Loading...

The Eric Whitehead Partnership

Call Us On 01538 755 761

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, Nicolas John, Timothy Halliday BA (Hons), Nicholas J John BA (Hons) and Elizabeth Collins LLB (Hons). The Directors are assisted by Olivia Hargreaves LLB (Hons) and the firm’s Conveyancing Executive, Kevin J Bowden.

  • Nicolas John

    Solicitor and Senior Director

    Contact Me At

    Email nicolasjohn@ericwhitehead.co.uk

    Tel +44 (0) 1538 755 761

    Nicolas John, the firm’s Senior Director and the Head of the firm’s  Probate Department, is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

    Educated at Llandovery College in South Wales, Nicolas began his legal career with Marshall Fleet & Llewellyn Solicitors in Stoke on Trent. During a five year period of training with Marshall Fleet & Llewellyn, Nicolas attended Liverpool Law School to complete his final examinations. Shortly after qualifying as a Solicitor in 1972 Nicolas joined Eric Whitehead & Co as an Assistant Solicitor. He became a Partner two years later.

    During his time at Eric Whitehead & Co and at The Eric Whitehead Partnership Nicolas has practised a wide variety of law on behalf of his clients, from criminal defence and prosecutions through to licensing applications. He now specialises in residential and commercial Conveyancing and Wills and Probate.

    Nicolas has recently received an award of “outstanding legal practice” from The Good Lawyer Guide.

  • 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 has been an Advanced Member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel since 2002 and is a Member of Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association).

    Timothy is also an experienced conveyancer and is an expert in Employment Law, having particular experience of Compromise Agreements. Timothy has recently received an award of “outstanding legal practice” from The Good Lawyer Guide.

  • Nicholas J John BA (Hons) Econ

    Solicitor and Managing Director

    Contact Me At

    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

    Contact Me At

    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.

  • Olivia Hargreaves LLB (Hons)

    Solicitor

    Contact Me At

    Email oliviahargreaves@ericwhitehead.co.uk

    Tel +44 (0) 1538 755 761

    Olivia Hargreaves obtained a First Class Honours Law Degree from Nottingham Trent University in 2013. She then took her Legal Practice Course at Staffordshire University passing with a Distinction in 2014.

    Olivia joined The Eric Whitehead Partnership as a Trainee Solicitor in 2014 qualifying as a Solicitor in 2016. She specialises in all aspects of Conveyancing work as well as Will and Lasting Power of Attorney work.

  • Kevin J Bowden

    Conveyancing Executive

    Contact Me At

    Email kevinbowden@ericwhitehead.co.uk

    Tel +44 (0) 1538 755 761

    Kevin Joseph Bowden joined Eric Whitehead & Co in 1976 having previously worked for firms in Manchester and Stoke on Trent as a general litigator and as a conveyancer.

    Kevin is now the firm’s Conveyancing Executive and he also has experience of Landlord and Tenant matters.

Latest Legal Updates

  • e-WILLS ON THE WAY?

    A public consultation by the Law Commission, launched on 13th July, is “a welcome step towards updating our will-making laws to keep them fit for purpose in the 21st century”, the Law Society has said. Under...
    Read More
  • THE NEW IHT RESIDENCE NIL RATE BAND

    Ever since 6th April a new Inheritance Tax (IHT) allowance has been available, the effect of which will be to reduce the amount of IHT payable in respect of certain estates. The new allowance, known as...
    Read More
  • GOVERNMENT U-TURN ON PROBATE FEES RISE/REDUCTION IN LPA/EPA REGISTRATION FEES

    We are pleased to report two pieces of good news for a change! In a recent update, we outlined the Government’s proposed massive hike in Probate Registry fees, due to come into effect in May despite...
    Read More
  • ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY PROBLEMS

    By now, most people will be aware that Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) were replaced by Property and Affairs Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in October 2007, but that any existing EPA executed before...
    Read More
  • PROBATE FEES TO RISE SHARPLY FROM MAY

    Despite almost total opposition from the Legal Profession, the Government has decided to press ahead with its proposed hike in Probate Registry fees. At present, the fee for applications for Grants from...
    Read More