AWS Manchester

Meet the Team

Beverley Phillpotts

of Peel Holdings


I am in-house Solicitor with the Peel Group, one of the UK’s foremost investors in real estate, infrastructure and transport. I have an interesting and diverse property remit. I have been an active member of the Association of Women Solicitors Manchester Branch for more years than I care to remember and I am currently the Chairperson.

Fiona Goode

of Birkby Law


I have been a sole practitioner at John Birkby & Co in Oldham since 2009. I am a Resolution accredited family law specialist (children and financial matters) and also deal with wills and probate.

Melanie McGuirk

of Pannone Corporate LLP


I am a partner in the Intellectual Property team at Pannone Corporate. I specialise in the resolution of disputes relating to intellectual property, trade libel and reputation management.

Nicola Mahon

of Farrell & Hobbs

Committee Member

I am a solicitor specialising in Private Client work at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited in Wilmslow and have worked for several years in South Manchester and Greater Manchester firms.

Sue Brookes

of Mills & Reeve LLP

Committee Member

I am a solicitor and a mediator within the Family team at Mills & Reeve LLP. I assist clients with all aspects of separation, with particular emphasis on high value financial settlements on divorce, arrangements for children and wealth protection.

Laura Haydock

of BLM

Committee Member

I am a Solicitor in the Professional Indemnity team at BLM. I joined BLM in 2011 after receiving a training contract offer, and worked as a paralegal before training then qualifying in 2015. I specialise in defending claims against solicitors in various practice areas, particularly conveyancing, wills and probate and family.

Christine Smith

of Douglas Scott

Events Manager

I am part of Douglas Scott’s dedicated In-house team and offer administrative support for AWS Manchester. Prior to joining Douglas Scott I was Operations Manager for the C&I Group, the member organisation for all lawyers working In-house in the UK, and have also worked within an In-house Team in Manchester.

Victoria Elliot

of Hill Dickinson

Committee Member

I am a Solicitor in the Healthcare team at Hill Dickinson. I joined Hill Dickinson in 2017. The team acts for various healthcare bodies providing advice and representation at Inquests and in relation to other regulatory matters.