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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Martyn Coad

Martyn Coad

Solicitor - 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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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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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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Tina Gregory

Tina Gregory

Office Manager

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.

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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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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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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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Tammi Hingston

Tammi Hingston

Solicitor - Residential Conveyancing

Tammi qualified as a Solicitor in 2000. She spent 16 years specialising in residential conveyancing whilst working for a Legal 500 Plymouth law firm, followed by several years locuming as a Property Solicitor for various law firms throughout the South West.

Tammi is an enthusiastic, conscientious and personable Solicitor with over 20 years’ experience including in the areas of unregistered property, new build, leasehold, shared ownership, help to buy, shared equity and remortgages.

In her spare time, Tammi enjoys travel, sport, improving her French and spending time with her family.

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James Lewis

James Lewis

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.

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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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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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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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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 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.

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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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Michelle Stevens

Michelle Stevens

Legal Assistant

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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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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Jon Winters

Jon Winters

LLB (Hons) – Solicitor and Head of Industrial Disease Department

Jon is proud to be Plymouth born and bred and after academic success at school he went on to complete both his law degree and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Plymouth.

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