About Fairhurst Menuhin & Co.

Team Profiles

FM&C Solicitors aims to provide tailored legal services to our community. We always put our clients first.

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Paul Fairhurst

Managing Partner

Paul is the Managing Partner of FM&C Solicitors. He is admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa and specialises in Commercial and Intellectual Property Law. He has over 30 years of business experience in a vast array of industries, holding senior management positions with companies in the banking, oil and wireless industries. He has focused on building strategic alliances between start-up and medium sized enterprises and worked with sponsors, investors and major media companies to drive customer acquisition and revenue growth. He is expert at developing mission critical strategies and initiatives and setting out realistic execution plans. His legal training and business experience are valuable in structuring, negotiating and closing innovative agreements and managing resulting partnership relationships.

Paul holds BA and LL.B. degrees (Witwatersrand) and an M.B.A. specialising in International Finance and Marketing (European University). He also holds an LL.M. degree (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property in Munich).

Tel: +44 (0)1799 526 849
Mobile: +44 (0)7462 179 462
Email: paul.fairhurst@fmc-solicitors.com

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Aaron Menuhin

Operations Partner

Aaron Menuhin is the Operations Partner at FM&C Solicitors and specialises in commercial law and litigation. He works between the UK and Germany and is qualified in international management with an M.Sc. from SOAS and is completing an LLM in fintech. He has expertise in commercial property, company acquisitions, cross border contracts and contract disputes as well as a range of litigation issues. His international expertise brings to FM&C a broad vision of the current possibilities on offer to law firms. Aaron holds a great respect for the law and enjoys managing a team of well qualified and motivated lawyers.

In his free time, Aaron enjoys being with his family, painting and working on classic cars.

Tel: +44 (0)1799 526 849
Mobile: +44 (0)7926 763 056
Email: aaron.menuhin@fmc-solicitors.com

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Michael Whatley


Michael Whatley qualified in 1971 and has had a wealth of experience in most aspects of the law.  Michael served his articles in the city; in 1975, he started his own practice and moved from London to Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket in 1990.  His legal expertise extends to contractual disputes, equine, reversionary interest, buying and selling of licensed premises, general debt recovery and conveyancing.

Michael is also a Duty Solicitor and an advocate in the Magistrate’s Courts and occasionally in the Crown and County Courts.  Michael also leads the Criminal Defence Team dealing with the majority of matters dealt with in the Magistrates’ Court and high profile cases in the Crown Court.

His personal interests include most aspects of country life including riding, hunting, successful racehorse ownership, golf, tennis, squash.  He is married with three grown up children.

Tel: +44 (0)1638 561133
Email: michael.whatley@fmc-solicitors.com

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Alan Caldwell


Alan holds an LL.B. Honours Degree in Law from Trent Polytechnic Nottingham, qualifying as a solicitor in 1989.  Over his 24 years in practice, Alan has gained wide experience in Conveyancing, Family and Matrimonial Law as well as Employment, but makes no secret of his passion for Criminal Law. As a consequence, in his role as a Criminal Defence Solicitor he is an active Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor, appearing regularly in Magistrate Courts throughout Cambridge, Essex and Suffolk. Alan has also sat as a Member of the Essex Criminal Justice Board as well as on the committee of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

A “ham” actor on the amateur stage in his youth, Alan loves the theatre, movies and good quality television drama.

Tel: +44 (0)1799 526 849
Mobile: +44 (0)7796 145 542
Email: alan.caldwell@fmc-solicitors.com

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Belinda Dawson

Licensed Conveyancer
Head of Conveyancing

Mob: +44 (0)7738 268 539
Tel: +44 (0)1638 561 133
Email: belinda.dawson@fmc-solicitors.com

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Peter Herriott

Senior Solicitor
Wills Trusts and Estates

Tel: +44 (0)1638 561 133
Email: peter.herriott@fmc-solicitors.com

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Michelle Chemli

Senior Solicitor
Civil Litigation and Family Law

Tel: +44 (0)1787 827 583
Email: michelle.chemli@fmc-solicitors.com

Julia Gooch

Legal Executive (FCILEx)
Criminal Law

Mob: +44 (0)7714 293 872
Tel: +44 (0)1638 561 133
Email: julia.gooch@fmc-solicitors.com

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Simon Saunders


Wills and Probate

Simon studied Law at Sheffield Hallam University and then moved across the city to the University of Sheffield to complete the Legal Practice Course. Following the completion of his studies, he moved back to London where he worked at a busy high street firm for two years. He has worked in Saffron Walden since April 2012, initially working in the Wills, Probate and Elderly Client department. Simon takes great enjoyment in solving his client’s problems in a practical, friendly and caring manner.

Outside of work Simon has a keen interest in travelling and watching live music. He is also a keen sportsman with a particular love for football and badminton.

Tel: +44 (0)1799 526 849
Mobile: +44 (0)7456 633 049
Email: simon.saunders@fmc-solicitors.com

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Cher Coles

Conveyancing and Private Client

Cher obtain her LLB Law degree at London South Bank University. She then attended BPP Law School London, to complete the Legal Practice Course in 2007. Following completion of her studies, Cher worked at a Law firm in Hertfordshire for four years, where she undertook conveyancing work. Cher then had a short career break as she stayed at home to look after her son Stanley. Cher has worked in our Haverhill Office since August 2015, she works in our Conveyancing and Wills & Probate Departments.  Cher qualified as a solicitor in October 2017 after she successfully completed her two year training contract.

Cher enjoys spending quality time with her son Stanley. She also loves horse riding and swimming.

Tel: +44 (0)1440 761 200
Email: cher.coles@fmc-solicitors.com

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Alice Gathern

Conveyancing and Family Law

Alice is our Trainee Solicitor in our Haverhill Office. Alice graduated from St Mary’s University in Twickenham with a 2:1 Law Degree. She then moved to Saffron Walden where she completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, Cambridge. Alice joined FM&C in July 2017, she assists Cher Coles with Conveyancing, Family and Wills & Probate matters.

Outside of work, Alice enjoys the theatre, walks in Hatfield Forest, canoeing on River Camb and visiting her family in Kent.

Tel: +44 (0)1440 761 200
Email: alice.gathern@fmc-solicitors.com

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Tim Piper

Senior Consultant
Commercial and Company Law

Tim Piper brings to bear 50 years of commercial experience to FM&C. Tim read law at Lincoln College, Oxford before qualifying as a solicitor. He has spent his professional career involved in all the main aspects of corporate and business law both in the City of London and the West End, including takeovers, mergers, flotations, joint ventures, partnerships, agency and distribution agreements and general private and public company work. He also takes an interest in copyright, trade marks and other intellectual property rights.

Tim is a former member of the Council of The Law Society and was President of his local Law Society. He was Master of his City Livery Company-the Tallow Chandlers in 2006/7,where he remains on the Court. He is currently Deputy Chairman of The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales, which publishes the definitive Law Reports.

Tim’s outside interests include horse racing and rowing; being a member of The Royal Enclosure at Ascot and The Stewards Enclosure at Henley, as well as cricket and Rugby Union football. He also enjoys classical music and collecting antiques.

Tel.: +44 (0)1799 526 849

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