Meet the team

Paul Merrigan

Group CEO

Paul Merrigan

Paul founded Lifetime in 1998 with the objective of becoming the most trusted provider of financial advice. Ensuring that clients receive the best possible advice was the inspiration behind the formation of his award winning software company 360 Dotnet. Paul continues to innovate and bringing Lifetime Solicitors into the group enables all of the clients of Lifetime the access to holistic advice.

Debbie McKnight

Director

Debbie McKnight

Debbie has been involved in financial services for 35 years and estate planning for the past 8 years. In recent years Debbie has focused on the estate planning industry with Acacia Wills. She runs regular seminars in conjunction with Met Friendly to offer Estate Planning services to the metropolitan police force.

Andrew Perryman

Director

Andrew Perryman

Andrew has been involved in financial services for over 29 years and estate planning for the past 8 years. Andrew has grown Bright Advice and Acacia Wills to become respected firms in their sectors. This has included joining Lifetime as a key strategic partner to offer Will writing services to the Lifetime group. Lifetime Solicitors was launched on the back of the success of this partnership.

Charlotte Corbyn

Director

Charlotte Corbyn

Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and quickly established herself in the area of Private Client, with a passion for all Elderly Client Services. Charlotte is a fully accredited member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly). Charlotte has been a member of an LLP and has been responsible for a large team with several offices providing services to the ‘high street’ client as well as businesses.

Lucy Peat

Director

Lucy Peat

Lucy was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2011, after initially qualifying as a Barrister in 2007. Lucy has been responsible for the running of a large office and several teams. Lucy deals with all aspects of Residential Conveyancing: the sale and purchase of freehold/leasehold property, new build plot acquisition, shared ownership and shared equity, re-mortgages as well as the transfer of equity and has overseen referrals and contracts from over four of the largest national building developers as well as ‘high street’ clients.

Debbie McKnight

Senior Estate Planning Consultant

Debbie McKnight

Debbie has been involved in financial services for 35 years and estate planning for the past 8 years. In recent years Debbie has focused on the estate planning industry with Acacia Wills. She runs regular seminars in conjunction with Met Friendly to offer Estate Planning services to the metropolitan police force.

Claire Newman

Estate Planning Consultant

Claire Newman

Claire has over 20 years of Financial Services experience, working for Friends Provident as a Broker Consultant and then with Close Fund Management (part of the Close Brothers Group) selling their specialist derivative unit trusts and Aim portfolios for IHT. Having both a Financial Services background coupled with the experience working with Acacia Wills, Claire can help clients understand their estate planning requirements

Aaron Flack

Estate Planning Consultant

Aaron Flack

Aaron has been an Estate Planning Consultant for just under 7 years now, and has had the benefit of seeing how much the company has grown in size and in knowledge. He has learnt from some of the best minds in both the legal and financial industry. He is a friendly and approachable adviser who also has the knowledge to ensure clients receive the best advice for their current situation and intentions for the future.

Josh Wills

Estate Planning Consultant

Josh Wills

Josh has always had an interest in financial services and has been with the company since it has been trading as Lifetime Solicitors. He has first-hand experience of the Estate planning process which has given him a rounded knowledge of seeing both the benefits of planning your estate and the consequences of not doing so. Josh’s dedication and attitude to ensuring he delivers the best possible service to his Clients, by imparting his knowledge in a clear and understandable manner, has earned him much praise. A lot of Josh’s time is spent working alongside the Bright Advice Team making sure their clients get the advice and support they deserve.

Lucy Peat

Solicitor

Lucy Peat

Lucy was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2011, after initially qualifying as a Barrister in 2007. Lucy has been responsible for the running of a large office and several teams. Lucy deals with all aspects of Residential Conveyancing: the sale and purchase of freehold/leasehold property, new build plot acquisition, shared ownership and shared equity, re-mortgages as well as the transfer of equity and has overseen referrals and contracts from over four of the largest national building developers as well as ‘high street’ clients.

Laura Chattaway

Paralegal

Laura Chattaway

Laura is currently working towards qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive. Laura has vast experience in private client matters and has recently joined the conveyancing team for her final seat. Laura prides herself in the customer care and client contact she gives during all transactions that she deals with. Laura’s prime task is to make the conveyancing process as smooth and as stress-free for her clients as possible, ensuring they are provided with regular updates throughout the process and the willingness to go above and beyond for all her clients. Laura completed her CILEX qualification in September making her a Legal Graduate, will become a Legal Executive next June and is now studying her LPC.

Kieran Hand

Trainee Solicitor

Kieran Hand

Before joining Lifetime Solicitors, Kieran had over two years’ experience in providing legal advice to stakeholders within a national charity with an annual income of £49 million, having been offered the role prior to graduation. He has experience within Private Client, commercial, intellectual property and contractual issues. Kieran completed his Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School after gaining an Upper second class honours in Law at the University of Sheffield. Kieran is currently completing his seat in the Conveyancing department. He is always ready to help and advise clients with a helpful and down to earth attitude. Kieran completed his LPC in July and is now a Trainee Solicitor – In Process of completing 2 years of in house training before being signed off as a Solicitor.

Angela Hobson

Conveyancer

Angela Hobson

Angela has over 9 years of hands-on conveyancing experience, dealing with Freehold and Leasehold Sales, Purchases, Shared Ownership, Shared Equity, Remortgages, Transfers of Equity,
Redemptions, and both New Build and non-New Build. She has previously worked for a number of wellestablished local firms in Stamford and Peterborough. Angela is dedicated to meeting her client’s needs and required timescales, maintaining excellent relationships with them, due to her key eye for detail and down to earth approach.

