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.
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.
We can assist with the following matters:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Adam has a range of experience that he has gained over fifteen years in Property law and related matters. Currently, Adam uses this experience to specialise in Commercial Property.
Having run his own law firm, he has a particular affinity with small business owners and is able to meet their objectives from a position of understanding.
He acts for developers, trustees, Charities, individuals and companies in the sale and purchase of commercial property including retail shops, licensed premises, warehouses and offices, land for development and other related matters such as SIPP sales and purchases.
He also acts for residential and commercial landlords in granting or renewing leases and all aspects of leasehold enfranchisement including collective enfranchisement and lease extensions. He is able to set up companies and tailor articles of association for example when acquiring freehold reversions to blocks of flats.
Adam deals with development work such as planning agreements with the local authority, site acquisitions and disposals, option agreements and can also deal with the sale or purchase of businesses, whether assets or shares.
He liaises closely with our Corporate, Family Law and Wills and Probate departments in providing a complete service to clients.
Adam was Managing Director of Donnelly & Elliott Limited for five year prior to its acquisition by Verisona Law and continues to tenaciously pursue the best interests of his clients.
Adam is a member of the Hampshire Incorporated Law Society, Law Society Property Section, Portsmouth Property Association and Solent Conveyancing Lawyers group.
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 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 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.
Charlotte Attwood joined Verisona Law as a Team Assistant in the Historic Abuse Department in June 2016 and has worked in Law for over five years. She has a passion for family law and in June 2021 transferred to the family team to gain more experience and support our customers.
Charlotte has completed her CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice and is in the process of completing her CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice at Chichester College in order to become a qualified Chartered Legal Executive and a Fellow of CILEx.
Whilst being a Litigation Assistant in the Historic Abuse Department, Charlotte ran her own Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case load and worked on civil claims, Lambeth Redress Scheme cases and Clinical Negligence claims. Charlotte also provides valuable support to other team members.
Charlotte is proficient in reviewing and analysing Social Care/Medical Records in order to support claims as well as having experience in speaking with clients and helping them through a very difficult time.
Charlotte is also highly experienced in preparing client’s Witness Statements in support of their claims.
Prior to Charlotte joining Verisona Law she completed a Business Apprenticeship, and in doing so, won the ‘Apprentice of the year’ award and gained experience working in the Will, Trust and Probate, and Family Law departments.
Charlotte has had previous experience in trip accidents relating to occupiers liability. Charlotte is a very well organised individual and is a team player.
Conor is a senior solicitor specialising in Commercial Property. Conor has worked in the Commercial Property sector in the UK since 1995 and can support clients with a range of services including;
Conor gained his law degree at the Auckland University Law School in New Zealand and qualified to practice in England and Wales, and since qualifying has worked in New Zealand, Abu Dhabi, London and more recently in Surrey and Hampshire, with well-known City of London and regional firms.
David Hawkins joined Verisona Law from Slater & Gordon, as a Litigation Executive in the Historic Abuse Team in August 2016.
David has almost 20 years’ experience working in Personal Injury law. After working in the insurance sector for many years, firstly in general insurance, then moving to dealing with Personal Injury claims for the insurers, he decided to join the legal profession to uphold and pursue the rights of people who have been injured through no fault of their own.
After 13 years working for firms in West Sussex, acting for Claimants in a wide range of claims, from Road Traffic Accidents, Work Accidents to Clinical Negligence Claims, he has dealt with many complex, high value cases involving severe physical and psychological injuries. David has earned a reputation as a robust litigator, securing the best results for clients, whilst being approachable, explaining often complicated issues in plain English.
‘Verisona Law has a well-respected reputation and achieved a great deal of success in this developing area of law and I wanted to bring my expertise and experience to an impressively dynamic team,’ he says.
David is married with two young children.
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 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 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 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.
Jackie first began studying law for A-level at Portsmouth College. After graduating with a first class law degree from the University of Southampton in 2013 and passing her LPC with distinction at the College of Law in Guildford the year after, Jackie went straight on to complete a two year training contract at the London headquarters of international law firm, Charles Russell Speechlys.
