Who we are.

We believe in a truly personal service. You will always know who’s dealing with your work and you can speak to them when you need to. This, along with our team’s experience and focus, means that things get done efficiently and within a reasonable timeframe.

We look to build long-term relationships with all of our clients and we value each relationship. Our team will take the time to get to know you and understand your objectives. We can then approach each piece of work in the most suitable manner to deliver the best results.

To learn more about our team you can read their profiles below.

Andrew Milton

Trainee Solicitor – Corporate and Commerical

Andrew joined the firm in July 2018 as a paralegal in the corporate and commercial team.  Prior to joining the firm, Andrew gained two years’ experience as a paralegal in Guernsey, assisting with a broad range of banking and corporate finance, corporate and commercial, regulatory and investment fund matters.

Tel. 01454 800008

Email Andrew

Christian Evans

Head of Private Client

Christian is a Solicitor who specialises in Wills, Probate, Lasting Power of Attorneys, Court of Protection, Trusts, Succession Planning and advising farmers and landowners on tax matters. Having worked in the Cotswolds, Bath, Bristol and surrounding suburbs of Bristol, Christian has developed a breadth of knowledge over the years. Christian is very client oriented and strives to make sure that the client understands and is comfortable in the nature of the work undertaken. Christian is currently an affiliate member of STEP.

Tel. 01454 800008

Mob. 07904 884941

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Claire May

Head of Property

Claire joined MS Rubric in January 2019 and specialises in both Commercial and Residential Property matters. With over 21 years’ experience, Claire brings an in-depth legal knowledge to all aspects of Commercial Property transactions, including advising Landlords and Tenants on grant of new commercial leases, lease assignments, licences to assign, licences to underlet or for alterations, deeds of variation, business tenancies and option agreements over land. Claire also acts for buyers and sellers in all types of residential property transactions, including high value, complex and rural transactions.

Tel. 01454 800 008

Mob. 07908 276891

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David Francetti

Consultant Solicitor

David deals with all aspects of commercial property work together with corporate law. With over ten years’ experience as a solicitor, his work portfolio includes legal estate management of an instantly recognisable high street retail brand and a significant UK pension fund. He is proud to represent individuals and companies including larger institutional developers.  Having spent the start of his career in a Paris legal firm, David can also speak fluent French.

Tel. 01454 800008

Mob. 07908 276891

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Dawn Watling

Senior Associate Solicitor

Dawn is a Senior Associate in the Private Client team, having joined MS Rubric in 2018. She trained and qualified with Wilsons Solicitors in Salisbury and then moved to a Bristol law firm. Dawn deals with all private client work including Wills, Trusts, Probate and Estate Administration both for individuals and charity clients and advises on inheritance tax issues where necessary.

She also is experienced in mental capacity matters dealing with Enduring and Last Powers of Attorney, and applications to the Court of Protection for Deputyships and Statutory Wills.

Dawn is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Tel. 01454 800008

Mob. 07494 893393

Email Dawn

Emma Griffin

Paralegal – Corporate and Commercial

Emma joined the firm in October 2018 as a paralegal and assists in corporate, commercial and employment matters. Before joining the firm Emma worked in the head office of an HR franchise and was responsible for their international expansions. Emma previously achieved a distinction in her Legal Practice Course.

Tel. 01454 800 008

Email Emma

James Howell

Partner
Head of Commercial & Employment

James handles commercial and employment matters. His commercial work includes advising on the transfer of shares and businesses, preparing shareholder, LLP and partnership agreements and drafting commercial contracts. His employment work involves advising on dismissal, disciplinary and grievance matters, redundancy and business reorganisations (including TUPE) and employment tribunal claims. James has over 10 years’ experience and was previously a partner in a Bristol law firm.

Tel. 01454 800 008

Mob. 07803 368 335

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Melanie Davies

Head of Employment

Melanie is a specialist employment and HR solicitor with over 10 years’ experience. Having worked as a business owner for over 20 years, she understands the need to balance commercial needs against regulation and compliance. Melanie undertakes all employment matters but has a particular interest in discipline and grievance issues, sickness absence management, litigation (including advocacy), discrimination, harassment and dismissals. Melanie is currently studying a Masters in HR Management to support her legal advice with a focus on performance management.

Tel. 01454 800 008

Mob. 07377 876154

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Robert Jones

Consultant Chartered Legal Executive

Robert specialises in company and commercial law. He has over 14 years’ experience advising on the sale and acquisition of businesses together with advising on and drafting shareholder and investment agreements, share option plans, LLP and partnership agreements and general commercial contracts. Robert previously ran his own legal services firm and worked for 16 years with Allianz Insurance heading up the legal and claims department of its legal expenses division.

Tel. 01454 800 008

Mob. 07375 511 713

Email Robert