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Maclaren Warner Solicitors was created in 1986 to serve the local communities in which we are based. We pride ourselves on the local knowledge of our Solicitors and employees. We have traditional values and offer a personal service including home visits, face to face meetings with clients and a sympathetic approach in clients’ times of need.

We are proud to offer a competitive service with no hidden charges. Our offices are conveniently located in the town centres of Ilkeston and Eastwood.








Client centric expertise, delivered with care


Maclaren Warner values its clients above all else, viewing them as our most valuable asset. Our primary goal is ensuring the ongoing welfare of those we serve. We firmly believe that a thriving practice is established through client satisfaction, rather than prioritising financial gains through case manipulation for higher attorney fees. Genuine success stems from fulfilling client needs, not simply monetary gains.


Moreover, our firm is committed to serving the community responsibly. We prioritise treating clients, witnesses, jurors, fellow attorneys, and court staff with respect and civility, recognising the importance of courtesy in all interactions.








Clear communication, every step of the way


Primarily, Maclaren Warner steadfastly upholds its fiduciary responsibility to its clients, consistently embodying high standards of ethics, honesty, trustworthiness, and compliance with state and national laws. Additionally, the firm deeply respects the rights of others and the judicial system. Leveraging its extensive experience in serving various corporations, business entities, and private individuals, Maclaren Warner ensures comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective representation for each client. For further inquiries about the firm, please feel free to reach out via phone.








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Paul Dodds

Paul qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and has extensive experience both in law and business. He was a former Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and his practice has extended to become a wide-ranging commercial practice, including a specialism in Sports Law.


Paul has acted for many well known sports people alongside his commercial practice. Paul does so much more than the traditional lawyer role for his clients and is considered a trusted advisor to HNW individuals and SME owners. Paul also often provides hands-on support to businesses in trouble, using his legal and management skills.


When not advising clients, Paul’s principal role is to help ensure the practice has excellent service and compliance standards.

Teressa McDonald

Teressa is a specialist in Private Client Services, equally adept in advising on property matters or personal planning through Wills and Trust.  She also has extensive expertise in Probate matters.


Having practised extensively in Staffordshire, Teressa held the position of Head of Legal at a nationwide estate planning provider for almost 10 years before taking up the exciting opportunity of leading Private Client Services at Maclaren Warner.  Teressa also takes up the position of Managing Partner. Teressa is a Solicitor and qualified in 2011.

Martin Collins

Martin has built a number of business throughout his career, including building and selling a significant business in the East Midlands, right on the doorstep of our Ilkeston office. Martin has set about creating a group or services to ensure that individuals and SME’s receive outstanding service alongside high quality advice available to larger organisations from their professional service advisors.

Simon Kassell

Simon has served both the town of Ilkeston and Maclaren Warner extensively for over 20 years.  Simon held the position of Senior Partner until handing over that mantel at the end of 2023. Simon remains a mainstay of the firm as a Consultant Solicitor. Simon is a specialist in both Residential and Commercial property having qualified in 1983 and is supervised by Teressa McDonald.

Kareena Gogna

Kareena joined Maclaren Warner in 2024 and brings with her residential property expertise.  Kareena is based predominantly out our Eastwood office.  She is a Solicitor having qualified in 2022 and is supervised by Teressa McDonald.

Suhail Alloo

Suhail is an experienced commercial litigator with specialisms in professional negligence and recoveries, . He works with clients to help them find solutions to the problems they face; he prides himself on the ability to build excellent client relationships with a pragmatic and straightforward approach.


Examples of how Suhail has supported clients include; Working with lenders to recover sums from commercial borrowers via the sale of assets, advising on professional negligence claims against professionals such as solicitors and surveyors, advising on breach of contract matters, advising on matters relating to unpaid debts. Suhail qualified in 2018 and is supervised by Paul Dodds.


Alison Rolf

Alison is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and has been since 2000. She began her career in Coventry, originally dealing with criminal and civil litigation matters before specialising in family work from 1997.


Alison has worked for various firms across Warwickshire and the West Midlands including a Birmingham City Centre firm. She has a wide experience and deals in divorce, finances and children matters as well as pre and post nuptial matters.


Alison is a Member of Resolution (previously Solicitors Family Law Association) who advocate dealing with family matters amicably to try and keep disputes to a minimum which obviously means less cost to the client.


Alison is approachable and friendly. She joined Maclaren Warner in October 2023. Alison is supervised by Paul Dodds.


Lisa Johnson

Lisa is an experienced Conveyancing Paralegal having worked in the Property area for many years. Initially Lisa started her property career in an Estate Agency but in recent years she has extended her knowledge and expertise to support the Property Department with her own caseload.


Lisa is efficient and friendly with extensive knowledge of the local area. She takes pride in hand-holding her clients through the transaction with a straight talking approach that helps to de-mystify. Moving house can be one of the most stressful times of your life but Lisa is able to re-assure her clients providing support and assistance when they need it. Lisa is supervised by Teressa McDonald.

Sarah Mills

Sarah is an assistant in our Family Law Team, supporting and being supervised by Alison Rolf.

Kathryn Fretwell

Kathryn is an assistant in our Property Team, dealing with both residential and commercial property.  Kathryn is vastly experienced and predominantly supports Simon Kassell. Kathryn is supervised by Simon Kassell.


Sean Walker

Sean is an assistant in our Property Team, dealing predominantly with residential Conveyancing.  Sean is supervised by Teressa McDonald.

Jack Langton

Jack is an assistant in our Private Client Team, supporting and being supervised by Teressa McDonald.  Jack is usually found dealing with Wills, LPA’s and probate matters.

Alison Spurr

Alison is a longstanding member of the Private Client Team and predominantly deals with the Administration of Estates. Alison is supervised by Teressa McDonald

Claire Dibb

Claire has extensive experience of providing CFO services to professional practices. Claire has worked with Law Firms both alongside mainstream banks and in a consultancy capacity.  Her financial and regulatory knowledge serve both the firm and our clients well.

Marcus Heath

Marcus is a longstanding member of the Administration and Finance Team.









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Lyn Sills

Excellent service.

Lea Chidlow

Very thorough and helpful.

Steve Robinson

Simon has done over eight property conveyance projects for me and would recommend them to anyone….

Chris Wroe
Great experience. Simon Kassell handled the purchase and sale of our houses and we have no hesitation in making use of his services now for the sale of our current home. Very professional, efficient and effective service. And good value for money – not a rip-off!
Simon Beckett
I have only ever work with Simon for my conveyancing, he and his team are excellent.
Lyn Gregory

I am currently using these for moving house and I must say they are the best, excellent communication, and my solicitor keeps me updated constantly.

Dale Baker

I recently used Maclaren Warner (Eastwood branch) for the conveyancing of a property purchase which had some challenges over a standard house buy. I can honestly say the team at Eastwood were great, always able to get hold of them via phone and good response times for emails etc. Tahiba was a particular member of the team who lead our process and she was fantastic at updating and coming back regularly, as well as working with us to overcome the challenges throughout the process. Really grateful of her efforts.

Agnieszka Plechawska

I was in contact with Eastwood branch. Very quick at replying. When giving a quote they had checked some additional information as my buying situation was not a standard one. They made necessary checks themselves before giving me the quote. Kari I. was very helpful and prompt in actions and communication by email and phone!

Natalie Moffatt

I’m currently using MaClaren Warners and can honestly say it’s been a breath of fresh air!
Lisa is so prompt, she’s always
keeping me updated, I’ve never had to ring or chase her because I’m so well informed of the latest developments.

She’s extremely thorough and has helped to resolve a few speed bumps along the way. I can’t sing her praises enough and would never want to use another solicitor again!




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