I qualified as a Solicitor in May 2004. My passion for law came from studying law GCSE at school and I was fortunate enough to be taught by a lovely local Magistrate. After school, I would often spend the summer holidays sitting in (where appropriate) and observing hearings at Alton Magistrates’ Court and that is where my desire to train as a solicitor began! Little did I know that many years later I would attend that very same Court to represent my own clients.
I went onto train with Dutton Gregory Solicitors in Winchester who continue to be a leading regional firm and I was very lucky to receive great training from a brilliant family Partner of the Firm. I went on to specialise in family law dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdowns for both married and unmarried couples, including financial and children matters. During my career, I have also undertaken a significant amount of work involving vulnerable clients, including high risk victims of domestic abuse and those with learning difficulties.
I am also incredibly passionate about Education law, specifically Special Educational Needs. I can offer support and advice on the Education and Health Care Plan Process, including reviews and appeals against Local Authority decisions or simply offer advice and support for parents who are just starting on their journey and are not sure which way to turn to ensure the best support for their child.
I also work as a Mediator, specialising in family, civil and special educational needs. My mediation skills are reflected in my day to day legal work as I like to approach matters in a manner that will achieve the best outcome for my clients and to reach a resolution wherever possible. I strongly believe in the mediation process which enables parties to reach agreements between themselves without the involvement of the Court. It also encourages positive communications which can be the key to resolution and future working relationships, particularly co-parenting relationships.
I pride myself on being approachable and down to earth and always go the extra mile for my clients. I also strive to deal with matters in a personable and non – inflammatory manner to ensure the best outcomes for the future.
I have worked in and around Alton for the last 15 years, having grown up and schooled here. I live locally in Holybourne with my husband and two young children and in my spare time I enjoy martial arts and fund raising for charities that are close to my heart, including the National Autistic Society, Dogs for Autism and Disability Challengers.
Kellie – Jayne is also a Trustee of Dogs For Autism Charity, which is very close to her heart. She is also on the Board of Governors at Hollywater School which is a local special needs school in Bordon.
I attended a law firm for my work experience when I was at school. This started my interest in the legal system and I decided to go to college to study law. I completed my A level law and got my first job as a legal secretary in the family department in 2003 and have always worked in family law since. After a few years of assisting with family matters I decided to start my CILEX qualification to become a Legal Executive. I passed all of my exams and became a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and started handling my own files and running my own cases.
After I had my son in 2010, I decided to take a step back and went back to assisting others with their caseloads, to enjoy being a mum without the responsibility of my own cases. Now that my son is older, I have returned to running my own matters and have completed my qualification to become a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive.
I love to help people and like to provide a supportive role to those going through challenging times, which is often the case in family law.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
I qualified as a Solicitor in August 2023 at the age of 23. I had a fast-track approach to my qualification having completed my Law degree at Royal Holloway from 2018 – 2021 and then I completed my training contract and my LPC LLM alongside each other from 2021-2023. I have 2 years’ experience in Private Client Law, where I have gained a wealth of knowledge from my kind mentors.
I first decided that I wanted to be a solicitor after being involved in, and was fascinated by, the adoption process for my little sister and initially my heart was set on being a Family Law solicitor. At the time I did not realise that my true passion would lie in the Private Client sector. I discovered Private Client law during my training contract at Biscoes Solicitors in Portsmouth. I was instantly captivated by the technical elements of the field. I enjoy advising my clients on the best way to manage their estates and affairs and oftentimes this involves solving puzzles for them, which is satisfying for both me and my client.
I can advise my clients on Wills (including Will Trusts), Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probates, Trusts and Taxation.
Outside of work I am a keen runner. I have run the Brighton Marathon in 2023 and will be running Manchester in 2024. I also love Test Cricket – I have almost an unhealthy obsession with it. I also enjoy going on walks with my fiancée and cuddling my cat, Amber.
My first undergraduate degree was in psychology which I followed with a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. For a number of years I lectured at the University of Westminster in forensic psychology and then taught A level psychology at a school in Guildford. My husband and I have a daughter now aged 25. Working in academia allowed me to travel extensively with my husband spending a great deal of time in the Middle East and the USA. My love of law stems from my work and study of forensic psychology and I decided some time later to study law. I completed my GDL and LPC at the University of Law and was thrilled to be a joint winner of the Resolution Family Law prize for my year. It has since been an ambition of mine to train as a Solicitor.
