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Meet the Team

We now have a staff of 22 including 4 Solicitors, a qualified Licenced Conveyancer, a TEP Qualified Senior Private Client Executive, a Chartered Legal Executive, 2 Trainee Legal Executives and 2 specialist Paralegals – giving us the expertise to deal with all aspects of our areas of work while still enabling us to retain a friendly, personal approach.




Rosalind Watchorn

Rosalind founded the firm in 1993 having worked previously at Broomheads solicitors (now DLA Piper). Originally qualifying with a history degree and working in London for the Historical Association she retrained as a solicitor and moved to Sheffield in 1986. She deals with Wills, Probate, Trusts and elderly issues and oversees the Private Client Department. She has 3 children and lives locally. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).




Rebecca Linsell

Rebecca is a Partner at the firm having joined Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors in 1997. She qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and deals with Court of Protection matters, Wills, Trusts, Probate and oversees our Property Department. She has a law degree and lives locally with her husband and three children. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).






Nicola Bailey

Nicola studied Law with French at Sheffield University and qualified in 2006 with DLA Piper. After 6 years in their commercial property department, she worked for a local authority in their property department and has recently spent 3 years in a risk management role at an international law firm. She lives in Sheffield with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and holidays.




Niki Middleton

Niki Middleton

Niki is a qualified Licenced Conveyancer who joined us in March 2021 having worked previously at a well known Sheffield based law firm.  Niki deals with residential conveyancing, including complex matters; taking clients through the procedures to completion.





Roberta Griffin-Pygott

Roberta (aka Bobby) joined our Property Department as a Conveyancing Assistant/Secretary, having gained experience assisting and supporting fee earners within Residential and Commercial Property Departments at both regional and international law firms. Roberta is married and enjoys spending time at home with her husband and pets and is also an avid gardener.




Laura Howden

Laura joined our firm in 2016 having gained experience assisting and supporting fee earners at various City firms. At Rosalind Watchorn Laura offers invaluable support and assistance to Nicola, and Niki in the Conveyancing department.






Laura Elliott

Laura Elliott

Laura has many years of experience working within a conveyancing department at various Sheffield and Chesterfield law firms and is able to offer secretarial support to the team






VICTORIA LYMER – Head of Department

Victoria Lymer

Victoria Lymer

Victoria has joined us as Head of Department in our Private Client and Probate Department having spent the last 10 years working within National law firms but having gained over 17 years experience dealing with all aspects of private client work, qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive (and TEP) in 2014 and then cross qualifying as a Solicitor in 2015.  Her experience includes the administration of estates, tax planning, trusts and drafting documentation such as Deeds, Declarations of Trust and LPAs.




Rachel Baseley

Rachel Baseley

Rachel joined us as a Senior Private Client Solicitor in September 2022 from a well known corporate Sheffield Law Firm where she had practiced as a Private Client Lawyer since 2005 and from 2020 was appointed Registrar for the Diocese and Legal Secretary to the Bishop of Sheffield.  Rachel read English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford before obtaining her PGDipLaw and LPC at the College of Law in Chester and thereafter training at a national law firm, qualifying into their Landed Estate and Private Tax Team in 2002.  Rachel is also a member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Planning) and for some years was also an associate lecturer for the University of the West of England.




Susan Carter

Susan Carter

After many years working within the technical team at HSBC’s Probate Department dealing with complex estates Susan joined our Probate Team in 2014. Susan is a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).







Katie Paterson

Katie Paterson

Katie Qualified as a Solicitor in 2017 and joined us in February 2021 from a well known local law firm. Katie has a background in contentious work which she can carry through when dealing with complex Probate matters.







Dawn Horne

Dawn Horne

Dawn has over 10 years’ experience as a Probate Executive specialising in the administration of estates having joined us from a large well know National law firm.







Shaun Talbot

Shaun Talbot

Shaun is a Chartered Legal Executive having qualified in 2010 and has joined us from a Sheffield based commercial law firm.  Shaun has over 20 years of experience with his particular expertise being in the administration of high value estates, including intestate estates and inheritance tax matters.






Private Client


Heather Hardman-May

Heather Hardman-May

Heather has been with us since September 2022 having gained extensive knowledge and experience in advising and assisting clients relating to Wills and LPA matters. Heather’s experience has been gained from working at various law firms throughout South Yorkshire. She is a mum of two and enjoys travelling with her family.






Karen Bothamley

Karen Bothamley

Karen has many years secretarial experience working within various Sheffield and Chesterfield law firms and is able to offer secretarial support to the Probate and Private Client team.  Karen lives with her husband and enjoys walking, particular around her local area.








Jo Spencer

Jo has worked within a legal environment since around 1993, working up from Office Assistant to a CILEX qualified Paralegal specialising for many years in Family Law. In April 2013 Jo had a change of career, coming away from fee earning and into legal recruitment where she assisted many law firms within Sheffield and the surrounding areas in the successful recruitment of legal candidates from admin to Senior Solicitors and Partners. Jo joined us in October 2016 as Office Manager to assist the firm’s smooth running to include HR, Procurement and assisting with the continuing Lexcel accreditation at Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors. Jo enjoys walking and anything to do with food and drink!



Kerri Hickman

Kerri worked in the Banking sector for 27 years before joining our team as our Receptionist and Admin Manager in October 2017.  Kerri is part of the warm and friendly welcome you can expect when you call or visit Rosalind Watchorn Solicitors. Kerri lives with her Partner in Dronfield and in her spare time is involved with Girlguiding in the local area.



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