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The Real Legal Team

Hayley Hodgkinson

Hayley is Head of the Conveyancing Department and has recently been appointed a Director.  Her ethos is based on open communication with clients and providing clear practical and confidential advice.  

Born and raised in Burnley Hayley has worked locally in the legal industry for over 16 years. Hayley spent a number of years working in the Personal Injury Department before furthering her career in the Private Client Sector, developing her knowledge in this complex area of law. 

Hayley has completed 4 years of study to qualify as a lawyer, specialising in Private Client work. In her spare time you will find Hayley down at the gym and enjoying city breaks. 

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 has extensive knowledge of Conveyancing working in the legal sector for over 15 years and assists greatly in post completion work. 

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.

Kasim Mukhtar

Kasim obtained an llb honours degree in Law From Preston University in 2002 and 

after completing his training contract with Howarth Goodman and Knights Law 

Solicitors he went onto specialise in conveyancing, handling residential sale, purchase, remortgage and transfer of equity transactions. 

He is also an active member of the society of will writers and has attained a distinction on their wills and estate planning course. He can also speak Urdu and Punjabi as a second and third language. 

Laura Bielby

Laura has extensive experience in client care and customer experience, always putting clients at the forefront of her career. Her ethos is to provide an efficient friendly service making clients feel at ease. In her spare time Laura can be found on days out with her little girl and going on family holidays in the sun.

Sophie Porter

Sophie has well over 10 years experience in the legal sector working for a leading Manchester law firm. Sophie has experience in commercial property, debt recovery , preparing bundles and assisting solicitors and fee earners at every level. In her spare time Sophie enjoys going on scenic walks with her family, yoga and going out to restaurants on the weekends. 

Angela Brown

Angela has practised as a Residential Conveyancer for over 25 years and she joined Real Legal in February 2022.

Angela specialises in sales, purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and new build properties. She has many clients who have followed her throughout her legal career and Angela’s clients benefit from her friendly, approachable, and reassuring manner when dealing with what are potentially stressful issues.

Muhammad Karim

Muhammad joined Real Legal in November 2021 and is now a Trainee Solicitor in the Conveyancing Department.

Muhammad has experience in a range of matters relating to property sales, purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity and new builds.

He graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a 2:1 in Law and completed his LPC at the University of Central Lancashire in 2021.

Muhammad loves travelling and considers himself to be a ‘massive foodie’. Fortunately for him, travelling allows great exposure to different cultures as well as new cuisines.He is an avid Football & F1 fan. He counts Scuba Diving, Bungee Jumping & Parasailing as notable recent experiences.

Catherine Gavin

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

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