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Photo of Emily Atkinson Emily Atkinson CILEX Paralegal
0151 239 1085
Photo of Hazel Bacon Hazel Bacon Solicitor / Head of Family Law
0151 239 1072

Hazel is our head of family law. With over 30 years of family law experience she has been an accredited specialist with Resolution in the areas of domestic abuse and child law since 2002.

Hazel represents both private and publicly funded clients and advises on all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, cohabitation, domestic violence, financial provision and matters involving children.

She is well known and highly regarded for her down to earth approach and commitment to the highest level of client service.

Photo of Sean Carty Sean Carty Director / Head of Commercial
0151 239 1138

Sean studied Law in Belfast graduating in 2005 and progressing to attain a Masters degree in Law in 2006. Making the move to Chester, Sean completed his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in 2007.

Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Sean spent five years in the banking industry with one of Europe’s largest financial institutions. He therefore brings a natural commercial perspective to his legal advice.

Photo of Rob Close Rob Close Trainee Solicitor
0151 239 1029

Rob joined the family department as a trainee solicitor in May 2022, having worked in family law as a paralegal in Merseyside for several years. Rob has a particular focus on children law, an area in which he regularly appears in court representing clients in cases concerning serious allegations of domestic abuse. Rob also regularly advises parents in relation to proceedings involving social services.

Alongside completion of his training contract, Rob is currently studying for a Masters degree in Law, with his dissertation focusing on the topic of parental alienation in family court proceedings.  Rob prides himself on his approachable and empathetic approach with clients.

Photo of Jennie Davies Jennie Davies Clerk
0151 239 1117
Photo of Donna Dean Donna Dean Solicitor
0151 239 1083

Donna is a Solicitor within our family department. With over 20 years of family law experience she has been a member of the Family Law Panel and then the Advanced Family Law Panel since 2006.

Donna represents both private and publicly funded clients and advises on all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, cohabitation, domestic violence, financial provision and matters involving children.

She has represented clients in both the Family Proceedings Court and County Court.

She is well known and highly regarded for her sympathetic, understanding and approachable persona and is committed to the highest level of client service.

Photo of Ian Fitzpatrick Ian Fitzpatrick Chairman (non-executive)
0151 239 1091

Ian is our former CEO and stepped down from this role on his retirement in April 2021. He continues to have an association with the practice in a non-executive capacity as Chairman.

He is very well known and highly regarded in legal and insurance circles.

Photo of Shannon Gilboy Shannon Gilboy Trainee Solicitor
0151 239 1008

Shannon joined us a a paralegal in our family department in March 2021 She commenced her trainee solicitor contract in March 2022.

She is a first point of contact for new enquiries.

Photo of Claire Jansz Claire Jansz Director / Head of Civil Litigation
0151 239 1094
Photo of Candice Jones Candice Jones Head of Wills and Probate
0151 239 1198

Candice joined Canter Levin & Berg in early 2021.

Having qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 she has a wealth of experience, specialising in Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters, as well as Civil Litigation and Conveyancing.

Candice has specialist experience of assisting with elderly and vulnerable clients, including work in association with Age UK.

Outside work, Candice is a frequent attender at her local gym and, having played football to a high standard, now enjoys watching her son play for his local team.

Photo of Katharine Kelly Katharine Kelly Head of Employment
0151 239 1079

Katharine studied Law at the University of Liverpool and thereafter at the College of Law, Chester. Following a period of travel, Katharine joined Canter Levin & Berg as a trainee solicitor in November 2005 and is now Head of our Employment Law department. She deals in all aspects of Employment Law but specialises in providing non contentious employment advice and compliance to both small business ventures and larger companies. In particular, Katharine is experienced in giving advice to companies concerning starting out in industry and reorganisation and can draft a wide range of company documentation in accordance with the individual needs of the business.

Photo of Waqi Khan Waqi Khan Litigation Executive
0151 239 1091
Photo of Emma Kidd Emma Kidd Clerk
0151 239 1140
Photo of Louise Lloyd Louise Lloyd Team Leader – Claims Processing Unit
0151 239 1096
Photo of Martin Malone Martin Malone Managing Director
0151 239 1003

Martin is the Managing Director of Canter Levin & Berg and splits his time between commercial and employment law and practice administration. He has over 25 years’ experience dealing with a wide range of commercial and employment disputes.

He combines his experience in employment law with insolvency, intellectual property and company/partnership disputes.

Photo of Rebecca Manley Rebecca Manley Solicitor
0151 239 1131

Rebecca graduated with Honours in Law from the University of Liverpool in 2011. As part of her training she advised across all areas of law including civil litigation and criminal law, before qualifying as a solicitor in family law, where she found her passion. Since then, Rebecca has dealt with complex family law cases and advises on all areas including divorce and financial matters, as well as children law.

Rebecca has a particular interest in children law, where she has represented clients in cases involving child sexual abuse allegations, fabricated or induced illness and non-accidental injury cases, in all courts including the Court of Appeal. She is also regularly instructed by the Office of the Official Solicitor and has worked with Leading Counsel (QCs).

In recognition of her achievements as a senior lawyer, Rebecca gained Higher Rights of Audience in civil proceedings in 2014 and is accredited by the Law Society as a member of the Children Law scheme.

Rebecca prides herself on her honest and down to earth approach with clients.

Photo of Gayle McCoubrey Gayle McCoubrey Solicitor
0151 239 1084

Gayle is a solicitor in our family department.

She graduated from Liverpool John Moores with a Masters of Laws in 2019, and has since practised in family law.

Gayle represents both private and publicly funded clients and advises on all aspects of family law, including domestic abuse, divorce, private children matters and children matters involving the Local Authorities.

Photo of Karen Parkes Karen Parkes Clerk
0151 239 1071

Karen joined the firm as an office junior after completing her A-level studies at school in 1979.

Karen worked in various departments before becoming a clerk in the personal injury department in 2002, specialising in road traffic accident claims.

Her role at Canter Levin & Berg requires her to work closely with head of department, Claire Jansz, covering all aspects of housing disrepair law claims.

Photo of Kristy Shea Kristy Shea Paralegal
0151 239 1092

Kristy is currently on maternity leave.

Photo of Amanda Sime Amanda Sime Solicitor
0151 239 1130

Amanda graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016. Having practised in the field of personal injury law and following a year of travel, she returned to specialise in family law.

Amanda works mainly in connection with children cases and is studying for her Masters’ in this area of law. She completed her training contract with Canter Levin & Berg and was admitted as a solicitor in March 2022.

Amanda sits on the committee of the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division (MJLD), as well as the Law Society Editorial, Access to Justice and Family sub-committees.

Photo of Michele West Michele West Solicitor
0151 239 1004