Meet the Team

Alice Brett

Solicitor and Managing Partner, Property Department
Colchester
Alice qualified as a Solicitor into the Civil Litigation Department in September 2012. She joined the Partnership in April 2015 and now specialises in residential property. Alongside the law, Alice is the chair of the board of trustees for Grassroots, a charity which helps small groups in Colchester and Tendring.

Bryan Johnston

Solicitor, Head of Litigation Department and Senior Partner
Colchester
Bryan is a Solicitor and joint managing partner of GoodyBurrett LLP. He specialises in commercial contract negotiation, commercial litigation, civil litigation and employment law. He is also a qualified mediator.  Bryan is the firm’s Compliance Officer for Financial Affairs (COFA).

Cate Cussell

Solicitor and Partner, Head of Property Department
Colchester
Cate is a Solicitor in the Property Department covering all aspects of Property including a wide range of commercial matters, leases and residential sales and purchases. Cate approaches every client issue with a clear sense of commercial awareness. Before law, Cate had a successful career in sales. She then studied law part time with BPP in London finishing her studies in 2012.

Claire Lane

Secretary Private Client Department
Colchester
Claire joined GoodyBurrett in April 2017 in the Private Client department. Outside of work Claire enjoys sending time with her husband and two children. Claire also enjoys running and socialising with friends.

David Brown

Non-Practicing Solicitor,Consultant
Colchester
David retired after 41 years. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1972 after graduating with an honours law degree from the London School of Economics. David continues to assist by providing guidance to colleagues and assisting the firm with regulatory and compliance matters. Outside the law his interests are target shooting, both static and clay pigeon, dog walking and reading.

David Cammack

Solicitor and Notary Public, Commercial Department
Colchester
David is a qualified solicitor and notary public. David qualified as a solicitor in 1995, as a notary in 2004 and was a partner in Birkett Long until 2015 when he left to found the Internet legal business, Legalo.
David now divides his time between managing Legalo and advising clients of GoodyBurrett as a solicitor-consultant.

Gill Pirie

Licensed Conveyancer, Property Department
Dunmow

Gill qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2007 and joined the Dunmow Office in May 2018 after having successfully managed her own practice “Chelmer Conveyancing Services” which was also based in Dunmow for 6 years. Gill specialises in Residential Property. Out of work she enjoys cycling, long walks at the coast, hill climbing & socialising with friends.

Heather Barnard

Reception
Colchester
Heather is the receptionist in the Colchester office and joined GoodyBurrett LLP in 2007. In her role as receptionist Heather enjoys meeting and welcoming clients and visitors to the firm, both face to face and on the telephone. Heather enjoys walking and cycling and is a keen advocate of the Cycle to Work challenge.

Helen Firth

Solicitor, Private Client Department
Colchester
Helen is a Solicitor in our Private Client Department and qualified in 2016. Since qualifying Helen has focussed on Court of Protection and Mental Capacity matters, advising clients and their families with matters both in The Court of Protection and the High Court. Helen is a qualified Dementia Friend, and has the expertise to assist clients who have dementia.

Jane Maher

Secretary to Sue Mullis, Private Client Department
Colchester
Jane works as a secretary in the Private Client Department providing support to Sue Mullis. Jane previously worked for GoodyBurrett for over 8 years but after a brief interlude with other Solicitors firms has now returned ‘home’. When not at work Jane enjoys sunny holidays, cycling for leisure, socialising with friends and walking her dog, Sophie.

Jenny Dalton-White

Secretary to Paul Johnson, Property Department
Dunmow
Jenny has worked as legal secretary to Paul Johnson since 2013 in residential and commercial conveyancing. She joined Goody Burrett in September 2015 and continues to work for Paul in the Dunmow office.Outside work Jenny enjoys history, reading, horseriding and is a member of the Chelmsford Singers.

Jess Newton

Trainee Solicitor
Colchester
Jess graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2016 and went on to complete her Legal Practice Course and LLM in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Law, graduating in April 2018. Jess currently works in the Corporate Commercial department as the first seat of her training contract dealing with all aspects of business law.

