Lindsay WilfordSenior Partner
Lizzie MarjoramConsultant Solicitor
Stephen WrigleyConsultant Solicitor
Roy RollingsAssociate Solicitor
Marika WhitemanAssociate Solicitor
Erica BrownenAssociate Solicitor
Amy FarmerTrainee Solicitor
Lindsay Wilford was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and Sheffield University and qualified as a solicitor in 1977. He became a partner in the firm shortly thereafter and has remained a partner, and latterly, a director, in the firm through its many stages of growth since that time.
He has a wide range of experience in real property transactions of all kinds, including Options, Conditional Contracts, Promotion and Collaboration Agreements, Affordable Housing Development Agreements and funding security documentation. He deals with large property transactions and disposals, particularly of residential development sites and site assemblies.
He also has a wide experience in Landlord and Tenant, Town and Country Planning, and the sale and purchase of company share capital and business assets. He regularly advises private and public companies, both on and off-shore.
Probate and Residential Conveyancing
John obtained an Honours Degree in Law, trained with this firm from 1978 and worked here since admission as a solicitor in 1980.
John now deals with general non-contentious private client matters with particular emphasis on wills, probate, powers of attorney, tax and trusts. He has a particular interest in dealing with elderly client issues (being a Member of the Solicitors for the Elderly Association) and with clients suffering from a disability (being on Mencap’s List of Solicitors specialising in law for persons suffering from disabilities).
Litigation and Family Law
Stephen Roberts was educated at Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School, Tamworth, Staffordshire. He read Law at Nottingham Trent University and qualified as a solicitor in 1985.
He appears regularly as an advocate in the County Court, both in respect of civil and matrimonial proceedings.
Stephen has extensive experience in all types of civil litigation including contract, Landlord & Tenant and property litigation.
He also has a wide range of experience in family law, regularly advising clients on matters of divorce, financial remedy and Children Act matters. His extensive experience mean regularly handling matters for high net worth clients.
Outside Law, his interests include cricket, both as a player and coach, having an ECB level 1 coaching certificate. He is a member of Network4Business.
Family law specialist and undertake wills and probate
Farah is a highly experienced member of the Private client team. She joined us in September 2014 after working for over 14 years as a solicitor, in various roles including that of partner at a local firm of solicitors.
Farah is a member of Resolution and one of the accredited specialists in the areas of Advanced Financial Provision and Advocacy Financial Provision. As a member of Resolution Farah believes in taking a non-aggressive approach is the most expedient, cost effective and amicable way of resolving family disputes. Where negotiation is required Farah takes a robust but fair approach.
Farah helps people going through separation including dealing with all related finances and children matters as well as pre and post nuptial and cohabitation agreements. Farah typically advises clients with complex financial issues involving a portfolio of assets in the UK and abroad as well as business assets. She aims to achieve the best possible outcome for all her clients.
Wills, Probate, Trusts and Elderly client
Farah has extensive experience in this area including drafting wills, codicils, advising on inheritance tax issues, care home fees, deeds of variation and the administration of estates. In addition, Farah advises on Lasting Powers of Attorney and undertakes Court of Protection work.
Farah advises business owners or private individuals on the best way to effectively plan their estates. She understands how to deal with clients with empathy and sensitivity when dealing with probate matters at a most challenging time in their lives.
Lizzie studied Law at the University of Birmingham, The Universität Bayreuth in Bavaria and the College of Law in York. Lizzie’s father was a founding partner of Bird Wilford & Sale and Lizzie joined the family business in 2010 after 9 years at Eversheds LLP.
As a specialist planning lawyer Lizzie primarily advises in respect of large scale residential development for major housebuilders.
Lizzie’s practice includes s106 planning and infrastructure agreements for residential and mixed use schemes with a special emphasis on sustainable urban extensions, planning appeals, High Court challenges, Judicial Review proceedings, certificates of lawful use, enforcement and village green inquiries.
Recent transactions include:
- A sustainable urban extension of 2,500 dwellings
- A successful judicial review in respect of a grade II listed Hall
- A mixed use scheme for a supermarket, 50,000 sqm of warehousing and 99 new homes
Holidays in Florida are Lizzie’s favourite thing.
Litigation, Employment Law, Commercial Property, Property Litigation, Residential Conveyancing
Stephen Wrigley joined the firm as a consultant in January 2014, having spent almost 40 years, mostly as a partner, with East Midlands firm Thomas Solicitors. His wealth of experience undoubtedly complements the already strong team at Bird Wilford & Sale.
Although his experience is broad in many areas of law, his particular interests are in general and commercial property litigation, employment law and commercial conveyancing and leasing.
Stephen was appointed as a Deputy District Judge of the County Court and High Court, Midland Circuit, in 2001. He sits regularly in the civil courts on the Midland Circuit.
In his spare time, Stephen is a keen sailor and, rather worryingly, plays drums in a (middle-aged) rock band.
Planning and Litigation
Roy studied Law at the University of Derby and went on to complete his Master of Laws at Nottingham Law School. Roy joined the firm in September 2015 as a trainee solicitor. During his training contract, he held seats in the Planning, Litigation, Employment and Commercial Property departments.
After qualifying as a solicitor, Roy was invited to stay with the practice as an associate solicitor and specialises in:
- S.106 planning and infrastructure agreements for residential and mixed use schemes.
- Planning appeals and High Court challenges, including Judicial Review proceedings.
- Civil litigation including contractual disputes and Landlord & Tenant matters.
- Property litigation.
- Commercial and Residential Conveyancing.
Commercial Conveyancing, Landlord and Tenant, Corporate Finance
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Marika concentrates on:-
• Sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties;
• Commercial leases and residential tenancies;
• Asset sales and purchases; and
• Acquisition of development land for commercial and residential development.
Erica joined us in November 2018 and is a specialist residential conveyancing solicitor. Erica has over 9 years experience in conveyancing and has a proven track record for offering a great service to her clients.
Amy studied Law with French Law and Language at the University of Hull and completed her Diplôme de Droit Français at the Université Pierre Mendès-France in Grenoble, France. Amy studied her Master of Laws at the University of Law in Leeds and joined Bird Wilford & Sale in May 2018 before starting her Training Contract in July 2018. Amy is currently training within the Private Client team and will be moving to her new seat in January 2019.
Outside of work, Amy can be found completing renovation works at her home in Nottingham and working on her in-law’s cattle farm in Derbyshire.