About Brooke-Taylors Solicitors

The practice has been established in Buxton for over 150 years. Until 2010 the practice traded as a partnership but since that time we have traded as a limited company.

We are well regarded and aim to provide a friendly, fair and expert service. Much of our work is either for existing clients or by recommendation from existing clients. We have 4 principal departments: Property, Private Client, Family and Litigation.

We are well-placed to serve clients from Macclesfield, Leek, Bakewell, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Glossop and the High Peak. Particularly given the advance of technology we continue to act for clients or their families who have moved away and we have clients throughout the UK and abroad.

Staff Profiles - Solicitors

Rosemary Wood

Director and Solicitor in the Private Client Department. Rosemary studied Law and French with Geology, German and Russian at Keele University with her Law finals at the College of Law in Chester. She has been at Brooke-Taylors for more than thirty years and spent much of her time doing family work and litigation. She now specialises in the administration of estates, wills and Lasting Power of Attorneys.

E-mail: raw@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Tim Oaks

Director and Solicitor in the Litigation Department. Tim undertakes a wide range of litigation and dispute resolution including employment law, building and land matters and contentious probate. He joined the firm in 1988 having studied law at Durham University.

Email: tjo@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Claire Broadhurst

Director and Solicitor in the Property Department. Claire specialised in family law for 15 years both with regard to married and cohabiting couples, but now specialises in property law, in particular residential sales and purchases. Claire did Combined Studies BA (Hons) and then studied law at the College of Law in Chester.  She started at Brooke-Taylors as a trainee solicitor in 1999 and has never left!  She has been a Director since 2009.

Email: cb@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Zoe Mellen

Solicitor in the Private Client Department. Zoe specialises in the administration of estates, wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. She studied law at Cambridge University and previously worked at a large international law firm. Zoe is on the board of directors of Vision Buxton and is a Dementia Friend.

Email: zm@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Amy Holliday

Solicitor in the Private Client Department.  Amy specialises in wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates.  She studied History at The University of Sheffield and then law at The College of Law in Guildford.  She has previously worked in a law firm in Guildford where she specialised in will drafting.  Amy is a Dementia Friend.

Email: afh@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Claire Young

Solicitor in the Family Department.  Claire has specialised for over 20 years in all aspects of legal work arising from relationship breakdown of both married and cohabiting couples with particular emphasis on dealing with financial claims and arrangements for children arising in such circumstances.

Claire gained her degree at Durham University and qualified as a solicitor from Chester School of Law. She went on to practise for many years as a partner in one of the Northwest’s leading family law departments in Manchester City Centre before ‘getting out of the city’ and settling closer to her home in Derbyshire at Brooke-Taylors.

Email: cy@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Kate Ward

Solicitor in the Property Department. Kate studied French and German at Edinburgh University and then law at Sheffield University.  She joined the firm in 2006 as a trainee solicitor and specialised in property law following her qualification as a solicitor two years later.

Email: kw@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Kate Hancock

Solicitor in the Property Department. Kate specialises in residential sales and purchases. She studied law at Exeter University. She previously worked for a well-known firm in central London before having a family and moving to the Peak District.

Email: kh@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Olivia Hodgkinson

Solicitor in the Property Department.  Olivia graduated from the University of Derby in 2012 with a first class degree in law.  After spending a gap year travelling around Australia, she completed the legal practice course at the University of Law in Manchester. Olivia underwent her training contract with Brooke-Taylors and remained with the firm when she qualified as a solicitor.

Email: oh@brooke-taylors.co.uk

Staff Profiles - Support Staff

Heather Goodwin

Office Manager and secretary in the Family Department.

Jill Ashton

Accounts Department.

Philippa Summers

Accounts Department.

Abbie McGuigan


Kiri Gartside

Property Assistant.

Alex Dearden

Property Assistant.

Pamela Morton

Trainee Licensed Conveyancer.

Dawn Riley

Secretary in the Property Department.

Nicola Bradley

Secretary in the Property Department.

Trudy Hallam-Brindley

Secretary in the Property Department.

Samantha Melia

Secretary in the Property Department.

Annie Morrison

Secretary in the Private Client Department.

Philippa Ward

Secretary in the Litigation Department.