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GHS Team


Scroll down the page to meet our team members:

Managing Director

Patricia is the Company’s Managing Director and Principal Solicitor.


Having acquired a wealth of experience in the legal profession for over 35 years, Patricia established Garden House Solicitors in 2006, creating an energetic, amicable and professional team of legal advisors.

Patricia Ling

Associate Solicitor

Lucy joined the firm in May 2014 as a Paralegal and gained experience in the Personal Injury, Dispute Resolution, and Private Client departments before commencing her training contract in October 2016.


Lucy graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2012 before going on to complete her Legal Practice Court at BPP Law School in London. She qualified as a Solicitor in Spring 2018.

Lucy Walpole

Consultant Solicitor 

Peter qualified as a solicitor in 1974 and for many years was a partner in Hertfordshire based firms. He has been associated with Garden House Solicitors since 2006 as a Consultant.

Peter has wide ranging legal experience and currently specialises in Probate, Wills, Trusts and Conveyancing.

Peter Brown

Consultant Solicitor

Frances is a Consultant Solicitor with the firm. She qualified in 1997 and she specialises in all areas of Family Law. She is a member of Resolution and aims to provide straightforward family law advice in simple language cutting out the normal legal jargon.

Frances Bedbrook-Kelly

Employment Consultant

Susanne joined the firm in 2017 as an employment consultant having previously qualified and practiced as a Barrister in Central London.

Susanne has experience in all areas of employment law but has a particular interest in working with employers to ensure that they comply with the law and to assist them when problems arise.


She also has extensive experience surrounding all types of workplace accidents and regularly assists the personal injury team with their cases.

Susanne Joseph

Consultant Solicitor 

Ian joined the firm in February 2022 as a consultant dealing with all aspects of private client work including Trusts, Estate Administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Tax Planning. He is admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales and as an Attorney at Law in New York. He was previously head of private client legal services at a trust corporation in the City of London and he worked for several years in Jersey and in the Caribbean in the offshore trust industry.

Ian Barton

Business Manager

Ken has extensive business experience and was instrumental in the setting up and also the continued success of the firm.  His role is to manage the business and ensure it runs efficiently by putting measures into operation to ensure the business is successful.  He is a visionary thinker and was responsible for sourcing and implementing systems to enable our solicitors and support staff to work efficiently from anywhere in the world.  Ken works closely with the firm’s accounts department in developing and implementing budgets and regularly reviews performance of the business to ensure each department meets its financial goals. He promotes an attitude of success and is a positive influence on the whole team. 

ken ling

Compliance Officer For Finance and Administration

Ruth has worked for Garden House since it started in April 2006 and has 37 years’ experience in Legal Accounts. She is a diplomaed member of The Institute of Legal Cashiers and Administrators.

Ruth Allen
Denise Gillam

Legal Cashier and Money Laundering Officer

Denise joined Garden House Solicitors in May 2020 in the role as Legal Cashier.

Denise has 37 years  experience as a Legal Cashier after leaving Lloyds Bank, her first job from school.

In her spare time she enjoys socialising with friends and family and traveling the UK.

Julie Retallick

Lexcel Compliance Officer

Julie joined the firm in July 2011 and in her role of LEXCEL Compliance Officer, she ensures that the firm’s badge of excellence is maintained with the Law Society. 

Client Liaison Officer

Elly joined the firm in December 2012 in the role of Client Liaison Officer. She is the first point of contact for clients and will always be able to update them on their matter at any time.


Elly is a real asset to the firm and its clients as she is always friendly and professional. 

Elly Wood

PA to Managing Director

Marsha joined the firm in November 2015. She works closely with the Managing Director and also assists with administrative support across the firm.


She always greets clients with a warm welcome and her bubbly personality is an asset of the firm.

Marsha Schwartz-Read
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