About Fairhurst Menuhin & Co.

Team Profiles

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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 is an accredited mediator and member of the Civil Mediation Council.

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.

Since 2015 Paul has been a Town and District Councillor and is currently Mayor of Saffron Walden.

Paul holds BA and LL.B. degrees (Witwatersrand) and an M.B.A. specialising in International Finance and Marketing and holds an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property.

Paul is a collector of rare books, Classic cars and Classic German Motorcycles.


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

Partner

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

Partner

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

Belinda is Head of Conveyancing with over 37 years’ experience.

Having worked in the cities of Cambridge, Leeds & London Belinda has a wealth of knowledge of inner city transactions with the eccentricities and time pressures these bring.

Practising in rural locations in North Yorkshire and Hertfordshire has also provided Belinda with an extensive expertise of countryside locations that have their own unique anomalies.

Commercial and Company work is a further area in which Belinda practises.

The varied abilities mentioned above give Belinda an all encompassing competence to combine the skills Belinda possesses to enable her to deliver an excellent service.

In any spare time Belinda has you will find her baking and experimenting with new techniques. Belinda wishes one day to take part in The Great British Bake Off.  Otherwise, Belinda can be found reading or listening to music.

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

Peter Herriott is a Senior Solicitor in the Private Client Department and has over 30 years’ experience in the field of Wills, Probate, Trusts and Tax. He has previously worked in firms in London and Colchester and was a Partner in a leading practice in Bury St. Edmunds for some eight years.

Peter holds an LL.B Degree in Law from West of England University in Bristol and is a longstanding member of both STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) for which he has previously served on the local branch committee, and the Private Client Section of the Law Society.

Away from work, Peter enjoys family life with his wife who is a primary school head teacher and his grown–up daughter.  He enjoys walking, reading and playing sports, particularly tennis.


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

Sarah-Jane Money

Senior Solicitor
Conveyancing 

Sarah-Jane studied at Solent University in Southampton and graduated with LLB (Hons) in Law.  Returning home to Essex, she then completed the Legal Practice Course at Anglia Polytechnic University in 1996.  Her first employment was with Hambro Legal Protection in Colchester.  In 1997 she began her training contract in Clacton-on-sea and qualified in 1999.

Sarah-Jane has enjoyed a successful career spanning over 17 years and is known for the high quality of her service.  She has practiced in Essex and Suffolk and so has a good knowledge of the East Anglian region.  However, she has also bought and sold properties for clients in other locations throughout England and Wales.

Apart from her experience in residential property Sarah-Jane also has some expertise in Commercial Property, Planning Applications and Licensing.

During her spare time Sarah-Jane enjoys travelling and has covered many parts of Europe.  She enjoys fine dining and have sampled many Michelin Star restaurants.  Her favourite cuisine is Italian.

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

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Alice Gathern

Conveyancing and Family Law

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 deals with Conveyancing and Family matters in our Haverhill Office.

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

Jana Matejkova

Conveyancing 

Jana studied at Trnavska University in Trnava and graduated with master in Law in 2013. She moved to England in 2015 and converted her Slovak law degree at Westminster University in London by obtaining her Graduate Diploma in Law. Jana is now completing the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law school, Cambridge whilst working at Fairhurst Menuhin & Co Solicitors full time.

Jana has been practising Conveyancing for 2 years and is based in our Saffron Walden office.

Outside of work, Jana, enjoys spending time with her family, reading books and travelling.

Tel: +44 (0)1799 526849
Email: jana.matejkova@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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