Syvil Lloyd Morris is a Solicitor Advocate and co-founder of the Firm. He is also the Firm’s Director of Family Law. Syvil returned to higher education after 2 years in the Police Force and 6 years in the British Army. He holds a BA in law from London Guildhall University, an LLM from Queen Mary and Westfield College and an MSc in criminology from the University of Leicester. He qualified in 1991 and specialises in child abduction law, childcare proceedings and international family law. He is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and he is also a member of Resolution. He is a First Dan black belt in judo, but still can’t control his 3 young daughters! Syvil is committed to representing those members of society who are less able, as well as ensuring that the Firm plays an active role in the local and business community. For more than 2 decades he has been involved in training local professionals on the law as it relates to domestic violence proceedings. He has written many articles on this area of law (some examples can be seen here and also here). Syvil was part of the Steering Group which successfully guided Milton Keynes Magistrates Court to attaining full Specialist Domestic Violence Court status. His ambition is to write a doctoral thesis on women who commit crime as a result of domestic violence. Syvil is a Senior Fellow in Professional Practice for the Law School at the University of Buckingham. Syvil is a passionate and fearless Advocate, who has appeared in all of the higher courts, including the Court of Appeal. Syvil is married to Carol, who is also a Solicitor.
Michelle Daubney is BLM’s Accounts and Office Manager. She is also the Firm’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer. She has worked in the Legal Aid funding side of accounts for more than a decade. Public funding eligibility has significantly changed since she first came into the law! Michelle started off her career in hotel management and catering having gained a City and Guilds certificate in Hotel Management and Book-Keeping at Aylesbury College. Upon leaving college she started working in hotels across the country gaining vast experience in the hotel industry but after working for some 15 years in this area, she decided it was time to try something new and to settle down. After getting married and having two children, she decided to return to the book-keeping/accounts side of business. This is what led to her moving to a firm of Solicitors in Central Milton Keynes. When her children were young, Michelle was involved with “Friends of the Schools”, which raised funds for the local community and for all of the little extras which the Government did not provide for. Now that her two children are grown up and quite independent, Michelle has more time on her hands to indulge her passion for fine wines, dining and reading. She has even found time to enter a Ghost Hunt to raise money for a Kidney Transplant Unit in Oxford.
Jaclin Bastian is the Firm’s other co-founder. Until September 2014, she was the Firm’s Managing Partner and Director of Human and Business Resources. Following the changes to criminal legal aid, Jaclin and the criminal litigation department transferred to Cartwright King Solicitors.
Carol is one of our specialist family law solicitors. She is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and also of Resolution. She has expertise in Children Act and also Children and Families Act matters with a particular emphasis on families who face the threat of having one or more of their children permanently or temporarily removed into Local Authority care (childcare proceedings). Having spent some of her legal career with the Local Authority, Carol has a unique insight into the practical aspects of meeting the lawful criteria for removal of children, from their birth families. Carol also deals with domestic violence emergency procedures in relation to children and parents. Carol has a careful eye for detail and an ability to ensure that all of her cases are thoroughly prepared so that the complete picture is presented to the Court. Carol first met Syvil in 1985; little did she know that she would end up not only marrying him, but working for the Firm also! She is the proud mother of 3 teenage daughters who conspire to keep her amused, bemused, confused and enthused all at the same time! Carol has a keen interest in Russian and Second World War history. When she is not looking after her clients’ affairs or her own family. Carol relaxes by watching cookery shows on television and reading.
Michelle Lilly-Hills qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in November 2008 and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and also of Resolution. Michelle studied at London Guildhall University where she received a 2:1 Honours degree in Law. Whilst studying for her degree, Michelle developed an academic and intellectual interest in Family Law. Michelle specialises in divorce and finances but she also has expertise in all Children Act matters, domestic violence litigation and forced marriages. Michelle takes pride in the fact that she understands that dealing with legal issues in the domestic and family arena can often be a very emotional time. She invariably brings a very calm head to heated disputes about children and matrimonial assets, by adopting a sensitive yet pragmatic approach. She has represented clients in a wide variety of family cases, including child abduction, care proceedings and international family law. Michelle applies herself to her tasks in a manner which is most serviceable to achieving success. It is probably this way of working which led one client to remark that “Michelle is the best… and I would recommend her to the world!”
Michelle Lilly-Hills is the person in charge of handling Complaints.
