Meet the Brittons Team
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Gianfranco De Franco
Gianfranco worked in retail management for more than 20 years with a high street chemist. Having decided on a change of career, he studied in his own time and successfully qualified as a Legal Executive in 2008. He then decided to go a step further and qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. Having spent the majority of his working life outside of law, he brings a fresh outlook to many legal issues and has proven expertise and qualities in dealing with the public.
Areas of Work
Gianfranco specialises in Buying & Selling Property, Bereavement & Probate, Wills and Matters for Elderly Clients. These areas demand patience, understanding and a sympathetic ear which he learned and used throughout his time in commercial management.
Outside work, Gianfranco enjoys all sport but especially squash, badminton and golf.
Gianfranco is assisted by the following fee earning staff:
Jeno Nesselfeld – Jeno started working for Brittons in April 2021.
Kaye Pidgley – Kaye joined Brittons in August 2020, working mainly on the conveyancing side.
Jaimee Millar – Jaimee has worked for Brittons since 2011 and is now a part-qualified Chartered Legal Executive.
Stacey Kemp – Stacey has worked in the legal profession since 2005 and joined Brittons in 2017. She recently began studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive.
Ann Musgreaves – Paralegal
Richard has been a lawyer since September 1990. In the intervening years he has worked in various locations across the country before finally settling in Beaconsfield. Richard deals with all forms of dispute prevention and resolution work, including family, employment and business matters. He is a member of Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association).
Richard also sits of the boards of local small businesses and a large wildlife charity, to whom he provides advice as and when required.
Away from the office, Richard is married to another lawyer and has a young son. He is an avid cricketer and plays for the Law Society Cricket Club and, more locally, Penn Street Cricket Club. He is also a writer whose work can be found in various magazines and on websites across the world.
Richard is assisted by Ginella Beck and Karen Eley.
Michael was articled in Surrey in 1986 and qualified as a solicitor in 1988 so he can offer over thirty years’ experience to our clients. Between 1996 and 2019 he ran his own practice in Beaconsfield, practising in property, wills, probate, and private client work. He joined Brittons as a consultant in 2019 and enjoys life here, has his own caseload and assists and advises at the Beaconsfield office. Outside the law, he is an organist and pianist, and a published and recorded composer.
Michael is assisted by Ginella Beck and Karen Eley.
Personal Injury, Clinical/Medical Negligence, Employment matters, General Disputes
Amy qualified as a Solicitor in 2000, and since 1998 she has specialised in personal injury and medical negligence claims, and, for over 10 years, employment disputes.
Personal Injury and Medical Negligence
Amy acts for claimants suffering injuries, some with life-changing injuries of the utmost severity, including neuro-trauma, death, brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, disfiguring burns, because of an accident through no fault of their own or a mistake during medical treatment.
She has a special interest in assisting children who have been injured, and families if a loved one has died.
She focuses on early rehabilitation issues for the seriously injured, particularly those with severe brain injuries or amputations, and, on behalf of her clients, pursues insurers for initial compensation payments from the outset to establish effective care and therapy regimes, and to secure appropriate housing and/or education.
Her aim is to make sure clients feel able to relax in very difficult circumstances and to help them gain the compensation, an explanation and apology they deserve.
Amy also acts for both employees and employers in relation to difficulties they may be experiencing at work, including situations prior to termination of employment, settlement agreements, discrimination, harassment, and bullying at work.
Amy also advises on general disputes, and costs.
She is a Litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
How to pay your legal costs?
Brittons Solicitors offers ‘no win no fee agreements’ which protects you against paying our costs if you lose your claim. You may also have legal expenses insurance which is normally brought with such as motor or household contents insurance which can cover in relation to personal injury claims, employment disputes and other civil disputes.
Jaimee started working for Brittons in 2012 as a secretary following 10 years working as an administrator for the NHS. In 2017 she began studying to be a Chartered Legal Executive and is half-way through completing her training. She deals with conveyancing and probate matters as well as Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. She studies via distance learning online which fits in well with her family life.
Jaimee is married with two children. In her spare time she enjoys taking their dog on long walks with her family, reading and is teaching herself to play the saxophone.
After having worked for other legal practices Jeno started working for Brittons in April 2021. He is over half-way to completing his CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice. Jeno specialises in property law and is based in the Bourne End office. Before changing his career to law Jeno worked in the renewable energy sector in Europe.
Outside work Jeno spends a fair amount of his limited spare time on tennis courts as he plays in various teams in the Berkshire Team League. Another of his time-consuming hobbies is playing chess and he is very proud of his nearly 2000 Elo rating.
Stacey has worked in law since February 2006 after starting as a legal secretary progressing to a paralegal before starting to train as a Chartered Legal Executive. Stacey specialises in conveyancing and is based in the Beaconsfield office.
Stacey is assisted by Ginella Beck and Karen Eley.
Kaye is a Legal Secretary. She joined Brittons in August 2020, working mainly on the conveyancing side. Her previous experience is varied but started in criminal law (legal secretary) at a small firm in East Twickenham) and then moved into matrimonial law before focusing on family life after relocating from Twickenham to Bourne End and successfully running two beaver colonies locally. She plans to start training in the next year as a legal executive. Outside of work she enjoys walks with the family, reading, family, music, volunteering within the local community (helping less advantaged families and the elderly community) along with charity work at Christmas.
Ginella is currently completing her legal studies whilst working full time.
Carmela has been in legal accounts since 1984. She began her career as a junior legal cashier at the law firm, Kallmeyer & Strime in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She then moved back to the UK in 2000 and secured a position at Gordon Dadds in Mayfair, where she headed up the Accounts Dept as Head Cashier.
After a maternity break, she came to Brittons in 2004 as the sole bookkeeper, dealing with all aspects of the firms accounts.
Rod qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and initially worked as an assistant solicitor in East Anglia before moving to Milton Keynes and becoming a partner in one of the oldest and most respected agricultural firms in the country.
In 1989, Rod progressed to a new European venture during which he opened offices in Brussels, London and Manchester as well as having a major office in Milton Keynes. The aim of the office was to service new businesses taking advantage of the avenues opened and the opportunities presented by European Union in 1992. All staff were multi-lingual and his work, at that time, involved many cross border start ups as well as European and Japanese ventures in the UK both for medium and multi-national businesses. At the same time he was involved in many business start ups.
Although work is ever consuming, to relax Rod enjoys the beauty of the Thames on his boat, cookery and gardening. He has written a book on Switzerland and speaks Swiss-German dialect fluently as well as several others intermittently. He is a member of the Swiss Railway Society and a member of the Law Society Art Club. He was formerly involved with Lions International undertaking charitable work and organised the annual Jazz Charity evening on the banks of the Thames for several years.
Areas of Work
Probate, Bereavement, Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney, Business and Commercial. His approach is pragmatic and attempts to be cost effective. Having run businesses himself he has recognition as to how business works, survives and grows. There is no substitute for experience.