Key Team Members

Key Team Members
Tim Roper

Tim Roper

LLB (Hons) Director

Tim specialises in clinical negligence claims and was a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence specialist panel. He was also accredited as a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Tim recovered £3 million in damages on behalf of a young woman who sustained a serious brain injury after she failed to receive the appropriate treatment whilst being conveyed in an ambulance. Tim also successfully ran and concluded the Sabril Group Litigation (Vigabatrin), a complex piece of litigation of nearly ten years duration where he acted in a Group Action for all the Claimants in England and Wales. He has also been involved in other successful high profile group litigation claims.

Tim says:
“Injury claims are usually very difficult for the client and their family and can raise sensitive issues. I strive to help the client through the whole legal process and resolve the claim in a successful, prompt and sympathetic manner.”

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David James

David James

LLB (Hons) Director

David started his working life in the RAF and worked his way up to become a communications systems analyst. The skills, experience and discipline he learnt whilst in the services has put him in good stead for his legal Practice as the attention to detail and good ‘old fashioned hard work’ that he learnt from his previous career has been instrumental in David achieving first class results for his clients.

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Mel Cotterill

Mel Cotterill

Chartered Legal Executive and Head of Wills and Probate Department

Melanie is home grown, having been born and educated in Plymouth and having practiced as a legal executive for the last 15 years following an earlier career in banking. Melanie shows empathy with her clients due to her friendly approachable nature which is much appreciated in her area of law being Wills, Probate and Estate Planning ,Disputed Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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Linda Hillary

Linda Hillary

Admin

Linda is part of admin team and may well be your first point of contact with Roper James. She has many skills and deputises as Office Manager.

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Fran Morgan

Fran Morgan

Solicitor Advocate Associate

Fran is a Solicitor Advocate who practises exclusively in clinical negligence law and has over 20 years of experience in this specialist area. Originally a Registered General Nurse, Fran qualified as a solicitor in 1998 having undertaken her training with a major healthcare law firm and since that time, she has pursued claims on behalf of both Defendants and Claimants, but now confines her work to claims on behalf of patients, investigating poor care provided by hospitals and doctors, nurses and other clinical practitioners.

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Alex Passman

Alex Passman

Employment Law Consultant

Alex Passman is an experienced employment lawyer, having represented clients in numerous Courts and Tribunals. Alex completed his law degree before successfully training as a Barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law in London and undertaking a pupillage at KBG chambers.

Alex has acted as a trade union representative in a variety of complex workplace disputes and lectured in employment law and dispute resolution at Plymouth University.

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Sophia Pettit

Sophia Pettit

Chartered Legal Executive

Sophia is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives having qualified in October 2010 following the completion of her Law Degree at the University of Plymouth in 2005.

Sophia started her career as a Legal Assistant in 2005 and is experienced in all aspects of Private Client work, particularly Court of Protection applications.

Sophia also volunteers as a Trustee on The Inspire Multi Academy Trust (South West).

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Tracy Williams

Tracy Williams

(F.ILEX) – Legal Executive and Head of Personal Injury Department

Tracy qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive whilst working in a Devon firm as a paralegal and subsequently with a renowned National Firm. Tracy has been handling personal injury claims for over 15 years predominantly specialising in Road Traffic Accidents. Tracy has much experience in dealing with high value claims which includes head injuries, amputations and Chronic Pain Syndrome. Tracy is proud to have been born and raised in Plymouth and after leaving school she started her working life by qualifying as a hairdresser.

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Martyn Coad

Martyn Coad

Residential Conveyancer

Martyn has joined Roper James as part of our long term, strategic growth plan to help build, grow and develop a market leading conveyancing department to serve our clients in the Plymouth, Saltash, Ivybridge and surrounding areas.

Having joined the legal profession in 2003, Martyn brings with him many years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge in all matters relating to residential property.

Martyn deals with a broad range of property related transactions, from sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, to more complex areas such as adverse possession, or preparing a Deed of Easement.

Martyn also holds a diploma in Landlord and Tenant Law, and is familiar with the rules and procedures relating to lease enfranchisement on both flats and houses.

Martyn is well renowned for his technical ability, and has received numerous feedback from both clients and fellow professionals.

In his spare time, Martyn enjoys cycling, the cinema and going for long walks.

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Teresa Cussen

Teresa Cussen

Consultant Solicitor

Teresa has over 30 years’ experience as a family lawyer. She is accredited by the Law Society as a family specialist and as a member of Resolution, the leading family law association, is committed to resolving disputes in a constructive and non- confrontational way.

