Who Jarmans Solicitors are and what we can do for you
Jarmans Solicitors is a law firm based in Sittingbourne with clients in Kent and throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, the Far East, South America and the USA.
We give legal advice to individuals, organisations and businesses and have done so for over 100 years (originally as Winch Greensted and Winch and now Jarmans Solicitors).
Jay Sahota is delighted to announce that Jarmans has opened its first London office on Chancery Lane. This will enable us to continue to punch above our weight and compete with the City firms as we expand our client base and work with an increasing number of larger corporates and high net worth individuals, many on a retainer basis.
How we became what we are today
Jarmans Solicitors evolved from the old Sittingbourne firm of Winch Greensted and Winch, established in 1864. Jarmans strives to maintain its established standards whilst moving with the times.
In 1987 the firm was taken over by Maidstone firm Argles & Court and moved from its premises in Park Road to its present modern suite of offices in Bell House.
The present practice was “born” in 1989 out of a demerger from that firm.
The firm as a whole has the enthusiasm to continue to provide clients with the personal service they want from a solicitors' firm.
Barry Bond heads our commercial and employment departments.
He practised in London at Sebastian Coleman, Manches and trained at Maxwell Batley, qualifying in 1978 after taking a degree at Birmingham University.
He is a founding member of the firm and his areas of practice include commercial disputes, employment law and commercial litigation including international and national casework (with cases reported in the Law Reports, House of Lords and Court of Appeal).
His practice of the law and clients have taken him to Europe, the USA, South America, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand. He has a wide range of experience.
James Carter is a solicitor of 39 years previously dealing with residential commercial conveyancing and civil litigation. Since joining Jarmans I specialise in commercial conveyancing, agricultural and building schemes. James has always been local to this part of Kent and the Medway Towns.
I qualified as a solicitor in 1997, and have practised as a civil litigation solicitor since then and to the present date.
My experience covers a broad caseload, consisting mainly of contentious probate matters; boundary/property disputes; disputes between neighbours, residential landlord and tenant possession/disrepair cases, cohabitee disputes, and general contract/building disputes.
I also sit as a Committee Member of the Civil Litigation Section at the Law Society, where awareness is raised in relation to issues affecting the public and practitioners in this area of law. In addition, events and workshops are run throughout the year to keep litigators updated on recent developments in the law, and those looking to appear in the future.
Jay is the firm’s new Senior Partner and an experienced
Having graduated from Cambridge University, Jay worked at Allen & Overy and then stayed in the City for a number of years, working on cases of all types and size (from small debt recovery to a £3.5bn international fraud case). He moved to Kent to broaden the breadth of his experience.
He likes to win
Gordon is an experienced matrimonial and family solicitor having joined Jarmans in May 2017 and undertakes all matters in relation to divorce, finances, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, children act matters, special guardianship, adoption and cohabitation. Gordon is a qualified resolution mediator.
In his spare time Gordon enjoys reading, the theatre, cinema and spending time with his family.
Having studied in South Africa, Duane qualified as a solicitor in South Africa in 1996 and in England and Wales in 2005. He is a Higher Court Advocate who appeared in the Magistrates’, Crown and High Court before turning his hand to Conveyancing.
He has experience in dealing with all types of residential matters such as: Leaseholds, Freeholds, New Builds, Re-Mortgages and Lease Extensions and collaborating with the Armed Forces Help to Buy Scheme.
Having lived in Kent since 2004 he has represented clients throughout England and Wales and often receives instructions from London based clients.
He aims to efficiently meet the client’s needs.
Emma is an experienced civil and commercial litigation solicitor with a strong interest in employment and debt recovery.
Having obtained a 2:1 degree in Law and distinction in Legal Practice, Emma trained at a small sole practitioner firm in Northamptonshire. This gave her a broad and varied experience and moulded her “can do” attitude to any problem presented to her.
From there, Emma moved to a Legal 500 Firm recognised by Lexcel in Kent where she spent the following 11 years specialising in commercial and civil litigation and employment law.
Emma’s background gives her the ability to adapt to difficult situations and empathise with her clients. She is very client focussed with many repeat business clients and referrals from former clients and associates. Previously recognised individually by Legal 500 in Debt Recovery, Emma is a straight talking litigator with a commercial approach. Emma has been described by the judiciary as offering “refreshingly proportionate costs” and that her strategy in a particularly difficult and emotional case was a “master stroke”.
Emma's practice at Jarmans remains varied including all aspects of commercial and civil litigation (to include insolvency, fraud, debt recovery, unfair prejudice petitions, partnership disputes, boundary disputes, enforcement, landlord and tenant issues, contested probate, defamation, construction disputes and contractual disputes) as well as Employment Law assisting both employers and employees in a range of disputes from unfair dismissal to redundancy and discrimination. Emma also routinely negotiates settlement agreements and exit strategies.
