Human Resources

Four of a kind! Coles Miller promotes four solicitors

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: May 7, 2024 | Updated: 7th May 2024

Coles Miller, the Dorset-based law firm, has promoted four solicitors – three of them in its Wills & Probate department.

Jenny Oxley has been promoted to Partner, with Marie Harder, Ricky Langlois and Patrick Herklots becoming Associates.

Jenny has more than two decades of legal experience, specialising in wills, Inheritance Tax planning, trusts and powers of attorney. She is based at Coles Miller’s Broadstone office.

Jenny qualified as a solicitor in September 2002 after completing her training contract at Coles Miller.

Previously, she studied at the University of Warwick and then completed her Common Professional Examination (CPE) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Bournemouth University.

Marie now also works at the Broadstone office, having moved from Coles Miller’s Fleetsbridge office in January 2023.

She qualified as a solicitor in September 2014, joining Coles Miller in June 2022 after 10 years with other law firms in Poole, Bournemouth and Shaftesbury.

Marie undertakes all aspects of private client work including wills, estate administration, powers of attorney, trusts and Inheritance Tax planning. She also provides legal advice in relation to care fees.

Marie completed her law degree at Reading University and her LPC at Bournemouth University.

Ricky works at Coles Miller’s Bournemouth office, having qualified as a solicitor in September 2014. His legal expertise includes wills, lasting powers of attorney and estate administration.

Ricky joined Coles Miller as a trainee solicitor in 2012 after studying law and completing his LPC at Bournemouth University.

Commercial litigation and employment law solicitor Patrick has been promoted to Associate less than three years after he qualified in September 2021.

Poole-based Patrick’s work covers a wide range of commercial and civil litigation. This includes disputes involving contracts, wills and probate, property (residential and commercial), intellectual property, shareholders and sale of goods and services. He also deals with possession proceedings, employment disputes and debt recovery.

Patrick joined Coles Miller as a trainee solicitor in September 2019. In 2020 he was named as the winner of the national Law Society Essay Competition for his essay on the role of ESG considerations in the legal professions. Patrick is also currently studying the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) course.

Coles Miller Senior Partner Roger Leedham said the promotions were “fantastic news. They strengthen the first-class service and depth of expertise that Coles Miller Solicitors can offer.

“Congratulations to Jenny, Marie, Ricky and Patrick – their promotions are richly deserved,” he added.

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