Steven Marsh BA
Steven has been with Scott Duff and co-since 1983 when he qualified as a solicitor. He became a partner in 1986 and has specialised in representing clients in court proceedings.
His particular specialism is in personal injury law where he has represented many hundreds of clients in securing substantial compensation following accidents and injuries. He also undertakes clinical negligence work and has been a member of the Law Society specialist Personal Injury Scheme since 1994.
In addition Steven has extensive experience of a wide range of civil litigation including contract and property disputes and housing possession work. He also continues to work as a police and court duty solicitor and undertakes both criminal prosecution and defence work throughout Cumbria
When not in court he enjoys outdoor pursuits, climbing and tennis
Fiona Marsh MA
Fiona came to Penrith from the North East in 1983 with her husband Steven and joined Scott Duff & Co. in 1988. She has always specialised in property law and over the years has dealt with the sales and purchases of numerous pubs, shops, farms and building plots as well as homes in Cumbria and further afield.
Suzanne Connell LLB
Suzanne was born and educated in Cumbria until the age of 18 when she went to the University of Reading to study Law. She completed her Legal Practice Certificate at the College of Law in Chester and joined Scott Duff and Co in March 1998 as a Trainee Solicitor. She qualified as a Solicitor in March 2000 and became a Partner in the firm in May 2003.
Suzanne began specialising in Personal Injury in the year 2000 and became a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. She was accepted onto the Law Society Personal Injury Panel in May 2004. More recently she has started handling Clinical Negligence cases as well continuing with her Personal Injury caseload.
Suzanne is married and has two children.
Cheryl Corson BA(Hons)
Cheryl was born and educated in Carlisle. She attended the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, achieving a BA Honours degree in Law with English and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, before returning to her home city to be employed at Scott Duff & Co. as a Trainee Solicitor. She qualified as a Solicitor in July 2008, became an Associate with the company in 2013 and was appointed as a Director in 2015.
Cheryl has over 10 years experience in Civil Litigation, negotiation and court proceedings, and since 2016 she has been putting these skills to use within the firm’s Family Department. Cheryl deals with all aspects of Family Law including Divorce, separation for cohabiting couples, disputes involving children as well as resolving the financial issues following a relationship breakdown.
Cheryl is a member of Resolution – first for family law.
Cheryl is a life-long Carlisle United supporter, holding a season ticket for Brunton Park, and travelling to many away games with the club. She also enjoys figure skating and going for walks in the Lakes with her husband and dogs.
David Clarke LLB
David joined Scott Duff & Co. in August 2011 following a career in telecommunications. He obtained his law degree with the Open University and a Diploma in Legal Practice with the College of Law. David qualified as a solicitor in September 2013 and is now based between Penrith and Keswick. David deals with wills, probate, contract and consumer disputes, general litigation, employment, debt collection and personal injury
David lives in Kendal and is happy to arrange home visits with clients living in South Lakeland.
Cheryl Christian LLB
Cheryl Christian qualified as a solicitor in Derbyshire in 1987 and returned to Cumbria in 1989; she joined Scott Duff & Co. in 1995. Cheryl specialises in advice to elderly clients, the preparation of wills and the administration of estates and is a member of the Law Society Private Client Section and an Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
Out of the office Cheryl has been a lifelong member and active supporter of Girl Guiding, assisting the running of a Guide Unit in Carlisle. In her spare time Cheryl enjoys sailing, cycling and walking.
Philippa Cullen LLB
Philippa qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and has specialised in Family Law since then. She practised in London and the South East before moving with her family to Cumbria in 2006 where she joined the family department at Scott Duff & Co. She specialises in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, including divorce and cohabitation cases, and in resolving arrangements for children after separation. Philippa is a trained Mediator, accredited by the Family Mediation Council, a Collaborative Lawyer (please see our Family Law page for more information), a member of Resolution and a Resolution Accredited Specialist.
Gill Hinckley LLB(Hons)
Gill was educated at Keswick School and Manchester University, qualifying as a solicitor in 1988. She has always practised in Cumbria, and lives in Keswick. Gill is based at the Keswick office dealing with all types of residential property including flats, retirement properties and new builds. She also deals with the sale and purchase of commercial properties including guest houses and shops.
Out of the office Gill is involved in amateur theatre and rugby union.
Alex Keegan FCILEx
Alex moved to Cumbria from the North East 8 years ago. She advises clients on property and private client matters including agricultural, commercial and residential property.
Claire Maxwell FCILEx
Claire is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a Commissioner for Oaths. She specialises in wills, trusts, estate administration (including estates with an international element), inheritance tax planning and Court of Protection work (which, includes Lasting Powers of Attorney, registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Deputyship Orders). Claire is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
Claire has continued her studies and has just completed her final year of a Post Graduate Diploma in Law which, she has studied part time through De Montfort University in Leicester and is awaiting her final exam result.
Claire has also recently attended an information session ran by the Alzheimer’s Society and has become a dementia friends champion.
Outside work, Claire is a keen sports fan and is a supporter of Glasgow Celtic and is also an avid follower of both MotoGP and Formula 1. She also enjoys charitable work have undertaken a 13,000 ft tandem skydive on behalf of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and was a member of the Knighton & District Rotary Club before relocating to the area to be closer to family in Scotland. Since relocation Claire has also been involved with Eden Carers.
Hilary Widdall BA(Hons)
Hilary qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 having previous worked for 17 years in the Civil Service and pharmaceutical sector as a Librarian and Information Professional. Starting her legal career in Cambridge, Hilary has been slowly working her way back up the county towards her roots in the south-west of Scotland and has been based in Cumbria since 2012.
She specialises in private and elderly client work covering wills, powers of attorney, trusts, probate and court of protection work.
She is a Trustee of the Kendal Dementia Action Alliance, a committee member (and participant of) Kendal Choral Society and loves nothing better than sitting in the sunshine with her knitting when time allows.
Debbie Stalker Manager
Debbie joined Scott Duff & Co. in 1992. After spending 15 years as Legal Assistant to Andrew Duff, Debbie went on to managing her own case load of Personal Injury and Criminal Injuries Compensation claims, before becoming our Office Manager in 2013. Debbie is responsible for the firm’s Human Resources-related matters as well as recruitment, health and safety and management of the firm’s office premises. She enjoys family holidays, reading and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Susan Wilkinson MLaw
Susan was born and educated in Carlisle before moving to Newcastle in 2011 to attend University. She graduated from Northumbria University in July 2015 with a Masters degree in law. Having moved back to Cumbria, she joined Scott Duff & Co. in September 2015 as a Trainee Solicitor. She is currently working within the Wills & Probate Department. Outside of work Susan enjoys watching films, spending time with friends and walking in the Lake District and Northumberland National Park.
Hafiza Khatun Mlaw
Hafiza joined Scott Duff and Co as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2015 and is due to qualify in September 2017. Hafiza is currently working in the Property Department.