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 Baldwin – 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.
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.
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 previously worked in the aviation industry for 27 years. After being furloughed in 2020, she decided on a change of career and completed some work experience at Brittons – and she never left.
Having spent much of her career in customer facing roles, Ginella is able to view circumstances from the client’s viewpoint as well as from a legal point of view. She is currently completing her legal studies whilst working full time and juggling family life.
Ginella works in our Bourne End office alongside Louise.
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.
James Alexander Angus
After studying law at university James began to work in the legal industry and has over 15 years’ experience in residential conveyancing. He has represented all types of clients, including first time buyers, investors and high net worth individuals and prides himself on delivering a professional but personal service whilst building a good relationship with his clients. James has a long-standing relationship with a number of other industry professionals including local Estate agents and Mortgage brokers and this combined with his approach to his clients has led to clients repeatedly returning to him to assist them with their conveyancing matters. Whilst James has predominantly worked in the local area and London he has experience in dealing with conveyancing transactions throughout England and Wales.
Louise qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and joined Brittons in 2021.
Louise’s interests outside of work include reading, outdoor pursuits, new adventures and travelling
Louise works in our Bourne End office alongside Ginella specialising in residential and commercial property in which she has 15 years’ experience. She also is developing her skills and knowledge to include work in Wills and Bereavement.
Karen joined Brittons Solicitors’ Beaconsfield office in November 2021 as a legal secretary. Karen brought with her transferrable skills gained from previous experience within the Financial Sector and Estate Agency to enhance a positive client experience. Born and bred locally she also has a sound local knowledge of the local area and the community that Brittons serve. Away from work Karen enjoys spending time with her family, especially with her two grandsons.
Karen works alongside Stacey.