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What really sets Kathy Webb & Co apart from the rest, is the knowledge and expertise of our solicitors. Our team is well-experienced in their respective fields, which enables them to offer you sound expert advice on your legal matters.

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Carl Reed

Carl has worked in Family Law for over 25 years and has specialised in Children Act proceedings for the last 20 years. A longstanding member of the Children's Panel, Carl represents parents, and family members in care proceedings and disputes with social services regarding their children, as well as frequently being appointed by the court to represent children who are the subject of such proceedings.


Carl is known for a direct and forthright approach and for robust representation of each client’s interests where necessary. Unafraid to tackle the most complex and difficult of matters and with a reputation for challenging legal authority, Carl has even injuncted the Home Secretary! Carl can be contacted by telephone on 01287 633331 or by e-mail to carl@kathywebb.com.


Gavin Cochrane

Gavin qualified as a solicitor in July 2016 having graduated from Northumbria University.  Gavin practices exclusively in Family Law. He has experience in all areas of family law and holds a particular interest in Public Law Proceedings, representing family members in cases involving Children's Services.


Gavin is also a member of Resolution which is a community of like-minded lawyers who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a non-confrontational and constructive manner.


Gavin's sensitive but direct approach in handling cases ensures that his client's feels supported, informed and guided through the process. Gavin can be contacted by telephone on 01287 633331 or by e-mail to gavin@kathywebb.com.


Nick Strong

Nick has been qualified as a Solicitor for over 40 years. Nick is highly experienced in family law, in particular financial matters arising from divorce; Nick has specialised in this area for over twenty years, and dealt with cases of all levels, including 'big money' cases.


Nick is extremely experienced in court actions, again at all levels and undertakes the majority of his own advocacy in court. He is approachable and takes a practical approach, always seeking the best settlement by the most expeditious route. Nick can be contacted by telephone on 01287 633331 or by e-mail to nick@kathywebb.com.


Debra Simpson

Debra Simpson joined the firm at the beginning of 2014 as a very experienced private client solicitor in the fields of wills probate and trusts, together with matrimonial cases. Debra has specialised in contentious probate and matrimonial matters for over ten years. 


Debra is dual-qualified with both a biology degree and the common professional exam. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1988. Debra has worked in local high street practice for the whole of her professional life and has a breadth of experience including lecturing in law at Middlesbrough College. Debra can be contacted by telephone on 01287 633331 or by e-mail to debra@kathywebb.com.

(Legal Clerk)

Helen Muir

Helen has worked for the firm for several years as a secretary and has good ground knowledge of the issues within family law. In 2016, Helen was appointed as the firm’s legal clerk. She will attend Child Protection Meetings in order to offer support to clients, attend with clients in order to obtain their instructions for statements and will make applications for Legal Aid whenever Legal Aid may be available. Helen can be contacted by telephone on 01287 633331 or by e-mail to helen@kathywebb.com.

(Accounts/Practice Manager)

Louise Allamby

Louise joined Kathy Webb & Co in February 2000. In April 2014, Louise took over the management of the office as well as running the Accounts Department.

Louise is always pleased to discuss any issues that may arise and is always pleased to discuss methods of payments or any financial problems that may occur. Louise can be contacted by telephone on 01287 633331 or by e-mail to louise@kathywebb.com.

(Trainee Solicitor)

Laura Jayne McInnes

Laura Jayne is very well-known to the firm as she was once our receptionist, starting as an apprentice.  Laura Jayne said she wanted to 'get her law degree', and that is what she did.

Laura Jayne graduated from Teesside University in 2018 and went on to achieve her Master's Degree and Legal Practice Course at Sunderland University, graduating in 2019.

Laura Jayne has a particular interest and specialises in cases of domestic abuse and deals with the majority of injunctions within the firm. Laura can be contacted by telephone on 01287 633331 or by e-mail to laura@kathywebb.com.

Support Staff

Kendra Young

Receptionist and Secretary to Debra Simpson 

E-mail: kendra@kathywebb.com


Ann Wilkinson

Secretary to Carl Reed

E-mail: ann@kathywebb.com


Jemma Horton

Secretary to Gavin Cochrane

E-mail: jemma@kathywebb.com


Jane Williams

Secretary to Nick Strong

E-mail: jane@kathywebb.com

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"Used this firm for an injunction against my partner. Laura was excellent from the start. Explained the process and kept me up to date. I feel much safer now. Will use the firm and Laura again if I need to."

Call us now on 01287 633331 to book a free consultation with our family law solicitors.
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