Who we are

We are a specialist team providing practical solutions for our clients in a wide range of disputes.

We are based in Oxford and support clients throughout the country. We operate a digital-first practice, minimising the burden of paper and ensuring that all information is at hand for our team and clients.

Our team brings a professional and friendly approach, working with you to deliver the best outcomes.  Read below for more

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Our Team

Arj Arul

Director

Arj is a specialist dispute resolution and commercial lawyer bringing twenty years of experience to find structured solutions to the most complex of problems.  He started his career fighting his client’s corner in the county courts and the high court covering diverse disputes in general contract, employment, business and property.  Arj works with his clients, getting to know what is important to them and how their businesses work so that he is able to act quickly and robustly whenever he is called upon.  He regularly advises businesses and individuals on employment law areas including unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, business reorganisations and contract matters.

Arj is also an Associate Lecturer at The Open University, an External Tutor at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) as well as having volunteer board roles with the Citizens Advice Bureau and a local school for dyslexic children.

Rachel Chambers

Business Manager

Rachel is an experienced business manager and executive assistant. With a background in business and finance, her twenty year career gives a breadth of experience including big-six consultancies, financial services, manufacturing and the legal sector. Often the link between businesses and their customers, her naturally effective communication skills and highly-organised work ethic enable a level of support that helps businesses thrive.

During the pandemic, Rachel created InformPA, a virtual assistant business to support small to medium businesses (www.informpa.co.uk ). She is an active member of her local environmental group, spends free time at her allotment and is learning to play the drums.

Glenn Stanbury

In-House Counsel and Mediator

Glenn has experience in a diverse range of legal areas, but is best known as both a mediator and mediation advocate. A professional legal negotiator, he has mediated disputes ranging from lower value private client matters, commercial and local authority disputes, to large value multi-jurisdiction, and multi-party disputes. Glenn works privately and in association with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Glenn has dealt with both contentious and non-contentious matters throughout his professional career, and almost exclusively so since his call to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012. Having previously worked in financial litigation, Glenn worked with Michael Ronan & Co dealing primarily with local authority law and disputes in local governance, planning, property and land, costs, health and safety and other regulatory crime, environmental and public law; as well as high value commercial and contractual litigation, intellectual property, company and partnerships, employment, and professional negligence cases.

Garry Sleet

Senior Litigation Executive

Garry is an experienced lawyer, with more than forty years’ experience in litigation matters ranging from general private client work, debt collection and matrimonial through to personal injury claims arising from road traffic accidents, employers and public liability as well as clinical/medical negligence. Garry has worked with major law firms dealing with both Claimant and Defendant matters. He feels this gives him a well-rounded approach to claims and settlement, whilst his experience of private client and matrimonial work has resulted in an approachable and sympathetic attitude and desire to achieve the best result in the shortest time for clients.

His leisure pursuits include running and rambling together with problem-solving.

Ken Ragon-Chambers

Senior Legal Adviser and Mediator

Prior to taking up law, Ken worked in the telecommunications industry in the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand.  He was latterly chief executive of a UK listed telecom network operator.

Ken gained his LL.B at The Open University (The OU) and trained as a civil and commercial mediator.  He became part of Spires team in September 2019. Keeping contact with his alma mater, Ken is a Mediation Ambassador at The OU and undertakes pro bono work for The OU Law Clinic. Ken is particularly interested in commercial and shareholder disputes; IP; and copyright matters.

Louise Skittrall

HR Consultant

Louise is a senior HR professional with over 20 years’ experience in various sectors including hospitality, retail, IT and the not for profit sector. Louise is a fellow of the CIPD with a breadth of operational and strategic experience. Key strengths include influencing employees at all levels, a proactive approach and ability to get up-to-speed quickly to understand the complexity of organizations.

Her engaging management style places a high value on working in partnership to engage staff and inspire performance; with a reputation for helping people confront reality and excelling in business transformation & TUPE assignments. Experience of managing complex projects, leading teams and driving change in organizations.

Jumaal Ahmed

Trainee Solicitor

Jumaal is a Trainee Solicitor with a particular interest in dispute resolution, intellectual property, personal injury, employment and landlord and tenant matters.  After studying at Surrey University, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Law he joined Spires in November 2022.   Since then he has been dealing with client matters in civil litigation, employment, music publishing, tenancy disputes, shareholder disputes and consumer rights.

Jumaal enjoys helping clients to achieve their desired outcome, feels great satisfaction in doing so and has an unshakeable drive to achieve the best possible results.  In his spare time he enjoys history, sports and music.

Bartosz Maj

Litigation Executive

Bartosz is an experienced Litigation Executive and has spent the last eight years developing a strong personal injury and clinical negligence practice.  He is passionate about learning new areas of law. Having relocated from Poland, he is fluent in Polish, English and Russian. He loves to travel and fly drones.

Beata Suwalska-Pawlik

Trainee Solicitor

Beata is a Trainee Solicitor with a passion for family and employment law.   Beata has many years experience supporting individuals with complex family issues and covers the full range of matrimonial work including separation, divorce, financial relief and children applications.  Beata is no stranger to a court room, regularly advocating for her clients to achieve the best outcomes for them.

Originally from Poland, Beata speaks fluent Polish, German and English.

Linda Stapleton

Litigation Executive

Linda is an experienced Litigation Executive specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence matters.  Prior to joining Spires Legal, Linda worked for a firm of solicitors based in the New Forest who specialised in complex injury claims.  Linda brings a wealth of experience with her.  Her previous experience as a Senior Medical Secretary for local GP surgeries and hospitals provided her with a particular perspective and insight which serves her well in the legal sector. Her ability to guide clients through the legal process, often after a traumatic experience following an accident or clinical negligence incident, helps her deliver an unrivalled level of service. Linda enjoys job satisfaction from helping her clients, particularly when a claim is successful, making a huge difference to the client’s quality of life.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys reading, history, live music, science fiction and horror.  

Lisa Brown

Legal Assistant

Lisa has worked within the legal sector for over twenty years, and is a very experienced legal assistant. In recent years, she has specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Lisa works alongside and supports the principal fee earners, enabling them to operate efficiently and provide a professional service to all clients.

In Lisa’s spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and taking long walks in the countryside.

Ben Arul

Marketing Assistant

Ben is our marketing assistant and supports the firm in developing and promoting its work across all platforms.  Alongside his work with Spires Legal, Ben is part way through his degree level studies in Business Management, with a particular interest in project management.

Ben is a keen traveller and enjoys music and cars.

Estate Planning

Our newest team member specialises in estate planning and the preparation of wills and lasting powers of attorney.  He provides practical advice with long term view on structures which put the client’s wishes first and are straight forward to administer.

Join our team

We are always looking for new talent so if you think you would be a good fit, contact us on
01865 986328

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