She has expertise in a wide range of issues arising from the breakdown of relationships including civil partnerships and unmarried couples as well as divorce, financial settlements, arrangements for children and separation. She also has experience in preparing cohabitation and pre marriage agreements.

Teresa was born and brought up in Plymouth and originally served articles with a firm in Plymouth very close to Roper James offices. Having also trained as a relationship counsellor and supervisor Teresa is approachable and able to support clients sensitively and empathically.

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Nick Dymond

Nick Dymond

Property Conveyancing Solicitor

Nick is a Property Conveyancing Solicitor specialising in Residential Property in particular Sales, Purchase and Mortgages and leads the team in our Ivybridge office.

With over 16 years’ experience, Nick has helped hundreds of clients successfully buy and sell their houses and flats and has built up a wealth of knowledge in a wide range of property transactions, from buy to let flats to large country properties.

Nick prides himself on being able to explain the legal process and complex legal issues to his clients in a clear, meaningful way and offer practical advice in how to deal with these so that the matter can proceed as quickly as possible.

If you are considering buying or selling a Residential Property and would like to know more about the process and what will be involved please contact Nick for a free initial chat.

“Nick you were a pleasure to deal with so thank you very much for that, especially given this was such a drawn out process. Your emails were always timely and singling in on the issues in hand – your approach made the process a whole less stressful than it could have been.”

You did it!!!! Many thanks for your persistence and patience, your work and guidance have been very much appreciated.

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Sharon Miller

Sharon Miller

Legal Assistant

Sharon brings over 12 years legal administrative experience.  She assists in the conveyancing department with property sales and purchases.  Sharon aims to make the conveyancing process simple and stress free by supporting clients and keeping them informed throughout.  She is always approachable and strives to provide a friendly, welcoming, efficient service.  In her spare time Sharon enjoys spending time with her family and walking on Dartmoor.

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Monica Salvioni Reeder

Monica Salvioni Reeder

Wills and Probate Paralegal

Monica is multi-lingual and specialises in Estate Planning, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney from our Ivybridge office. Monica was born in Italy where she took a degree in English and one in French.

She moved to London in 1988 and fell in love with England. Life took her back to Italy where she stayed for 20 years and acquired great experience working for an Italian Notary Public.

Returning to the UK in 2013, Monica started working for an estate planning firm and fell in love with her job. Monica loves all the aspects of estate planning and will writing but giving clients the right advice and being on their side has always been her priority.

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Michelle Stevens

Michelle Stevens

Trainee Licensed Conveyancer

Michelle is an experienced Legal Assistant dealing in all aspects of residential conveyancing.

Michelle is based in our Ivybridge office and will be happy to address any questions that you may have in respect to the house buying or selling process. As well as her legal knowledge, Michelle prides herself on her friendliness and approachability and enjoys getting results for her clients.

In her spare time Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and cooking.

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Alex Hannon

Alex Hannon

Legal Assistant

Alex is a key team member within the Wills and Probate Team based in the Saltash office. He particularly enjoys assisting clients to complete the necessary formalities and to help them organise their affairs in a practical manner.

Alex has always lived in Saltash and is a keen quizzer on the local quiz scene. He is also a talented musician and has performed in various bands over the years. He plays the banjo, but thankfully not in the office.

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Lily Hambly

Lily Hambly

Apprentice Administrator

Lily is an apprentice administrator who is keen to greet clients and signpost them to the appropriate member of the team. Lily is also a great support to the team in her general administrative role.

Lily lives in Saltash and enjoys family life and treating them to the results of her baking skills.

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Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Associate

Jason is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has over 12 years of experience dealing with Claimant personal injury claims specialising in accidents in the workplace, road traffic accidents, and slips and trips in public places. He has experience in dealing with high value claims including brain injured clients.

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John Northey

John Northey

Consultant Solicitor

John has recently been appointed as the residential conveyancer in the new Saltash office of Roper James.

Although he has had experience of other areas of property law his first love is residential as he enjoys the day to day contact with his clients be they a first time buyer or a family upgrading to a larger property. In working in the Saltash area he has come to relish the mix of town and country properties he has dealt with and is looking forward to being able to continue that in his new role with Roper James.

John has had a wealth of experience working in Saltash having been with a local firm since the early 1970s initially as a legal clerk rising to be a Partner. When he first started the desktop computer, which now sits on the desk of virtually every lawyer in the land, was only a pipe dream and the photocopier was a brand new invention. John has embraced the new technology now widely available and says he is impressed at how it has speeded up communications with clients and other solicitors’ firms and also removed a lot of the drudgery of legal work.

John is a Trustee of Saltash Heritage and says he is honoured to be involved with such a well known and respected body in the town.

In his spare time he enjoys country walking and travelling in the UK and the near abroad.

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