Meet the team

 

 

 

We represent expertise and years of experience in different specialist areas. Find out more about us here.

Mr Steven Matthews BA (Hons)

Solicitor

 

I became a solicitor in 1991, having done a History degree at Birmingham University. My legal career has seen a mix of Private Practice and Civil Service work; I spent a number of years as a Senior Crown Prosecutor in Wolverhampton and then did advocacy work throughout Shropshire and the Black Country on a freelance basis. I have been employed by well-known firms in Birmingham and Shropshire. At Darwin Matthews, I deal with Family Law, Personal Injury Law, Wills and Probate and Road Traffic Law. I am a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers(APIL).

 

I have a wonderful son, aged 6 and three quarters(Jan 2014!). I live near to Church Stretton and love walking in the Shropshire Hills. I go to St Laurence's church in Church Stretton. I have a dog and other animals. I enjoy most sports, both playing and watching, and really love the "great outdoors" generally. Recently I took Spanish lessons and went on a fabulous adventure to Peru. I write poems, mainly nonsense ones, and published a small volume of rhymes for children not long ago. Please visit www.petalpowerpublishing.co.uk

 

 

Please do contact me if you have any enquiries at all about Darwin Matthews Solicitors and how we might be able to assist you. We do pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable, happy to give sensible initial advice without charge in the first instance. Our charging structure is very competitive and transparent.

 

 

Contact Steve at steve@darwinlaw.co.uk

 

Miss Faye Craggs LLB(Hons) BVC QLTT

Solicitor



 

After completing my Law Degree at The University of Birmingham I went on to study at The College of Law and qualified as a Barrister. I worked as a County Court Advocate for nearly four years specialising in all forms of civil litigation including property, debt and insolvency. I then cross qualified and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 17th June 2013.

 

I work within the field of general civil litigation at  Darwin Matthews and deal with all varieties of dispute, whether they are individual or business related.

 

I grew up in the Midlands before moving to Shropshire 11 years ago. In my spare time I enjoy ice skating, baking and reading biographies.

 

Contact Faye at faye@darwinlaw.co.uk

Mrs Nicola Bates LLB (Hons)

Solicitor

 

 

I qualified as a Solicitor in 2012. I have worked within the Legal environment since 2004 also completing my studies at the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Stafford.  

 

I have worked in Criminal Law, Mental Health Law and Conveyancing. I have specialised in Conveyancing since 2012 and deal with Residential Sales and Purchases (including Auction Properties), Transfers of Equity, Transfers of Land and Remortgages.  

 

I live in Telford with my husband and in June 2013 we had our first child, Zachary. In my spare time I enjoy taking Zachary to the park with our family dog, Rolo, and socialising with family and friends. 

 

Contact Nicola at nicola@darwinlaw.co.uk

Miss Georgia Wakeley  LLB (Hons)

Legal Consultant



 

I am a born and bred Shropshire girl, having grown up on a smallholding near Pontesbury and spent my days rounding up cows on my pony and looking after various animals.

 

I found my affinity for the Law during my time at Shrewsbury Sixth Form and continued my studies in the area at Keele University, graduating this year with a First Class Honours Degree.

My career in the legal profession continues here at Darwin Matthews; the relaxed family atmosphere coupled with honesty and integrity in their service, reaffirms my reasons for coming into Law.

 

I am in the Wills and Probate Department and am able to draft your will and advise on the best way to achieve what it is you want your Will to do. I can also assist with Lasting Powers of attorney, Probate and
other matters.

 

I now live in Greenfields, Shrewsbury, and continue to ride my horses at any given opportunity, training youngsters and competing in show jumping as well.

 

Contact Georgia at georgia@darwinlaw.co.uk

 

 

Deborah Bensley-Edwards

Legal Consultant

 

 

I have lived here in Shrewsbury all my life and I have amassed 22 years of experience in Courts/Legal work, specialising in matrimonial and family issues. At Darwin Matthews Solicitors, I am specialising in providing legal advice on Family Law and Civil Law issues.

 

I’ve travelled widely but have found I especially enjoy the food and culture of Europe and the Mediterranean in particular. Since having my daughter 6 years ago, it became apparent she had severe food allergies and since then I have dedicated time to researching and ensuring all her needs are met without her missing out on anything.

 

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, growing fruit and vegetables and in turn cooking and creating allergy-friendly recipes and specialised cakes for home and parties. In addition, I do voluntary work at my daughter’s school assisting Reception and Year One classes.

 

Contact Deborah at debbie@darwinlaw.co.uk

 

Gail Power

Legal Consultant

 

 

Originally from South Manchester, I started work as a Clerical Officer for a schools examination board before joining Greater Manchester Police as a WPC. I served for 6 years, stationed in Manchester City centre and worked in uniform and CID, passing the Sergeant’s examination within a couple of years. After an enthusiastic start I came to the conclusion that I was not suited to the violence, which came in abundance! I left the Police Force and spent 4 years working for TSB Bank as a Systems Analyst before taking a few gap years when I became a housewife and mother to two beautiful daughters.

