Private Office
and Austin Ryder

Private Office acquired Austin Ryder (established 1954) in 2017, and continues to provide long term and trusting relationships with clients across West Sussex, Central London and Hertfordshire.

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Austin Ryder understands that most Private Client work deserves the title.We ensure that all our matters are handled with discretion, delicacy, and a depth of understanding of the law that can only be obtained through extensive years of experience.

We have dedicated specialists across all Private Client legal sectors

We have multiple office locations, making it easy to meet with us

With us, you get to meet our specialist legal team to discuss your case.

We have three locations, at The Royal Exchange, Central London, West Sussex and Hertfordshire.

Meet the Specialist Legal Team

Private Office Partners

Phil Simmonds

Phil Simmonds

Head of Company Commercial

Leonard Scudder

Leonard Scudder

Head of Dispute Resolution

Ancana Mitrana

Head of Austin Ryder Solicitors

Anca specialises in Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate and Private Client work. Anca qualified with a Legal 500 firm in Bloomsbury, London having already graduated with a First Class LL.B(Hons) and achieved a Commendation on her Legal Practice Course.

Bruce Crabb

Bruce Crabb

Private Client/Residential/Commercial Conveyancing

Bruce Crabb is a partner of Austen Ryder Private Office Solicitors, having joined the firm when it joined with Austin Ryder & Co. Bruce has had an impressive career which began with Austin Ryder & Co in 1968 and continues with Private Office Legal Services. Bruce’s expertise is in both residential and commercial property transactions, and he has a wealth of experience drafting wills and managing estates and probate.

Maria Demetriou

Maria Demetriou

Development Property Transactions

Maria Demetriou has been qualified as a solicitor for over 20 years and in that time has diversified her legal knowledge by undertaking further training and diplomas in areas such as criminology.

Michelle Simmonds

Michelle

Practice Manager

Sharon Farman

Practice Assistant and Recoveries Manager

Sharon Farman has worked for Austin Ryder since 2007 and has undertaken a broad range of roles and has proven herself to be an adaptable and hardworking member of the Private Office team. Sharon’s role is primarily as Practice Assistant and provides the Waltham Cross office Fee Earners with help in the day to day running of their cases. Sharon also plays a pivotal role within the accounts department and coordinates the firm’s client recoveries.

Sarah Nestor

Real Estate Paralegal

Sarah Nestor had over 15 years’ experience in residential conveyancing when she joined our team in 2012 and continues to provide outstanding client care in her day to day work. Sarah works within our New Build department and provides a high level of general advice and assistance to our clients on all residential property transactions. Sarah’s extensive history in property means that there is rarely a situation she will not be able to help you with and will always take steps to find an answer to your query.

Imogen Simmonds

Imogen Simmonds

Locum Paralegal

Annie Stubbs

Real Estate Paralegal

23 years with us, and this is evident from her deep knowledge of the field and her exceptional case handling. Annie works within Maria Demetriou’s team to provide timely advice and proactive client care at each stage of the conveyancing process, and has particular proficiency in development/plot sales and purchases.

Wendy Upson

Wendy Upson

Private Client/Conveyancing Assistant

Etta Hinds

Etta Hinds

Locum Paralegal

Etta Hinds is a Legal Secretary working within our Waltham Cross branch who assists the firm’s solicitors with support across, residential and commercial conveyancing, and all private client instructions. Etta has been with the firm over 8 years and shows her commitment to the firm through her considered and diligent work ethic to help clients liaise with fee earners and help them understand the progress of their instructions.

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