Personal and Business Legal Services in Solihull

Team Members


Graham Pearce portrait

Graham Pearce

Managing Director

Graham established his law firm in 1981 having previously worked for Eversheds.

During an impressive career he has worked in most areas of the Law but now deals mainly with Charity Law, Business Law, Trusts, Probate and Tax Planning.

Graham was educated at Solihull’s Tudor Grange Grammar School and Keele University where he read Law and History. He is married to Diana and they have four grown up children. Graham was, for many years, a leader of The King’s Church Solihull and also served as a governor of Tudor Grange School.

In his spare time he indulges in his loves of Italy, painting and a passion for bread making!

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Nicholas Thomas


Nicholas is a Director of Pearcelegal and Head of the Family and Litigation Department. He joined the firm in 2009 as a Litigation Solicitor having previously worked for a specialist litigation firm since qualification.

Nicholas specialises in Divorce and Matrimonial Finances, having experience in acting in all types of cases from limited asset cases requiring succinct advice and action, up to multi-million pound cases requiring in-depth analysis of company assets and pension provisions.  His experience in advising businesses in other areas of law lends itself to being able to consider a wide range of issues that need to be dealt with as part of the dealing with the matrimonial finances.

Nicholas also acts for a number of local businesses, providing general legal support in areas of debt collection, disputes and employment advice including acting for both Employers and Employees in respect of disputes, unfair and constructive dismissal claims as well as advising on Settlement Agreements at all levels.

He is the man you need to ‘fight your corner’, be it contractual disputes, matrimonial and financial matters, employment, personal injury claims, disputes over Wills or whatever other situation where you may find yourself in dispute.

Nicholas was educated at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield before studying Law at Liverpool University.

Having been a Scout himself, Nicholas is now a District Commissioner supporting 17 Scout groups in ensuring young people learn those vital skills for life.

Stephanie Howard

Solicitor (Litigation & Family Dept)

Stephanie is a qualified Solicitor working in the Litigation & Family Department. She deals with all aspects of family law such as matrimonial, financial and child contact disputes, in addition to general litigation, contentious probate (disputes over Wills etc) and debt recovery.

Stephanie obtained her law degree and completed her post-graduate training in Leicester and has been with Pearcelegal since March 2014. 

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys socialising and spending time with her family and friends. 

Rachel Ison

Rachel Ison

Solicitor (Private Client)

Rachel is a qualified Solicitor in our Private Client department specialising in Wills, Trusts and Probate.

Rachel joined Pearcelegal in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant and has since completed her Training Contract with the firm, qualifying as a Solicitor in May 2019.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys travelling and going to the gym. 

Alison Bates

Conveyancing Executive (Conveyancing Dept)

Alison joined Pearcelegal in January 2015 as a Conveyancing Executive in our Property Department having worked in Birmingham City Centre firms for almost 14 years. Alison deals with a wide range of residential property transactions. 

In her personal time Alison enjoys socialising with friends and family.

Tony Lynch

Consultant (Conveyancing Department)

Tony joined the conveyancing team in 2019 and brings over 30 years of experience in residential conveyancing, working in the local area. 

Tony works closely with clients to ensure the conveyancing process is as straightforward and painless as possible.

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Elaine Cox

Conveyancing Executive (Conveyancing Dept)

Elaine deals with a wide range of both commercial and residential property transactions. She has many years’ experience in the law, and was a welcome addition to Pearcelegal over 12 years ago.

Elaine has a degree in Biology and brings a rigorous scientific approach to the law. Outside of work, she enjoys walking and has an interest in geology, sometimes combining the two interests. Elaine loves tennis and can be found at SW19 every summer.

Mark Stockton

Consultant Solicitor

Mark joined the Pearcelegal conveyancing team in July 2020 having run his own firm, Anthony Stockton Solicitors since 1999.  Taking a step back from firm management responsibility Mark joined Pearcelegal to be able to continue to offer conveyancing services to his existing clients and to new clients.

Mark brings a wealth of experience in dealing with residential conveyancing and commercial property, with a eye for detail and a technical ability that ensures all matters are dealt with effectively and efficiently.

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Richard Brown

Relationship Manager

Richard is the firm’s Relationship Manager, having previously worked for the firm in residential conveyancing. Richard calls upon his many years’ experience in the sector to ensure all elements of the service to clients is seamless.

A friendly face, he ensures operations run smoothly.

Hannah Smith

Trainee Solicitor

Hannah joined us as a Trainee Solicitor in October 2020, having recently completed her combined Law Masters Degree and Diploma in Legal Practice, for which she received a distinction.  Hannah will be completing seats in all our departments before qualifying as a Solicitor in due course.  With a bubbly personality and keen dedication to providing a first class service to our clients, Hannah is a great asset to the firm.


In her spare time Hannah has recently helped to set up a charity to offer services to vulnerable people during lockdown and also volunteers at a Scout Group helping to plan an educational and fun programme of events for young people.  Hannah also enjoys reading and cooking.

