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Staff Profiles

We use our collective enthusiasm and experience as a sounding board if there are any particular features of your matter that might be unusual. This sharing experience means we can offer a high degree of specialism and is part of our ongoing commitment to train and equip our members of staff to the highest degree possible.

See below for brief details of our principal people.

Jill Palmer

Jill became a solicitor in 1984 after training with another local firm and her father Roy. She joined the firm shortly after – being the youngest female solicitor in a mixed practice partnership.

Jill has specialised in residential property since she qualified. Her wealth of experience guarantees her clients a close attention to detail, along with a superb working knowledge of all areas of property law. Jill has acted on a broad range of transactions, including Transfers of Equity, Remortgage, Freehold and Leasehold purchases, Assents and Land transfers, Right of Way and Boundary queries. Jill has a particular interest in equestrian property.

Sara Palmer

Sara joined the firm in 1993 as an articled clerk to her sister Jill and qualified as a solicitor in 1995. Since then she has acted for a broad range of clients in all areas of general commercial property transactions, acquisitions and disposals of office industrial and retail properties. Her particular area of expertise is acting for both landlords and tenants in negotiating commercial property leases and other ancillary issues such as licences to underlet, alter and assign. She has particular expertise and experience in acting for retail tenants working closely with their shopfitting and project management teams. She also acts for a number of landlords with portfolios and investment properties which include management issues.

Roy Palmer

Roy has a wealth of experience in all types of land development and commercial property transactions. As the founder member of the firm he has always taken great pride in providing a service to each client which is second to none. Combining a practical common sense approach to resolving issues, many years experience in his speciality and fine attention to detail with his speciality personal service and a good dose of humour he is a hard act to follow. Roy also has considerable and numerous years experience in other private client matters such as Tax, Trusts, Wills and Probate,

Roy is the Chairman of a public company and a past President of the Bedfordshire Law Society.

Harry Fowler

Harry became a Solicitor in 1984 and joined the firm in 2003. Before then he was a Partner in one of the oldest practices in Bedford.

Harry has experience of all types of Property work but is particularly interested in Land and Farming, and is the head of our Agricultural Department. He deals with Estate Planning and Will drafting, particularly for Farming and Agricultural clients.

He is a member of the Agricultural Law Association, the Country Land & Business Association, the Bedfordshire Law Society, and a member and past President of the Bedford Surveyors 1921 Club.

Yagnesh Shah

Yagnesh trained and qualified with an international real estate lead law firm in the City of London. Before joining Palmers Solicitors LLP, on 1st March 2012, he was a partner in the Milton Keynes office of a leading Northamptonshire based law firm.

Yagnesh specialises in all aspects of commercial property matters ranging from land development, landlord and tenant (acting for institutional landlords and occupational tenants on leasing matters) and commercial property related portfolio acquisitions and disposals. He also advises banks on secured lending matters. He has experience in handling complex and demanding property development projects advising both developers and land owners acquiring or disposing of sites for residential or commercial development including option agreements, contracts conditional upon planning or related matters and uplift/overage/clawback agreements.

Janet Ribbans

Janet is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives specialising in will drafting, probate and powers of attorney. Janet is the recipient of a number of prizes from the Institute of Legal Executives.

Janet is renowned for her caring and sympathetic approach to clients in what can often be very difficult and emotional circumstances.

Malcolm Day

Malcolm is a conveyancing executive in our residential property department.

Malcolm has a wealth of experience in conveyancing having previously worked for a national house builder.

Malcolm offers a thorough and conscientious approach to what is often the major transaction in a client's life.

Freya Buckley

Freya is a Licensed Conveyancer working in our residential conveyancing department.

Freya deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing such as freehold and leasehold sales and purchases (including shared ownership and help to buy transactions), transfers of equity and re-mortgages.

Freya prides herself on building close working relationships with clients, local agents and mortgage brokers. This assists in meeting the individual needs of each client, making the conveyancing process as stress free as possible.