Position: Solicitor, Senior Partner Kay is one of the best known and well respected matrimonial lawyers in the country and is a well known face in Doncaster. Kay has been practising as a solicitor in Doncaster for over 22 years. She has recently become one of the few solicitors trained in collaborative law in the area.
Kay's legal specialisms include:
• Divorce and finances on marriage breakdown
• Child law
• Disputes between unmarried couples
Kay says "I pride myself on giving outstanding service to my clients. I work closely with my dedicated team to provide the very best advice and support. My advice to anyone seeking a family solicitor is to ask friends and family who have needed help themselves in the past - get a personal recommendation."
Other interests - Kay has two teenage children Alex and Will
Position: Practice Manager since 1990 Here I am at my desk surrounded by computers and state of the art technology. I recognise the need for all of this and I can even operate, but I also recognise a greater need for success is to be surrounded by good reliable colleagues that care about Dickinson Wood and care about the clients of Dickinson Wood, in the way I do.
My role here as practise manager can vary widely to picking up strewn rubbish as I walk through the car park to dealing with this quarters VAT return and employing new members of staff. One of my nicest roles is giving youngsters an opportunity here and watching them develop. I am proud to say that I have set many on a career path. I also enjoy saying to clients when they call “yes I remember your file when you purchased it 10 or 12 years ago and the same fee earners that completed your purchase will now do your sale and new purchase”. Clients do like to hear this.
Away from work you will catch me equally at home with a pint of Stella or a glass of champagne at my local polo club, the Vale of York based at Misson where I am honoured to say I am Club President and I can be found most weekends galloping at up to 30 miles an hour on my horse trying to hit the silly white ball.
My other passion, which is no secret, is I am a ten-year+ season ticket holder at Manchester United and have travelled to many European games to watch UTD including Barcelona and Moscow. I am sure many will now smile and say you wont be travelling far this season (2016), but like Dickinson Wood Manchester United will always have a team to succeed with.
Position: Solicitor, Managing Partner Mark qualified in 1992 and acts for individuals, developers and business people in Doncaster and throughout the UK. He is involved in all aspects of Residential Property and Commercial Property including sale, purchase and leasehold conveyancing.
His significant experience and proven track record enable him to give quality and pragmatic advice in all property and small business related matters.
Mark’s legal specialisms include:
• Residential Property
• Commercial Property
• Commercial Leases, renewals and assignments
•The sale and purchase of small businesses
Other interests - Mark has three children and enjoys water-skiing, photography and the great outdoors.
Sally Kusznir is a solicitor in our Matrimonial Department and works with Senior Partner, Kay Wood, conducting all aspects of Family Law matters.
Sally has a class 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree, Class 2:1 Graduate Diploma in Law, and was awarded a Distinction following completion of the Legal Practice Course at BBP Law School Leeds in 2008.
Sally handles all aspects of private and Family Law work with meticulous attention to detail including Divorce, unmarried cohabitation disputes and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships, Financial matters dealing with the matrimonial assets following separation with particular focus on complex mid to high net worth asset value cases and ancillary applications, the full spectrum of the Private Children Law matters, including assisting parents to reach agreement regarding suitable child agreements and representing parents at Court in respect to Domestic violence injunctive remedy proceedings and contested applications for Child arrangement Orders including s8 Children Act 1989 Contact and Residence disputes, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders, including Enforcement proceedings in which Sally has a high level of experience in liaising with various Professional bodies and organisation such as Cafcass and Local Authorities including Social Services.
Sally is highly experienced in preparing and conducting a wide range of Family Law cases from the initial consultation stage often throughout the Court process and to a successful conclusion, Sally is passionate about assisting each individual client in reaching a practical and effective resolution to their individual matrimonial matters.
Sally is acutely aware that each client has their own needs and expectations and often seek advice in extremely stressful and highly emotional circumstances. Sally prides herself on being able to provide skilled legal advice on a constructive, sensitive and supportive level ensuring each client is kept fully informed and regularly updated as to each step throughout their case, while being able to effectively manage client expectations at all times.
Sally’s former experience includes practicing Criminal Law, including representing clients during interview at the Police Station and in Prison Law proceedings, working for the Crown Prosecution Service Trial unit and HM Prison Service.
Position: Licensed Coveyancer and Head of Conveyancing Having first worked for Dickinson Wood at the age of 13 on school work experience I find myself still here some 25 years later. My role now is obviously quite different.
I am in my 13th year of conveyancing and run a very busy residential conveyancing department with a large client ad referrer base.
I am dedicated to, and take a lot of pride in, delivering a client care based service ensuring that all clients are provided with a service that is both personal yet completely professional and efficient at all times to ensure their house buying experience is a pleasure and not a pain.
Outside of work I have been married to my wife Gemma for 6 years and have a beautiful boy Harry, who keeps us both on our toes and is coming up to 5 at the end of May this year.
I have a love of House music that I indulge at summer festivals throughout the country and I have a particular passion for the game of Polo, which I play at the Vale of York club in Misson.
Position: Conveyancing executive and head of newbuild department Jill began working at Dickinson Wood in 1990 having worked at another local firm of solicitors prior to this for over 12 years.
Jill worked for Partner Mark Dickinson, initially as his secretary, but quickly moving on to become his PA and helping to run his successful conveyancing department.
When our Senior Partner, Ian Dickinson, retired in October 2004, Jill took over Ian's domestic conveyancing matters and has headed her own department since.
Jill specialises primarily in new build work, part exchange schemes, and help to buy schemes and is the recommended conveyancer on numerous local and national builder solicitor panels.
Jill has worked in the legal practice for over 30 years covering all aspects of buying and selling property.
Jill's legal specialisms include:
• New build conveyancing
• Residential conveyancing
Vanessa began working for Dickinson Wood in 1992 rising through the ranks to become Kay Wood’s PA. During this time Vanessa undertook legal studies to advance her learning in both Matrimonial and Probate Law gaining in depth knowledge and experience in both areas.
After time out to have two children Vanessa returned to Dickinson Wood to work with Kay Wood in September 2012, with her responsibilities extending to Wills and Probate and ultimately becoming a Fee Earner in her own right running the Wills and Probate Department within the firm.
Vanessa now specialises in Wills, the Administration of Estates including Inheritance Tax Issues and Lasting Powers of Attorney, as well as assisting Kay Wood in the Matrimonial Department where her experience and knowledge is invaluable.