I have personal experience acting as a Power of Attorney and a Trustee helping resolve an extremely complicated estate and therefore understand the importance of ensuring clients affairs are in order and how a sensitive approach is essential.
I currently live and run a small farm in West Sussex which I completely renovated. This is now mostly run using renewable energy. I am passionate about the environment and have turned fallow overfarmed land into meadow and woodland. I have bred Herdwick sheep in the past still keeping a small retired herd (who I call my ladies) and currently give a woodland home to 15 hives where honey is produced for a local business. I support Forage Aid a charity to help farmers in difficult times feed and bed their livestock. One of my other interests is environmental and agricultural law. I understand the difficulties farmers face and the specific issues faced when making a Will passing farms on to future generations.
I am excited undertake my training with the KJ Cox team and look forward to bringing my own life skills and experience to help and support our clients.
I am a Company/Commercial solicitor. I qualified as a solicitor in March 2001 having undertaken my legal training with Clifford Chance in London, a leading global firm. During my career, of over twenty years, I was also a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell in the Company/Commercial department. Since 2010, I have worked independently, either directly for clients or with virtual firms, such as Lawyers on Demand. Working for myself has provided invaluable insight into the pressures but also the joys of running your own business.
My main areas of specialism are corporate and commercial law, so essentially anything from creation of a company or partnership, through the day-to-day legal requirements, with contracts, joint ventures, shareholders’ agreements, use and licensing of intellectual property, including websites, to the sale or winding up of a business.
I have worked for limited companies, general partnerships, LLPs, charities, entrepreneurs, start-ups and global corporations, on entirely UK based matters as well as on cross-border transactions.
I see my role as helping clients achieve their business goals, to their timetable, by providing clear, pragmatic and commercial advice. My focus is on understanding each client’s business, their ethos and their aims, to enable them to succeed.
I have lived in Hampshire most of my life and lived in Chawton for over 10 years, where my husband and I did a barn conversion (which took all of that time). I used to play a lot of sport when I was younger and now I run after my four children. In my spare time, I run a small charity called Share a Little Bit to help those suffering from infertility.
Kate started her legal career in 2013 studying law at Newcastle University, having thoroughly enjoyed her degree she graduated in 2016 and joined a local law firm as an office junior.
Kate built up a wealth of knowledge and experience in the conveyancing department and furthered her career working within the social housing sector, running her own caseload, at an international law firm.
Kate joined KJ Cox Solicitor in January 2022, and is now supporting the Private Client and Family departments. She really enjoys building a rapport with clients and working as a team to achieve the best outcome for her clients. Kate has recently enrolled onto her legal practice course at The University of Law in Southampton, commencing her training contract in October 2023.
In her spare time Kate enjoys baking, spending time with friends and long walks in the countryside.
I have been enrolled onto the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) as an Associate Legal Executive since 2018. My enrolment onto CILEx means that my professional and personal conduct are regulated to ensure that my knowledge of the law, practice and professional performance comply with CILEx Codes of Practice.
I began my journey in law after listening to my sister talk about interesting cases and legal issues that she was studying at the time. From there, I elected to study A-Level law at Alton College where my interest for the law increased further and during study breaks I would often find myself sat in the Alton Magistrates Court observing hearings. On completion of my A-Levels, I went to read Law with Business at the University of Portsmouth which I then followed on with a Masters of Science in Counter Fraud and Counter Corruption studies.
My legal career began in the latter end of 2017, and I have since worked across two law firms in Surrey and Hampshire. This has seen me gain valuable experience in dealing with matters predominantly in Civil Litigation, Debt Collection and Employment. However, I have always been passionate about Family Law stemming from two work experience spells that I received whilst studying at university.
I aim to conduct myself in a manner that is professional, friendly, trust-worthy and helpful. I strongly believe in the power of listening and understanding what it is like to be in my client’s circumstances, this helps me to provide the best service I can for each client individually.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing/watching football (an avid fan of Portsmouth F.C.) and spending time with family.
I am very excited to be a part of a great team at KJ Cox and extremely grateful to be able to pursue my passion in working in Family law to help make a difference where it matters the most.