Our Team

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Mark Cairns

Solicitor
Contrary to popular myth Mark was not one of the original Partners when the firm was set up in 1796, having in fact joined the firm in 1986 when he was later that year made Partner.

Mark has in his time turned his hand to most areas of the law but currently specialises in Residential and Commercial Conveyancing and Private Client work.

Mark is married with two children and lives in the Matlock area. In his spare time he likes to keep fit by trying to play squash and by making an exhibition of himself in the gym. He is also a keen follower of football and also of Liverpool F.C.!
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Liz Garratt

Solicitor
Liz Garratt is a qualified Private Client Solicitor with over 14 years of extensive experience in all aspects of Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Deputyship orders. She understands that visiting a Solicitor can be a daunting experience for many people, therefore she treats all her clients with empathy. Nursing home, hospital and home visits if necessary are no problem, and Liz will often work outside normal office hours to facilitate this. With 4 children and 2 grandchildren to occupy her she still finds time to read, and regularly goes to the cinema and theatre.
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Andrew Scott

Solicitor
Andrew has over twenty four years’ experience in the law having been a partner and director in a successful East Midlands law firm. Resolving disputes large and small is his cup of tea.

When not working you will find Andrew down at the gym or on the tennis court burning off those calories as he does like his food! Even when abroad he usually can’t resist the temptation to don his skies or scuba gear especially with his two daughters. He is also known to enjoy a summers afternoon by the lake fishing.
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Sharon Croucher

Assistant
Sharon joined the firm in 2012 as personal assistant to Liz Garratt together with taking on the firm’s cashier role. She has been working in the legal profession since 1985 doing a variety of roles from receptionist, legal secretary, assistant legal cashier and personal assistant. She has worked in Civil Litigation, Conveyancing and Private Client during the last 31 years.

Sharon is married with two children and lives in Ambergate on the edge of the Peak District. When she is not in the office she enjoys reading, knitting, going to the theatre and walking her dogs in and around the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Sharon is a long suffering Derby County fan having her weekend spoilt by her favourite team on too many occasions to recall here.
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Tracy Elwell

Assistant
Tracy joined the firm in May 2014 as receptionist/assistant. She has been working in this profession since 2010.

Tracy is married with two children and lives in Swanwick Derbyshire.

When Tracy is not in the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and children and likes to be out and about of a weekend walking and visiting National Trust locations.
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Sue Longdon

Assistant
Sue joined the firm in 1988 as an office junior. She works in the conveyancing department as assistant to Mark Cairns. She is married with 1 daughter and lives in Ripley. In her spare time she likes to go for walks and listen to music.
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Louise Farnsworth

Assistant
Louise has worked for Rickards & Cleaver since September 2013. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family taking trips out, socialising with friends, going away and watching films.
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Amy Shepherd

Assistant
Amy joined the firm in January 2015 as an apprentice. During Amy's first year of working with us she has completed a Level 2 NVQ in Business Administration whilst working on reception. Amy completes work for all three solicitors at the firm and has now taken on the responsibility of the Powers of Attorney section under the watchful eye of Liz Garratt.

Amy lives in Nottinghamshire with her parents. When Amy is not in the office she is either working at Clarks or is spending time with her family, partner and friends.
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Tigger

Assistant
Born in London, Tigger studied classical literature at Kings College Cambridge. At the last minute Tigger turned his (fur lined) back on academia to pursue a career in the law. He specialises in defending cat burglars.

Admittedly his work load is not presently too heavy which gives him ample time to indulge in his favourite pastimes of sleeping, sleeping and sleeping. Having recovered from a recent bout of gingivitis Tigger can occasionally be seen treading gingerly up to The Cat & Fiddle for his favourite meal of trout in garlic and ginger washed down with lashings of ginger beer.