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Meet the team

Roger Taylor Senior Solicitor
Sarah Christmas Senior Solicitor
Chris Hughes Senior Solicitor
Peter Beacham Practice Manager

Roger has spent the majority of his career at Hedleys. His areas of specialism are property, business and commercial matters. Roger is a Notary Public and a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

In his spare time, Roger is a trustee of several charities as well as volunteering within the community sector locally.

He is a trained cabinet maker, and enjoys gardening and DIY. He also has two grown up children.

All types of legal work, Commercial and Residential Conveyancing and Parish Councils. Notary.

Having studied her first degree at the University of Manchester and a Masters Degree at the London School of Economics Sarah initially pursued a career in Human Resources Management and worked in the UK and overseas.  During a career break she decided on a career change and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Law in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor in 2002. Sarah specialises in property development, commercial property, commercial contracts and company work.

Sarah has teenage daughters  who go to school locally.  Spare time is limited, but Sarah enjoys reading and gardening. She is a member of the local tennis club . 

Company Law, Residential & Commercial Conveyancing and Wills etc.


Chris trained with Hedleys in the late 1970s and qualified in 1979.  After qualifying he worked in the City of London for the firm before leaving to work closer to home, following the birth of the first of his children. He returned to Hedleys in 2000, having gained wider experience in legal firms in Surrey and Hampshire. Chris is a Notary Public and a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Chris is married to a teacher and has two adult children, one of whom lives in the United States. Outside of work, he is involved in a local church in mid Hampshire, and is trustee of 2 national charities and member of Hampshire County Council's Religious Education Advisory Council. He also enjoys racquet sports.

Conveyancing, Wills / Codicils / Powers of Attorney and Probate. Notary.

Peter has enjoyed a varied career which started in selling, progressing to a buyer for a  group of large independent supermarkets, and then entered the world of IT, eventually becoming Managing Director of the UK company of a European IT Group.

Throughout this time Peter was a client of Hedleys and after a period of time, Hedleys suggested he might like to project manage their move to the current premises. That accomplished, Peter has now taken on the role of Practice Manager, bringing a greater commercial focus to the business whilst the remainder of the team carry out legal work.

In his spare time Peter attends his local church as well as acting as Company Secretary for some local comapnies.

Married with married children, Peter enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren.  When time allows, Peter enjoys undertaking and completing both small and large DIY projects.

Running of the Office

Lewis Hulatt Solicitor

Matrimonial / Divorce, Family, Mediation, General Court Work, Debt Collection, Landlord / Tenant.

Kate Jackson Solicitor

Employment Law, Media Law, Parish Councils, General Court Work, Defamation.

Ian Davison Solicitor

Parish Council and Local Authority work.

Alison Bartle-Tubbs Solicitor

Parish Council, Residential / Commercial Conveyancing and Wills and Probate. Based at Butler House.

Nisha Tayal Solicitor

Family Law including Matrimonial/Divorce, Separation and Children Matters. Based at Butler House.

Anne Bott Solicitor

Parish & Town Council Work.

Margaret Goff Solicitor

Residential / Commercial Conveyancing. Based at Bookham High Street.

Stuart Malcolm Probate Executive

Wills / Codicils / Powers of Attorney and Probate.  Based at Bookham High Street.

Lesley Hall Paralegal

Commercial / Residential Conveyancing.  Based at Bookham High Street.

Clive Wismayer Solicitor

Landlord & Tenant, Consumer Credit, Professional Negligence.  Based at Butler House.

Alison Mellegard Marketing

Communications. General marketing, advertising & PR

Hollie Gaines Solicitor Support

Based at Bookham High Street, Bookham.

Sarah Stevens Solicitor Support

Based at Butler House, Bookham.

Gill Wilson Solicitor Support

Based at Bookham High Street.

Jo Dawson Solicitor Support

Based at Bookham High Street.

Dawn Pearce Solicitor Support

Based at Butler House, Bookham.

Vicki Andrews Solicitor Support

Based at Butler House, Bookham.

Why choose Hedleys?
The Legal Practice with a Personal Touch Hedleys started life more than 40 years ago as the Surrey office of a firm of city lawyers based in East Horsley. Now independent the firm maintains its city expertise providing effective and innovative solutions to legal problems.

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Client Feedback

"Some of our previous experiences with the legal profession have been a bit hit and miss, but we are delighted with Hedleys. The service Sarah Christmas provides is fantastic – she responds very quickly to our calls, much faster than many firms would. Communication is excellent and we value that very highly as we work to tight deadlines and need regular updates. Hedleys provide the kind of all round business model that our company now needs, and we are happy to recommend them."

Marble Hill Property Consultants

"The purchase of a large number of property leases and the freehold was planned against a very tight schedule and deadline. Hedleys operated efficiently, without delays, and enabled us to complete our purchase within our timescales."

Roger Charters Birchwood Asset Management Ltd

"I was initially recommended to Hedleys by my accountants, and I have been very impressed with the service I have received. Sarah Christmas handled my property dispute extremely efficiently, responding quickly and patiently to my many emails, and making the whole process stress free. I have subsequently worked with Chris Hughes, who has an excellent eye for detail and ensured the ideal outcome for me. I feel in safe hands with Hedleys – they really are focused on my best interests."

Des Reid

"I originally chose Hedleys as they were local to where we lived, and I think the fact that I have used them 3 times in relatively quick succession speaks for itself. During this period I also used another solicitor, and this made me realise just how good the Hedley practice is – they provide swift communication and very professional advice, and have reasonable charges. I would definitely recommend them."

John Derry

"I first used Hedleys as they were my Uncle’s solicitor. I developed a confident and positive relationship with Chris Hughes and found him to be effective, efficient and plain speaking. I built up a trust with Chris, which I felt was very important, and I knew that my best interests were being secured. Because we communicated mostly via email this made contact easy for both parties, enabling us to look at formal documents and ratify anything. Above all, I was impressed with the quiet efficiency of the processes and I have absolute confidence in Hedleys."

Richard Williams

"I found Hedleys by doing a Google search on local solicitors. I chose them because they responded quickly and were well priced. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed! They dealt with everything in a timely and friendly fashion. They were happy to go the extra mile, and I felt they really fought my corner. They were very personable, good value for money, quick and efficient. In fact, I was so pleased with the service I even sent flowers!"

Sue Cooper