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Gordon Luckhurst

Gordon is the Senior Partner at Thomas Boyd Whyte and was admitted in 1981, joining the firm shortly after, in 1982.

Bruce Wilkey

Bruce is a partner in the firm and was admitted in 1987. Having spent a period of time practising in Oxfordshire he has been with Thomas Boyd Whyte for over 20 years.


Bruce Wilkey, partner

Areas of Law: Bruce specialises in property law including residential and commercial conveyancing and landlord and tenant. He also deals with wills and probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.


Tula Fitzpatrick

Tula was admitted in 1997. She is a Resolution member and a member of the Law Society Family Panel.

Areas of Law: Tula deals with all aspect of family law including divorce, ancillary relief, private law children and disputes between co-habitees in respect of property ownership, as well as pre-nuptial contracts and co-habitee contracts. She also advises on will disputes and contentious probate.

Therese Hayden

Therese was admitted in 1986 and has been a member of the Law Society’s Child Care Panel for 20 years.

Areas of Law: Therese specialises in public law children including care proceedings, adoption and special guardianship. She is able to represent children, parents and other family members involved in the proceedings. Therese also advises in all aspects of private law children, including residence and contact.

Wills and Probate

Kathy Warren

Kathy has been working at Thomas Boyd Whyte since 2006 and has been the wills and probate assistant for the last 3 years.

Areas of Law: Kathy deals with wills and probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.


Gordon Luckhurst, Senior Partner

Areas of Law: Gordon has specialised in Criminal Litigation throughout his career and built up a wealth of experience. He now concentrates on case preparation for serious crimes.

Sarah Bedford

Sarah was admitted in 2006 and is a qualified duty solicitor. Whilst completing her Law and Criminology Degree she worked for a criminal law firm in the Midlands where she obtained her police station accreditation. Sarah has been working at Thomas Boyd Whyte since 2002.

Areas of Law: Sarah solely practices criminal law and has a caseload covering the full spectrum of offences both at the Magistrates Court and Crown Court. She is an experienced Magistrates Court advocate and has a particular interest in representing vulnerable defendants.

Matthew Coxall

Matthew was admitted in 2004 and is a solicitor and fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, obtaining fellow status in 1997. He has been employed in criminal practise since 1989.

Areas of Law: Matthew practises general criminal law including Magistrates and Crown Court cases. He has a particular interest in road traffic offences and recently set up a national speeding offence advice line in conjunction with a major speed camera detection device supplier.

Sinem Ibrahim

Sinem was admitted in 2006 and is a qualified duty solicitor. Sinem joined the firm in 2010 having worked for a London firm during her training contract who specialise in serious fraud proceedings, extradition and very high cost cases.

Areas of Law:- Sinem deals with all types of criminal matters, from minor offences like road traffic offences and shoplifting to serious crime such as rape and robbery. She has a particular interest in representing youths.

Joanna Lawrence

Jo joined the criminal department of Thomas Boyd Whyte in 2010 and has been with the firm since 2009.

Jo is an advocate in the Magistrates Court and also conducts case work on Magistrates and Crown Court files.

Areas of Law: She will soon be a fully qualified police station representative and has recently begun to conduct her own trials.

Jason Lucking

Jason completed his training contract with Thomas Boyd Whyte and was admitted in 2000.

Areas of Law: Jason has a wide range of experience in criminal cases, in particular having successfully represented clients who have been acquitted in manslaughter, conspiracy and rape cases.

James McCooey

James was admitted in 1975 having been involved in criminal cases for 6 ½ years prior to admission. Since 1997 he has been a qualified German Rechtsanwalt (lawyer)

Areas of Law: James undertakes all aspects of criminal defence work and has conducted numerous trials for defendants

Jatinder Sokhal

Jatinder was admitted in 1996 and is a qualified duty solicitor for both police stations and Magistrates Courts.

Areas of Law:- Jatinder undertakes all aspects of defence criminal work including police station attendance, representation at the Megistrates Court and preparation of cases for both Magistrates and Crown Courts. He has represented clients involved in high profile murder cases, robbery, drug supply and serious sexual offences which have involved complex areas of law and interest from national and local media.

Leon Stewart

Leon was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executive in 2000 and was one of the first legal executives to obtained advocate status in 2010. Leon joined Thomas Boyd Whyte in 2001 and qualified as a police station representative in 2004.

Areas of Law: Leon deals with all types of criminal case work from preparing serious cases in the Crown Court to minor criminal offences in the Magistrates Courts. He is available to attend and represent clients at the offices of Jobcentre Plus in relation to fraud investigations conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Clare Wilkinson

Clare is a paralegal who has been employed in criminal practice for 13 years joining Thomas Boyd Whyte in 2003.

Areas of Law: Clare deals mainly with criminal proceedings in the Magistrates Courts.

Paula Symmons

Paula joined the criminal department of Thomas Boyd Whyte in 2011 where she is responsible for her won case load within the department.

Paula has had a successful career, engaged in Criminal Defence work since commencing her career in 1984, with a defence firm of lawyers in South East London.

She has been an accredited Police Station Advisor since 1998.

Areas of Law: Paula is also a vastly experienced Senior Case Worker representing clients and carrying out enquiries on their behalf, in a variety of cases in both the Magistrates and Crown Court including allegations of murder, rape, assaults, drugs and dishonesty.