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Supporting the people of Portsmouth and Waterlooville since 2008.

Specialist employment law advice

Whether you're a business or an individual, we can provide expert employment law advice

Helping you claim for historic child abuse and sexual abuse

If you have suffered child abuse, even if it was a long time ago, our highly experienced, specialist team of child abuse solicitors can help you get the compensation and closure you deserve.

Family law, separation and childcare matters

Professional and empathetic lawyers who you can rely on in challenging times

Need advice in relation to a marine matter?

Buyer, builder, surveyor, insurer or seller - our experienced team are here to keep your afloat.

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Our heritage

Verisona Law was formed in 2008 when two long-standing law firms, Dyer Burdett and Gray Purdue, joined forces. The vision was to build a law firm that offered a variety of legal services to both commercial and private clients. Ten years later, we have lawyers in a wide-range of legal areas and are one of the most diverse law firms on the south coast, having consolidated our reputation and experience in the legal market place.

Whether you are a business or an individual, Verisona Law prides itself on the care and attention we give to every case we work on.

Services for individuals

We can assist with the following matters:

Services for businesses

We can assist businesses with the following matters:


We’re proud of our client feedback

At Verisona Law we take client service seriously. We strive to be worthy of our clients’ trust by understanding and responding to all their needs with the utmost integrity.

Here’s what our clients said about us from 25th November 2019 to 25th November 2020.


Said that we explained things in a simple, clear manner that they could understand.


Were very satisfied with our speed of response.


Agreed that our staff were friendly and approachable.


Said that we did what we had agreed at the outset.

Sue and her Assistant Jane were a great help to me at a stressful and upsetting time. They conducted my matter with efficiency and explained options very clearly. They both kept me in the loop and the whole process ran very smoothly with a good outcome. I would definitely recommend this class act.
Employment Law

Thank you for your excellent service.
Private Dispute Resolution

Thank you both for your help. It has been a difficult time but both of you were very easy to talk to, understanding, and just nice... for which I am very grateful. I will definitely recommend Versiona Law.
Employment Law

All impressive even during a global pandemic. Always felt safe and secure.
Wills, Trusts & Probate

We will continue to support and recommend our clients to Verisona.
Private Dispute Resolution

I would just like to say a very big thank you to you for all of your amazing hard work and patience during the course of the sale. Myself and the family very much appreciate it.
Corporate & Commercial

Having recently used Verisona Law to help recover a commercial debt due to us, I would highly recommend them. Jeremy was very professional and helpful, giving information throughout the case, and he was also very calm which really helped us.
Private Dispute Resolution

I would like to thank you for the first class service we have received from you. Your advice and the professional way you treated us throughout culminated in a result which, prior to your appointment, seemed a long way away.
Private Dispute Resolution

I was very impressed with your support and advice in this matter.

Thank you for all your work in dealing with the acquisition, your advice has been really helpful.
Corporate & Commercial

Could I thank you both for all the help and assistance you have provided since we first contacted you. You have both been very patient and helpful throughout all stages of the buying process. As you both know where we are going to be living, if you’d like to pop in for a coffee you’d be very welcome.
Residential Conveyancing

Thank you for all your much appreciated hard work. I will truly never forget your kindness towards me. Your patience, respect and understanding at all times was beyond words. The sincere compassion shown meant more to me than words could ever express. This firm will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Historic Abuse

Verisona Law set me at ease and talked through my options

Very professional service, polite and very helpful. Me and my wife created a will and are both very happy with the support and process. Highly recommended
Wills, Trust & Probate

Sara-Jane was brilliant in helping me go through a draft order. Ever so friendly and personable.

Having been a client for over 20 years, my experience has been excellent. We would not keep coming back if it wasn't. From property conveyancing to general legal advice they have always provided practical and no nonsense solutions.
General legal advice

Meet the Team


Andrea Cox
Principal Lawyer - Wills, Trust and Probate


Andrea is a Principal Lawyer at Verisona Law, specialising in Wills, probate and tax planning.  She also advises on lasting powers of attorney and declarations of trust in relation to property ownership.  Andrea is often asked to advise elderly parents and their children on the issue of trust of the family home and gift of the family home to the children.

Many clients regard her as their ‘family’s solicitor’ and come back to her whenever they need legal advice. Clients have appointed her to act as their Attorney in the event that they become unable to manage their own affairs and she has acted in this capacity on a number of occasions.

Andrea is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.


Carla Burt
Conveyancing Assistant - Residential Property


Carla works for Verisona Conveyancing, which is part of bpl solicitors. Carla joined Gray Purdue, later to become Verisona Law, as a legal secretary in November 2001. She is now a Conveyancing Assistant, dealing with the general day to day support of the Verisona Conveyancing team, post exchange and completion work.


Charlene Griffin
Team Assistant - Family


Charlene works as a Team Assistant in the Family department, she provides day to day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Charlene has been a legal secretary for over 24 years, working in various departments including Personal Injury, Litigation, Wills and Probate, Conveyancing and, since starting at Verisona Law in 2017.

When she’s not looking after her three children, Charlene enjoys running and keeping fit.


Ellie Reynolds
Solicitor - Wills, Trusts and Probate


Ellie is a Solicitor and is currently working in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department.

