Our People

Our PeopleHere at Martin Gaffney Solicitors our staff have many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to draw on across many different areas of law. It is a rare day when we are unable to assist or at least point you in the direction of where to go to next.

Martin Gaffney is the Managing Director of the firm. He had a background in the building trade and transport industry prior to qualifying as a Solicitor in 2006. He also still proudly holds a Class 1 Heavy Goods Licence. His areas of expertise are Conveyancing, both Commercial and Residential Property, along with other property related issues, Wills, Trusts and Probate, and Business Start Ups. He also runs the Free Legal Clinic at both offices and has helped hundreds of individuals with their various questions and or problems since starting the firm in 2009.

Michelle Fieldhouse is joint Equity Partner with Martin, a Solicitor and Director of the firm. Michelle has a background in litigation and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Michelle divides her time between being Compliance Officer for the firm, dealing with legal accounting and acting as the Practice Manager along with her own fee earning work. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2004.

Simon Berger is a Civil Litigation Solicitor based in our Rothwell office. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1984. He offers practical advice and assistance to individuals and companies on a variety of issues from contract disputes to contested probates.

Hazel Cooper has a wealth of experience as a Secretary/ PA. She works at our Ilkley branch and assists Eric Hemsley and David Walters with their work. You can always be sure of a friendly welcome from Hazel and a cup of tea. She has over 40 years experience working in various areas of law including Commercial and Residential Conveyancing and Litigation.

Victoria Crozier is our Debt Recoveries Executive, with over 10 years experience in this area, she deals with debt collection and recovery work for companies and individuals across the United Kingdom. She liaises with other firms of Solicitors where jurisdiction can be an issue. This enables us to provide a seamless debt collection service across the various legal jurisdictions that make up the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her professional approach to what is often a difficult area has gained her a reputation for being firm but fair, not just with our clients, but also our clients debtors.

Eric Fieldhouse is the Meeter and Greeter at our Rothwell branch. This is  role that he has enjoyed since he first started at Martin Gaffney Solicitors, and is the firms oldest employee – he is a dog.

Florian Fieldhouse is Apprentice Meeter and Greeter to Eric Fieldhouse. Also a dog.

Suzi Firth is our Legal Apprentice based at the Rothwell office. She joined directly from school as a Business and Administration Apprentice. Having successfully completed her first year she has now progressed to a Legal Apprenticeship scheme. She can be found on reception and always has a smile for those clients who come into the office. She assists everyone with their administrative tasks and also helps answer the telephones.

Eric Hemsley is a Licensed Conveyancer who gained his Licence in 1985. He has over 45 years experience in the area of Conveyancing, both in Commercial and Residential Property along with Wills and is very well established in our Ilkley office.

Brian Henderson is Head of the Private Client Department at our Rothwell office. He is a Legal Executive and has over 45 years experience in Wills, Trusts, Probate, Inheritance Tax Planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney. He started his working life working at a bank in the Wealth Management Department and then moved on into the legal profession. He is particularly skilled at administering complex estates and dealing with trusts.

Moira Stanley is an experienced Conveyancing Assistant. She assists the Conveyancing Department at the Rothwell office. She takes a great deal of pride in her work and is highly organised. She began her working life as a Legal Secretary but has over 40 years experience working in Residential Conveyancing.

Bethany Tench is a Legal Assistant who assists both Martin Gaffney and Brian Henderson with their areas of expertise. She was previously a Legal Secretary and is currently studying her Legal Practice Course and hopes to qualify as a Solicitor in the future.

Kirsty Tighe is a Matrimonial and Family Law Consultant with over twenty years experience in this area. She is able to provide useful and practical advice in often difficult circumstances. Her no nonsense but sympathetic approach is greatly appreciated by her clients in an area of law that is highly emotive and life changing for many.

Sarah Turner is an experienced Employment Consultant and Solicitor who qualified in 1990. With almost 30 years experience in this ever changing area. With her commonsense and practical approach she is able to provide advice to both individuals and businesses in this often complex area of law.

David Walters is a Litigation Solicitor based in our Ilkley office. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1986 and provides practical and commonsense advice for businesses and individuals alike.