Simmonds Austin Ryder Solicitors

About Private Office Legal Services

Simmonds Austin Ryder Solicitors

Private Office Legal Services | Solicitors acquired Austin Ryder & Co. Solicitors in 2018.  Established in 1954 and providing long term and trusting relationships with clients across Hertfordshire.

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Simmonds Austin Ryder Solicitors


Phil Simmonds

Phil Simmonds


An experienced businessman, Phil gets involved first-hand to ensure that the property team’s processes are streamlined to maximum effect meaning that no instruction gets left behind. Phil specialises in Company Commercial work which includes Mergers and Acquisitions, Partnership Agreements and Partnership Buy-Outs. Phil holds the Higher Right of Audience qualification and is a solicitor-advocate. He is therefore also able to assist in Litigation & matters.

Gary Adamson

Solicitor, Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Gary joined the firm as Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution in May 2020. Gary is also the firm’s COLP.

Gary brings with him 10 years post qualified experience in all aspects of commercial, civil and property disputes, and has acted on behalf of both individual and commercial clients. Gary is an astute Senior Litigation Solicitor and Advocate, and deals with injunctions, Landlord and Tenant Act, Wills Act, property related disputes, contract disputes and also specialises in disputes arising from Party Wall Act, Construction Act, Service Charge Disputes and Breaches & Repairing Covenants. Gary also has experience in Family Law matters and the Family and Dependents Act.

Associates, Consultant Solicitors and Legal Executives:

Anca Mitrana


Anca is Joint Head of the recently acquired practice Austin Ryder & CO. Solicitors. Anca specialises in Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate and Private Client work. Anca qualified with a Legal 500 firm in London city and has continued to develop her commercial skill set within the Austin Ryder brand.

Eva Tomaskova


Eva is a trainee Legal Executive and is intending to also qualify as a Solicitor whilst working within our Private Client Department.

Originally from the Czech Republic, Eva had previously worked for several years as an accountant at the Education Department of the Botswana High Commission in London.

Eva is a graduate from Masaryk University at both Bachelors and Masters degree levels, including Political Science and Communication and Media Studies. She is fluent in a number of languages, having also studied at Voronezh State University in the Russian Federation.

Eva’s sensitive approach to clients and meticulous attention to details means she is able to advise clients across a broad range of areas including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and estate administration, tax and estate planning, Deputyship and Court of Protection applications, care home fees planning and elderly client issues.

Annie Stubbs

Conveyancing Executive

Annie has been with us for over 23 years, and this is evident from her deep knowledge of the field and her exceptional case handling. Annie works and runs her own case load, heading up a team within the Property team to provide timely advice and proactive client care at each stage of the conveyancing process and has a particular proficiency with development/plot

Penny Moore

Penny Andrea

Conveyancing Executive

Penny is a career conveyancer who has broadened her skillset through her career by working within and assisting other departments in commercial and dispute resolution contexts. Penny joined our residential property development in early 2019 uses her abilities to help push through substantial volumes of development work with great expertise and standard of care.

Trainee Solicitors:


Trainee Solicitor

Abbie joined our team in September 2019, having recently completed her qualifying LL.B(Hons) law degree, - gaining a 2.1 at the University of Hertfordshire. Abbie started her Legal practice Course in February 2020 and will simultaneously being her 2-year Training Contract with Austin Ryder Private Office Solicitors with a view to qualifying into either the Private Client or Property team.

Imogen Simmonds

Trainee Solicitor

Imogen was awarded a 2.1 in her qualifying LL.B(Hons) Law Degree from Kingston University Law School, and has joined the firm as Trainee Solicitor. She is working her first seat with in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department.

During her time at Kingston Law School, Imogen was a keen member of the Kingston Law Students Mooting Society, and became the youngest student ever to represent Kingston Law School at the European Centre for Space Laws “Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court (Advocacy)” competition which took place in the European courts in Lisbon.

Previously Imogen successfully completed an internship at Carter Ruck’s specialist media litigation department.


Trainee Solicitor

Millie joined our team in June 2020, having completed her LL.B(Hons) Law Degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford where she gained a 2.1. Millie currently works in the Property Department on residential conveyancing matters, and is studying for her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. She is no stranger to hard work, holding down several part time jobs as an undergraduate, which will serve her in good stead as she now embarks on the start of her legal career.

Millie has always been a high achiever, attaining many sporting awards including athlete of the year at junior level. Indeed Mille excels at many sports, including netball, football, rugby, badminton, cricket, athletics, cross-country and tennis.


Michelle Simmonds

Michelle Simmonds

Head of Administration

Michelle is Phil Simmonds’ Personal Assistant, and is also the Private Office Group’s Company Secretary and head of Administration. She is an Associate Member of the Personal Finance Society (“PFS”) and is currently studying various financial services exams. Michelle enjoys riding her horses, keeping fit and ballet.



Dunstan graduated from Bournemouth University with a Sports Management degree, and joined the Private Office Group of companies in July 2020, - as Relationship Manager for our Intermediary Partners & Corporate Services. Post-grad Dunstan has also been a key figure within a very successful marketing team that have created and developed strategies for global campaigns for brands including Nissan, Redbull and MTV. As we continue on our own growth strategy he will be continuing our efforts to forge new relationships with professional services firms for Simmonds Austin Ryder Solicitors, - as well as assisting in the smooth running of our existing relationships. Dunstan is also responsible for our Social Media platforms.

Dawn Holman

Head of Accounts

Dawn is a qualified Legal Cashier, and has worked with Simmonds Austin Ryder Solicitors since 2017. Dawn’s attention to detail; is second to none, and her role includes client account and bank reconciliations, monthly profit costs, disbursements and VAT reconciliations and submissions of data to our auditors for our annual SRA audit. Dawn is a cherished member of the team, even though she works for us via the excellent Legal Accounts Limited, a third party outsourced provider of Legal Cashier services.

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“I have no hesitation at all in recommending Phil and his team at Private Office Legal Services | Solicitors”

I first met Phil Simmonds about 6 years ago when I was introduced to him by a very good friend. Since then Phil has provided me with very sound, and very timely advice. Recently I found myself having to re-do my Lasting Powers of Attorney, as sadly the two friends I had nominated as my attorneys both fell ill and were unable to continue.

Naturally I approached Phil and his team at Private Office legal Services | Solicitors. Once again, everything was handled extremely efficiently, and I was delighted with the service received.

I have no hesitation at all in recommending Phil and his team at Private Office Legal Services | Solicitors, - so a huge thank you to all of them.

With my very best wishes,

Valerie Singleton OBE

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