Partners and Staff

Rob Nickless - Partner

Rob Nickless, Jacobs & Reeves Solicitors

Rob qualified as a solicitor in 1982 after attending Southampton University and the Guildford College of Law. He joined Jacobs & Reeves in 1980 and has been with the firm ever since and is now the Senior Partner. Having dealt with a broad based practice for many years, he now specialises in family matters including child and financial issues. Rob is an accredited specialist in children matters and domestic violence and further deals with high value financial cases.

Rob is based in our Poole Office. Click here to email Rob

Nick Hyman - Partner

Nick Hyman, Jacobs & Reeves Solicitors

Nick qualified as a Solicitor in 1983 after obtaining his Law Degree at Nottingham University and then attending Chester College of Law. He joined the firm in 1985. He became a partner in 1988 and now deals exclusively with commercial, development and residential property work. Having long since been our de facto Managing Partner, Nick has now been nominated to the Solicitors Regulation Authority as our Compliance Officer for regulatory matters. Nick is a past chairman of Bournemouth North Round Table RT1066.

Nick is based in our Poole office. Click here to email Nick

Helen Henson - Partner

Helen Henson, Jacobs & Reeves solicitors

Helen joined Jacobs & Reeves as a trainee 1996 having completed the Legal Practice Course following a return to her studies after the birth of her two daughters. She was initially based at our Wimborne office and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 becoming a partner in 2003 when she moved to our principal Poole office. Helen specialises in both residential and commercial property matters, including acting for developers. She also deals with the purchase and sale of businesses and companies.

Helen is based at our Poole office. Click here to email Helen

Rod Dutton - Partner

Rod Dutton, Jacobs & Reeves solicitors

Rod qualified as a solicitor in 1984 after graduating in law at Bristol University. After training in general legal practice in Cambridgeshire, Rod moved to a London practice where for 15 years he specialised in personal injury and employment litigation for Trade Unions and their members. His work since joining us in 2000 has covered most areas of civil litigation. Rod is head of our litigation department, a Fellow of the Association of Personal injury Lawyers and also a trained Civil Mediator. Rod has a special interest in difficult and high value accident claims, contested probate and professional negligence.

Rod is based in our Winchester Place, Poole office. Click here to email Rod

Andrew Goss - Partner

Andrew is a Partner and Head of the firms long established Private Client Department. Since qualifying in 1995 Andrew undertook a broad range of work at another local firm where he was Managing Partner before joining Jacobs & Reeves in May 2018.

Andrew heads a team providing a comprehensive range of services including probate and estate administration, will drafting, trust creation and administration, tax planning and powers of attorney. He also has a wealth of experience in handling disputes over trusts and estates.

“At Jacobs & Reeves we understand the need for careful handling and management of our clients personal affairs and to provide the appropriate guidance and advice to ensure the protection we all wish for our families ”

Andrew is based in our Winchester Place, Poole office. Click here to email Andrew


Ashleigh Lydford

Ashleigh Lydford

Ashleigh is a Solicitor who joined the firm after completing her Law Degree at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Ashleigh went on to complete her Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University in 2014 and completed her training contract with us. Ashleigh was admitted as a Solicitor in July 2016.
Ashleigh has gained a variety of legal experience with Jacobs & Reeves and specialises in both residential and commercial property matters.

Ashleigh is based in our Poole office.

Click here to email Ashleigh


Anna Burton

Anna is a Solicitor in the Family Law Department and deals with all types of family matters including domestic violence, children matters, divorce and financial disputes following relationship breakdown.  Anna completed her training contract with us and was admitted as a Solicitor in July 2018. Prior to joining Jacobs & Reeves, Anna worked as a Family Law Paralegal in another local firm. Anna is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational way.

Click here to email Anna

Claire Channer

Claire is a Paralegal Assistant to Andrew Goss having previously been the Personal Assistant to the Department Head. Claire has been employed at Jacobs & Reeves for over 16 years and has considerable experience in the Private Client Department.

Claire specialises in the preparation of Wills and has prepared a number of complex testamentary provisions to suit the client’s particular needs.

Claire is based at our Winchester Place, Poole office.

Click here to email Claire

Tom Killick

Tom Killick, Jacobs & Reeves solicitors

Tom is a Litigation Executive who has been with the firm for 28 years and during that time has gained significant experience in dealing with all types of family matters including, Divorce, financial disputes following relationship breakdowns, disputes over children, including Public Law Care proceedings and Domestic violence cases.

Outside the office Tom is actively involved in non league football having played semi-professionally for many local clubs including, Poole Town, Wimborne, Dorchester Town and Basingstoke and is now the manager of Poole Town F.C.

Tom is based at our Poole office. Click here to email Tom

Asya Panchalieva

Asya is a highly qualified and experienced Family Solicitor with a significant track record practising in the field of Family Law having qualified as a Solicitor in London in 2010. She has acquired various legal qualifications and is a Specialist Member of Resolution, dealing with children and finance matters. She is adept at representing clients (parents, family members and grandparents) in Care proceedings brought by the Local Authority as well as private law Children Act 1989 proceedings. Asya is proficient in fulfilling advocacy duties and regularly appears before Judges and Magistrates at Court. Asya also deals with divorce, matrimonial finance, injunctions and protection from violence, as well as child abduction matters. Asya is a multi-skilled, multi-lingual dynamic and passionate advocate of Family Law and thoroughly enjoys her work. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two young children and travelling.

Asya is based at our Poole office. Click here to email Asya

Chris Reeves

Chris Reeves, Jacobs & Reeves solicitors

Chris was a co-founder of the firm with Philip Jacobs in 1977.He was senior partner from 1988 until stepping down and becoming a Consultant in 2006. Having practised in many areas of law since qualifying in 1976 he now specialises in acting for Developers on acquisitions. Chris is Vice-Chairman of Poole Town FC. Chris has been a member of the FA Council for the last 4 years. Chris has recently been elected as a full member of the Council of the FA which is its governing body. He is the official representative of all Football Clubs within the South Western section of the FA.

Chris is based at our Poole office. Click here to email Chris

Trudy Wareham

Trudy Wareham

Trudy is a latecomer to law on returning to work after raising two sons who have now in turn made Trudy a grandmother. Trudy completed her legal training in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2004.
Trudy specialises in residential conveyancing.

Trudy is based in the Wimborne office. Click here to email Trudy

Jacobs & Reeves are one of Dorset's premier firms of Solicitors. If you feel you need legal advice for accidents or injuries, employment law, family or matrimonial law, divorce law, probate, wills, trust or tax law, professional negligence or property law, including conveyancing, don't hesitate to give us a call. Full details of the services we can provide are located in the practice areas in the menu above. If you would like to talk to us straight away, please, in the first instance, dial our Poole office on 01202 674425.

A list of Partners is available from the firm's principal office at 153 High Street, Poole, Dorset.

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