Frances Lindsay, Senior Partner
Frances Lindsay is a qualified solicitor and member of the Law Society Family Panel and Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association). She is a Resolution Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer and member of the Collaborative Family Law Group and a Member of the Institute of Arbitrators. She is also the only fully qualified Family Law Arbitrator in the Thames Valley. You can find more information about these organisations in our Useful Links section.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Frances took some time to get married, have a few children and work as a software trainer in the days when computers were coal-fired. She then worked as a head hunter in the financial sector before getting a divorce. Still en-route to her legal qualification, she re-married and had a few more children. Not only does Frances have many years’ experience as a family lawyer, she also possesses first hand experience of the stress of divorce and of being a single, working parent in a tough world. And in case you think all this has put her off marriage for ever, Frances is pleased to say that she took the plunge again in June 2007. Frances did drive a sensible blue Mini Cooper S but now has something a little more sporty.
Manjit Bains – Senior Associate Solicitor Family Department
Manjit has been practicing Family Law exclusively for 19 years. And joined Frances Lindsay in 2018
With a wide range of experience in all aspects of Family Law and Manjit is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Advanced Financial Provision I, Children Law Private and Domestic Abuse..
Manjit always encourages her clients to consider alternative dispute resolution, the welfare of any children always being a paramount consideration. Her practice is to adopt a methodical approach to my cases to achieve proportionality and an expedient resolution.
Manjit is a great believer in use of plain English and succinct communication.
…very professional in how she conducted herself and understanding in her approach…Her knowledge was excellent…but it was the way she explained it which was really key for me…always on hand for any advice and helped me to understand anything that I found confusing or misleading…a credit to her peers…and would not hesitate to refer her again in the future.
I really felt that I was listened to, and my specific needs and feedback was responded too. A good example would be in tailoring communication to the other party to facilitate a positive response
SW High Wycombe
…fantastic and very helpful and explained everything in a way [I] understood.
Off the pitch:
Manjit enjoys travelling, Power Pilates and dining out
Stewart Henderson – Trainee Solicitor
Stewart attended Sheffield University where he studied Politics before completing a Law conversion course at the University of Birmingham. He went on to complete his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford.
Stewart is currently completing his training contract and is proving to be a valuable member of the team.
Stewart is due to qualify as a solicitor in 2020.
In his spare time Stewart enjoys travelling, reading and live music.
Carol Cox, Support
Carol is Frances’ PA and as Keeper of the Diary is the go-to person for details of her whereabouts, now and in the future. A well established member of our team, nothing much surprises her any more. Carol drives a Renault Clio – but then someone has to.
Hardeep Chana – Partner- Wills and Probate and Private Client Department
Hardeep is a solicitor with over 14 years post qualification experience specialising in property matters. Hardeep has dealt with hundreds of conveyancing matters including:
- Sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties
- Probate sales
- Sales and purchases of unregistered land
- Transfers of equity
- New builds
- Shared ownership purchases and sales
- Residential Lease extensions
- Sales of part and splitting title
- Declarations of trust
Hardeep duets in Private Client affairs, namely wills and probate matters and powers of attorney.
For the elderly and frail if you are unable to attend our office Hardeep will visit you at home. You will always be cared for in a professional and dignified manner.
Hardeep joined Frances Lindsay in 2015. Highly organised and very approachable Hardeep takes a proactive approach to her work.
Outside of work Hardeep is a mother of 2 young children and when not providing a taxi service to her children Hardeep enjoys keeping fit, reading and listening to music.
Amanda Chivers – Chartered Legal Executive- Private Client Department
Amanda qualified in 1994 and has over 20 years’ experience and joined us in 2018
Amanda’s expertise is in Private client matters including :
- Administration of estates
- Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.
Amanda has a professional yet friendly and compassionate approach to clients.
Outside of the office Amanda enjoys spending time in France with her family and Jack Russell.
Karen Goggin, Support
Karen is Piers’ PA. She has years of experience as a legal secretary and is our fully qualified first-aider, so paper cuts are swiftly treated with care and compassion (and a sweetie, if you whine enough). Karen does drive to work but you can never be sure in what.
Sheila Hind, Receptionist
Sheila is our Receptionist. If you come to see us at any time during the day Sheila will be here to greet you with her warm friendly manner. She came to us on a temporary contract but we just couldn’t let her go. And to top it all, she drives a mini!