Residential Property Department

The residential property team at Franklins is independent and offers a local, personal and professional service.

Your matter will not be delegated to an unqualified assistant. Our approach is the opposite of the call centre based “factory” style of conveyancing.

Instead, every case is handled by a qualified member of staff. Our clients value our friendly and personal service, our considerable professional expertise and local knowledge. Where we provide a quote for your work, that quote will have no hidden extras for, for example, dealing with a mortgage or registering the title at the land registry.

The Residential Property Team

Julia Kent

LLB, Solicitor

Julia Kent trained with Franklins and became a partner in the firm in 1983. She has great experience in the conveyancing of residential property and her commonsense approach is appreciated by clients. Julia is a member of the Law Society Property Section, and also the Law Management Section.

Julia Kent - LLB, Solicitor

Sarah Bruce

BA, Solicitor

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and has worked at Franklins since 2001. Sarah specialises in all aspects of freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing.

Sarah Bruce - BA, Solicitor

Claire Simcock

Chartered Legal Executive, FILEX

Claire has been a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives since 2000 and deals with residential conveyancing, re-mortgages and probate sales.

Claire Simcock - Chartered Legal Executive, FILEX

Dawn Ealey

Secretary and Paralegal

Dawn has worked in the property department, mainly with Julia Kent, since 2004. Dawn qualified as a paralegal in 2016 and continues with the ongoing training required by the Institute of Paralegals.

Dawn Ealey - Secretary and Paralegal

Anna Simpson


Anna is an experienced legal secretary who joined us in 2016 and works mainly with Sarah Bruce.

Anna Simpson - Secretary

Jade Dunsden


Jade is a third year law student carrying out her work experience here working as a secretary for both Claire Simcock and Megan Phillips.

Pam Cox


If you come to the office, the first person you are likely to meet is our receptionist Pam Cox. Pam joined us in 2016 after working for many years in a local GP’s surgery.

Pam Cox - Receptionist