Jennifer Staniland

Property Secretary
Dunmow

Jennifer joined the Dunmow office in 2017. Jennifer has one daughter who, after graduating from Bristol University 3 years ago and gaining employment in London has now left home so Jennifer has plenty of time to pursue her own interests. Mostly these consist of decorating, shopping, travel and socialising with family and friends.

Jonathan Roberts

Solicitor, Family Department
Colchester

Jonathan has been a qualified solicitor practicing in all aspects of Family Law and Civil Litigation for over 25 years and provides straight forward, no nonsense advice. Jonathan is a member of Resolution.

I his spare time Jonathan likes to spend time with his family in his local beach hut (when the weather allows!)

Linda Steward

Practice Manager
Colchester
Linda originally joined Budd Martin Burrett in November 1997. She continued working for GoodyBurrett when Goodys and Budd Martin Burrett merged in 2007. Linda is the Office Manager and has considerable experience in the financial side of family and children matters.

Lizzie Cayford

Secretary to Cate Cussell, Property Department
Colchester
Lizzie had over 8 years’ experience working within the legal sector when she started working at GoodyBurrett in 2014. Interests outside of work include enjoying food & drink with family & friends, reading and travelling (when funds & time allow). Lizzie is Currently on Maternity leave.

Megan Hutchings

Trainee Solicitor
Colchester
Megan graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2016 and is currently completing her Legal Practice Course at Anglia Ruskin University. Following completion of the Legal Practice Course, Megan will commence her training contract in August 2018. Megan currently works in the Residential Conveyancing department.
In her spare time Megan enjoys playing netball and spending time with her family.

Nicola Gooding

Secretary, Family Department
Colchester
Nicola joined GoodyBurrett LLP in April 2014, and works in the Family Department. Outside of work, Nicola enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Paul Johnson

Solicitor and Partner, Property Department
Dunmow
Paul is a solicitor and was formerly a Partner of Goodys. He re-joined the firm at the end of 2015 having previously run his own practice. Paul graduated with a First Class Honours degree in law and has extensive experience in all aspects of residential and commercial property work having specialised in those areas since qualification.

Robert Macaulay

Licensed Conveyancer, Property Department
Colchester
After being educated at Felsted and London University, Robert farmed on the family farm in for 30 years. He was involved both at local and national level in farming policy matters. Robert changed career in 2000 and joined GoodyBurrett LLP as a part of the conveyancing team with a special interest in commercial property and agriculture.

Stephen Avila

Solicitor, Head of Commercial Department
Colchester

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and prior to joining us to lead our commercial team in June 2018 was an Associate Solicitor with a well known regional firm. Stephen is recognised by the Legal 500 and advises on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters with a strong focus on working with technology and digital focused businesses, business sales, investment rounds and joint ventures.

Sue Devereaux

Solicitor, Family Department
Colchester
Susan qualified in 1990. Since then, she has specialised in private Family Law, including all aspects of pre- and post-nuptial settlements, divorce and separation. Sue carries out most of the work herself, including advocacy. Each relationship is unique and therefore requires a sensible and creative, tailored approach. As a member of Resolution and trained Mediator, Susan is well-qualified to help.

Sue Mullis

Legal Executive, Head of Private Client Department
Colchester
Sue Mullis is the Head of our Private Client Department. She originally started working with Goody Bentley & Son in 1974 as secretary to the late Bernard Bentley. Sue subsequently came back to the firm after having children and went on to qualify as a Legal Executive specialising in Wills, Trusts and Probate in 1994.

Victoria Bibby (White)

Solicitor, Private Client Department
Colchester
Victoria qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has worked for the firm since 2005. She joined the Private Client Department upon her return from maternity leave, after having her second daughter and enjoys her work as part of the team. Outside of work Victoria spends most of her time with her two daughters. When she gets time she also enjoys walking and Pilates.

Wendy Johnston

Secretary, Litigation Department and Family Department
Colchester
Wendy has worked for GoodyBurrett LLP for a number of years. She is married to Bryan and has two children and three step children. When she is not working, she is to be found pounding the pavements and cycling the streets of Colchester, training for half-marathons and marathons which take place up and down the country.

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