Jackie’s training included gaining valuable experience in Commercial Property including landlord and tenant matters and Real Estate Regeneration and Development, working with national housebuilders on land acquisitions, affordable housing and infrastructure agreements. She also carried out a six month secondment as a Trainee Solicitor for one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, Atkins, working on commercial and construction cases.
In 2016, Jackie made the decision to return to the South Coast and took a position at Paris Smith LLP as a Construction and Commercial Property Solicitor. After a year, she made the move to Verisona Law.
‘Growing up and returning to live in Portsmouth, I knew of Verisona Law and its strong reputation in the city,’ Jackie explains. ‘I have been offered a great opportunity in a firm that is respected, relatively young and therefore attractively ambitious.’
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 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.
Jane is a Solicitor in the Family team at Verisona Law.
After a successful twelve years in the fitness industry Jane decided to change careers. She attended the University of Southampton from 2005-08 where she obtained her law degree.
In 2010, Jane was offered a position as a Trainee Legal Executive at a firm in Portsmouth in their litigation department. After a couple of years she moved to a firm in Whiteley where she initially worked in the firm’s personal injury department. In 2014 Jane set up and ran the firm’s Family Law department, whilst studying CILEx part-time. Still keen to become a solicitor Jane attended the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Guildford from 2016-17.
She qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in June 2017 and then as a Solicitor in April 2018.
Jane’s areas of expertise include:
Jeremy Paterson studied Economic History at the University of Leicester and then spent several years in marketing working for agencies near London. At the age of 28, he made the decision to change career and embarked on a law conversion course and LPC at the College of Law in Guildford.
In 2007, he completed a training contract in which he gained experience of civil litigation – an area of law where he found great interest and enjoyment from overcoming unknown challenges.
‘I found great satisfaction in resolving disputes’ he recalls. ‘I enjoy problem solving, simplifying complex issues, and keeping an eye on what really matters to the client’
After qualifying, Jeremy went on to specialise in civil litigation working for another firm in the Portsmouth area before working for a firm in Southampton. He joined Verisona Law as a Senior Associate in its Commercial Dispute Resolution team early in 2016.
‘I’d had my eye on Verisona Law for a while as it appealed to me from both a legal and marketing perspective,’ he said. ‘Verisona Law has positioned itself in a unique way for the local area and it has earned a great deal of recognition for the range of specialist legal services it offers.’
Lisa has specialised in childhood abuse and social care negligence for the last 8 years and has extensive experience in relation to civil abuse litigation, CICA claim maximisation and Redress Scheme claims. She offers a sympathetic and professional approach to her clients’ problems and advises on funding options (including insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements.)
Since 2018 she has travelled around the country to see clients who were failed by Lambeth Council during their childhood in order to collate evidence for submission to the Lambeth Children’s Home Compensation Scheme. Lisa’s style of working is tailored to providing emotional support whilst applying the specialist legal expertise required to ensure her client’s have the best evidence for making a successful claim.
Lisa is able to access key psychiatric and social care experts to obtain evidence and therapy recommendations for clients. She can direct clients to treatment providers if required. Often such treatment costs can be claimed as part of the compensation process. This is a priority to ensure her clients have the best opportunity to make positive steps into the future. Lisa excels in applying questions to psychiatric experts to clarify and ensure they have a deeper understanding of the case issues where required. She is also experienced in negotiation to maximise outcome according to specific scheme terms.
For the last year and half, Lisa has been leading the firm’s participation in the National Abuse Inquiry specifically relating to the IICSA Lambeth investigation acting on behalf of 6 core participants. Such work involved the preparation of core participant applications, section 40 funding applications, detailed consideration of social care record evidence, witness statements preparation, attending preliminary hearings for consideration on the extent of other key party involvement, detailed work on documentary disclosure evidence from the council, police and other core participants to identify deep seated failings within the past care and policing systems, cross referencing, and work with counsel on composing Rule 10 questioning of corporate and police witnesses giving evidence at the IICSA Lambeth hearing. Lisa also accompanied a key core participant giving evidence to the IICSA hearing providing support and understanding to ensure her client’s evidence was sensitively taken into account when the panel make recommendations to protect children in the future. Questions were raised on the effectiveness of the current Serious Case Review system and how this has been operating within police and council’s across the country, something which has also been identified whilst working on specific civil cases. The hope is that improvements in the child protection mechanisms can ensure the safety of children in future.
