Our People

Central to Wilsons Solicitors is our exceptional assembly of legal professionals. Our diverse team comprises experienced solicitors, legal advisors, paralegals, and dedicated support staff, all committed to delivering top-tier legal services. With extensive expertise spanning various domains, our team is well-prepared to address even the most intricate legal hurdles.

James Mawbey-Shaw

Head of Property

James qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after pursuing a training contract with Wilsons. He relishes being part of a busy team that always strives for 100% client satisfaction. James leads the property team by example and delivers a professional service while still meeting the tight deadlines his team are faced with. Outside of work, James enjoys fell walking and reading. 

Simon Pass

Head of Legal

Simon joined Wilsons in 1996 and qualified as a solicitor in 1999. His vast experience helping achieve positive outcomes for his clients is a valuable tool as he always looking to impart his wisdom on to others. Simon’s success as a solicitor is down to solid, consistent communication and hard work in addition to being attentive and understanding to clients. Work aside, Simon is a keen sports fan and loves to watch live sport whenever possible.

Martin Cronshaw


Martin has over 30 years experience as a solicitor. He generally works with individual clients, helping them navigate some of the most stressful events in their lives. Martin’s compassionate and sympathetic approach is what helps him guide clients through challenging times. Outside of work, Martin’s family is what keeps him busy – especially his young grandchildren. He also plays football four to five times a week to keep fit and healthy. 

Roxanne Denton

Office Manager & Solicitor

Roxanne is a conveyancing solicitor and Office Manager at our Whitkirk branch. Her background is varied as she initially achieved a business and marketing degree before deciding to do a law conversion to become a solicitor. Roxanne gets no greater pleasure than helping clients complete their property transactions. 

Oliver Taman

Office Manager & Solicitor

Oliver manages our Whitkirk office and is a senior member of the conveyancing team. Oliver completed his training contract with Wilsons, qualifying as a solicitor in 2017 and has been with us ever since. He gets a huge amount of satisfaction from helping clients through what is often a stressful time for them, guiding them through a property transaction in a timely manner and always maintaining consistent communication. 

James Walsh


Working within our Ilkley office, James caseload is made up of entirely conveyancing. He is a qualified solicitor and enjoys working with a variety of clients.

Lois Calder


Lois qualified in April 2022 and has over three years of experience within residential conveyancing and works predominantly on purchases for repeat investor clients. Lois thrives in a fast-paced environment and uses this to her advantage in quickly and effectively turning around purchases. Outside of work, Lois loves going to see live music, trying new restaurants and taking her dog on scenic walks. 

Jack Tennant


Jack’s main focus is assisting business clients fulfill their business needs. Whether that be purchasing new commercial property, renewing or starting a new lease, or buying or selling a business – Jack has got you covered. He prides himself on providing businesses with effective, efficient legal advice as their business needs change. Jack qualified as a solicitor in November 2022 after completing his LPC with the University of Law in 2020. 

Joseph Barnes

Trainee Solicitor

Joseph has been with Wilsons since 2021 and recently completed the LPC LLM in 2023. His day-to-day duties include managing his own caseload, meeting with clients and assisting his colleagues wherever possible to further advance his training and to gain more varied experience. Joseph gets a lot of satisfaction from helping clients navigate difficult and stressful times in their lives – he is able to act calmly in order to reassure them when things seem difficult. 

Rose Kriens

Trainee Solicitor

Rose works both independently and as part of a team as part of her role. Her experience in residential conveyancing and private client law has shown her the importance of working in a highly organised manner that’s required in order to produce high quality results – something she consistently achieves. Since obtaining her First Class law degree in 2023, Rose is now completing the LPC LLM to obtain a Masters Degree in law. The most important part of Rose’s role is organisation and attention to detail as it allows her clients to be 100% satisfied. 

Rachael Birkenshaw

Trainee Solicitor

Rachael works predominantly in the conveyancing team, helping her colleagues complete sales as efficiently as possible. After graduating in 2020, Rachael went on to find employment at Wilsons in 2021 where she has started studying her LPC and has successfully obtained a Training Contract. Rachael gets great satisfaction through helping clients with the sale of their property and hopes that her desire to help others makes the process as stress-free as possible. 

Leanna Thorpe

Office Manager & Conveyancer

Leanna is our office manager at the Farsley branch. Leanna graduated with an LLB (Hons) 2:1 degree from Bradford University School of Management in 2009. Her legal education continued with studies at the BPP Law School for the LPC between 2009 and 2011. Leanna’s commitment to helping others at Wilsons to develop is a huge asset. Her knowledge and experience is something hugely valuable when providing mentorship for her colleagues. Outside of work, Leanna loves attending festivals and camping in her VW Camper Van, Daisy! She also enjoys collecting vintage furniture and clothing. 

Tracy Ambler

Legal Assistant

Tracy has a detailed knowledge of Private Client Wills and Probate and conveyancing which she uses to help clients. She’s now been with the company for four and a half years and her strong personal skills have brought many returning clients back to Wilson’s. Tracy’s friendly, knowledgeable and approachable nature makes her a huge asset to the team and helps maintain strong client relationships. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family.

Ben Hopwood


Ben directly supports James Walsh and Bethany Brearley with their conveyancing cases. He takes charge of setting up files, taking instructions, communicating with clients and handling exchanges and completions. Ben recently completed his LLB in Law with Politics in 2021 and has been working at Wilsons since 2020. He’s currently in the process of applying to do the LPC whilst working part-time. When he’s not at work, Ben loves working on his car and exploring the Yorkshire dales. 

