Meet The Team

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Private Client

Our team has over 70 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to Wills, Probates, Tax and Trusts. We have four members of the team who may work on your matter. They will be supervised by Iain Grundy, Partner and Head of the Department.

Iain Grundy - Partner

Iain is the head of our Private Client team and has over 6 years experience in private client work. He specialises in Wills and Probate and Court of Protection cases. Iain has been working in this area since he qualified and has helped a vast number of families and individuals.  

Iain has a degree in Microbiology and Immunology and completed his Graduate Diploma in Law at Leeds University in 2010. He joined Winder Taylor Smith in 2012 during his training contract. Iain subsequently became a partner in 2017. The firm is an accredited member of the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme and Ian is  in charge of ensuring the department implements and maintains quality and training requirements under the Scheme.

Iain regularly meets with clients at our Horwich office, although he mainly works from our Harley House office and can be contacted on - 

Tel: (01204) 498970

J. Derek Smith -Partner

Derek qualified as a solicitor 1968 and has over 50 years experience in the provision of legal services. Derek specialises in Trusts,Probate and estate administration, Wills and Elderly Client Services (including Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection cases) and commercial and residential property. Derek has been a named partner of Winder Taylor Smith since 2014 by merger from Derek Smith & Co (the firm he established in 1978).

Derek works from our Designa House office and can be contacted on - Tel: (01204) 389089 / 389908

Simon Dennis - Senior Solicitor

Simon joined us in March 2016 as a senior solicitor. After obtaining a degree in Mathematics, Simon attended the College of Law in Guildford, passed the Common Professional Examination and Law Society Finals and qualified as a solicitor in 1989. 

Simon specialises in the preparation of Wills and dealing with the administration of estates. He also advises on Trusts and Inheritance Tax matters and deals with the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and associated Elderly Client Services.

Simon works from our Harley House office and can be contacted on - Tel: (01204) 498970

Philippa Best - Private Client Paralegal

Philippa is registered with the Institute of Paralegals and is a Tier 3 Paralegal on the Professional Paralegal Register. She gained a Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies from the National Association of Licensed Paralegals in 2008 and is an affiliate member of STEP from which she obtained her Certificate in Trusts and Estates in 2015. She continues to undertake professional development courses within her respected area of law. Philippa has worked within the legal profession in various roles since 1990 and joined us in 2013. She has steadily built up her own case load in Probate, Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Philippa works from our Harley House office and can be contacted on - Tel: (01204) 498970

Conveyancing Department

Our Conveyancing team have a wealth of combined experience and knowledge within this area of practice. The team currently comprises four
Partners and three Fee Earners who have worked on thousands of cases between them. These Fee Earners may be involved in your case at any time and will be supervised by Caroline Smith, Partner and Head of Department.

Caroline Smith -Partner

Caroline joined Winder Taylor Smith in 2014 by way of merger from Derek Smith & Co. She is a Partner and the Head of Conveyancing. Caroline obtained her LLB Honours degree from the University of Leeds in 1989 and went on to qualify as a solicitor in 1994. 

Since qualifying, Caroline has specialised in Residential conveyancing . She has over 25 years experience in the legal profession and has managed thousands of cases in this time. The firm is an accredited member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme and Caroline is in charge of ensuring the department implements and maintains quality and training requirements under the Scheme.

Caroline works from our Designa House office and Ramsbottom office. She can be contacted on -  Tel: (01204) 389089 / (01706) 829750

Kate Nightingale -Partner

Kate has worked in the legal profession for 18 years and joined the firm as a solicitor in 2012. She obtained her degree and Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of Central Lancashire.
Kate progressed to partner in 2014 and has been instructed on thousands cases since the start of her employment with us. She specialises in Residential and Commercial Property and Planning law.

Kate works from our offices in Bolton and Horwich and can be contacted on the following numbers - Tel: (01204) 389908/697467

Heather Worthington –Partner

Heather has worked for Winder Taylor Smith (Fallows) since 1990 and has been a partner for over 25 years . She obtained her LLB Honours Degree from Manchester University and qualified as a solicitor in 1977.
Heather has over 40 years experience within the legal profession and has helped thousands of individuals, families and businesses during this time.

Heather works from our Bolton offices and specialises in commercial property, residential property and family law. She can be contacted on -

Tel: (01204)389908 / 498970

J. Derek Smith -Partner

Derek qualified as a solicitor 1968 and has over 50 years experience in the provision of legal services. Derek specialises in Trusts,Probate and estate administration, Wills and Elderly Client Services (including Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection cases) and commercial and residential property. Derek has been a named partner of Winder Taylor Smith since 2014 by merger from Derek Smith & Co (the firm he established in 1978).

Derek works from our Designa House office and can be contacted on - Tel: (01204) 389089 / 389908

Helen Grundy – Solicitor

Helen has recently joined Winder Taylor Smith in October 2018, after a period of time with KBL. Helen has worked for 11 years in the legal profession and has a wealth of experience in Residential conveyancing.

Helen has a degree in Applied Biology from DeMontfort University, Leicester and obtained her GDL and LPC from Manchester Metropolitan University between 2005 and 2007. She qualified as a solicitor after completing her training contract in 2009.

Helen works from our Harley House office and can be contacted on - Tel: (01204) 498970

Janet Turner - Licensed Conveyancer

Janet has worked within the legal profession for 26 years in total and has been an employee of Winder Taylor Smith for 14 years. Janet gained her Licensed Conveyancing qualification from the Council of Licensed Conveyancers in September 2008. She specialises in Residential Conveyancing and works from our office based in Horwich.

Janet can be contacted on - Tel: (01204) 697467

Diane Penlington - Licensed Conveyancer

Diane obtained her Licensed Conveyancing qualification from Manchester College and has been working in the legal profession since 1981. She joined Winder Taylor Smith in 2014 by way of merger after working for Derek Smith and Co for 25 years. Diane has worked on thousands of conveyancing cases and specialises in all aspects of conveyancing .

Diane can be contacted at our Ramsbottom office on - Tel: (01706) 829750

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