Our team has over 70 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work and advice in a wide spectrum of private client work.
We have four members in the department who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Rory Thorp, Partner within the private client department.
Rory is a partner and has over 18 years' experience in private client work, specialising in wills and probate. Rory has been working in this area since he qualified and has helped hundreds of families and individuals.
Rory qualified as a solicitor in 2000 after gaining a 2.1 LLB Hons degree from Middlesex University. In 2006 he completed the Legal Practice Course with Commendation and trained at Parkes Wilshire Johnson before moving on to join our firm in 2014. He became a partner in 2016 and is a member of the Law Society Private Client Section
Nick joined Derrick Bridges & Co in 1982 and qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He was a partner from 1988 until 2012 when he retired from full time work. Since 2012 Nick has worked on a part time consultancy basis for the firm.
Throughout his time with the firm, Nick has undertaken a variety of areas of work but his specialism is in probate work in which he has over 30 years’ experience and being the only area of work that he now undertakes. Over the years Nick has dealt with a substantial number of estates of varying degrees of complexity.
Debbie qualified as a solicitor in 2007.
She attended Queen Mary University of London where she obtained a Law Degree with honours (LLB Hons) in 2003. In 2005 she completed the Legal Practice Course with Commendation.
Debbie then completed her training contract at Edwards Duthie Solicitors in 2007 and after particularly enjoying private client work she joined Thackray Williams LLP as a solicitor specialising in private client. She enjoyed working there until 2011 when she left to start a family and put her management risk assessment and organisational skills to use as a practice manager.
Debbie couldn't stay away from Law for long though and joined Michael Anvoner and Company Solicitors in 2015 where she worked for two years as a private client solicitor before joining our team in May 2017.
Debbie handles a busy and varied caseload including not only probate/estate administration but also Lasting Powers of Attorney and Wills. Debbie also advises on Business Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Pragna studied Law with French Law at the University of Reading, which included 1 year studying in Paris. She qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Since qualifying, Pragna has specialised in all aspects of Private Client matters, and says she finds this area of work interesting and rewarding. She prides herself on her friendly and approachable attitude with clients, and feels that this is particularly important when dealing with the elderly. A significant part of her experience has involved dealing with elderly client matters such as Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. She is a Dementia Friend, and is keen to raise awareness of mental capacity issues and ways to help vulnerable clients.
Outside of work, Pragna enjoys travelling, reading, going to the gym (although sometimes this can be a chore!) and socialising.