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Peter has an extensive experience of litigation, both Civil and Criminal, built up over 30 years as a solicitor and heads up our litigation department. He specialises in contentious Landlord and Tenant and Housing work. He also undertakes probate and private client work. As Senior Partner he has been leading our efforts to meet ever higher standards of service demanded by clients and regulators through retention of our Lexcel and CQS accreditations.
Julian joined Abels on qualifying as a solicitor in 1990 and became a partner in 1995. He undertakes all matters relating to residential conveyancing including sales and purchases on freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgages, shared ownership and lease extensions. He also prepares Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and undertakes some work in connection with the administration of estates.
When not in the office, Julian is on the Executive Committee of Ringwood and District Community Association and enjoys setting and competing in quizzes (having much success if his wife is in them too!), travelling, reading and all things historical. He has also had a Southampton FC season ticket for 27 years.
Legal Executive Advocate, Head of Family Department, Staff Partner.
Sam has been working in family law for over 13 years. Sam qualified as a Legal Executive in 2010 and became a Legal Executive Advocate in 2017. Sam undertakes all aspects of family law including care work. Sam undertakes complex cases such as adoption, applications under the embryology act and Appeals. Sam is currently a member of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel. Sam is also the treasurer for Hampshire Resolution and a member of the Legal Aid Committee for Resolution.
Notable case: M (A child)  EWCA Civ 240
Sam’s hobbies include horses, reading and tap dancing.
Haashim Poswall graduated in Law at Southampton University in 2013 and joined Abels as a (Trainee Solicitor) in 2015. Haashim qualified as a Solicitor in April 2018.
After formally completing his training, Haashim now specialises in residential and commercial property.
Outside of the office, Haashim enjoys spending time with his family and is a football enthusiast.
Head of Child Care Department
Nigel has a wealth of experience in all areas of Family Law, particularly cases involving children, both in Public Law and Private Law cases. Nigel is a member of the Children Panel, an Advanced Member of the Family Law Panel (Financial Relief and Private Law Children cases) and a member of Resolution. He has vast experience of acting for children, parents, other family members and Local Authorities, regularly appearing as an Advocate across Hampshire and Dorset in the Family Court at all levels. Nigel is regularly instructed to deal with complex cases involving children, including cases involving unexplained injuries, sexual abuse allegations, harm and neglect.
Notable cases: Re: IB (A Child)  EWFC 16, A Local Authority and a Mother, a Father & MA (by her Children’s Guardian)  EWFC 46 and Y v H & C  EWHC 3698.
Interests – reading, History, football, music and spending time with his family
Malcolm Harper graduated in Law at Southampton University in 1977 and joined Abels as an Articled Clerk (Trainee Solicitor) in February 1978. Malcolm qualified as a Solicitor in October 1980 and was made a Partner in the firm in 1983. He became Senior Partner in 1999 and retired as Senior Partner in 2015. He is now employed by the firm as a Consultant.
Although, during his 40 year career in the Law, Malcolm has covered many legal areas he now specialises in commercial property and high value residential sales and purchases.
Outside of the office Malcolm is a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church of England and has various hobbies including music (particularly choral singing) reading (particularly crime novels) DIY, cookery and cricket.
Malcolm now only works 4 days per week so it is most unlikely that you will find him in the office on a Friday.
Sheila has been working in the Conveyancing Department of Abels, in various roles, for over 23 years. Sheila mainly undertakes residential conveyancing and shared ownership sales and purchasers for private clients.
Sheila enjoys spending time with her family and friends and taking her dog on long walks
Hilary has worked at Abels since 2005 and has recently qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer. Hilary deals with residential conveyancing, shared ownership, sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfer of equity matters.
Hilary’s hobbies include cooking, yoga and going to the gym.
Chartered Legal Executive
Rebecca has worked at the firm since 2013 and during this time has predominantly worked in the family department. Since working for the firm, Rebecca has completed all of her CILEx examinations and is now a Graduate member of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Rebecca is due to qualify and become a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in September 2018. Rebecca enjoys all aspects of family matters and in particular, has experience in the following: -
In her personal life, Rebecca enjoys walking her dog Poppy and spending time with family and friends.
Lisa runs the Cash Office and also manages the firm’s credit control, debt recovery and Legal Aid Billing. Lisa is qualified with the Institute of Legal Finance & Management. Lisa has worked at Abels for a total of 16 years.
Lisa’s hobbies include gardening, painting and cooking.
Meet and Greet Manager
Ruby is our Office Dog. She spends her day with her owner Lisa, the Legal Cashier. Ruby is eager to please, especially when treats are on offer!
Ruby’s hobbies include long walks, cuddles and generally trying to look cute in return for a treat!