Our people

Rob Nickless

Rob qualified as a solicitor in 1982 after attending Southampton University and the Guildford College of Law. He joined Jacobs & Reeves in 1980 and has been with the firm ever since and is now the Senior Partner. Having dealt with a broad based practice for many years, he now specialises in family matters including child and financial issues. Rob is an accredited specialist in children matters and domestic violence and further deals with high value financial cases.


Rob is based in our Poole Office. 

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Direct dial: 01202 339069

Helen Henson

Helen joined Jacobs & Reeves as a trainee 1996 having completed the Legal Practice Course following a return to her studies after the birth of her two daughters. She was initially based at our Wimborne office and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 becoming a partner in 2003 when she moved to our principal Poole office. Helen specialises in both residential and commercial property matters, including acting for developers. She also deals with the purchase and sale of businesses and companies.


Helen is based at our Poole office. 

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Direct dial: 01202 339064

Nick Hyman

Nick qualified as a Solicitor in 1983 after obtaining his Law Degree at Nottingham University and then attending Chester College of Law. He joined the firm in 1985. He became a partner in 1988 and now deals exclusively with commercial, development and residential property work. Nick is a past chairman of Bournemouth North Round Table RT1066.

Since 9th September 2019, Nick has been based at our Wimborne office. 

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Direct dial: 01202 843203

Ashleigh Lydford

Ashleigh is a Solicitor who joined the firm after completing her Law Degree at the University of the West of England in Bristol in 2013. Ashleigh has been with us since ever since and was admitted as a Solicitor in July 2016. Ashleigh became a Partner in 2018. Ashleigh specialises in both residential and commercial property matters. 


Ashleigh is based in our Poole office.  

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Direct dial: 01202 339067

Tom Killick
Senior Associate

Tom is a Litigation Executive who has been with the firm for 33 years and during that time has gained significant experience in dealing with all types of family matters including, Divorce, financial disputes following relationship breakdowns, disputes over children, including Public Law Care proceedings and Domestic violence cases.

Outside the office Tom is actively involved in non league football having played semi-professionally for many local clubs including, Poole Town, Wimborne, Dorchester Town and Basingstoke and is now the manager of Poole Town F.C.


Tom is based at our Poole office. 

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Direct dial: 01202 339068

Jen Akthar-Ali

Jen joined Jacobs & Reeves as a solicitor in September 2020 having completed her training contract with another firm.  She obtained her Law with Business degree at Portsmouth University in 2014 and completed her Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University. Before commencing her training contract Jen worked as a paralegal for a local firm gaining experience in a wide range of property transactions. Jen deals with many aspects of property law from residential sales, purchases and re mortgages to transfers of equity. Jen also has experience in private client mattes including estate administrations, wills and lasting powers of attorney. 

Jen is based in our Poole office.

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Direct dial: 01202 339066

Olivia Graves

Olivia is an experienced residential property Paralegal who joined the firm in August 2020 having worked as a Paralegal at another local firm.  Olivia specialises in residential property matters, including sales, purchase and remortgages, we well as transfers of equity, new builds and shared ownership properties. Olivia is studying with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in her spare time in order to qualify as a Legal Executive.


Olivia is based in our Poole Office. 

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Direct dial: 01202 339065

Fiona Kenny
Asya Panchalieva

Fiona qualified as a Solicitor after attending Bristol University obtaining a Masters Degree in Legal Studies.  She joined Jacobs & Reeves in September 2019 and specialises in Estate Administration.  Fiona is member of the Institute of Art and Law and a member of the Law Society Private Client Section.  Fiona has gained a wide variety of experience in Estate Administration matters to include high net worth estates and estates with a variety of complex issues.  Fiona has a practical approach to deal with estate administration explaining tax and will trust principles with relevance and clarity.


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Asya is a highly qualified and experienced Family Solicitor with a significant track record practising in the field of Family Law having qualified as a Solicitor in London in 2010. She joined Jacobs & Reeves in 2018. She has acquired various legal qualifications and is a Specialist Member of Resolution, specialising in children and finance matters. She is proficient at representing clients (parents, family members and grandparents) in Care proceedings brought by the Local Authority as well as private law Children Act 1989 proceedings. Asya represents clients at Court and regularly appears before Judges and Magistrates. Asya also deals with divorce, matrimonial finance matters including business complex assets and pensions, protection from violence, as well as child abduction matters. Asya is a multi-skilled, multi-lingual dynamic and passionate advocate of Family Law and thoroughly enjoys her work. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two young children and travelling.


Asya works at our Poole Office.  

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Direct dial: 01202 339063

Alex Poplawska

Alex joined Jacobs & Reeves after qualifying as a Solicitor at a commercial firm.  She obtained her Law and Politics degree at Swansea University in 2016 and LPC at Bournemouth University. Alex deals with general civil litigation, including debt, settlement agreements and personal injury matters.  In her spare time Alex enjoys hunting unique antiques and restoring old furniture to its former glory.

Alex Poplawska is based in our Wimborne Office. 

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Direct dial:01202 842205

Rebecca Shaw
Trainee Solicitor

Rebecca is a trainee Solicitor and joined Jacobs & Reeves in September 2020.  She obtained a law degree from the University of Southampton in 2019 and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Bristol.


Rebecca has, so far, gained experience within the family law department dealing with domestic abuse injunctions, private law matters and divorce.


Rebecca is based in our Poole Office.

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Trudy Wareham

Trudy completed her legal training in 2002 and qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2004 and has practiced residential conveyancing since qualification. Trudy specialises in residential conveyancing.


Trudy is based in our Wimborne. 

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Direct dial: 01202 843201

Elspeth Winny

Ms Elspeth Winny is an experienced locum barrister and has been working in private practice for over 15 years. Elspeth specialises in Wills and Probate. She is currently assisting us in our Wills and Probate department.

Elspeth is based in our Poole Office.

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Direct Dial: 01202 339062