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

Partner

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

Dermot Winters

Partner

Dermot is a graduate of Galway University, The Institute of Bankers in Ireland and Northumbria University. After spells in the Manchester...

Sue Alexander

Partner

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

Chris Wiper

Consultant

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

David Hogg

Consultant

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

Kelly Henderson

Solicitor

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

Rob Steer

Solicitor

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

Patrick Saunders

Solicitor

Patrick is a former pupil of Carmel College in Darlington, going on to study Law at the University of East...

Christine McLay

Legal Assistant

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

Julie Kirkbride

Solicitor

Julie graduated from Teesside University with a 2.1 honours degree in law, following which she completed her Legal Practice Course...

Chloe Sixsmith

Estate Agent Manager/Valuer

Chloe joined Close Thornton Estate Agents as the Manager in June 2018. Previous to this she worked for her...

Alison Burke

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