Crane and Walton LLP is a well-established and recognised legal practice that provides its clients with bespoke and carefully considered legal advice on a range of practice areas.

By listening, understanding and forging long lasting relationships with our Private Individual and Commercial/Business clients, we aim to achieve their respective goals.

We pride ourselves on carrying out our legal work for clients in a professional, efficient and cost-effective manner.

We have vast experience across our four office located in Leicester, Coalville, Ashby de la Zouch and Melbourne.

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  • Ashby
  • Leicester
  • Coalville
  • Melbourne
  • Matthew Needham
  • Philippa Crane
  • Jaya Venkatasamy
  • Billie Ann Samardzija
  • Leanne Cooper
  • Rachel Hughes
  • Emily Stephen

Solicitor, director and sole proprietor of Matthew Needham Ltd

I head the Private Client Team and my work involves advising clients on establishing effective inheritance tax solutions to include wills, trusts, administration of estates, deeds of variation and family trusts. I also advise on alternative commercial arrangements in order to maximise the inhertiance tax reliefs available.

I qualified as a Solicitor in May 1994.

E: matthewneedham@craneandwalton.com

T.E.P, Solicitor and LLP Member

I specialise in the preparation of Wills and the Administration of Trusts and Estates. I have experience in Court of Protection matters and am able to advise in relation to inheritance tax planning, capital gains tax and income tax.

I am a Member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.

I qualified as a Solicitor in September 2012.

E: philippacrane@craneandwalton.com

I qualified as a Solicitor in 2007.

I specialise in all aspects of residential property law including registered and unregistered land, freehold and leasehold sale and purchase, transfer of equity, remortgage, equity release, shared ownership, new build and Government Help to Buy schemes.

I also have experience in transfers of property relating to gifts and assents.

E: jayavenkatasamy@craneandwalton.com

I am a Dual Qualified Lawyer, having obtained a 1st class Law Degree, Qualifying abroad in 1997 and as a Solicitor in England & Wales In 2019.

I have gained extensive experience in Property Law whilst working at a National Top 50 Law firm in England. I specialise in all aspects of Property Law acting for Individuals, Housebuilders and Investors ensuring stress-free transactions with timescales delivering a high quality service to our clients.

E: billieannsamardzija@craneandwalton.com

T.E.P, Trust and Estate Practitioner and Chartered Legal Executive

I advise on matters regarding the drafting of Wills and Trusts, the administration of a deceased person’s estate and issues relating to income tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax. I also specialise in elderly client care, in particular Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Deputy applications.

I have been a Private Client practitioner since 2006 and I am a Member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners

E: leannecooper@craneandwalton.com

Solicitor

I specialise in dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing matters including sales, purchases, remortgages, equity release schemes, property and land transfers and new build plot purchases.

I qualified as a Solicitor in September 2002.

E: rachelhughes@craneandwalton.com

Solicitor

I specialise in all Commercial and Residential Property matters. I advise on all aspects of residential conveyancing including, purchases, sales, re-mortgages, shared ownership schemes, help to buy schemes, plot purchases, and transfers of equity. I also advise on the grant of a new leases, commercial re-mortgages, land acquisition and the state of commercial units.

E: emilystephen@craneandwalton.com

  • Andrew Klimowicz
  • Vijay Singh
  • Kam Ubhi
  • Alison Muttock

M.A (OXON), Solicitor, director and sole proprietor of Andrew Klimowicz Limited

I specialise in all types of commercial property transactions and can assist business entrepreneurs with a wide range of legal services relating to their ventures. Having more than twenty five years legal experience and being the proprietor of my own firm, I enjoy delivering timely, clear, informed and effective advice to my clients and adding value to their businesses as a result.

I qualified as a Solicitor in August 1989.

E: andrewklimowicz@craneandwalton.com

Solicitor and LLP Member

I advise on a variety of matters including the preparation of Wills, Administration of Estates (Probate), Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Tax and Estate planning, Elderly Client issues and Court of Protection matters.

I am a Member of the Leicestershire Law Society, Society for Asian Lawyers, City Sikhs Network and  a ‘Dementia Friend’.

I qualified as a Solicitor in September 2008.

