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 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.
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.
Emma joined KJ Cox Solicitors as an Associate solicitor in November 2021.
Emma has over ten years experience within the Domestic Abuse field as well as a background in supporting clients who have mental health or learning difficulties and who find themselves involved in court proceedings.
Emma is confident when advising clients in regards to a broad range of family matters including pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, dissolution, financial matters, cohabitation disputes and complex children matters. Emma is committed to finding creative, constructive solutions that are tailor made to meet her client’s individual needs.
Emma has a passion for supporting vulnerable clients and she undertakes much of her own advocacy in child contact matters and injunctive proceedings. Emma works with clients to try to settle matters at first hearings. When this is simply not possible Emma will work with her client to ensure that the right Barrister is instructed.
Emma is a member of Resolution, which means she is required to comply with Resolution’s Code of Practice in addition to the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct. The Resolution Code obliges Emma to work in a manner, which is non-confrontational and constructive, however when needed, Emma is able to take a more robust stance.
Private client law
Emma has a gentle approach with clients and her kindness reassures them that their matters are in safe hands. Emma is empathic while supporting clients to make practical and often difficult decisions about their future wishes.
Emma is able to prepare and execute Change of Name Deeds for both adult and children and specialises in drafting Wills and applying for Probate, Powers of Attorney and Deputyship Orders.
Emma studied Law at the University of Winchester, where she achieved a First Class Honours Degree. Emma then went on to study the Legal Practice Course with a Maters of Laws at the University of Law, Guildford. Emma was awarded a Distinction for her Masters and a Commendation for the LPC.
Aside from training to become a mediator, Emma spends her spare time travelling. She loves to be in the great outdoors and nothing makes her happier than scuba diving in warm waters, skiing down a beautiful mountain or finding a new hiking trail.
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.
I left Tomlinscote Sixth Form College with three A levels in IT, Sports Science and Media Studies in 2017.
From there I went straight to work for a local solicitors in the position of Legal Administrator and was there for three years. I provided back up support for the legal team in IT and covered areas such as Wills, Probate, Civil Litigation and Conveyancing. I knew then that I wanted to work in law so when the opportunity arose to come and work for Kellie Jayne Cox Solicitor I decided I wanted to work here to be a Legal Administrator providing support for the Family and Private Client Team. I help with the day to day administration at Kellie Jayne Cox Solicitor, and help keep everything running from an IT perspective.
My hobbies include walking my Shih Tzu x Yorkshire Terrier and my two Miniature Dachshunds over the local woodland area in Frimley.
I am a Brentford FC supporter and go to watch them (Home or Away) whenever I can.
Since the start of Lockdown in 2020, I started to teach myself how to play the guitar, and it has been a passion of mine ever since.
I look forward to expanding my knowledge of law so I can help others in the future.