About Us

We offer quality legal advice.

Our History

Since 2004, Simpkins & Co Solicitors has been providing professional and friendly legal advice to private individuals. We began as a local firm of solicitors based in Highcliffe, Dorset, primarily serving the counties of Hampshire and Dorset, although we can assist clients anywhere in England and Wales.

In 2015 we opened our Polish Litigation Department to meet the growing needs of our expanding client base within the Polish community. 

In 2020, we relocated our main office to the delightful New Forest town of Lyndhurst. Our office, located on the High Street, is directly opposite a large car park. Our presence in Lyndhurst will help to cement our reputation as the ‘go-to firm’ for clients based in the New Forest and surrounding areas. 

Our reputation is founded on providing specialist advice in a professional and approachable manner. We pride ourselves in putting our clients at ease, offering first-rate client care and customer service at all times, and doing our best to make the law clear.

Our Local Community

We are actively involved in our communities and the networks we operate within. We take corporate social responsibility very seriously, and believe in ‘paying back’ to support others. One of our senior members of staff works on a voluntary basis with the local Citizens Advice, and each year we become involved in a number of charitable events, either by participation or sponsorship.

Why Choose Us?

All-round advice & support

Expert advice from Lawyers who care

Regulated & fully insured

When it comes to choosing a solicitor the things that matter most are trust, reliability, professionalism, and the peace of mind in knowing you are in good hands.

The times you need the services of a solicitor are usually when you face trauma, emotional upset or distress, which is why you will want to choose a firm of solicitors who offer you a friendly, compassionate and uncomplicated service.

At Simpkins & Co Solicitors we believe in giving you the best legal advice from the right people.

Our legal expertise covers the demanding areas surrounding personal injury, clinical negligence, employment and family law.

At Simpkins & Co Solicitors our philosophy is to offer you an informal and friendly approach, putting you at ease. Never stuffy and always welcoming, you will soon realise that the whole Simpkins & Co ‘family’ have your best interests at heart.

Our highly experienced legal team are here to support you, and will always keep you fully informed of the progress of your case

Our Commitment

As part of our commitment to ensuring that we give our clients the best advice and reassurance of our expertise and professionalism, we have attained a number of legal accreditations. Steve Simpkins, Principal, is a practising member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. He and Kimmo Boote, Fellow of the Chartered Legal Executives, are also members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), having both attained Senior Litigator status. 

 

Our Team

The team at Simpkins & Co Solicitors are all here to provide the highest levels of customer care,
from the moment you make the first contact with us to the successful conclusion of your case.

Steven Simpkins

Owner, Principal Solicitor and Compliance Officer
Steve Simpkins, Principal Solicitor and owner of Simpkins & Co, specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence compensation claims, having over 25 years of experience in these areas. He holds a Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation and has attained Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Steve started the firm in 2004, offering expert legal advice to individuals suffering personal injury or clinical negligence. Never stuffy and always caring, he has fought and won many different types of compensation claims. In 2015, Steve opened the Polish Division of Simpkins & Co to meet the needs of his growing client base within the Polish community, living and working in the UK. He enjoys all genres of music, playing his guitar and spending time with his son and daughter.

Kimmo Boote

Chartered Legal Executive
Kimmo joined Simpkins & Co in March 2021, having spent the last 20 years or so working at several large Law Firms in the South. He is a highly experienced Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives specialising in personal injury and medical negligence compensation claims, providing professional support and advice to our clients in times of emotional distress and trauma. Throughout his career, Kimmo has successfully handled all types of personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, accidents in public places and on privately owned land or property, industrial disease claims and medical/clinical negligence cases. He’s also dealt with professional negligence matters. Additionally, Kimmo has contributed articles to the Law Society website and has given presentations to employers on how legal reforms have affected personal injury claims within the workplace. He’s also promoted good relationships with rehabilitation providers and taken on the responsibility of mentoring new colleagues. He’s a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is dedicated to improving the services provided for victims of personal injury. Away from work, Kimmo is ‘sports mad’ and enjoys playing cricket for a local Law Society team, football, surfing, coastal walks and also spending time with his two sons.

Garry Sleet

Senior Litigation Executive
Garry joined Simpkins & Co in May 2020 bringing 40 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. He’s a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is dedicated to improving the services provided for victims of personal injury. Garry additionally worked as clerk and responsible financial officer to Eastergate Parish Council and was Hon. Secretary and responsible financial officer to the charitable Eastergate Parish Hall for some 20 years. He continues to support St. Wilfred’s Hospice Charity by volunteering wherever possible. His leisure pursuits include running and rambling together with problem-solving.

Beata Suwalska-Pawlik

Trainee Solicitor
Email: beata@simpkinsand.co.uk

Jacque Aitken

Office Manager
Jacque Aitken joined Simpkins & Co in March 2015, following an extensive career with Barclays Bank and a more recent role with a care company, supporting adults with learning disabilities. Jacque’s role in the office encompasses a wide range of operational and business responsibilities, ensuring the general smooth running of the firm. She is a Trustee Board Member for the New Forest Citizens Advice Bureau and uses her skills and experience to support this charity. Outside of work, Jacque enjoys walking, yoga, cycling and spending time with family and friends.

Linda Stapleton

Litigation Executive
Linda joined Simpkins & Co in December 2017. She previously worked for the Employment Service (Jobcentres) as an Executive Officer and then for the NHS, for over a decade, as a Senior Medical Secretary in local GP surgeries, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, and the MacMillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, working with the palliative care team. Immediately prior to joining Simpkins & Co, Linda worked for another law firm locally in private client law (probate, wills, and taxes). Linda’s role in the office is in supporting the fee earners, preparing Court documents, liaising with clients, other law firms, the Court and Barristers. Outside of work, Linda enjoys reading, the cinema and live music.

Jacqueline Brown

Legal Assistant
Jacqueline Brown joined Simpkins & Co in September 2020 following 5 years working for Hampshire County Council Library Service. Prior to taking a break from work to look after her two young daughters, Jacqueline worked for HSBC Life & Pensions Plc. initially in the Accounts and New Business Departments and then latterly in the IT Department as a Business Analyst. Jacqueline’s current role as a part-time Legal Assistant to Kimmo Boote primarily involves the preparation of witness statements and schedules of loss. Outside of work, Jacqueline enjoys being a Home Library Service volunteer helping to provide audiobooks for a blind WW2 veteran who is approaching 100 years old! She also enjoys walking her dog, reading, meeting friends and days out with her family in their motorhome.

Lisa Brown

Legal Assistant
Lisa joined Simpkins & Co in November 2020, having worked as a Legal Secretary since 1999, dealing with accidents and personal injury claims. Lisa’s role in the office involves assisting with a variety of matters including supporting the principal fee earners, enabling them to operate efficiently and to provide a professional, high-level service to all clients. Outside of work Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, and long walks in the countryside with her husband, two boys and dog.
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