Meet The Team

Meet the team

Alan Grant – Partner – Hoddesdon

Alan Grant

Alan Grant is a partner of the firm and works from our Hoddesdon office. He qualified with one of the top city firms before seeking the challenge of a range of work from commercial & civil litigation, family and employment.

For many years he has practised in these fields and has worked with large institutions, small businesses and individuals resolving disputes either by negotiation or ultimately in court.

Some of his work has included contractual disputes between companies, professional negligence, re architects solicitors and accountants, building dispute claims, possession actions, land and boundary disputes, Inheritance Act claims and disputes over wills, personal injury and insurance claims, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims for employer and employees, re compromise agreements, financial claims in divorce and for co-habitees applications re contact and residence for children.

His range of work of work includes:

• Commercial & general litigation
• Divorce, ancillary relief, issues involving children
• Issues and/or disputes between cohabitees
• Unfair dismissal, discrimination, and other employment cases
• Contractual, partnership and property disputes
• Inheritance and claims regarding estates

David Citrine – Partner – Hertford


David Citrine qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and is a partner in the firm responsible for the Hertford office. He specialises in residential conveyancing, commercial property law and wills and probate.

David Harris – Managing Partner – Hoddesdon


David Harris qualified as a solicitor in 1978, is a partner of the firm and based at our Hoddesdon office. He specialises in commercial property transactions typically acquisitions, disposals and leases for both landlords and tenants. Also, he acts for property developers in relation to site acquistions and land owners looking to dispose of potential development sites.

David Smith – Solicitor – Hertford

David served his Articles within the sound of the Spurs crowd in the Tottenham High Road and upon his qualification became a partner in Alfred Slater & Co., and then Fairbairn Smith & Co. where he continued until Fairbairns were incorporated into DHP Law.

He undertakes a variety of common law and trust work including family, contentious probate and trusts, personal injury, professional negligence, contract and landlord and tenant work both commercial and private. He is a member of Resolution and the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association.

David is a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and holds a part time judicial appointment.

Away from the office he is M.C. at his Parish Church and a member of the Catenian Association. David spends time with family, watching football and caravanning. He also enjoys cycling and playing the accordion (but not the same time).

David White – Partner – Hoddesdon 


David is a Partner at Duffield Harrison and has been a qualified Solicitor for over 23 years. He specialises in all aspects of Private Client work including Will making, Estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Lifetime Tax Planning. David’s background was initially in Family Law having been a member of the Law Society Family Panel and a member of “Resolution – The First for Family Law”. David promotes a supportive and understanding approach to his Private Client and Estate Administration work, doing his best to ensure clients are as much at ease as possible through what can sometimes be a very traumatic period.

Outside of work, David is a past Chair of a local youth football team, Bengeo Tigers FC, as well as a past Chair and Honorary Legal Adviser at Hertford Citizens Advice Bureau. He was also a School Governor for about 10 years where he was Vice Chair to the Board of Governors at a local Primary School. David’s current leisure activities include enjoying time with his family, watching and participating in sport and attending the cinema and theatre.

Emma Pedley – Licensed Conveyancer – Hoddesdon


Emma Pedley is a Licensed Conveyancer working in the property department. She deals with all aspects of residential sales and purchases along with probate sales, lease extensions and transfers of equity. 

Emma specialises in right to buy and shared ownership properties. Emma prides herself of giving great client service and keeping clients up to date and informed during the transaction making the process as stress free as possible.

Geoffrey Keens – Partner – Hoddesdon


Geoffrey qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and has spent most of his professional career working at partner level in Central London law firms.

He is a partner, based in our Hoddesdon office and specialises in civil dispute resolution in the following areas:

• Commercial and general civil litigation
• Professional negligence (including claims against solicitors)
• Property and insurance-related litigation; personal injury and medical negligence

Geoffrey also conducts employment cases and has a particular interest in legal costs. When not working for Duffield Harrison, he sits as a Deputy Costs Judge in the Senior Courts Costs Office.