Charlotte Corbyn

Solicitor

Charlotte Corbyn

Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and quickly established herself in the area of Private Client, with a passion for all Elderly Client Services. Charlotte is a fully accredited member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly). Charlotte has been a member of an LLP and has been responsible for a large team with several offices providing services to the ‘high street’ client as well as businesses.

Lorna Ayres

Solicitor

Lorna Ayres

Lorna qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 and practises in Private Client and Family law. Lorna has a particular interest in probate matters and is responsible for the development of the department.Lorna oversees the Trainee Solicitors in the private client department, supporting their training and professional development.Lorna also specialises in all aspects of family law,
particularly matrimonial and financial matters.

Aishan Areej

Trainee Solicitor

Aishan Areej

Aishah Areej joined the firm as a Trainee Solicitor in August 2017. She graduated from the University of Leicester with a degree in Sociology and decided to undertake a career in law after studying an LLM in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course in 2017 at De Montfort University. Aishah is currently completing her first seat in Private Client and is due to qualify as a solicitor in August 2019.

Kudret Baki

Trainee Solicitor

Kudret Baki

Kudret graduated from her LLB Law degree from the University of Leicester in 2014 and completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP London in 2016. Kudret’s current role at Lifetime Solicitors involves supporting the team in preparing probate and wills cases including drafting legal documents. She continues to enjoy private client work and is always keen to help clients in personal matters and believes that this is an area where a friendly attitude can go a long way.

Jade Copse

Office Administrator

Jade Copse

Jade is working part time as an office assistant alongside studying law. She hopes to join the team fulltime and continue with her studies to obtain the CILEX qualification. Jade also enjoys learning about conveyancing and probate procedures. Jade is able to help with storage queries and processes the identification checks.

Amy Hopkins

Accounts Assistant

Amy Hopkins

Amy is AAT qualified, with 14 years’ experience working in a Legal Accounts environment. Amy understands the importance of using the Solicitors Accounts Rules to ensure Client’s money is looked after correctly at all times during Conveyancing and Probate transactions.

Rebecca Mold

Accounts Assistant

Rebecca Mold

Rebecca is a new member of our team bringing with here 5 years’ of experience within the accounts and finance field. Over the years she has dealt with various elements of finance from ensuring client accounts are up to date with credited and debited funds, raising invoices and credit notes to compiling and presenting management accounts on a monthly basis. Rebecca will be returning to New College Stamford to continue her studies for AAT Level 3 and with her can do attitude will always go the extra mile to assist customers and members of the team here at Lifetime Solicitors.

Lucy Watt

Office Administrator

Lucy Watt

After working in the Social Work department in various areas of Galloway, Scotland, for many years, Lucy was offered the opportunity to relocate to Singapore. During this time she worked as an Assurance Analyst for a facilities management company. As the central point of contact across the account in relation to the client’s strict background screening requirements Lucy gave guidance to ensure the smooth implementation of a new headcount tracking system. This included monitoring discrepancies, ensuring compliance and providing training when needed. After three years in Singapore,Lucy returned to the UK and recently relocated to Stamford, joining Lifetime Solicitors in the summer
of 2018. Lucy is keen to bring her process driven knowledge to the team here to benefit our Clients experience.

Lauren Priestley

Office Administrator

Lauren Priestley

Lauren Graduated in 2017 from the University of Lincoln with an Upper Second-Class honours degree in LLB Law. Lauren is now going into her final year of studying the BPTC part-time on weekends at the BPP Law School in Leeds and aims to start her masters LLM Legal Practice in April 2019 at the BPP Law School once completed. After relocating from Leeds to Peterborough in July 2018 she started at Lifetime Solicitors as an Office Administrator. Lauren is hoping to transfer and study the LPC when she finish her BPTC next year and train to be a solicitor. Lauren is currently working alongside her colleagues to ensure our clients experience a professional and personal service from the team at Lifetime Solicitors.

Charles Benn-Mack

Accounts And Operations Manager

Charles Benn-Mack

Charles is a qualified Accountant, with 20 years’ experience of Accounts and Management for private business. Charles has been in Legal Sector Accounts for 10 years, his last role being Accounts Manager for the largest law firm in Peterborough. Charles is responsible for managing the accounts team at Lifetime Solicitors and ensures that the firm is compliant with the
Solicitors’ Accounts Rules.Charles also manages the Lifetime Solicitors Operations on a day to day basis.

Estate Planning Team

  • Josh Wills - Estate Planning Consultant
    Josh Wills Estate Planning Consultant
  • Debbie McKnight - Director
    Debbie McKnight Senior Estate Planning Consultant
  • Aaron Flack Estate Planning Consultant
  • Claire Newman - Estate Planning Consultant
    Claire Newman Estate Planning Consultant

Conveyancing Team

  • Angela Hobson Conveyancer
  • Kieran Hand Trainee Solicitor
  • Laura Chattaway - Paralegal
    Laura Chattaway Paralegal
  • Lucy Peat - Director
    Lucy Peat Solicitor

Probate Team

  • Kudret Baki Trainee Solicitor
  • Aishah Aree - Trainee Solicitor
    Aishah Areej Trainee Solicitor
  • Lorna Ayres - Solicitor
    Lorna Ayres Solicitor
  • Charlotte Corbyn - Director
    Charlotte Corbyn Solicitor

Support Staff

  • Charles Benn-Mack Accounts and Operations Manager
  • Lauren Priestley Office Administrator
  • Lucy Watt Office Administrator
  • Rebecca Mold Accounts Assistant
  • Amy Hopkins Accounts Assistant
  • Jade Copse Office Administrator