If your Complaint is not resolved within the Firm you can now contact the Legal Ombudsman at:
PO Box 6806
Pamela Waterhouse is the Lead Advocate for Emergency Proceedings Department (EPD). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executive (FILEX) of 20 years standing. Pam holds an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Lancashire and a Post Graduate Diploma in French and Spanish. Pam started her career in local government and has worked in both the Legal and Housing Departments of two local authorities. After starting a family, Pam went back to University and gained an Honours Degree in English and Historical Studies from the University of Hertfordshire. She moved to Milton Keynes in 1995 and began work as a Linguist for a software processing company. Pamela deals with all aspects of domestic violence. As far as family law is concerned, Pam favours a sensitive approach to clients who are often facing highly emotive, stressful and difficult situations. On a personal level, Pam holds a Second Dan black belt in Shotokan karate and is a qualified instructor, teaching and running her own club. She takes part in competition sparring and also enjoys tennis and swimming.
Hayley initially joined BLM as an Executive Legal Assistant. She is a Solicitor and Head of Emergency Proceedings Department (EPD) with the Firm. Hayley completed her Law Degree at the University of Buckingham. Hayley is passionate about Family Law and she has quickly become a domestic violence litigation practitioner in her own right. She is also highly proficient in all aspects of the Children Act. Hayley also has a keen interest in cases involving Miscarriages’ of Justice. She voluntarily attends meetings and conferences to support organisations dedicated to this cause. After graduating, Hayley spent six months in Ghana undertaking voluntary work at Orphanages, local projects in the community and teaching at the local Schools. She has since returned but for a shorter period. In addition, Hayley uses her spare time to work out at the gym and spend quality time with her family.
Beverly James is the firm’s Senior Administration Assistant. She started her office career after leaving school and working at a Finance House. She then progressed to working in various industries in the capacity of a Secretary and Personal Assistant. This included working for a firm of Chartered Surveyors. Beverly, who is originally from Milton Keynes, spent 6 years working for a highly regarded Nottingham law firm. She was also a member of their in-house netball team and now shudders at the memory of those cold Nottingham nights out on the court! Beverly has since moved back to Milton Keynes and joined BLM where she can continue to work in the area of law, which she very much enjoys. Beverly has friends dotted all over the UK and therefore spends many weekends on the motorway visiting them all – but not just to socialise – she always finds time to shop, which is her most favourite pastime!
Natasha is the Firm’s Trainee Solicitor. She graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2013 with a BA (Hons) degree in History and completed her Graduate of Diploma in Law at the University of Westminster in 2015. Natasha is now undertaking the Legal Practise Course part time. Natasha predominately works alongside Syvil Lloyd Morris and Hayley Geen providing assistance to the Emergency Proceedings Department. Natasha specialises in Legal Aid finance and public funding eligibility and has a strong interest in child care proceedings. Before joining BLM Natasha has previously worked for an events management company whereby she assisted professionals to boost marketing and trade. Natasha’s life at the moment is surrounded by books, figures and facts – but she still claims that it is “very interesting!” In between working and reading law books, Natasha regularly goes to the gym and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jessica (Jess) is Syvil Lloyd Morris’ Admin Assistant. Jess takes great pride in engaging with professional as well as lay clients. In her role, she is very often the Firm’s first point of contact with clients . She is dedicated to meeting client’s needs and matching their expectations, when undertaking her administrative tasks. It is also important in her job role to make clients feel comfortable and to assure them that they are in safe and helpful hands. Jessica started working within an office environment shortly after qualifying in hairdressing in 2012. She then worked for her father’s company, where she also took an interest in Accounts and studied level 1 Bookkeeping and Accounts at Milton Keynes College. Jess soon felt that it was time for a change in her career and wanted to gain more experience working within a different environment, which then led on to her joining BLM. She has found it very interesting and rewarding. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys attending gym classes and spending time with friends.
Nikita is the Firm’s Trainee Solicitor. She completed her Law Degree at the University of Reading and is now undertaking the Legal Practice Course part time. Nikita predominately works alongside Syvil Lloyd Morris and Hayley Geen. She has a strong interest in child care proceedings, but is also interested in domestic violence proceedings and injunctive relief. She is also seeking to build up her expertise in coroner’s law. Nikita is an expert billing clerk at the Firm and has specialist knowledge of public funding eligibility. She regularly liases with the Legal Aid Agency. Nikita is passionate about health and fitness. Nik is definitely an outdoor girl! Amongst other pursuits she is a fan of tree-top trekking, zip-wiring and rock climbing!
