Deborah Francis
Solicitor & Managing Director
Deborah Francis Solicitor and Managing Director

Deborah is a solicitor with 18 years’ experience in dispute resolution, specialising in employment law and contentious probate.

She provides advice and assistance to both employers and employees in all aspects of employment law. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association

Deborah recently completed the ACTAPS course and can also provide advice and assistance in connection with 1975 Act claims for provision to be made from a deceased Estate (on behalf of claimants and defendants), Will and Estate disputes, disputes regarding the validity lifetime gifts, raising proprietary estoppels and resolving disputes involving Executors, Trustees, Beneficiaries and Attorneys.

She is personable, approachable and very supportive of clients during what is often a very emotional time particularly, when they have lost a loved one and find themselves locked in a dispute relating to the Estate. She represents client’s interests with tenacity whilst also endeavouring to assist them to resolve disputes at the earliest opportunity in order to limit the distress that litigation often causes and to conserve legal costs.

Greg Rollingson
Director – Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Greg Rollingson profile picture

Greg has been a Solicitor for over 30 years, and until June 2018, Greg was Managing Director and Founder of London Law firm Rollingson’s Solicitors Ltd which traded successfully for over 20 years.

Greg has considerable experience in handling a broad range of Litigation matters. This includes:Commercial and contractual disputes, Landlord & Tenant, Employment and Personal Injury Claims.

Greg has also handled sports injury claims (golf injury claims being a speciality), industrial disease, credit hire claims for insurers and individuals. Greg is well connected in the insurance and personal injury world. He has also taken many Litigation cases to trial, had several cases reported and overseen several that have made significant changes to the law. For example, Court of Appeal decisions such as Hatton v Sutherland (law defining stress claims in the workplace) and Copley v Lawn (law governing “intervention” schemes by insurers on credit hire claims).

Greg has given in house training for insurance claims handlers and has given lectures in various areas of law. He has chaired personal injury and credit hire conferences.

In his spare time Greg is a keen sportsman and regularly plays tennis, golf, and skiing.

Karen Powell
Head of Private Client

Karen Powell Head of Private Client

​Karen Powell is a highly experienced practitioner having worked within the Private Client field for over 30 years. 

Karen specialises in the administration of estates, including Domicile and International Estates, Intestate Estates, as well as advising on Lasting Powers of Attorney and Wills.

Karen is compassionate and caring and offers clients support at what can be a very distressing time.  Karen prides herself on her dealing with all clients with sensitivity and care.

Sam Madron
Senior Conveyancing Executive
Sam Madron - Conveyancing

Sam has been with  A R Brown & Co for over 30 years. She has gained considerable experience in dealing with all types of property transactions, equity release, Home Reversion Schemes and commercial transactions.  She is a valued member of the property team.

As a Senior Conveyancing Executive Sam is able to act for clients with their sales and purchases, re-mortgages and equity release transactions.

Sylvia Garcia
Head of Commercial and Residential Property Department
Sylvia Garcia - Senior Property Solicitor

Sylvia has joined A R Brown & Co as Senior Property Solicitor and accepts instructions in the full range of property transactions including commercial property.

She is frequently commended by her clients for her clarity of advice, professional approach and the ability to focus on their desired outcome quickly and efficiently. 

Sylvia is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese assisting her client base in their native language(s). Sylvia has also trained and lectured on a variety of property topics to fellow trainee solicitors and written extensively on property hot topics.

 

Sophie Blackwell
Conveyancing Executive
Sophie Blackwell Conveyancing

Sophie is a Conveyancing Executive with experience in both Residential Conveyancing and Private Client. She is driven by providing excellent client service with her personable and organised approach. 

Graduating from the University of Sussex with a BA Hons in History and a Graduate Diploma in Law, Sophie has spent the past 7 years working in local firms offering legal support to clients from all walks of life.

Meet Gus: Our Pawsome Property Team Member!
Gus - Property Team Member

As an essential member of our property team, Gus brings a unique blend of charm, enthusiasm, and a nose for detail that you won’t find anywhere else. Gus starts his day with a wagging tail and a hearty breakfast, ready to tackle the challenges of the property world.

Gus’s Special Skills:

  • Warm Welcomes: His cheerful presence and affectionate nature ensure that everyone in our Property team is met with smile.
  • Top-Notch Sniffer: With a nose as sharp as his, Gus is always on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary.
  • Stress Reliever Extraordinaire: A few minutes with Gus, and our team are recharged and ready to take on the day.