Emma can be contacted on 01795 472291 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry originally completed the Bar Vocational Course before transferring to become a Solicitor in 2000. He has a wide range of experience with expertise in Criminal Defence, from Motoring offences to Murder and Fraud.
He worked in Brixton and South London until moving to Kent in 2003.
Career highlights include:-
The acquittal of 2 defendants charged with Murder on the basis of Self Defence,
The acquittal of a defendant charged with Attempted Murder, on the basis of lack of intention.
Terry is our Compliance officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and is the solicitor you should write to should you wish to make a complaint.
Steven is a newly qualified solicitor working in our Family department.
Steven trained in the Medway area and is deeply connected with the community. Steven handles cases in relation to divorce, finances, private children and other family related issues. Steven takes a pastoral approach to client care, and provides sound, accurate and down to earth legal advice.
Steven employs his problem solving skills in order to find a practical solution.
Outside of work Steven is an avid movie buff.
Formerly a partner in two leading London firms for 20 years and later a consultant to two leading London practices for 5 years, Robert’s clients have included international and UK quoted/private companies, foreign and UK banks, insurance companies, oil companies, airlines, embassies and high commissions, art galleries, private individuals, entrepreneurs and trusts.
Robert also specialises in risk, is an accredited quality auditor (BVQI) and an experienced money laundering reporting officer.
Robert’s areas of expertise are banking, insurance, aviation, professional negligence, construction, fine art, partnership, employment, landlord and tenant and insolvency.
Robert’s key achievements include: (i) Kuwait Airways litigation against Iraqi Airways Corporation (a complex series of concurrent Commercial Court actions and associated appeals arising out of the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990) obtaining and seeking cross-border enforcement of judgments in excess of $1bn; (ii) Brinks Matt civil litigation; (iii) multi-jurisdictional litigation for a Russian National bank; (iv) fraud exception litigation for a defendant bank; (v) major customs claims for national bank in the VAT and Customs Tribunal; (vi) fraud claim for national oil company; (vii) employment based litigation for a major international insurance company; (viii) fine art litigation for private individuals and galleries.
Consultant Solicitor - Probate Department
Paralegal - Litigation Department
"Rajinder Rai is a credit to Jarmans solicitors.
As a client you feel confident that she is always working in your best interests and will try to keep your legal expenditure to what is absolutely necessary. Given the legal complexities, she works hard to ensure that she explains things in a way that can be understood and is always careful to manage expectations.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Rajinder to family or friends to see if she could help with a legal issue."
Nigel Wright / Marion Porter
"We should like to thank you and all Jarman's staff involved in the sale and purchase of our properties, for their efficient help and assistance in these transactions."
"l recently started using Jarmans to handle my divorce mainly because of their reputation.
This is quite a stressful time and i was made to feel at ease with Gordon Johnson who is handling my case. l was given clear and straightforward advice and information as to what i needed to do and where to proceed next.
Any time i needed advice, had a question or booked an appointment it was dealt with speedily, on the same day in most cases. l would recommend Jarmans to to anyone needing legal advice and cannot fault their professional approach to matters in hand."
“No matter what stage you are at in your business you will always need legal support, whether it’s for growing your business, looking over contracts or just needing advice with a business legal situation. Jay Sahota has been very timely, professional and an expert within his field when dealing with legal matters. I highly recommend Jay Sahota and his team at Jarmans Solicitors”
Zoe Cairns, ZC Social Media
"Rajinder Rai took on my case at Jarmans solicitors recently and the speed at which she turned around my extremely difficult case has been amazing. I was to the point of losing a sale on my property and within a week has put me in the best position possible to now complete my sale.
Not once did i feel like i needed to keep on and speed things up. Rajinder moved with such speed and efficiency that before i knew it my very difficult case was resolved.
I can't thank Rajinder enough as she has lifted a weight of my shoulders and really turned my situation around."
"I would like to commend you Duane on first impressions and the efficient service you gave me today with the update…, you were very helpful and motivated to move the transaction along understanding the
urgency now required."
KT - Sales Manager
Very many thanks for your excellent work re my Divorce case.
A first class performance from Mr Gordon Johnson at JARMANS Solicitors. I was very impressed with the service given, all the tactics applied and the good result achieved. Also many to your secretary Sheryl. Kind regards"
"Gordon likes a challenge and my case was just that. He installed confidence in me from the very first meeting and had a new approach, he grabbed it with both hands as if it was personal.
Gordon and his trusted team have turned the whole case around, his knowledge, his confidence and his attitude just to writing my very detailed statement has made all the difference. Gordon instructed a fantastic barrister who was perfect for my case she was an excellent choice. I've never felt more confident going into the court room and so happy coming out. Have already recommended! Thank you again! "
"Andrew thanks for all your help and getting the paperwork sorted at the 11th hour, you really helped us out."
"Andrew, Through your selfless act of kindness, you gave me the strength to stand my ground and see the final stages of my grievance through successfully.
Thank you for your professional advice and taking the time and interest to help me.
