Andrew Buchan

Director

As an experienced estate planner I joined James McKenzie in early 2012 to assist on a part time basis, a rapidly expanding business. It became apparent to me early on that the reason for this success was the focus on the client and providing concise structured advice adapted to individual needs. Sharing the same principles and with an enthusiasm to further promote James McKenzie’s values I swiftly moved to become a full time consultant and established myself as an integral part of the future of the business currently now holding the position of Director and leading my own team of consultants delivering a personal and comprehensive service across London and the UK.

Do I enjoy being part of James McKenzie? Most certainly yes. I am provided with a flexible working environment which suits a self-motivated individual such as myself and I am continuously recognised and rewarded for my individual efforts. I am encouraged and fully supported in developing my knowledge through further qualifications and James McKenzie also offers me the chance to be part of an exciting growing business and not only grow alongside it but to play my part in actively shaping the future of the company.

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Sarah Thompson

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Manager

I have been working for James McKenzie since 2012 and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. In that short period of time the company has grown from strength to strength – the future is very exciting!

It is a fantastic company to work for and on a personal note (with having Twins at school), JM are happy to accommodate my family commitments, which is so greatly appreciated. All our staff enjoy their roles within James McKenzie, together with offering a friendly yet professional approach as well as all having fun. The Christmas Parties are a blast.. ☺

Reha Pindoria

Associate Director

After completing the Legal Practice Course in 2014, I joined James McKenzie as a full-time consultant. I was quickly engaged in face to face meetings but also drafted Wills to begin with. In the time that I have been with the company I have seen it grown massively in terms of client base and could not be prouder of the company. I look forward to seeing how much the company can accomplish with time. Through the encouragement and support of the company I have also been able to further develop my legal skills and completed a STEP Qualification in Advanced Will Writing. Although I am not based in the office, the team are amazing and it’s a pleasure to work alongside people who care about the company. I always look forward to going in for our regular team meetings to catch up with everyone!

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Megan Williams

Meetings Assistant / Will Drafter

I started working for James McKenzie in November 2017 after finishing my Law & Business A Levels, making this my first full time job. James McKenzie encourages every one of us to grow and develop in our roles and they are extremely supportive in doing so. In the short space of time I have been working here, I have been privileged to be given the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills in both the meetings and drafting teams, on top of my current role in the admin team.

I enjoy every moment here at James McKenzie, it is so exciting working for such a rapidly growing business. It is also so lovely working for a company with such a professional, friendly team.

Rebekka Hayles

Senior Consultant

Before taking a big step into my career and moving over to James McKenzie in 2015, I had over 4 years’ experience of Will Writing and working in the legal services industry. With an exceptional amount of knowledge, I started as a Will Writer and shortly progressed to a full-time consultant meeting with a huge range of clients all over the UK. I have recently been promoted as a Senior Consultant and will be graduating from CILEx next year to then acquire my Fellowship status and move onto STEP.

James McKenzie is a professional company who pride themselves with the attentiveness towards each client ensuring that the best advice is given. For what can be a difficult area to approach, James McKenzie deal with the process in the most straightforward and efficient way, and easily adapt to suit client’s personal needs. The encouragement, support and opportunities given are what make working for James McKenzie so rewarding. The team we have is amazing and getting together is always fun!! I love working for James McKenzie and am excited to continue being a strong part of the company’s future and success!

Carole Goodman

Head of Meetings Team

I have worked for James McKenzie since June 2014 and really enjoy working in the Meetings Team. I started as the only person booking meetings and as the company has grown so quickly and successfully in such a short space of time, I have now been given the opportunity to head a small team managing consultants’ diaries, organising travel arrangements and liaising with HR contacts in multi-national companies.

James McKenzie is a great place to work, everyone is friendly. We are actively encouraged to progress within the company and frequently rewarded with sweets, biscuits and hot scones!

