Partners: Christopher Thomas, Rhiannon Winter, Julian Cioffi, Moira MacFarlane and Nicole Lawton.

Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors are one of the longest established legal practices in the area, serving both commercial and private clients from our offices in Brighton, East Sussex and Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

The practice has a total team of 36 professionals comprising 5 Partner Solicitors, 6 Solicitors and a large team of support staff, both full and part-time. Each of our solicitors are experts in their respective fields, enabling the firm to offer a broad range of legal services to a high standard, at competitive rates.

No matter what your needs are, the Fitzhugh Gates team are the people you really want on your side.

The Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors Team

Julian Cioffi - Managing Partner Solicitor at Fitzhugh Gates

Julian Cioffi - Managing Partner

Julian Cioffi is the firm’s managing partner. He also oversees the litigation and dispute resolution department. He has been a partner in the firm for many years. Working from both our Brighton & Hove and Shoreham-by-Sea offices, Julian has… Read more

Mark Barrett - Partner

Mark joined Fitzhugh Gates at Head of Commercial Property in September 2017 and became a Partner in July 2019. Having been a head of Commercial Law in Sussex for many years, specialising in commercial property and corporate practice, Mark brings a… Read more
Nicole Lawton - Partner Solicitor at Fitzhugh Gates

Nicole Lawton - Partner

Nicole was admitted as a Solicitor on 1 October 1996 and has been a Partner in FitzHugh Gates since 5 September 2003. Nicole is a member of the Adult & Children Panel and also an advanced member of the Family Law Panel, which are accreditation… Read more
Moira MacFarlane - Partner Solicitor at Fitzhugh Gates

Moira MacFarlane - Partner

Moira has been a solicitor since 1996 and became a Partner in FitzHugh Gates in 2003. Based in our Brighton Office she has substantial experience with all aspects of residential conveyancing and has a diverse client base with the majority of her… Read more
Christopher Thomas - Partner Solicitor at Fitzhugh Gates

Christopher Thomas - Partner

Chris qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and joined Fitzhugh Gates in 2004, becoming a partner in 2008. Chris is based in our Brighton office and advises on a range of private client issues: Will drafting, powers of attorney, probate, trusts and… Read more
Rhiannon Winter LLB (Hons) - Solicitor at Fitzhugh Gates

Rhiannon Winter LLB (Hons) - Partner

Rhiannon qualified in 2000 and has been with the Firm as a Senior Solicitor since 2009 and became a partner in 2016. She now heads up the Fitzhugh Gates Probate Department in Shoreham-by-Sea, specialising in Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax, Powers… Read more
Sian Butler - Solicitor at Fitzhugh Gates

Sian Butler - Solicitor

Sian is an experienced family law practitioner who was admitted as a solicitor on 15th March 2001. She has extensive range of family law experience. Her expertise includes care proceedings, divorce, finances, prenuptial agreements, co-habitation and… Read more
Martin Davitt - Solicitor at Fitzhugh Gates

Martin Davitt

Martin has recently joined FHG in the Commercial property department at our Shoreham office. Martin completed his training with a city firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2016. He joined Fitzhugh Gates in July 2019, after moving to the south coast.… Read more
Bridie Iveson LLB Hons - Solicitor at Fitzhugh Gates

Bridie Iveson LLB Hons - Solicitor

Qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 and joining Fitzhugh Gates in 2008, Bridie is a family solicitor in our Brighton office and has experience in a range of family matters including divorce, separation, children matters, care proceedings, domestic… Read more
Joanne Lawrence-Hall - Solicitor

Joanne Lawrence-Hall - Solicitor

Joanne Lawrence-Hall joined Fitzhugh Gates as a senior solicitor in 2015 and is based in our Shoreham office. She has over 20 years experience in the fields of family and employment law. Prior to joining the firm, Joanne has spent her career in the… Read more
Georgina Bennett - Conveyancing Executive

Georgina Bennett - Conveyancing Executive

Georgina has recently joined Fitzhugh Gates and is well qualified as a Conveyancing Executive. Georgina deals with both freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, lease extensions, deeds of variation, transfers of equity and remortgages. She has… Read more
Carla Brunning - Conveyancing Executive at Fitzhugh Gates

Carla Brunning - Conveyancing Executive

Carla joined Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors in early 2019 bringing her wide experience to our busy residential conveyancing department in Shoreham-by-Sea. She is now a Graduate Chartered Legal Executive having completed a Law and Criminology Degree at… Read more
Kayleigh Davies - Trainee Solicitor

Kayleigh Davies - Trainee Solicitor

Kayleigh joined the firm in April 2017 as a Family Executive and in July 2018 became a Trainee Solicitor. Based in our Brighton office, Kayleigh is currently working in our Private Client department. Direct dial: 01273 666319Email:… Read more
Ursula Tanner - Probate Executive at Fitzhugh Gates

Ursula Tanner - Trust and Estate Executive

Ursula is a Trust and Estate Executive based in our Shoreham-by-Sea office and advises on a range of Private Client issues such as Will drafting, Powers of Attorney, Probate and Trusts. She specialises in all areas of taxation relating to… Read more
Kayleigh Davies - Family Executive

Michelle Hardstone - Chartered Legal Executive

Michelle joined the firm in February 2018 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Michelle has worked in family law for many years with firms in Sussex and Kent and has experience in matrimonial proceedings, finance and… Read more

Fitzhugh Gates Partners

Julian Cioffi (Managing Partner), Mark Barrett, Nicole Lawton, Moira MacFarlane, Christopher Thomas, Rhiannon Winter and FHG Law Ltd (Corporate Partner).