The Eric Whitehead Partnership

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Our Legal Team

At The Eric Whitehead Partnership we offer the highest level of legal services to our clients. Eric W B Whitehead started the firm in the 1950s as a sole practitioner. The firm has its offices in the Staffordshire market town of Cheadle and has four Directors, Timothy Halliday BA (Hons), Nicholas J John BA (Hons), Elizabeth Collins LLB (Hons) and Nicola Robinson. The Directors are assisted by and the firm’s Conveyancing Executive Lisa Allbutt and Trainee Solicitor Ellen Brian.

  • Nicola Robinson

    Finance Director

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    Email nicolarobinson@ericwhitehead.co.uk

    Tel +44 (0) 1538 755 761

    Nicola Robinson joined the firm in 2010, following 15 years working in the legal finance sector. During this period, she also studied for legal finance qualifications including Association of Account Technicians (AAT), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and The Institute of Legal Finance and Management (ILFM).

    Nicola was appointed as a Director in 2019 following the firms’ conversion to become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS).

  • Timothy Halliday BA (Hons) Dunelm

    Solicitor and Director

    Contact Me At

    Email timothyhalliday@ericwhitehead.co.uk

    Tel +44 (0) 1538 755 761

    Tel 07720700946 (Emergencies)

    A graduate of Durham University, Timothy Halliday is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and is the Head of the firm’s Family Law and Conveyancing Departments.

    Timothy qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 having undertaken his training at a firm in Stoke on Trent. Timothy joined the Cheadle branch of Eric Whitehead & Co in 1987 and was made a Partner in 1992.

    Timothy specialises in all areas of Family Law, from Divorce and Ancillary Relief applications, through to Children Act and Adoption applications. He is a Member of Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association).

    Timothy is also an experienced conveyancer.

  • Nicholas J John BA (Hons) Econ

    Solicitor and Managing Director

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    Email njjohn@ericwhitehead.co.uk

    Tel +44 (0) 1538 755 761

    Nicholas James John, the firm’s Managing Director, undertook his training contract with the Newcastle under Lyme branch of Eric Whitehead & Co between 1996 and 1998.

    Upon qualifying as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in June 1998, Nicholas’ legal career has included four years working in the City of London for firms specialising in often high value Defendant Professional Negligence claims. Nicholas has also worked for large commercial litigation firms in Manchester and in Stoke on Trent.

    Nicholas joined The Eric Whitehead Partnership in November 2003 and was made a Partner in 2004 and a Director in 2005. He was appointed Managing Director in 2009. Nicholas specialises in Private client work including Wills and Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications.

    Nicholas is a trained journalist and also has an Honours degree in Economics. Nicholas has recently received an award of “outstanding legal practice” from The Good Lawyer Guide.

  • Elizabeth M Collins LLB, LLM

    Assistant Solicitor

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    Email emc@ericwhitehead.co.uk

    Tel +44 (0) 1538 755 761

    Elizabeth Collins obtained her Law Degree from Exeter University in 2007. This was quickly followed by a Masters Degree in International and Comparative Public Law, again from Exeter.

    Elizabeth then took her Legal Practice Course at Plymouth University, passing with a Commendation in 2009.

    Elizabeth joined The Eric Whitehead Partnership in 2009 and was admitted as a Solicitor in August 2011. She specialises in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Family Law matters. Elizabeth is an Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

  • Lisa Allbutt

    Conveyancing Executive

    Contact Me At

    Email lisaallbutt@ericwhitehead.co.uk

    Tel +44 (0) 1538 755 761

    Tel 01538755761 (Emergencies)

    Lisa joined our practice in 2019 having worked  at a Stoke on Trent legal firm for many years.  Lisa specialises in conveyancing.

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