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Marina Cotton

Marina Cotton

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

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....

Natalie  Hudson

Legal Executive
Natalie joined our residential property team as Chartered Legal Executive at our South Elmsall office dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing including; sales, purchases, leases, new build sales and plot purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and shared ownership....
Adam Leece

Adam  Leece

Team Leader for Property, Barnsley
Adam joined Newman & Bond, currently Ridley & Hall incorporating Newman & Bond, in 2010 as a Trainee Solicitor qualifying in 2012. Since qualifying as a Solicitor Adam has experienced a varied workload but has focused increasingly on both Residential and Commercial Property transactions for the last 8 years. In 2021 Adam was successfully appointed Partner within Ridley & Hall and in 2022 became the Property Team Leader within the Barnsley branch....

Alison Mason

Head of the Residential Property Department,
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

Team Leader for Property, South Elmsall
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....

Axsa  Nazar

Axsa joined Ridley & Hall in April 2022, having previously worked at a small firm in Wakefield. She completed her undergraduate Law, Human Rights and Social Justice degree at De Montfort University....

Susan Sowden

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

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....

Kate Ward

Associate Solicitor
Kate Ward is an associate solicitor based in our conveyancing department. Kate qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of residential property. She has also dealt with land sales and purchases and adverse possession. ...

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