At A R Brown & Co, we believe that a happy team is a productive team, and Gus plays a big part in that!

Michelle Jones
Conveyancing Assistant
Michelle Jones Conveyancing

Michelle has been with A R Brown & Co for over 10 years. Throughout this time, she has assisted solicitors to complete commercial and residential transactions. She is also extremely supportive of clients during what is often the largest transaction they will ever make.  

Lisa Foley
Wills & Probate Assistant

Lisa Foley Wills & Probate

 

Lisa has worked in the legal sector for 30 years. During this time, she has provided secretarial support to Family, Litigation, Personal injury, and the Wills and Probate departments.

She currently works in the Wills and Probate department here at A R Brown & Co, where she is a valued member of the team. Lisa has a good rapport with clients who she handles with sensitivity and care.

Frances began her career with the then BAA, moving to Rank Xerox where she led high performing & high achieving teams, creating and running her own property business, after which she then decided to go on and achieve one of her life goals, completing a Law Degree and qualifying as a solicitor. Her successful and diverse career means that she is able to bring together both law and her extensive experience in corporate business, accounting management, sales, strategic and operational planning and forecasting.

Frances has worked in high street practices, corporate city firms and also in house.  All of which have given her a varied skill base with subject matter expertise in:

  • Complex land issues and facilitating practical solutions.
  • Telecoms Infrastructure and agreements pursuant to the Electronic Communications Code amended by the Digital Economy Act 2017 and the recent Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022.
  • Landlord and Tenant ’54 Act matters.
  • Wayleaves to facilitate fibre providers and power providers.

Frances will provide advice and assistance in commercial property transactions.

Serena Elliott is a Consultant Solicitor with the firm specialising in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Administration of Estates, Trusts and Court of Protection matters. 

With over 15 years of experience in the Private Client field, she is professional, compassionate and has a solid understanding of the needs of her clients. 

She is a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a Dementia Friend. She regularly writes legal articles for local magazines and has been invited as a guest speaker on BBC Sussex and Surrey radio to discuss the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney.  

Lewina qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and specialises in commercial matters, with a particular interest in the recruitment sector.

Lewina is a straightforward, personable and effective communicator and will work with you for the best possible outcome. 

She can provide businesses with expert advice around contracts, terms of engagement, advice on regulatory matters relating to recruitment, data protection and much more. She is able to give businesses confidence in their decision making by supporting them with general commercial and contractual advice.

Lesley Cox
Deborah Francis’ Secretary 

 

Lesley has worked in the property sector for over 20 years.  She joined A R Brown in 2022 and helps across all departments. She enjoys working with our team, is very efficient and is a pleasure to work alongside.

Lauren Foley
Conveyancing Administrative Assistant

Lauren Foley Conveyancing

 

Lauren joined A R Brown & Co from college, initially as a receptionist and has provided support to the Private Client team. More recently, Lauren has moved into the Conveyancing Department where she is learning all aspects of Residential Conveyancing and provides valuable administrative support to all the Conveyancing team, particularly to Sam Madron. 

Fiona worked in Local Government in Hertfordshire but decided to make the move to sunny Worthing, where she embarked on a new career in Legal Accounts. Fiona joined A R Brown & Co in 2008 and plays a vital role in the firm’s continued growth.

She describes herself as an ‘Accounts Manager Plus’ and is always happy to take on new challenges according to the needs of the business.  

Fiona regards A R Brown & Co as her ‘work family’ and is proud to be part of such a committed and supportive team.

Carol Codling
General Administrator

Carol Codling General Administrator

 

Carol has recently joined A R Brown & Co. as a General Administrator. She has many years of administrative experience, including working within the Mortgage industry and in Lettings Management. Carol takes pride in her work and is looking forward to learning new skills.

She hopes to be an asset to the business and is proud to be part of such a dedicated team.

Marilyn has been greeting clients on the telephone and when they call in to A R Brown & Co for over 20 years.  Clients are all met with a warm welcome by Marilyn, because in her words “she treats people in the manner she likes to be treated”. Clients often comment on how lovely our receptionist is. 

When she is not busy in reception looking after clients and brightening their day, Marilyn spends her time travelling, crafting and with her family.   

Louise has recently joined A R Brown & Co working in reception. Answering the phone and greeting clients, you will be greeted with a warm and friendly manner.

Away from the office Louise spends her time with her family and loves to travel.

Support Team

Assisting the professional team…

Sarah Church – Wills & Probate Assistant