E: vijaysingh@craneandwalton.com

Solicitor and LLP Member

I have expertise in contracts disputes, professional disputes, professional negligence, disputes involving directors, breaches of restrictive covenants, contentious probate, inheritance claims and trust litigation. In relation to Property Litigation I have expertise in relation to breach of covenant issues, dilapidations and repairs, Landlord & Tenant Act 1954(ii), business tenancies, nuisances and trespass, rent arrears and service charge disputes. I will provide a hands on approach when asked to deal with a dispute. I often become involved in negotiations and represent clients on settlement discussions and mediation in order to achieve a prompt and cost effective resolution to disputes.

I qualified as a Solicitor in October 1986.

E: kamubhi@craneandwalton.com

Chartered Legal Executive

I specialise in all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

I qualified as a Legal Executive in October 2008.

E: alisonmuttock@craneandwalton.com

  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Kiran Solanki
  • Laura Doherty
  • Grace Marsh
  • Rachel Skinner

Solicitor, LLP Member and Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly

I am a Solicitor advising on Private client matters including; Wills, Administration of Estates, Court of Protection applications, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Elderly Client issues and Tax Planning matters. I also have experience in dealing with transfers of property, including Assents and Declarations of Trust.

I qualified as a Solicitor in January 2004.

E: rebeccataylor@craneandwalton.com

Solicitor and LLP Member

I specialise in all matters relating to relationship breakdown : divorce, finances, children and cohabitee matters. The aim at the initial appointment is to establish the framework for the case so that you can be advised in terms of time, cost, procedure and outcomes. The aim is to be proactive in dealing with your case.

I qualified as a Solicitor in August 1996.

E: kiransolanki@craneandwalton.com

T.E.P, Solicitor and LLP Member

I advise on matters regarding the drafting of Wills, Administration of Estates, Court of Protection applications, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Elderly Client issues and Tax Planning matters. I also have experience in dealing with property transactions to include, Assents, Transfers and Severance of Tenancies.

I am a Member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.

I qualified as a Solicitor in August 2013.

E: lauradoherty@craneandwalton.com

Solicitor and LLP Member

I advise on commercial, residential and agricultural property matters. I act for private individuals, small businesses, national companies and banks on a wide range of property matters including freehold and leasehold purchases, lease extensions, grant of leases and shared ownership matters. I also act for clients requiring technical advice in matters such as the grant of rights of way, boundary ownership and sale of land with development potential.

I qualified as a Solicitor in February 2010

E: gracemarsh@craneandwalton.com

Solicitor

I studied law at Leicester University, and have been working in residential property since 2004. I qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2012.

I specialise in all aspects of residential conveyancing, and deal with residential property transactions of all types including freehold and leasehold sales, purchases, re-mortgages, equity release schemes, transfers of equity, new build plot purchases, Help to Buy mortgages, and buy to let transactions.

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E: rachelskinner@craneandwalton.com

Our Melbourne office is conveniently based in Williams Yard on Derby Road and provides facilities for Client meetings.

With our exceptional knowledge and experience we know you are looking for keen fees and speedy responses.

What our clients say

Kiran is a very open and honest man with a warm manner

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Alison Muttock was fantastic

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Vijay Singh explains all information very clearly.
All dealings with Vijay – telephone and correspondence were excellent

Very pleasant staff
– was put very much at ease

Leicester client

The service could not have been better

Leicester office client

Excellent service from Mr Singh.
If it was possible to give 11 out of 10, I would.

Emily was very friendly and very professional at all times.
Thank you for an all-round excellent service.

Reception staff – excellent.  Emily Stephen – excellent.

The service we received from Kam Ubhi was superb.

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Office Locations

Ashby

30 South Street
Ashby de la Zouch
LE65 1BT
01530 414111
01530 417022
Office Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Leicester

24 De Montfort Street
Leicester
LE1 7GB
0116 2551901
0116 2555864
Office Hours: 9:15am - 5:00pm

Coalville

21 - 25 London Road
Coalville
LE67 3JB
01530 834466
01530 810886
Office Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Melbourne

The Loft
7a Market Place
Melbourne
Derbyshire
DE73 8DS
Office Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm

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