I very much appreciate the support and time you gave me. Thank you! Kind regards"
"Dear Jay, First two clients referred to Duane Bridger and the overall service has been excellent.
I have had little success in finding a reliable solicitor over the last 11 years, but I think I may have now found one!
Kind regards, JC Director"
"Hi Jay, just wanted to say thank you for the help that both Ruth and Rajinder have given my friend L G who I referred to you. They have both been so helpful and supportive and I just wanted to let you know they are a credit to Jarmans."
JC of B
"Thanks for all your hard work on our behalf re P."
"Rajinder, Thank you so much for your professional and helpful approach at this stressful time."
"Dear Duane, James and Sue
I wanted to thank you for working so hard to ensure a successful sale of our property. Whilst the buyers were trying to push up the price unfairly, your advice and support was excellent, meaning that we saved a lot of money, and stopped their tactics mid-track. It is such a relief to have completion today, and to know that this stressful time has been made so much easier than it otherwise would have been.
A huge well done to all the team, and many thanks to you three especially.
Thank you again."
"Nicola and Nathan,
I wanted to thank you personally for the excellent service you provided to a client of mine in recent days.
My business is looking after the financial planning needs for my clients through investment management, but also their overall financial security and the need for wills, trusts and estate planning is paramount to the service we give.
Being able to relay on a fellow professional to provide this service is an important part of the client relationship built up over the years.
Having received an urgent request for help from my client, I forwarded his details to you outlining his concerns to set up Lasting Powers of Attorney for his wife.
That same evening you were able to make contact with him, fix an appropriate time to visit his home in North London and complete the necessary paperwork, all within a space of a few days.
I know that my client was relieved to get things done quickly, but more than that, was so impressed by the extra mile service you provided to give him and his family the peace of mind he so dearly needed.
Having used your services for a number of my important clients, I have no hesitation in recommending your professional services for Will Writing, Estate Planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Trust work, and will
continue to do so.
Thank you again for a job well done and a very satisfied and relieved client of mine.
IP, Independent Financial Adviser
"Wonderful service by the Matrimonial Team during a very difficult divorce.
Would highly recommend the Company to others."
"Duane was very helpful if it had not been for him chasing up the other party I believe I would still be waiting now."
"Duane and Sue dealt with our remortgage with efficiency and keeping us up to date with each step of the process."
"Hi Duane, Another great job thank you!"
S L - Manager
Nathan dealt with our query and I must say could not have given a better service than we received. As our query was a small one I was prepared to wait as I felt they had more urgent things to do. How wrong I was and it was dealt with very quickly. A first class service and a satisfied client."
"Thanks Duane for BRILLIANT service. Much appreciated. Kind regards"
J and S D
"You made what could have been quite a tricky conveyance as smooth as possible. Your calm and pragmatic manner have been much appreciated."
"Andrew, I will take the opportunity to say a sincere and massive thank you for all your help over the past few months - I certainly wouldn't have made it this far without you! "
"Rajinder is very personable and helpful and I would highly recommend her to anyone who finds themselves in Litigation."
"Ruth and Nathan, Thank you for your efficiency, kindness and compassion today."
"Duane, Excellent and convenient services, easy access provided and friendly and approachable."
"Duane, Thank you for your continued help with the sale of my late fathers property. I fully appreciate the efforts you and your staff have put into it."
"Overall Duane was a very pleasant astute and knowledgeable person who did his job well and we have moved to a lovely house thank you."
P & S D
"I found Jarmans to be warm and welcoming. Gordon was very professional. Communication, knowledge and efficiency all excellent and costs as expected."
“Mr Bridger was/is a credit to Jarmans. Polite extremely professional and also ensured my interests were catered for at all times…”
"Dear Rajinder, I write to thank you for all your hard work on our behalf to obtain possession of our building in the Romford Road which was invaded by many squatters, you acted in a most professional manner at all times giving excellent advice and assistance in order that we as clients knew all that was going on and then arranging for the possession order to be enforced and we are happy to say that should the situation arise again or similar we would be in contact at once. Regards and many thanks John Barber DL MRICS, Chief Executive officer of L M Ken don Settlement."
"Dear James, 130 Ashford Road. This is a courtesy note to express my gratitude for your help in the preparation of the lease and underlease. I am pleased to convey my appreciation for your services rendered and for your professionalism in your every action.
Many thanks for the astute advice and to your reception staff, whom were always extremely helpful when I could not speak directly with you. Yours sincerely "
'Jay, we cannot praise Duane and his amazing property team enough for their engagement and communication with us and our clients. Exceptional service thank you so much!”
Well done to Duane and his superb team.
"In this day and age everyone is quick to scream and shout over negativity, however I wanted to make you aware how impressed we are with Lauren Murray! I feel you have an outstanding employee there. Nothing is ever too much trouble and it’s very reassuring from my side of things, that if I cannot get hold of you Duane, I have no hesitation in speaking with Lauren. She is always very quick to reply with any enquiries I have inside and outside of normal office hours."
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