 

We spent 4 years living in Belgium where I trained and worked part-time as a fitness instructor. On returning to England (Winchester), I worked for 5 years, supporting Schools Inspectors. We moved to Shropshire where I joined a local solicitors practice in Shrewsbury as Assistant Practice Manager. After 3 years I went on to work for an Association which provided support to local councils. My role  at the Association dealing with a wide range of administrative matters, and guidance on procedural, employment and legal matters. At Darwin Matthews Solicitors I am specialising in Personal Injury Law.

 

I am also a qualified swimming instructor and teach a couple of hours a week.

 

When I’m not working I enjoy mountain biking and walking on the Shropshire Hills. I have two gorgeous chocolate labs who take me for walks. I also enjoy a quick dip in the local pool.

 

 

 

Contact Gail at gail@darwinlaw.co.uk



 

Katie Mycock

Legal Secretary

 

 

Hello, my name is Katie Mycock. I have been working with Steve Matthews since the summer of 2008. I studied administration at Shrewsbury College and have completed NVQ qualifications since starting work. I am a Legal Secretary and enjoy helping out by providing support to fee earners on certain other matters as well.

 

 

In my spare time I like to read, swim, socialise with friends and spend time with my family.

 

 

Contact Katie at katie@darwinlaw.co.uk

 



Lucy Jarvis

Reception and Secretarial Support

 

I was born in Shrewsbury. I have a cheerful personality and enjoy working at Darwin Matthews. I work on Reception and, amongst my other duties, I greet clients upon arrival and answer the telephone. I also do general secretarial and administrative work and hope to do fee earning work in the future. I am doing an NVQ qualification and like to learn new things each day.

 

 

In my spare time, I like to shop and go to the cinema.



 

Contact Lucy at lucy@darwinlaw.co.uk

 

 

June Hunter

Legal Secretary

 

Born and raised in Lincolnshire I came to Shrewsbury in 1972 and loved the county and people so much that I have stayed here. I starting working in Solicitors straight from school (a very long time ago!!) and have experience in most departments, but never in Personal Injury or PPI.  I worked as John Bowdler's secretary for 15 years before he died and then the firm merged a couple of times and I was then "let go".  I joined Darwin Matthews in March of this year and absolutely love the firm and its people and actually learning and enjoying the work, being an area of law I have not experienced before.

 

I became single in 2001 and started working in a local country pub to help pay the bills and meet new people.  It was while working in this pub that I met my wonderful husband John (a real gentleman).  Between us we have four lovely now adult children and a squatting dog (one of our children's) called Mocha a Lhasa Apso Tibetian Guard Dog) but he is such a sweetie and we love him to pieces!!

 

My hobbies are walking the dog, reading, interior design, gardening and have now joined the local amateur drama group.

 

Contact June at june@darwinlaw.co.uk



Sarah Taylor-Beer

Legal Secretary

 

 

Hello, my name is Sarah and I was brought up in the surrounding countryside of Shrewsbury. I completed BSc (Hons) Physiology with Pharmacology before deciding to take a career path into Law. I am currently working as a Legal Secretary to Faye, which I thoroughly enjoy.

  

In my spare time I love tough hikes in the Lake District, walking my King Charles Spaniel, socialising with friends and reading up on fitness and nutrition. 

 

Contact Sarah at sarah@darwinlaw.co.uk

 

Kelly Sanders

Admin Assistant/Archivist

 

I am Kelly Sanders and I have lived in Shrewsbury all my life. I am an admin archivist within the Company. I began working for Darwin Matthews in June 2012 and this is my first job working within the legal environment, I do enjoy working here.

  

I work part time and otherwise enjoy spending quality time with my family. I have recently got married and have two wonderful children who keep me very busy. I do like to spend time with my friends and love going on shopping trips!

 

Contact Kelly at kelly@darwinlaw.co.uk

Neil Southern

Legal Accounts Manager

 

 

I have lived in Shropshire all my life, educated at the Mary Webb School and Shrewsbury College. I have 20 years' experience working as a Legal Accounts Manager / IT Administrator for some of Shropshire's most prominent legal firms. I am a member of The Institute of Legal Accounts Managers and have passed their Solicitors Accounts Dipolma examination. I advise all the staff on the Solicitors Accounts Rules and provide computer desktop support and training. I have written and designed our website with help from all my colleagues.

 

 

In my spare time, I like to spend as much time as possible with my family and I run The Shrewsbury Premier Darts League, in relation to which I have my own weekly column in The Shrewsbury Chronicle.

 

 

Contact Neil at neil@darwinlaw.co.uk