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The Real Legal Team

Claire Stewart, Co-Founder, Real Legal

Claire Stewart


Claire qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and is also a qualified barrister (non-practising): The Inns of Court School of Law, London, 1997.

Drawing on her extensive legal experience, Claire established her own, award-winning law practice – Bridge Law – in 2016. Claire has now joined Real Legal to bring to Burnley a fresh, more open and collaborative way of providing legal services than is offered by traditional law companies with their rigid structures.

Catherine Gavin


Catherine is an experienced Company Director with expertise in banking. Catherine enjoys travelling and classical ballet.

Kimberly Holgate


Kimberly Holgate qualified as a solicitor in 2002 after completing a Law Degree and LPC at the University of Central Lancashire. She has over 20 years experience in dealing with Residential Conveyancing and has a wide knowledge in all aspects.

She has worked in the Burnley area for a number of years and has previously worked in DRN and Southern’s solicitors in the town centre. She has a good local knowledge. Kimberly joined Real Legal in November 2019 and is heading up the Residential Conveyancing Department.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and 3 puggles. She also enjoys making candles.

Diane Orrell


Diane Orrell joined Real Legal as a Legal Assistant in December 2019. She has previously worked at a number of local Solicitors. She has previously worked in the Residential Conveyancing department and the wills and probate department.

Diane is a Burnley Fan and regularly attends matches. She also enjoys attending the gym and running and spending time with her family and dog.

Chris Hall-Rutledge


Chris joined Real Legal in December 2019 and is currently working as a paralegal. Chris will shortly be commencing his training contract with us.

Chris graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013 with a First Class Law degree and obtained the highest result of his year in Employment Law. Chris went onto complete the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in 2015 gaining a distinction.

Prior to working at Real Legal, Chris worked in the litigation department at Bridge Law Solicitors, and prior to that spent over three years at global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP assisting on client mandates from across the globe.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys travelling, live music and sports.

Hayley Hodgkinson


Hayley Hodgkinson joined Real Legal as a Qualified Paralegal in March 2020.

Hayley began her career at local law firm DRN working in the Personal Injury department before furthering her career in the Wills and Probate department. Hayley is currently studying to become a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer with Cilex and has completed the first stage of training and is currently studying for the final level 6 exams.

Hayley is a blackbelt 3rd dan at Shotokan Karate, enjoys going to the gym and socialising with a glass of wine at weekends.

Real Legal

Office 5
Empire Business Centre
2 Empire Way
Burnley
BB12 6HH

Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Real Legal Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with number 12061875 and SRA number 663663.

Registered office: Suite 5 Empire Business Centre, 2 Empire Way, Burnley, BB12 6HH

Trading office: Suite 5 Empire Business Centre, 2 Empire Way, Burnley, BB12 6HH

Directors: Claire Stewart, Catherine Gavin and Kimberly Holgate.

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