BBNM Law

About us


Specialised experience in family law and criminal law spanning 25 years means BBNM Law can deliver professional excellence targeted to meet the individual requirements of each client.


BBNM Law, previously known as Brown Beer Nixon Mallon, was formed in 2004 when two established Teesside legal practices merged to become a leading firm of solicitors with an outstanding reputation for family law and criminal law.

We do not pretend to cover all areas of the law. Our partners specialise in family law and criminal law, allowing them to gain accredited status and to develop extensive and profound expertise.

Our specialised criminal lawyers are Duty Solicitor accredited.

Our specialised family lawyers are members of the Solicitors’ Family Law Association and the Law Society Family Law Panel and Children Panel.

We can provide representation anywhere in England and Wales (and beyond!).

We operate a 24-hour service, 365 days of the year and at every stage of the legal process.

We have experience in police station work and in court proceedings including matters before the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. 

We hold a contract with the Legal Aid Agency that allows us to offer free legal advice and representation under the Legal Aid Scheme for those eligible.

We offer very competitive rates for private clients where Legal Aid is not available.

Our partners are supported by a dynamic team of associate solicitors, legal executives, police station representatives and paralegals.

We have a team of support staff doing a great deal more than typing and keeping files in order. Our support staff are valued as the first point of contact for new clients; competent to provide basic advice and to arrange for clients to see the solicitor best able to meet their needs as quickly as possible.


About our Fees

We understand that people can be frightened to ask for legal advice because they are worried about the fees. If you decide to ask us to help you with your case we will explain in full, at the start, how much the work is likely to cost.

It is unfortunate that legal advice is often needed in times of difficulty. We aim to ensure that potential clients are not deprived of legal advice simply because they do not have the funds available at that time. Sometimes, quite often in fact, we are able to secure Legal Aid for our clients. If you qualify for Legal Aid you might not need to pay anything for your legal advice. The work we do for our clients who have Legal Aid is exactly the same as that for clients paying us privately. Every client is equally important at BBNM Law.

For clients who need to pay for legal advice, we will explain how our fees are calculated. Sometimes we can offer a ‘fixed fee’. That means that you pay us a standard fee in exchange for us resolving your case. Fixed fees can sometimes be useful for divorce cases, or for advice about a change of name.

Clients with more complex cases but without Legal Aid will be charged at an hourly rate. We will explain this to you and you will receive details in writing as well. We will tell you in advance if any additional charges might occur. If you need to go to court we will advise you how much the court will charge.

Sometimes you can receive free or reduced fee legal advice as a result of your work. Certain Trade Unions will assist their members with legal costs and there are arrangements for those employed in education or the National Health Service. 

Everybody’s circumstances are different. Get in touch to ask us about our fees, we can give you advice based on your own circumstances in a short telephone call or by email.

BBNM Law sponsored football team, Marton Football Club

(Pictured: BBNM Law sponsored football team, Marton Football Club)

 

Support Staff

BBNM Law has brought together an excellent team of support staff who work closely with our partners and associate solicitors to ensure that every client receives a service appropriate to their needs. 

You will get to know your solicitors' personal assistant: this person will take your telephone calls, take messages if your solicitor is not available immediately, book appointments for you and provide you with basic information about your case.


Complaints

We really hope that you will be happy with the service you receive at BBNM Law. Our aim is 100% client satisfaction and we are always monitoring our services to identify any areas where we can improve. 

Everybody gets things wrong occasionally. If you think that we have let you down we really want you to tell us why so that we can improve our service for the future.

We have a system in place so that any complaint received will be properly investigated. You will be given information about our complaints system at the start of your case. It will be set out in writing so that you will be able to refer to it later if you wish.

Meet the team


Partners

Ann Li
Ann Li
Family Solicitor |
Karen Petch
Karen Petch
Family Solicitor |
Amy Dixon
Amy Dixon
Criminal Solicitor |
John Nixon
John Nixon
Criminal Solicitor |

Lawyers

Graham Brown
Graham Brown
Criminal Solicitor |
Cally Griffiths
Cally Griffiths
Family Solicitor |
Sarah Lish
Sarah Lish
Criminal Solicitor |
Helen Sabiston
Helen Sabiston
Criminal Solicitor |
Belinda Dobson
Belinda Dobson
Criminal Solicitor |
Sharon Tait
Sharon Tait
Legal Executive |
Nick Ayres
Nick Ayres
Police Station Representative and Crown Court Team Leader |
Mike Fowler
Mike Fowler
Police Station Representative |

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