H&R Hughes Solicitors LLP

Putting Your Interests First

Heathfield: 01435 890 101

27a High Street, Heathfield, TN21 8JR

About Us

Our Philosophy

We enjoy working for our clients and aim to give them the best possible service in the areas in which we specialise.

We are committed to providing:

  • A personal service
  • A practical and cost effective solution
  • A professional approach to your requirements

Through our connections with lawyers and other professionals in East Sussex over the last 20 years we can where necessary draw on a wide range of other expertise to deliver the best possible results for you quickly and at a reasonable price.

We promise to put your interests first.

Rod Hughes

Partner, Property Team

Rod HughesRod Hughes has specialised in commercial property in particular property development land for the last 35 years. He has worked with the complete spectrum of property developers from small developers (building one or two houses a year) to major Plcs building 400 plus units and has the same passion for helping small builders and large alike.

He has wide ranging experience of mixed use schemes and developments involving housing associations. Over a 5 year period Rod acted for a prominent energy supplier heading up a major disposal of assets and has also dealt over the years with a number of complex disposals for local authorities in the South-East. He is particularly keen on resolving property related problems for developers and other land owners to unlock the value of their lands and has had notable successes especially in the field of covenants and rights of way.

After training with a leading firm of solicitors in Lewes, Rod spent several years as commercial property partner with another large law firm in Sussex.

E-Mail: rodhughes@hrhlaw.co.uk

Telephone: 01435 890101

Clare Lane

Partner, Property Team

Clare Lane (née Clare Starmer)Clare has worked in the property sector since 1997 dealing with residential sales and purchases, remortgages, lease extensions, title and boundary issues. Clare also has considerable experience in the preparation of documentation for development sites and the sales and purchases of newly built properties. Clare is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

E-Mail: clarelane@hrhlaw.co.uk

Telephone: 01435 890101

Leanna Byrne

Solicitor, Property Team

Leanna ByrneLeanna Byrne joined the firm in October 2012. She studied Law at the University of Southampton before attending the College of Law in London.

Leanna qualified as a Solicitor in August 2012 and has since assisted many clients with the sale and purchase of both freehold and leasehold residential properties. She has also acted for clients when looking to extend the term of their lease and assisting clients in the transfer of equity.

E-Mail: leannabyrne@hrhlaw.co.uk

Telephone: 01435 890101

Hilary Hughes

Partner, Private Client Team

Hilary HughesHilary Hughes has specialised in the private client sector, charities, Court of Protection work and similar for the last 20 years and is particularly interested in helping the elderly, charity law and tax planning. In the area of Will planning she offers practical help untangling the complex issues that arise for farmers and business owners as well as those wanting to provide protection for persons with disabilities.

She is a committee member of the Sussex Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners(“STEP”), a contributor to Jordan's Older Clients Precedents Manual. She is a member of St Thomas of Canterbury Church Finance Committee. Hilary is also a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly.

Hilary grew up in Eastbourne and prior to establishing H&R Hughes Solicitors LLP, Hilary was a partner in a regional law practice in East Sussex.

E-Mail: hilaryhughes@hrhlaw.co.uk

Telephone: 01435 890104

Richard Penticost

Non-Practising Consultant

Richard PenticostHaving been with the firm as a partner and consultant Richard Penticost retired in 2016 but with over 40 years experience in private client work (19 of which were previously in Heathfield) he continues to be a valued sounding board for the partners and other lawyers in the firm.

Cerrig Parr

Partner, Private Client Team

Cerrig ParrCerrig is a Partner in the Private Client team. He has a wide range of experience dealing with wills, trusts, lifetime estate planning, powers of attorney and Court of Protection matters. Cerrig also handles both simple low value and complex high value probate and estate administrations.

Cerrig previously worked for Thomas Eggar LLP where he worked with high value UK and international individuals and trustees, before moving to H&R Hughes Solicitors LLP in early 2012.

E-Mail: cerrigparr@hrhlaw.co.uk

Telephone: 01435 890104

Deirdre Benians

Partner, Private Client Team

Deirdre BeniansDeirdre Benians qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in July 2015 and joined us in November 2015. Before that she spent four years with a firm in Eastbourne where she gained considerable experience assisting clients with the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and in the Administration of Estates.

Before embarking on her legal career, Dee was a professional musician and continues to be closely involved with music locally both as a Trustee of the Friends of Music in Mayfield and as an advisor to the Mayfield Festival.

E-Mail: deebenians@hrhlaw.co.uk

Telephone: 01435 890104

Ruth Weaver

Solicitor, Private Client Team

Ruth WeaverRuth is a solicitor with over 25 years experience in dealing with wills, probates, trusts, powers of attorney and other legal work for the elderly and those looking after them.

She is committed to the traditional values of looking after her clients in the best possible way.

E-Mail: ruthweaver@hrhlaw.co.uk

Telephone: 01435 890104

Private Client

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