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Marina Cotton

Marina Cotton


Paralegal
Department: Residential Property

Marina joined our residential property team as a Property Paralegal to work alongside Alistair McKinlay at our South Elmsall office, dealing with sales, purchases, transfers of equity and remortgages.

Marina is a highly accomplished individual who has over 15 years professional cross-industry experience covering law, financial and business services.

She is a Brazilian National and moved to the UK in 2016. She is a qualified lawyer in Brazil, being registered with the Brazilian Bar Association of Rio de Janeiro Estate.

Settling in the UK was not an impediment for Marina continuing her desire to further develop her career in law. Although this was very challenging in the beginning, as a persistent, focused and driven individual those challenges have become fuel for Marina to achieve her goals.

Prior to joining Ridley & Hall, she worked for a local firm in one of the five towns where she started as a volunteer, providing support to the fee earners. During her volunteering role she attended the police station to observe interviews and criminal and family hearings at the Magistrate Courts. She soon progressed to become part of the team dealing with property transactions and probate files, conducting her own cases supervised by the Head of Conveyancing & Probate Department.  As Marina continues to gain experience in the law, she aims to develop her knowledge by undertaking further education in the UK .

Away from the office, Marina loves spending time with family and friends, enjoys reading, travelling, and learning new languages. If asked for advice, Marina would say “never give up on your dreams no matter how hard it gets


Residential Property Team

Adam  Fletcher

Director,
Head of Pontefract - South Elmsall Office
Adam is a Director & Head of our Pontefract office. Adam was appointed Managing Director in 2012-2018, having previously held the role of Technology and Business Development Partner with the firm for the previous 12 months....

Alison Mason

Head of the Residential Property Department,
Partner
Alison Mason is Head of the Property Department and is a Licensed Conveyancer with over 20 years of experience in residential Conveyancing. Alison joined Ridley & Hall in 1996 having previously worked for other local firms....

Alistair McKinlay

Partner
Alistair is a Partner in the Residential Property department, based in South Elmsall Pontefract, where he works alongside Adam Fletcher and Ashley Sowerby. He joined Ridley & Hall in February 2020 to help further develop the firm and department’s profile, having been a Partner for over 20 years at a well known Leeds practice....

Afreen Mhar

Solicitor
Afreen recently joined the property team as a Residential and Commercial Property Solicitor in September 2019. After living in Norfolk since 2016, she has returned home to Huddersfield to settle back in to her community....

Shad Mpande

Solicitor
Shad is a Trainee Solicitor currently undertaking his third seat in the Family Department. He has undertaken a seat in the Property Department and our Paralegal Central Services Team. Shad is a member of Resolution which is a community of family professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way....

Susan Sowden

Solicitor
Susan joined the firm in November 2019, from a firm in South Yorkshire but having previously been with firms in West Yorkshire. She specialises in all forms of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity and sales of new build plots on small-scale property developments. Susan also has a background in commercial property matters and Wills & Probate matters....

Ashley  Sowerby

Associate Solicitor
Ashley Sowerby joined Ridley & Hall in autumn 2016 as a Solicitor within the Property Department. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2014 after completing her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course at Leeds Metropolitan University....

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