent Hambleton-Grey commented: “As a firm, one of our key objectives has been to invest in young people by offering training to law students. We pride ourselves on recruiting and developing these individuals. Both David and Esaniya are outstanding professionals and complement our existing team of experienced solicitors – all experts in their chosen field. As a firm, we always take great pride in the services we offer to our clients.”

We are looking forward to them joining the team on a full-time basis and excited to support them as they excel in their legal careers and continue Baron Grey’s legacy of providing friendly and professional legal advice to our local community.

If you require advice on a legal matter, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8891 4311 for a free consultation.

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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.