Our Solicitors and Legal Executives:
Our Admin Team and Support Staff:
Fergus is a Solicitor and Partner of the firm.
Fergus qualified in 1973 and formed Fergus Houghton & Company in Andover in 1978. He has considerable experience in all areas of law, but in recent years has specialised in residential property, and Wills. Although based in Andover, Fergus heads up the residential Property department for all of our offices.
Niall is a Solicitor and Partner of the firm.
Niall is a specialist commercial Lawyer, well versed in contractual and business documentation including the buying and selling of businesses.
> Advising start-ups and SME's.
> Acquiring and disposing of business premises, leasehold or freehold.
> Terms and Conditons of Business.
> Advising on and documenting commercial and residential developments.
He has been in practise since 1974 in Hong Kong and Hampshire.
Niall is also a Trustee of the Fredericks Foundation which assists individuals start their own business.
Michael R Russell-Smith
Michael R Russell-Smith, TEP (Trusts and Estates Practitioner)
Mike is a Solicitor and Consultant
Mike is a specialist solicitor in the Probate, Wills, Taxation and Trusts departments. He is a past President of Hampshire Law Society, a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practioners, the Law Society's Probate Section and "Solicitors for the Elderly".
Natalie is a Solicitor and heads up the Family department and specialises in Divorce and Separation, Financial Disputes, Co- Habitation breakdowns, Pre-nuptial Agreements and all children matters-both Public (Care/Adoption Proceedings) and Private proceedings whether in the newly established Family Court or the Principal Registry in London.
She is an Accredited Specialist with Resolution in Private Law Children, Financial Disputes and Domestic Violence.
Ranson Houghton LLP continue to have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to conduct Legal Aid work and are one of three firms in Andover who carry out Legal Aid work and are in a prime location in Andover Town Centre. Natalie is the Contract Supervisor.
Natalie is also on the Duty Solicitor Rota for attendances at Winchester and Basingstoke police stations and is also a Court Duty Solicitor for the magistrates’ court.
Natalie has lived and worked in Andover all her life and holds a good local knowledge of the area. She joined the firm in 1991 as a trainee solicitor and became a Director of the LLP in April 2012
Michelle Cooper-Gray, F Inst LEx
Partner/Chartered Legal Executive
Michelle joined the firm in July 2000 and manages the Conveyancing Department of our Salisbury office. She is a specialist domestic Conveyancer with experience in all residential property matters, including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases.
Michelle has been a Director of the LLP since April 2012.
Angelique is a Conveyancing Executive.
Angelique joined the firm in 2003 and is based in our Andover offices. She is an experienced Conveyancer and can deal with every aspect of residential property work from simple re-mortgages to complex sale and purchase transactions.
Lucy is a Solicitor and joined the firm in 2006 when she began her training contract after having obtained a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Kent. Lucy qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and joined the Family Department.
Lucy has a specific interest in children law and in particular the representation of parents in care proceedings.
Richard E Parkes
Richard is a Solicitor and Consultant.
Richard qualified as a solicitor in 1972. He has worked in Andover since 1990 as a partner of his own practice. He retired from that firm and joined Ranson Houghton as a consultant at the begining of 2012. The main areas of work he deals with are Conveyancing, both residential and commercial, preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate.