Team Listing

Here at Maples we have a wealth of experienced staff ready to assist you with legal matters.

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Anita Toal LLB

Anita has been with the Firm since 1989.  She joined as a Trainee Solicitor, before qualifying in October 1991 and eventually becoming a Partner in the Practice with effect from 1st January 1995.

Since 2004 Anita has been the Firm’s Managing Partner, and in particular has been responsible for guiding the Firm through Lexcel Accreditation.

Anita’s work is split between Family Law, Criminal Litigation and management of the Firm.

With respect to Family Law, Anita is a Member of Resolution, which is an organisation of Family Lawyers who attempt to resolve family disputes and divorce on a non-confrontational basis.  Having said that, if family disputes do have to be settled by the Court, then Anita has over 28 years’ experience of advocacy.

Anita has undertaken all types of family work from Publicly Funded work (legally aided) to complex divorces involving several million pounds’ worth of assets.

So far as Criminal Litigation is concerned, Anita is a Member of the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme and is also a Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor.  Her experience has involved her undertaking defence work of a wide nature ranging from the most serious crimes to constructing technical defences for motoring matters.

Outside of work, Anita served for 15 years on the Board of Governors at St Johns Primary School & is currently a Parent Governor at Spalding High School. She is married with two children.

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David Hicken LLB

David was born and brought up near Grimsby and after obtaining a Law Degree from Sheffield University joined Maples in September 1982 as a Trainee Solicitor.  After qualifying in October 1984 he became a Partner in January 1986.

David specialises in Commercial Property and is well respected for his work on behalf of some of the area’s leading property developers.  The work ranges from the sale and purchase of individual plots to larger estates of 300 plus dwellings and includes complex acquisitions.

David is well known for his work with local Churches – as an active Methodist he has taken a leading role in the local Church and Circuit and also acts in a variety of matters involving the Anglican Church and other denominations.  Over the years he has been involved in a number of other charities, including periods as Clerk to the Governors for a local Primary School, a Governor of a local Secondary School, work in establishing a charity for the homeless and involvement with youth work.

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Mike Pepper MA

Mike qualified as a Solicitor in April 1981.  He joined Maples in October 1983 before becoming a Partner in the Practice in 1986.

Mike specialises in Residential Conveyancing, and has over 35 years’ experience in this field.  He is very well respected and liked by the local agents, and is renowned by his clients for his efficiency and speed in dealing with the conveyancing process.

Outside of work Mike likes to spend as much time as possible with his family.

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James Turner BA

James qualified as a Solicitor in September 1996, having completed his Articles in his hometown of Blackpool.  James joined the Firm in 1997, and became a Partner in January 2001.

James specialises in Commercial Conveyancing (particularly with a Leasehold slant), Business Transfers and Company matters.

Outside of work James likes to travel and is a very keen and enthusiastic skier.

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Jane Mawer LLB

Jane joined Maples in September 2002.In January 2007 she became a Partner of the newly formed Limited Liability Partnership.

Jane covers all areas of Wills, Probate and Trust Law.

Internally Jane is responsible for all the Firm’s personnel issues, including recruitment

Outside of work, Jane enjoys spending time with her young family

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Daven Naghen LLB

Daven was admitted to the Solicitors’ Role in September 2003 and joined Maples in April 2004. With effect from the 1st January 2009 Daven has become a Partner in The Firm.

Daven specialises in Criminal Law, Motoring and Licensing matters.  He is a Member of the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme and is also a Member of the Boston and Spalding Duty Solicitor Scheme for both the Police Station and the Court.

He has vast experience of all matters of Criminal work including high profile cases involving rape and murder ranging to the bottom end of the scale of seriousness to criminal damage and public order offences.

Daven is also well respected locally for his representation of clients in motoring matters, whether he is trying to prevent a driving ban or to obtain an acquittal.

Since our Firm holds a Criminal Defence Service Contract, Daven can apply for and obtain legal aid for many Criminal Law matters.  However when legal aid is not available, Daven has on many occasions successfully applied to the Court at the end of a case for a Defendant’s Costs Order from Central Funds to have the client’s costs met by the Court/State.

Daven is a keen cricketer, being a Member of Spalding Cricket Club. 

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Gemma Mayer LLB

Gemma joined Maples Solicitors LLP in 2007 as a Trainee Solicitor, having obtained a First Class law degree at Liverpool John Moores University and commendation on the Legal Practice Course at the BPP Law School.

