Claire Battye Solicitor (Portsmouth Branch)
Claire Battye is a Director of the firm. She specialises in all aspects of Property Law but with a focus on Commercial Property. Claire joined the firm in 1998 after having spent over 10 years with Larcomes Solicitors in Portsmouth where she qualified in 1992. She left school in 1984 and started working immediately as an Office Junior in a law practise. Over the years she has progressed through the ranks studying whilst working and has turned her hands to most of the jobs in the office and qualified as Legal Executive first, and then took the road to the Solicitors Finals Exam at the Law College in Guildford where she passed with First Class Honours. Having taken the non routine route to qualification as a Solicitor the experience gathered over these years has proved invaluable. In May 2000 Claire successfully brought about substantial growth to the residential team, which is now strong and self sufficient and thriving. She has the same drive and determination to build the commercial property team in this office, so that all aspects of any commercial transaction can be dealt with in house. The intention is to provide a first class service to clients and keep one step ahead of other major competitors in the market place.
John Blake (Portsmouth Branch)
John has been undertaking conveyancing work in and around the Portsmouth area for over 25 years. John still enjoys the feeling and satisfaction of a job well done when helping someone achieve their move in a timely and relatively stress free manner. He strives to provide the sort of service he would want if he were moving home. Having fostered good working relations with other local firms of solicitors and with local estate agents and mortgage brokers, he is now able to work with others to help achieve a positive response to any particular problem. John is on the Portsmouth Property Association committee and regularly contributes to the Property Guide Expert View column.
When not working John enjoys cycling playing golf and tennis and generally keeping as fit as he can. He is learning the guitar but is some way off giving his first concert.