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Meet the Team

At Close Thornton Solicitors

Our Team

Shaun Burke

Senior Partner

Shaun joined Close Thornton in 1991 as a qualified Solicitor. He studied Law at the University of Lancaster attaining a...

Iain Robson


Iain joined Close Thornton in 2000 as a qualified Solicitor. Iain studied History at Aberdeen University before transferring to Law...

Sue Alexander


Sue grew up in West Yorkshire. Sue is an English graduate who went on to study law at Leeds Metropolitan...

Chris Wiper


Chris is Darlington born. After a short spell living in Penrith, he returned to his home town after qualifying as...

David Hogg


David joined Close Thornton in 1967 as trainee cashier in the Accounts Department. In 1975 David qualified as a Fellow...

Simon Ellis


 Simon joined Close Thornton in 2019 as a Qualified Solicitor from Ware & Kay Solicitors in Wetherby. Simon Studied law...

Kelly Henderson


Kelly joined Close Thornton in 1996 as a trainee Legal Executive. She qualified and was admitted as a Fellow of...

Rob Steer


Rob is Darlington born and bred. He studied Law at Northumbria University, finishing his degree course in 2011 and earning...

Sara Rutter


Sara joined Close Thornton in October 2019, having previously worked for Hewitts solicitors in Stockton-on-Tees. Sara studied Law at Staffordshire...

Stephen Bennett


Stephen joined Close Thornton in September 2019 having trained with the Endeavour Partnership in Stockton and just qualified as...

Christine McLay

Legal Assistant

Christine joined Close Thornton in 1974. Having worked as a Medical Secretary she started as a junior Legal Secretary but...

Alison Burke

Sales Negotiator

Alison joined Close Thornton Estate Agents in July 2016 following on from a career as a scientist. Alison has a PhD in polymer...