Chloe Knight

Senior Will Drafter / Consultant

After joining the James McKenzie family in 2015 having never seen a Will before, I have worked my way up to become a senior Will drafter and consultant. Within my role, my legal knowledge is constantly growing and being tested to ensure we offer the best advice to our clients. With every member of our team bringing their own experiences and skills to the business, everyone is highly valued and as I am about to enter my third year, I am extremely proud of how far the business has come. To further my knowledge, I am now completing a law degree through the Open University to develop my career. I look forward to being a part of the continuing successes of James McKenzie!

Jacob Carver

Consultant

Upon completion of my law degree, I started to look for a new challenge in an area of work that interested me and could provide a postgraduate career path in the legal sector. James McKenzie offered me the opportunity to do exactly that. Since joining the company in 2017 I have worked my way through the Administration and Will Drafting teams to become a full-time Consultant. With the help of all the brilliant people around me, I am looking forward to continuing to grow alongside the business, through on-the-job professional development and further qualifications down the line.

Sammi Grantham

Operations Assistant

Having only been at James McKenzie since the end of 2016 I am really proud of how I have progressed within the company. Starting in Admin, moving into Drafting and finally settling in Operations has been a huge learning curve as my background was originally in Film. I am now studying my Level 5 Diploma with CIPD to further my HR knowledge and look forward to putting this into practice with our rapidly expanding team.

I really enjoy my job; every day is different, and I am always kept on my toes! Our team is amazing, and I can’t to see what the future holds for us. 😊

Sophie Bjorn

Will Drafter / Consultant (Solicitor non-practising)

I qualified as a Corporate Solicitor in 2007 in the City and after having a family and moving to Sussex in 2013, I crossed over into the world of Will writing. I gained a STEP diploma in Administration of Estates before joining James McKenzie in 2017 in a non-practising role, and I am currently working towards my full TEP qualification. I work both in the Drafting Team and as a Consultant and enjoy the variety that both roles offer me; the technical drafting and client-facing aspects are both interesting and fulfilling.

James McKenzie is a fantastic company to work for and it’s a pleasure to be part of such a close knit team. JM are in the enviable position of being able to offer staff a good work-life balance without compromising on the quality of the product.

Managing Directors

  • Andrew Buchan

    Andrew Buchan

    Managing Director


  • Gareth Briscoe

    Gareth Briscoe

    Founder


  • Tracy Briscoe

    Tracy Briscoe

    Co-Founder


Operations

  • Lucie Buchan

    Lucie Buchan

    HR Manager


  • Sammi Grantham

    Sammi Grantham

    Operations Assistant


Business Development

  • Aji Gomez

    Aji Gomez

    Marketing Executive


    T: 020 7193 2060

  • Charlie Ward

    Charlie Ward

    Marketing & Communications Manager


  • Sarah Thompson

    Sarah Thompson

    Business Development Manager


Our Consultants

  • Brian Briscoe

    Brian Briscoe

    Associate Director


  • Rebekka Hayles

    Rebekka Hayles

    Senior Consultant


  • Shanga Reza

    Shanga Reza

    Consultant


  • Charlotte Barbaroussis

    Charlotte Barbaroussis

    Consultant


  • Nathan Hidson

    Nathan Hidson

    Consultant


  • Rafaella Papadopoulou

    Rafaella Papadopoulou

    Consultant


    T: 020 7193 2060

Drafting Team

  • Chloe Knight

    Chloe Knight

    Drafting Team Manager & Consultant


  • Megan Williams

    Megan Williams

    Will Drafter


  • Sophie Bjorn

    Sophie Bjorn

    Senior Will Drafter & Consultant (Solicitor non-practising)


  • Tasha Manalus

    Tasha Manalus

    Will Drafter


Administration

  • Carole Goodman

    Carole Goodman

    Meetings Manager


  •  Louise Fredericks

    Louise Fredericks

    Meetings Co-ordinator & Data Protection Officer


  • Lauren Taylor-Blake

    Lauren Taylor-Blake

    Meetings Co-ordinator


  • Jasmine Prior

    Jasmine Prior

    Administrator