Gemma qualified as a solicitor with the firm in November 2009 and was made a Partner on 1st January 2015.

Since qualification Gemma has worked in the firm’s commercial team and has gained a wealth of experience in a wide range of matters from advising on the best type of business media and drafting any required constitutional documentation, to the buying and selling of a business and drafting or reviewing terms and conditions or other commercial contracts, including employment contracts.

Gemma also undertakes a range of commercial property work, which she finds compliments the pure commercial elements of her work.

Gemma regularly represents the firm at networking events and social events within the local community. Outside of work, Gemma enjoys reading, baking and watching live bands.

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Faye Blair LLB

Faye joined Maples in November 2011 as a Newly Qualified Solicitor after recently completing her training with a local firm.

Faye will be assisting our Private Client Department including the Writing of Wills and Probate.

Faye recently became a member of the Peterborough and District Law Society after being named Trainee Solicitor of the Year by the Law Society in 2011.

Outside of work Faye enjoys spending time with her young family along with Baking, Reading and Running. She is also a strong supporter of the Sue Ryder Hospice and regularly takes part in fundraising activities.

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Claire Smith FCILEx

Claire started work at Maples in July 1998 as a Legal Secretary.  In June 2000 she commenced her Chartered Legal Executive training. In June 2005 she was admitted as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with distinction and in June 2007 she became a Fellow of the Institute.

During her time as Maples, Claire has gained considerable experience in different areas of law and now assists David Hicken, within our very busy Residential Conveyancing Department.

Claire is also responsible for the management of our own Credit Control Department.

Outside of work Claire enjoys spending time with her partner, family and friends, reading and walking her cocker spaniel.

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Jamie Dobbs GCILEx

Jamie started at Maples in 2006 and moved to the Private Client Department in 2008 where she has gained much experience within this area of law over the years. She commenced her Chartered Legal Executive training in 2013  and during her training she has received many distinctions for the examinations that she has taken. Most recently she scored the highest mark in the country for an examination that she took.

Jamie advises clients in relation to Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney as well as administering estates ranging from small, more simple estates to those that are more complex involving foreign assets, intestacies or high values.

When Jamie is not studying for her next exam, she enjoys spending time with her partner, family and friends.

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Property Protection Trusts

Property Protection Trusts and Protecting your Property from Care Home Fees

Many people are concerned that as they get older, they may need to move into a care home and the cost of such care can be very expensive. Many people are therefore looking for ways to protect their assets from care home fees.

In recent years “Property Protection Trusts” have been promoted as being the failsafe, guaranteed way of protecting your property from care home fees. Many companies promoting such trusts are unregulated and their products such as Property Protection Trusts are being promoted and sold by sometimes nothing more than a very persuasive salesperson.

It is likely that your home is your largest asset and you should be very cautious before making any decisions with regard to your largest asset and the roof over your head. Indeed a Property Protection Trust may not even protect your home from being sold to pay for care fees or could cause tax implications and therefore it is very important that you take advice from one of our lawyers before making any decisions with regard to such Property Protection Trusts.

These Trusts can be brought to people’s attention either from cold calling, arranging home visits and sometimes even from kiosks or stalls in public areas. The people “selling” Property Protection Trusts to you can be very persuasive and may not be providing you with correct information or all of the information you should have before making a decision regarding your property. Their fees are often excessive.

In some cases, these companies even offer Lasting Powers of Attorney at what they claim to be a reduced rate. People should take caution as these “cheap” Lasting Powers of Attorney often result in being more expensive than our own charges and the companies involved often do not provide the correct advice or the necessary advice for you.

If you have been contacted by someone discussing Property Protection Trusts and would like to discuss this further with one of the lawyers in the Wills and Probate Department of this firm or you have already created a Property Protection Trust but would like to take further advice then please contact one of our lawyers in the Wills and Probate Department:-

Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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Testimonials

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

Daven Naghen LLB

"Daven provided an excellent service, from attending the first interview with me to the final court appearance. He filled me full of confidence that he would defend me to which he did and come out with an excellent outcome in view of my position that I had put myself in."

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs ACILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

Mike Pepper gave us excellent advice. He was always most helpful and accommodating giving lucid explanations every step of the way. Thank you Mike.

Claire Smith FCILEx

Claire Smith has been amazing in every way. I highly recommend her and I am so grateful for all her help. She’s professional on all levels, reliable, extremely organised and I will be recommending her to everyone. I’m very lucky to have had her representing me and I can’t thank her enough. She is an asset to Maples. Thanks so much Claire!