Lisa also specialises in CICA claims, an area of work which has increased significantly following the lifting of the pre 1979 same home abuse rule which facilitated many victims being able to finally achieve justice relating to serious childhood abuse.
Lisa also has extensive particular experience in running civil claims relating to foster carer abuse, abuse in private/public/approved school institutions, church abuse, and abuse linked to gymnastics.
Her extensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules, skills in evidence gathering and analysis of liability and causation, and experience in risk assessment and settlement negotiation make her a valuable asset to clients and colleagues alike.
Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury matters ranging from road traffic accidents to workplace injury and liability.
Lisa is fluent in German and Persian. She also has experience in Civil Litigation regarding Debt Recovery, Breach of Contract, and Insolvency Law.
Louise works as a Client Service Coordinator on reception at our Lakeside office. Louise provides administration support for the office and is the first point of contact for clients.
Louise previously worked in the Police as an Identification officer for 18 years, and made the move to Verisona Law in June 2019.
In her spare time Louise enjoys socialising with friends and family and walking her dogs, Trevor and Keith.
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.
Michael is Head of Business Law at Verisona Law, specialising in all areas of corporate and transactional work, including acquisitions, mergers, start-ups and MBO’s. He leads the majority of Verisona’s high-value corporate and commercial transactions, and is responsible for the co-ordination of all legal services relating to such work.
Michael qualified in 1977 and was one of the founding partners of Dyer Burdett. That firm successfully practiced in Havant for over 30 years, before it merged with another local firm in 2008 to form Verisona Law.
His commercial experience ranges from software contracts through to shareholders’ agreements and he regularly helps high profile clients in relation to media and entertainment law. He is also active in the insolvency field.
Michael is mentioned in Legal 500 (2017) as an ‘extremely sound and level-headed lawyer‘.
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.
Natalie works as a Team Assistant in the Wills Trust and Probate team. Natalie provides day to day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.
Natalie has worked at Verisona for over 10 years and has experience in Mediation, Matrimonial and Aged Debt.
In her spare time Natalie enjoys cooking, going to the gym, socialising with friends and walking her Dachshund, Jemima.
Nickie joined Verisona Law in October 2012 and works as a Team Assistant to the Wills, Trusts and Probate Team. Nickie provides day-to-day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.
Nickie is a mother of two young boys and in her spare time she loves spending time with her family.
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.
After recognising an interest in buildings from an early age, property has been at the centre of Robert’s hugely successful legal career spanning over 45 years.
Descended from a long line of solicitors hailing from the West Country, Robert completed articles with his father in Somerset and a family friend in Bristol. After qualifying in 1973, he spent 10 years working in the City of London and as a partner for another 10 in Surrey before joining law firm Mundays in 1993 as a Partner.
After retiring in 2012, Robert quickly realised that he was not ready to give up work and immediately took up offers of locum positions. A move from Guildford, where he and his wife have lived for 35 years, to Hampshire brought him to the attention of law firms in the Portsmouth area and in April 2016, Robert began working for Verisona Law.
After eight months, Verisona Law asked Robert if he would like to become a consultant and he began in that capacity in February 2017.
‘Legislation, processes and technology have changed beyond all recognition over the course of my career, but the fundamental interests, objectives and service have remained the same. I am delighted that firms such as Verisona Law value the experience and knowledge people such as myself have to offer their organisations.’
Robert is a proud father of two and grandfather of two.
Sara is an established senior solicitor with twenty years’ experience in all aspects of family law.
After studying Podiatric medicine and working for the NHS for several years, she made a career change in her late twenties to enter the legal profession. After finishing her studies at Nottingham Law School, she began a training contract in 1998 at The Owen Kenny Partnership and joined its Family Team as a permanent, fully qualified solicitor two years later.