Lauren is a Trainee Solicitor with us having joined the firm in November 2020.  Lauren will be completing seats in all of our departments before qualifying as a Solicitor.  Having completed her Masters and Diploma in Legal Practice in 2017 with a distinction, Lauren has had several years’ experience with other firms in areas such as family law and litigation and will be bringing this experience and knowledge to use in her role at Pearcelegal.


 In her spare time Lauren likes to be out in the country looking after her three Shetland ponies and enjoys baking and playing badminton.

Joanne Hinckley

Accounts Manager

Jo joined Pearcelegal in June 2019, as our Accounts Manager.  With over 15 years’ experience in the legal field Jo is able to bring her keen eye for detail to our accounts and also assists with marketing and creating content for our website and social media pages.

In her spare time, Jo likes reading, baking and is currently learning to speak Spanish.



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Debbie Lloyd

Accounts Assistant (Accounts Dept)

Debbie joined the firm over 10 years ago in 2006 after spending many years gaining experience with other solicitor’s firms in Birmingham. She works in our Accounts and Administration Department, and deals with numbers and suppliers! She enjoys the day-to-day challenges the department offers.

Debbie was educated at Tudor Grange School and Solihull College gaining qualifications in Office Management and Secretarial skills. She is also a qualified beautician.

In her spare time, Debbie enjoys swimming, yoga and relaxing holidays in the sun. She also loves renovating her Victorian home at weekends.

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Diana Pearce

Client Support (Accounts Dept)

Graham’s wife, Diana, has been a mainstay of the firm since its inception. With her legal secretarial background she provides administrative assistance for the firm and also support for those clients who need help running their day-to-day affairs at home.

To this end she has set up a separate business, associated with Pearcelegal, which specialises in giving assistance to the elderly.

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Denise Stockton

HR Manager

Denise is Pearcelegal’s longest serving employee, having joined the firm over 30 years ago, initially running the accounts department, then as Practice Manager.

Denise now oversees HR in the business.

She later trained to undertake legal work, which she took on with enthusiasm. In 2007, she resumed as Accounts Manager with personnel responsibility. She enjoys the happy working atmosphere in the office which lightens the load of serious work.

On a personal level, Denise is a golf-loving Gran who enjoys the gym as well! She enjoys reading, playing bridge and travelling, which she does a lot of, having family in South Africa and New Zealand.

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Mary Davis

Legal Assistant (Support Staff)

Mary joined Pearcelegal as a Legal Assistant in 2004 after many years’ experience with other local law firms. Mary has experience in working in the Private Client Department but for the last ten years has worked closely with Elaine in the Property Department.

Mary is a mother of three grown up children and has two grandchildren which take up a lot of her time! In the rest of her spare time, Mary enjoys going to concerts, swimming and reading.

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Tracey Hopkins

Legal Assistant (Support Staff)

After more than 15 years of experience with other law firms, Tracey joined the Property Team at Pearcelegal over 10 years ago where she still enjoys her role as a Legal Assistant.

Tracey is a full-time working mom with a daughter who, despite being grown up, still takes up much of her spare time and money!

She is a lover of animals, except spiders, and enjoys watching films in the little spare time she has.

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Rebecca Evans

Legal Assistant (Support Staff)

Rebecca joined Pearcelegal as a Legal Assistant in the Property Department in January 2016, after having worked for a national law firm based in Northampton. She has a degree in Law which she gained from the University of Lincoln in 2011, and now enjoys the regular client contact that a role in residential conveyancing allows.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys keeping fit at the gym, going to concerts and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys travelling, especially to the USA, when she has the opportunity.

Carol joined the firm in July 2020 as a conveyancing assistant.  No stranger to the firm, having started her career here as an office junior, Carol was previously working at Anthony Stockton Solicitors with Mark Stockton before returning to the fold at Pearcelegal.

With many years’ experience, Carol is able to offer support to Mark and to his clients throughout their conveyancing transaction.

In her spare time, when she’s not travelling the country supporting her Son playing ice hockey, Carol enjoys reading and looking after her grandchildren.

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Suzanne Morgan

Legal Assistant (Support Staff)

After a number of years working for solicitors, Suzanne joined Pearcelegal in 2007 to work in the Litigation Department. However, in 2008, an opportunity arose to join the Private Client Department where she now enjoys her work as a Legal Assistant and the friendly environment at Pearcelegal.

When Suzanne isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the theatre, reading and has a real passion for Formula One motor racing.

Sam Keefe

Legal Assistant (Support Staff)

Sam joined the firm in early 2020 having come from a retail background.  Currently studying towards a legal qualification, Sam provides support to fee earners across all departments.

Sam likes to maintain a healthy lifestyle, attending the gym and cooking nutritious meals.  A keen football fan, Sam also likes to keep up to date with the progress of his chosen team, Arsenal.

Laura Haden

Legal Assistant (Support Staff)

Laura joined our busy conveyancing team in August 2020 bringing a fantastic enthusiasm for conveyancing and client service.  

Cindy Hopkins


Cindy looks after our reception and is the friendly voice that answers our main switchboard.  Cindy always ensures our clients are greeted with a warm welcome and calls are dealt with effectively and efficiently.

Jon Chapman

Junior Legal Assistant

Jon is a recent addition to Pearcelegal and is currently studying for his law degree at Birmingham University.