Rabia Butt (Rabs) is a solicitor who specialises in public law and private law Children Act matters. She is also a specialist in the law as it relates to domestic violence. Rabia has wide and varied experience of other areas of family law, including adoption, divorce and financial settlement. Rabia is a graduated from the University of Greenwich and she completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Bloomsbury, London. Rabia has a strong social conscience and is committed to helping the less well-off in society. She has taken part in several community events, where she was able to give pro-bono advice on family law. Rabia is also a professional henna artist. In her spare time Rabia loves to spend time with her family and has a passion for arts and crafts projects.
Rebecca (Becca) is a paralegal and administration assistant. She has successfully combined her love of languages and law – she holds a qualifying Law degree with Spanish (LLB). She studied at the University of Sussex and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Becca is now combining full time work with part-time study on the Legal Practice Course in her pursuit to qualify as a Solicitor. Time is a premium, no matter what language she is speaking! Becca assists Mayuri Sarathchandra with matrimonial and children cases and Syvil Lloyd Morris with his ‘Very High Cost Cases’ (VHCCs), which are made up of complex care cases. Rebecca also has experience of working on cases which involve Domestic Violence. Outside of work and study (if there’s time!), Rebecca has all the moves! She can often be found at a local dance class or studying the routines on Strictly Come Dancing!
Jemma is the Firm’s Billings Clerk, specialising in Legal Aid finance and public funding eligibility. She also undertakes paralegal work in the Firm, providing assistance to the child care Lawyers and is hoping to qualify as a solicitor in the future. Jemma is a graduate of the University of Buckingham with whom the firm has strong local links. Jemma enjoys going to the gym and spending time with friends and family. She enjoys baking and is hoping at some point, when she has time, to appear in a series of The Great British Bake Off.
Sarah is a Paralegal working in the Firm’s Emergency Proceedings Department. She assists Hayley Geen and undertakes the full range of support tasks including drafting documents, file management, taking client instructions and submitting applications for public funding. Sarah is regularly to be seen assisting other team members as well. Her patient and engaging manner makes her well suited to her current role. Sarah holds a qualifying Law degree with European Legal Systems (LLB). She studied at the University of East Anglia and Uppsala University in Sweden (where she undeniably spent quite a lot of time in the ABBA museum!). Sarah has previous experience of an office environment, having worked for her father’s jewellery business, from a very young age and continued to do so during university holidays. Sarah is viewing her current position as the first step to the start of her legal career. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys attending the gym and doing as much travelling as she can.
Debbie qualified as a solicitor in March 2013 and specialises in family law. Debbie studied at Cardiff University and received a 2:1 with honours degree in Law. Debbie has worked at specialist family law firms in Cambridge, Exeter and Birmingham and has enjoyed having represented many clients including parents and grandparents in often complex cases. Debbie is committed to offering clients clear and concise advise as to all their options at invariably difficult and emotional times when dealing with relationship or family breakdown. Debbie undertakes all areas of family work including divorce, domestic abuse and children cases as well as representing parents in care proceedings. She takes a sensitive but pragmatic and sensible approach to family matters with a resolution based focused to achieve the best results for clients. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys going to the gym and running to try to keep fit as well as many trips abroad as she can squeeze in! She also spends a lot of her time with her family and spoils her nieces far too much!
Mayuri qualified as a solicitor in 2005. Since that time she has built up a vast array of knowledge and acquired extensive experience in both public law and private law Children Act matters. She has represented parents and grandparents in complex cases. Mayuri also has wide-ranging expertise in divorce and financial matters, as well as in the law as it relates to victims of domestic abuse. She is passionate about representing clients who are going through a difficult and emotional time in their lives. She always seeks to apply strategies, on behalf of the client, with a view to achieving the very best outcome. Mayuri is an accredited member of Resolution and also a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel. In her spare time Mayuri enjoys baking and spending time with her family.
Mayuri Sarathchandra is the person in charge of handling Complaints.
If your Complaint is not resolved within the Firm you can now contact the Legal Ombudsman at:
PO Box 6806
As our Receptionist/ Admin assistant, Habiba is the firm’s first point of contact with professionals, clients and members of the general public. She is quite literally the face of BLM! After two years of travelling abroad, Habiba decided that the time had come to stop living out of a suitcase. Upon her return home to the UK, she began working for her sister’s Law firm. During this time Habiba began to develop a keen and passionate academic interest in Law. She is now studying for a law degree, alongside working for BLM. Habiba is known by her family and friends as the ultimate cat lady, being the proud owner of three! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and going to the gym.
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