Our Legal Team
We are a professional, friendly and approachable team of solicitors, offering individual expertise on a range of legal issues.
Based in Kendal, our solicitors work with clients across South Lakes, Cumbria and the UK. You will be given expert advice and guidance throughout by one of our solicitors who will deal with your matter personally. Your needs are always the priority for us.
Stephen Pooley, Director
Educated at Barnard Castle School, County Durham and Nottingham University Stephen joined Arnold Greenwood in 1982 and became a partner in the firm in 1986. He specialises in company and commercial law work and in particular in property development and also the hotel and leisure industry. Stephen is married with two children and lives in Kendal. He enjoys being actively involved in the local community and in particular with youth and education. He is a member of Kendal Rotary Club and he is also the former Chair of Governors at Queen Katherine School Kendal. For his sins, Stephen is a life long supporter of Darlington Football Club, which is an affair of the heart rather than the head.
Barbara Richardson, Director
As a specialist family lawyer, Barbara has been accredited by 'Resolution first for family law' since 2004 in the area of complex financial and property matters and is now a Resolution accredited pension specialist. She has been a member of the Law Society's Family Law accreditation scheme since it began in 1999 and has considerable experience in resolving financial disputes following the breakdown of a marriage including cases involving international assets. Barbara is a trained collaborative lawyer able to work together with a collaborative colleague and couples to reach agreed solutions. Her clients live both inside and outside the UK and she offers Skype appointments.
As a former member of Lakes Riding Club she now enjoys supporting her friends at events and riding at weekends.
Alison Peel, Director
Alison is originally from mid-Wales and is bilingual. She studied her degree in Bristol and afterwards at The College of Law in Guildford. She trained and qualified in Reading, before moving to Kendal. Alison joined Arnold Greenwood in 2000. She took a 6 month sabbatical in 2007 to fulfil an ambition to do a Round the World trip, travelling to 14 countries from South Africa to South America. On her return, she became a partner in 2008. Alison specialises as a probate solicitor in private client work. She is married with two young boys and enjoys fell walking as a family in the Lake District.
Danielle Walls, Director
Danielle joined Arnold Greenwood in 2007 after spending seven years with two large international practices specialising in commercial property law and in particular, retail. property. Danielle has been fortunate to act for many household recognised retailers in addition to investors and owners of shopping centres. Danielle acts for a varied range of clients from Landlords, tenants, occupiers of retail/business premises, builders and developers, property investors (individuals and companies) to leisure operators. Her interest in retail property and her love of Kendal is combined as Danielle is also a director of and treasurer for, Kendal Business Improvement District (BID). During her time at Arnold Greenwood, she has acted on a multi million pound leisure site sale and is experienced in renewable energy transactions, such as wind farms and solar farms. Away from the office, Danielle enjoys running and participating in half marathons (as long as they are not too hilly!) as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer Sparks, Solicitor
Jennifer joined Arnold Greenwood as a trainee solicitor in November 2007 after moving to Kendal from her home town of Lancaster. She attended Lancaster Girl's Grammar School, studied law at Keele University and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester. Jennifer qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and has since spent her time at Arnold Greenwood in our busy residential conveyancing department dealing with our clients' sales, purchases, transfers, mortgages and re-mortgages, easements and leases. She enjoys meeting clients and strives to ensure that their full expectations are met.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, taking trips out to the Lake District, swimming, reading and joining her friends in working their way around the restaurants that Kendal has on offer.
Matthew Sterling, Solicitor
Originally from Oxfordshire, Matthew moved to Cumbria in 2008 and trained in Penrith and Carlisle where he continued to work after qualifying. He joined Arnold Greenwood in January 2013 and is a specialist divorce solicitor accredited by the specialist family law association, Resolution first for family law, in the areas of complex financial and property matters and pensions on divorce. He is experienced in dealing with cases following the breakdown of relationships between co-habiting couples, pre and post nuptial agreements and disputes relating to children, including removal cases with an international element. Matthew offers Skype appointments for clients who live abroad or in other parts of the UK.
In his spare time Matthew enjoys many outdoor sports, in particular mountain biking and travelling to new and exciting places.
Lee Hughes, Solicitor
After completing his legal studies Lee returned to his home town of Kendal and took up a position with a firm of solicitors in Lancaster in 2008 where he completed his training and continued to work after qualification. Lee joined Arnold Greenwood in June 2014 to work in our busy property department dealing with residential conveyancing. Having spent several years primarily focusing on litigation, Lee seeks to apply this experience to residential conveyancing, and will assist in resolving issues prior to finalisation of a transaction wherever necessary.
When not in work, Lee enjoys various outdoor activities such as fell walking but readily admits that he is a fair weather walker. Lee is also a keen skier and though new to the sport, hopes to spend the next few years improving his technique. Having recently purchased a road bicycle, he hopes to add that to his list of summer activities.