Lorna Jouassain – Partner – Enfield


Lorna Jouassain is a qualified solicitor with experience of dealing with many aspects of Private Client work and in particular specialises in wills, trusts, wealth management (including Inheritance Tax planning), administration of estates and lasting powers of attorney. Lorna is based in our Enfield office and is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Lorna joined Duffield Harrison LLP in 2014 and is a strong addition to the Firm’s Private Client Department having taken over from retiring Partner Ann Pearce. With an understanding and practical approach to her cases Lorna will be able to assist you efficiently and effectively in the matters she acts for you on.

Lorna Rooke – Solicitor – Hoddesdon


Lorna joined the firm in 2010 and qualified as a Solicitor in April 2014. Lorna currently runs the New Homes Department based in the Hoddesdon Office and assists clients looking to purchase new build properties as well as acting on behalf of Developers selling plots. Lorna also has experience working within the Residential Property Department and can assist clients with standard residential sale and purchases and re-mortgages.

Maria Scott – Conveyancing Executive – Enfield


Maria is a Conveyancing Executive at our Enfield Offices dealing with residential property matters and joined DHP Law in October 2014 following the incorporation of Fairbairn Smith & Co.. Prior to working in the property department, Maria held the role of Family Law Executive with some 20 years' experience in Fairbairn Smith & Co.’s Family Department where her caring and sensitive approach made her popular with clients.

Maria spends her spare time cooking and baking for her family; she also enjoys cake decorating and sugar craft, music and the theatre.

Michael Harrison – Assistant – Hoddesdon


Michael retired from the partnership in 2009 after a full working lifetime with the Practice, mainly in the areas of corporate and commercial property, together with general law. He is a former solicitor and provides part time unqualified assistance in that capacity to the partners on a number of projects. His main residence is in Cowes now and he continues to be involved in yacht racing in the Solent.

Rebecca Grant – Solicitor – Enfield


Rebecca is a solicitor in our private client team. She advises on all aspects of Wills, tax planning, probates, elderly client concerns and the preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Rebecca is also able to advise and assist families and friends in making applications for Deputyship orders.

Rebecca advises clients who are making Wills for the first time in addition to assisting clients who wish to review their Wills due to changing circumstances. 

Her experience in the administration of estates ranges from small estates through to large complex estates, assisting executors with their responsibilities throughout the difficult process.

Nigel Marti – Chartered Legal Executive – Enfield


Nigel is a Chartered Legal Executive. Following intensive experience with all areas of legal practice during the first ten years of his career Nigel has since 1983 concentrated on dealing with property transactions encompassing not only domestic and commercial conveyancing but also some of the more unusual areas of property law.

Nigel’s interests include fishing, bricklaying and carpentry as well as all other aspects of DIY, gardening and cookery. Nigel speaks Spanish reasonably well.

Nigel feels that the combination of his practical nature with the depth of his legal experience enables him to adopt an organised and efficient approach to his work enhancing his ability to guide his clients through the complex maze of a property transaction with clear advice and prompt and effective action at all stages.

Richard Dewey – Partner – Hoddesdon


Richard Dewey joined the firm's Property Department based in the Hoddesdon office shortly after qualifying as a solicitor in 2007.

He has developed his expertise in both residential and commercial property transactions. Also, Richard has recently been assisting Michael Harrison on corporate transactions, in particular with the sale and purchase of businesses.

Richard is a Partner in Duffield Harrison and specialises in all aspects of Residential and Commercial Property including:

• Residential sale and purchase
• Lease extensions
• Transfer of equity and remortgages
• Lifetime mortgages
• Shared ownership sale and purchase
• Commercial leases and mortgages

Having joined the firm on qualification he has established a strong reputation in these areas. Richard’s leisure activities include reading the books of Ian Rankin, watching and playing sport and attending the theatre.

