Key Team Members
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 pupil she 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.
Andrew is a commercial, residential and agricultural property law specialist. His areas of expertise include: landlord & tenant (drafting all forms of leases); land acquisition and development; buying and selling residential property and buy-to-lets; agricultural law (including conveying working farms, farming tenancies, licences and grazing agreements); drafting easements; rights of way and other third party rights over land and all aspects of section 84 applications to the Tribunal.
Andrew is directly involved with some local Pubs and specialises in the law relating to licensed premises and liquor licensing. Andrew is well versed with buying and selling licensed premises. Publicans do prefer to deal with a lawyer who can relate to them.
Outside of private practice, Andrew is a published authority in the field of restrictive covenants and has lectured on all aspects of property law & legal history.
Andrew is also an accomplished legal historian currently writing a book on Victorian law.
He also serves as trustee on several local charitable organisations.
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.
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.
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.
LLB (Hons) – Associate Solicitor
James was born and raised in the County of Devon where he spent many happy years until he left to go to The University of Southampton, qualifying in Law. Thereafter, James finished his studies at the University of Exeter. Training and qualifying at a local law firm, James quickly took an active interest in litigation, particularly clients, whom through no fault of their own had suffered injury as a result of another’s negligence.
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.
(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.
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.
LLB (Hons) – Solicitor and Head of Industrial Disease Department
Dawn started working life in London as a Legal Secretary and then Legal Assistant covering all areas of law and working in various firms within London. She moved to Plymouth 25 years ago and continued working in similar roles. In recent years Dawn has specialised in Wills and Probate work which is her favourite area of law. She particularly enjoys assisting clients to organise their affairs which can at times be a sensitive topic. Dawn always tries to empathise with her clients and especially likes to help by taking the stress and strain off clients at a time which can be upsetting.
Tina is the Office Manager at Roper James. Her role incorporates a wide range of responsibilities including the smooth running of the office, organising the lawyers and general office administration. Tina is likely to be your first point of contact when phoning Roper James.