Jack Johnson

Legal Assistant

Jack joined the firm in August 2023 as a Legal Assistant in the conveyancing department. Jack has worked in the legal sector for over 2.5 years and has worked his way up from being an Office Junior to recently starting his apprenticeship for the CLC Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing to become a qualified Conveyancing Technician. Jack ensures that all clients are treated with kindness and respect and takes pride in providing a quality service to all clients to make their property transactions as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Carol Greaves


As the main point of contact for clients, Carol takes great pleasure in greeting clients to the office as the Receptionist. Her role is extremely varied and involves dealing with telephone queries, transferring calls and dealing with incoming and outgoing post – ultimately ensuring the office is running smoothly. Carol enjoys her role and understands that her duties are essential in supporting what her colleagues are doing. Carol loves reading, doing jigsaws and spending time with her family. She’s also a keen rugby fan and is a season ticket holder for the Leeds Rhinos. 

Anne Shaw

Legal Assistant

Anne is a Legal Assistant in the conveyancing department and has been at Wilsons for over 20 years. She provides a professional and efficient service to clients, acting quickly and decisively to help move their property transaction along. Her personal interest include walking, swimming and fashion. 

Fiona Taylor


Fiona’s main responsibility is greeting clients into the office and handling any incoming communications. She is also responsible for booking appointments with clients, liaising estate agents and doing post-completion, among other things. Fiona’s infections enthusiasm and friendly nature creates a welcoming atmosphere to our office and she takes great pleasure interacting with clients. As an avid music lover, Fiona goes to see live music whenever she can as well as going to the gym, going camping and spending time with her granddaughter. She’s also a huge Leeds United fan and has been her whole life. 

Lynda Wrigglesworth

Legal Secretary and Post Completion

Lynda supports James Mawbey-Shaw by handling all post-completion. She’s been with Wilsons for over 10 years and has experiences dealing with Land Registry applications and Management Companies. Lynda’s experience as a Legal Secretary allows her to provide a high-level of support in a variety of areas, making her a multi-faceted and valuable member of the team. Her compassionate and human approach to her role helps her achieve outcomes quickly and efficiently. Lynda loves reading, knitting, gardening and walking her tiny Dachsund x Jack Russell. 

Donna Duggan

Legal Secretary

Donna is James Mawbey-Shaw’s direct secretary, assisting him in the day-to-day handling of our client’s purchases. Having started with Wilsons in 2006, Donna has established herself as an experienced member of the team who’s able to work in an efficient manner to support our clients.  She loves being able to help people through the big moments in their life, such as buying or selling property. 

Mandy Knaggs


Mandy is a member of our Accounts team and deals with all transactions coming in and out of clients accounts, processing card payments for all branches, posting all disbursements and much more. With over 20 years experience working in Insurance, Mandy came to Wilsons as a receptionist before taking the opportunity to learn the banking role. She then took a permanent role on the Accounts team in 2021. Mandy’s attention to detail makes her ideal as a member of the Accounts team – she finds great satisfaction in ensuring all accounts are correct and balanced. Away from work, Mandy enjoys cooking, walking and spending time with her family and friends. 

Rob Collins

HR / Accounts / Archiving

Rob has a varied role. He works with the accounts team, sending payments on cases, archive closed files, and helps Simon with the HR function for Wilsons. As part of his HR responsibilities, Rob regularly visits all the offices, making himself available to discuss any concerns or problems they might have. Rob has a varied background, working as a teacher for 15 years before joining Wilsons. His range of experience makes him an asset to the team and allows him to use ability as a problem solver to great effect. 

Christopher Riley


Christopher is responsible for ensuring all incoming payments are allocated to the correct case and all outgoing payments are sent. His experience in accounting means Christopher works with exceptional attention to detail and ensures all payments are handled with the same amount of care and attention. In his spare time, Christopher follows a range of sports, including rugby league, football and darts.

Angie Hyde

Receptionist and Administration Support

Angie is the receptionist at the Horsforth office, acting as the first point of contact for Wilsons clients there. She offers administrative support to the solicitors in Horsforth and handles the booking and organisation of client appointments. Angie prides herself on providing a welcoming, friendly and professional service to all who come to the office. Outside of work, Angie regularly attends gigs in Leeds and Manchester, and is also learning to tap dance.

Mia-Faith Coats

Legal Assistant

Mia-Faith works as one of our Legal Assistants responsible for telephone enquiries and administration of the conveyancing process. A recent Law graduate, Mia-Faith completed her degree with first class honours and even made the prestigious Deans List for her exceptional achievement across her three years of study. Mia-Faith is committed to her work and is always looking to learn new things in order to further help clients. In her spare time, Mia-Faith is a keen horse rider and is even working towards competing in British Eventing. She also loves language and has been learning Mandarin for three years.

Alicia Ingle

Legal Assistant

Alicia is a Legal Assistant at the Farsley office and has worked at Wilsons full time since 2022. Her role is extremely varied as she assists with areas of work such as drafting probate forms and applications, drafting LPA applications, assisting with conveyancing matters and much more. Alicia is aiming to complete her LLB Law (Hons) degree in June 2024 followed by her SQE, highlighting her ambitions of becoming a solicitor so she can continue to provide further support to our clients. Outside of work, Alicia enjoys travelling, hiking and regularly visiting her family cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. She also volunteers at Age UK as a befriender, spending 1-2 hours a week visiting an elderly person for a chat.