Richard Morley – Solicitor – Enfield


Richard is a solicitor in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department and is able to accept instructions in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including property disputes, personal injury and claims under the Inheritance Act 1975 and Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (ToLATA) 1996. He is also undertakes Family work including divorce, ancillary relief applications and Children Act 1989 applications. Richard qualified as a solicitor in August 2014 having undertaken his training contract at Fairbairn Smith & Co. prior to its incorporation into DHP Law LLP. He promotes a common sense approach to litigation and will utilise the full range of dispute resolution options available wherever possible. He has a good relationship with specialist barristers in a variety of areas, and also undertakes his own advocacy work in the County Court.

Outside of work Richard enjoys playing tennis, running, sailing, reading, playing the saxophone and the theatre.

Vanessa Cresswell – Solicitor – Hertford


Vanessa Cresswell is a qualified solicitor working for the probate department. She deals with probate, trusts, wills, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters.

She is based at the Hertford office and is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Louise Anderson


Louise joined Duffield Harrison in August 2014 after working for 13 years in City law firms. She is Assistant to Partner Geoffrey Keens in the Litigation team and is involved in various practice areas of Personal Injury, property and commercial litigation. She is currently studying for CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice.  
In her spare time Louise enjoys the gym, running and listening to music.  

Georgia Doyle – Trainee Solicitor


Georgia studied a Philosophy Degree at the University of Nottingham, and went on to study the GDL and the LPC at the University of Law in Moorgate. She was also granted a Masters qualification, LLM, in addition to her Law Studies. She is a Trainee Solicitor at Duffield Harrison, currently working in the conveyancing department on both commercial and residential matters. 

 Imogen Deary - Paralegal - Hoddesdon


Imogen joined the practice in August 2013 as a secretary. She is Assistant to Richard Dewey in the Property Department. She is currently studying CILEX Level 6 diploma in Law and Practice. Out of the office Imogen enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts and long walks in the countryside.

 Emma Charlton - Practice Manager - Hoddesdon

Vanessa Cresswell

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 Chris Perry - Solicitor - Hoddesdon

Vanessa Cresswell

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 Sarah Hunt - Paralegal - Hoddesdon

Vanessa Cresswell
Sarah joined the firm in November 2016. She is a paralegal in the New Homes Department, specialising in New Builds. Sarah is currently studying her LPC. Outside of work; Sarah enjoys reading and going to concerts.

Samantha Hughes – Paralegal - Hoddesdon

Vanessa CresswellSamantha joined Duffield Harrison in January 2016. 
She is a Paralegal in the New Homes Department
specialising in New Builds. She is currently studying CILEx Level 3 
Diploma in Law and Practice and hopes to qualify as a CILEx 
Conveyancing Practitioner in the future.

Choose a solicitor by area of work

Company and Commercial Law
David Harris
Michael Harrison
Property & Conveyancing
David Citrine (Commercial & Residential)
David Harris (Commercial & Residential)
Emma Pedley (Residential)
Lorna Rooke (Residential – specialising in New Builds)
Michael Harrison (Commercial)
Nigel Marti (Commercial & Residential)
Richard Dewey (Residential – Head of Residential Property)
Maria Scott (Residential) 
Civil & Commercial
Alan Grant
Geoffrey Keens
David Smith
Richard Morley
Employment Law
Alan Grant
Geoffrey Keens
Richard Morley
Family Law
Alan Grant
Richard Morley
Personal Injury
Geoffrey Keens
Richard Morley
Wills, Trust & Probate
David White
Lorna Jouassain
Vanessa Cresswell
David Citrine
Rebecca Grant
Lasting Powers of Attorney
David White
Lorna Jouassain
Vanessa Cresswell
David Citrine
Rebecca Grant
Duffield Harrison LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 383068

Duffield Harrison LLP is registered in England and Wales under Company Registration No. OC304381

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A full list of partners is available from our registered office Rathmore House, 56 High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8EX"
To speak to any member of our team, call on:
01992 442 911

01992 587 065

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