‘I am sure that my years of caring for patients, listening to their concerns and trying to work out the best possible solution contributed to my aptitude for family law,’ explains Sara. ‘I have always enjoyed advocacy, felt comfortable in a courtroom, but work very hard to find a practical and cost effective solution at the earliest stage. I find using a wide range of skills helps achieve the most amicable and well thought through settlements, saving stress and expense.’
Sara specialises in advising on all matters relating to relationship break down and family disputes and has particular experience in dealing with high net-worth separations, complex financial affairs and sensitive issues regarding children.
Sara has successfully handled cases as far as the Court of Appeal including acting for the father in the reported case E v E (shared residence: financial relief)  1FLR 1228 concerning relocating of children. She is qualified in Collaborative Law, a Mediator and a past president of the Chichester District Law Society. Sara is also a member of the national organisation of Family Lawyers, Resolution.
Away from the office, Sara enjoys spending time with her family, looking after twins with her partner.
Sue is Head of Employment & Southern Region. Praised for her combination of common sense and expert knowledge, she offers advice to commercial clients on all employment matters and has also handled complex cases for individual employees.
From defending claims for damages and allegations of breached restrictive covenants or franchise agreements, to helping a multi-national organisation achieve the favourable resolution of a claim from its former CEO, Sue has successfully represented clients in the civil courts and at employment tribunal.
Sue enjoys sharing her legal and HR knowledge with organisations in the fast-moving world of sport, particularly football. As an experienced member of Verisona Law’s Football and Sports Law team, Sue understands the issues that are specific to the industry and deals with the many legal elements involved in employment contracts for non-playing staff at a very senior level. Sue also gives advice and support to individuals in contractual negotiations and disputes with Clubs in the Premiership, Championship and lower divisions. She also provides employment and HR advice to Clubs.
Sue also acts for individuals, often giving advice on settlement agreements, ensuring that employees understand their rights and get the appropriate remuneration for their service. She has also helped clients pursue claims against their employers for breach of contract, unfair dismissal and discrimination. Sue understands that bringing a claim against an employer can be stressful and works alongside clients to ensure they feel comfortable and understand the steps involved.
Sue is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, and is a specialist trained ADR workplace mediator.
Sue is recommended in the Legal 500 2019.
Tim is Head of the Marine at Verisona Law. Tim specialises in marine and admiralty law particularly in relation to pleasure vessels and is recognised as one of the foremost experts in the field, addressing a vast range of issues from contractual to technical, via the statutory and occasionally bizarre.
Practising internationally, Tim represents owners, insurers, boatyards and high profile marine organisations, as well as those buying or selling their boats.
Tim is regarded as one of the foremost marine lawyers in the UK, serving a client base ranging from leading industry names and marine institutions to private individuals and clubs.
In recent years Tim has been instructed in projects and cases ranging from the multi million acquisition and full restoration of large well known classic sailing and motor yachts, the pre purchase verification of Dunkirk Little ships participation in Operation Dynamo through contemporary records, through to the establishment and protection of ancient manorial rights of mooring, as well as the sale, purchase, management and provision of business support to a wide range of marine business ranging from large shipyards down to small chandleries.
Tim is also a Leading Individual in the prestigious Legal 500 guide 2019.
Tracy has over 20 years’ experience and specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury claims.
Tracy’s clinical negligence experience includes handling complex, high value claims against Hospital Trusts, General Practitioners and other organisations, where claimants have suffered severe physical and psychological trauma as a result of either mismanaged labour resulting in Cerebral Palsy, misdiagnosis/mismanaged care and claims involving fatalities.
Tracy has also dealt with many claims for road traffic accidents, accidents at work, slipping/tripping incidents and industrial disease cases.
Tracy supports claimants to achieve early treatment and rehabilitation resulting in maximum compensation awards providing for the cost of care, treatment and equipment needed to enable them to move forward with their lives.
Examples of how Tracy has helped clients include:
Ongoing matters in early stages of investigation: