The Dawsons Law Team
Top image, The Dawsons Law Team – Ben Dures, Sophie Mitchell and Salena Dawson
Salena Dawson – Principal Solicitor
Salena Dawson qualified as a solicitor in 2002 after completing her training contract in the Breckland Region. After heading up an Employment law department, mainly representing employees, she joined a Norwich firm specialising in Employment law allowing her to act for employers appearing as an advocate before local Employment Tribunals.
In 2006 Salena joined Norwich Union Commercial to expand her knowledge of Commercial Law and to gain a Corporate aspect of running a business. But missing working within the community Salena took the bold move to leave the safety of Norwich Union/ Aviva and in 2008 set up her own legal firm Salena Dawson & Co Solicitors and retrain in Private Client in order to provide the community with the legal service they most required.
Salena chose Watton for her first office because it was in close proximity to her then home in Thompson. In 2013 with taking on new staff ,Salena rebranded the firm “Dawsons Law” as an acknowledgement she was no longer practicing alone. In 2018 as a result of ongoing expansion Salena moved the office to the Hethersett Region, continuing to provide city expertise locally and provide mobile legal services to the Watton and Wayland Area.
Salena now resides in Hethersett and provides legal services to a range of local businesses on Employment issues . Staying true to her community Salena also combines her Employment Practice with private client being an Attorney or Executor for those with nobody locally to act. She undertakes Probate and administration of Estate works
Salena also sits on two local Boards Athena CIC and Edugrowth UK and is proud to be a Solicitor at the Heart of the Community
Sophie Mitchell – Solicitor
Sophie qualified as a solicitor in 2006 after completing her training contract in Norwich. Salena Dawson was one of the solicitors to assist Sophie with her legal training at that time and is honoured that Sophie is now an integral member of the Dawsons Law team. Since 2006 Sophie has specialised in Family law and is committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes Sophie’s philosophy to promote a non-confrontation approach to family disputes embodies the core value of Dawsons Law, to attempt to bring a conciliatory approach to all disputes. Sophie advises clients in respect of all manners of family disputes including divorce, co-habitation disputes, Matrimonial Financial Settlements, Separation Agreements and children matters.
Sophie is “Solicitors for the Elderly” Accredited also and undertakes Private client work and assists Dawsons Law with Wills and Probate and Lasting Power of Attorney
Susannah qualified as a solicitor whilst at an established regional firm in Leeds in 2000. On qualification, she gained experience of the complex estates and the creation, taxation and administration of trusts before moving to a Norwich firm where she work with Sophie in the Private Client department and first met Salena who was an Employment Solicitor at the same firm.
Susannah specialises in Will drafting, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyships, obtaining Grant of Probate and dealing with administration of Estates. Susannah also deal with intestacy issues (where there is no Will) and assisting clients where mental capacity is borderline or in question to enable them or there family to ensure that the client’s financial affairs are protected and they receive the level of care required within a residential setting.
Susannah is STEPS qualified and accredited by “Solicitors for the Elderly” and brings a wealth of private client experience to Dawsons Law for the benefit of the local community.
Ben Dures – Consultant Solicitor
Ben Dures qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and for 11 years was a Partner in a Local Legal Firm before becoming a Consultant Solicitor which gives him the flexibility to see clients throughout the region. Ben advises and represents individuals and businesses who want to make a claim for damages in Civil Dispute for monetary claims or for breaches of Commercial Contracts and represents local business in the recovery of monies owe to them.
Ben also advises and represents clients with disputes over Estates or Trust
Ben also advices business and individuals in the defence of claims against them and such advice can initially be undertaken on a fixed fee basis.