Key Team Members
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.
“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.”
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.
(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.
Cameron is an Apprentice Solicitor in our Personal Injury Department. After completing his Law Degree at the University of Exeter, he built experience working in legal accounts before joining Roper James. He now runs pre-issue General PI/Industrial Disease cases.
In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and practicing martial arts. Recently winning a bronze medal in the Devon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open.
Richard is a Paralegal in our Personal Injury team with many years’ experience in general Personal Injury claims and has developed a specialist interest in pursuing military hearing loss claims.
Richard is continuing his legal studies to become a Legal Executive with CILEx.
He is a father of four daughters and enjoys days out at National Trust properties as well as volunteering at Community events with the local Area Residents Team.
Wills & Probate
Chartered Legal Executive and Head of Wills and Probate Department
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).
“came to the house, very professional and kept us informed throughout. Would recommend”
Chartered Legal Executive
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.
“all out meetings carried out in a very caring manner and the home visits were very much appreciated”
Tony Pearce has been a solicitor since 1990 and prior to that was a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Prior to a career in law Tony spent time in HM Commando Forces, as a diver, outward bound instructor and a sales representative for a “blue chip” company.
During his career he has specialised in dispute resolution ranging from commercial and private civil litigation to divorce and family disputes and contentious trust and probate disagreements which he now concentrates upon.. Tony was also for a time a Deputy District Judge (Civil) on the South Western Circuit. Tony qualified as a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (“ACTAPS”) in 2004 and is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”). Tony also qualified as a barrister and solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand in the mid 1990’s.
Tony is focussed on assisting clients resolve disputes that arise in relation to the elderly and infirm, where a death has given rise to inheritance problems particularly where a will or trust is challenged or there is a dispute over the ownership of property. In addition to challenges over wills and trusts Tony can assist where problems arise relating to beneficiaries seeking to protect or receive their inheritance; where executors or trustees are not protecting an estate or trust, they are failing to administer the estate properly or using estate assets in their own interests. Tony also assists clients where a claim has or needs to be made against an estate or the property of a deceased held before or after death. He also assists were disputes over the ownership or sale of residential property arise. Other areas in which Tony has assisted clients involve property or assets held outside England and Wales e.g. New Zealand, Australia, Spain and France where he works with lawyers in those jurisdictions.
Tony will, wherever possible, seek to achieve a clients aims and objectives in a costs effective and proactive way with a firm eye on the costs that these disputes can give rise to. He will explain the law and evidence in such a way as to allow a client to understand what the problems and how to achieve the clients aims. The solution most often is to set realistic objectives and use all available dispute resolution methods to avoid a dispute going to court.
Trainee Legal Executive
Camilla is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives having completed both her Level 3 Certificate in Elderly Practice and Diploma in Law and Practice in early 2020.
Camilla began her career by joining a local Advocacy business in May 2014. In 2016 the company created a new innovative law firm and merged with another local well-established firm where Camilla gained invaluable information and experience as Office Manager and Legal Assistant.
Camilla specialises within the private client area of law to include the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney, Probate and Court of Protection applications. Camilla has always been passionate about helping elderly clients, usually when they are at their most vulnerable.
Camilla is currently progressing with her Level 6 exams to become a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive.
Camilla enjoys exploring the beautiful coasts of Devon and Cornwall with her fiancé and their two dogs. She enjoys playing tennis locally and running to keep fit.
“We felt we had a competent and capable service. All issues were explained carefully and the advice we were given was coherent and sensible. The fee earner was sensitive to our circumstances and her advice was excellent”
“very happy with the service I received from Camilla, she made the chore of executing my Will so easy! A professional service and everything was explained thoroughly”.
“everyone we dealt with was knowledgeable and helpful”.
Alex is a key team member within the Wills and Probate Team based in the Saltash office. Alex was pleased to have passed the Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Practice with flying colours. He particularly enjoys assisting clients to complete the necessary formalities and to help them organise their affairs in a practical and easy to understand 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
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.”
“Lastly, a big thank you to you both for your friendly and professional guidance and support. During this process we have had experience of four solicitors/conveyancer and you are head and shoulders above the rest! Having experience of or dealing with others has made us realise just how good you are. So thank you for that, it’s much appreciated.”
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.
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.
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.
Trainee Licensed Conveyancer
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.
Family Consultant Solicitor
Cheryl is a Consultant Solicitor specialising in family matters. She is a member of Resolution, the leading family law association, and on the Law Society Family Panel. Cheryl has over 20 years experience in Family Law, starting off her career in London before relocating to Devon with her family, where she has worked for the last 10 years. She deals with a wide variety of family matters including divorce, finance, children and separation.
As a mother of three children she is able to deal with matters in a sensitive and compassionate manner whilst ensuring her clients achieve a favourable outcome. Outside of the office Cheryl enjoys spending time outdoors with her children enjoying the Devon coast and countryside and in the kitchen trying out new recipes.
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.
Lily is an 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.