“Upon completion of my studies, I was yet to decide which area of law I wanted to pursue. I was given the opportunity to assist the Wills, Trust and probate team. I really enjoy the one on one time spent with clients and in particular, putting client’s minds at rest when dealing with sensitive subject matters.”

Ellie completed her legal practice course in 2018 and joined the team in August that year as a Team Administrator and has since worked her way up to Solicitor. As well as her masters in legal practice, Ellie has also completed the dementia friends training provided by the Alzheimer’s Society alongside other members of the team.

Ellie spends her free time reading and enjoys eating out with family and friends.


Gemma Johnson
Team Assistant - Residential Property


Gemma works for Verisona Conveyancing, which is part of bpl solicitors. Gemma is a Team Assistant in the Residential Property team at Verisona Conveyancing, based in Waterlooville.


Iain Belcher
Consultant - Wills, Trust and Probate


Iain has an extensive history with Verisona Law and its predecessors, having first joined Dyer Burdett and Co back in 1997 after moving from Chichester where he practised for 20 years and still lives. Iain went on to become a Partner in the firm and successfully headed up the Probate, Trusts and Conveyancing department.

In 2004 Iain became a consultant and has continued in this role ever since. Following the merger with Gray Purdue, he now works as a consultant for Verisona Law, overseeing improvements to our Probate department. Nevertheless, as a result of his invaluable experience, impeccable reputation and long standing client base, Iain continues to undertake a number of conveyancing transactions, and provides assistance on Wills, Trust and Probate files.


Jackie Dobson
Team Assistant - Historic Abuse


Jackie works as a Team Assistant in the Historic Abuse Team. Jackie provides day to day support transcribing documents and being a point of contact for clients.

Jackie started with Verisona Law in 2018, and was previously a Litigation Executive & Team Manager dealing with litigated PI and Credit hire claims. Jackie has a training accreditation, Team Manager experience and has over 30 years of experience in insurance claims, she has also been a Union Representative.

In her spare time Jackie enjoys swimming, watching football and spending time with her family.


Jacky Sneddon
Team Assistant - Family


Jacky works as a Team Assistant to the Family team. Jacky provides day to day support, transcribing and producing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Jacky has been a Legal Secretary for over 40 years and has worked at Verisona Law since 1998 where she has worked in the Family Department for those 22 years.

In her spare time Jacky enjoys socialising with friends, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family.


Jane Pethick
Team Assistant - Employment and Corporate & Commercial


Jane works as a Team Assistant to both the Corporate & Commercial and Employment teams. Jane provides day to day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Jane started work as an Office Junior in Dyer Burdett, which later joined forces with Gray Purdue to become Verisona Law in 2008.

In her spare time Jane enjoys socialising with friends and family and spending time with her French Bulldog, Ernie.


Katherine Davey
Business Support Assistant


Katherine joined the group in March 2022 as a Business Support Assistant for Verisona Law. She has over 16 years of experience in customer service.

In her spare time, she likes going on adventures with her family and enjoys reading a good book.


Kerry Henderson-Parish


Kerry works for Verisona Conveyancing, which is part of bpl solicitors. Kerry joined the team in January 2022 as a Conveyancer within the residential property department. After qualifying for her CILEx in 2015, Kerry has dealt with hundreds of cases including freehold and leasehold purchases, newbuild purchases, remortgages and transfer of equity.

During Kerry’s spare time, she enjoys long walks or camping with family and meeting up with friends to socialise.


Marie Forbes
Solicitor - Historic Abuse/Litigation


Marie Forbes is a Litigation Solicitor. She qualified in 2006 and is currently working in our Waterlooville office.

Marie has the following areas of specialism: Historic Abuse, Small Claims, Contract Disputes, Professional Negligence against solicitors, architects, project managers, accountants etc, Intellectual Property disputes, Insolvency and Bankruptcy proceedings, Debt Collection, Enforcement of Judgments, Partnership Disputes Shareholder’s disputes and Defamation. Marie acts for both company and individual clients.

Marie was previously involved in a successful and reported case of Professional Negligence against a magic circle firm and has successfully settled numerous cases for termination charges on telecommunications contracts.


Natalie Chance
Team Assistant - Marine


Natalie works as a Team Assistant to the Marine Law Team. Natalie provides day to day support, transcribing and producing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.

Natalie has been a Legal Secretary for 31 years and has worked at Verisona Law since 1988.

In her spare time Natalie enjoys socialising with family and friends.


Nigel Wale
Team Assistant - Commercial Property


Nigel works as a Team Assistant for the Commercial Property team. Nigel provides day to day support transcribing documents and being a first point of contact for clients.

Nigel has extensive experience in the legal sector, 21 years in total! He joined Verisona Law in December 2018 and has played a vital role in the growth of the Commercial Property department.

In his spare time Nigel enjoys walking, baking, cooking and travelling.


Tricia Moore FCILEx
Conveyancer FCILEx


Tricia joined Verisona Conveyancing, which is part of bpl solicitors in January 2022 as a Conveyancer and has been working within the legal profession since 1981. Since qualifying in 2005, she has dealt with all areas of residential conveyancing which includes remortgages, freehold and leasehold transactions, shared ownership, new builds, equity releases as well as lease extensions.

Outside of the office, Tricia spends time volunteering at the Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary and keeps fit by walking the dogs and doing Pilates.