Our People
"We highly recommend them to anyone looking for specialist commercial and employment advice..."

"...my experience of working with Amanda was one of great reassurance..."

"...we have always received thorough advice and efficient service..."

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Our People

Matthew Bradley
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Director and Head of Company/Commercial Matthew Bradley

Matthew is one of the founders of Bradley and Jefferies Commercial Solicitors and has worked in the Derby area for over 25 years, having originally trained with a leading London commercial firm of solicitors. Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and specialises in all aspects of company commercial advice to businesses and their owners. Some of the complementary terms to describe Matthew's approach to his practice include - approachable, astute, commercial, a people person, calm, entrepreneurial, likeable and all delivered with a caustic sense of humour!

Matthew's interests outside of Bradley and Jefferies include running a junior football team, acting as a first reserve taxi driver for his children and following the “fortunes” of Aston Villa

Amanda Jefferies
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Director and Head of Employment Law Amanda Jefferies

Amanda is one of the two co-founders of Bradley and Jefferies Commercial Solicitors and has worked in Derby for over 25 years. She was recently cited* in the press as one of the “inspirational 250” people and one of 44 “incredible women” in the city. She qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and has always worked and lived in the East Midlands having trained and worked post qualification with a major regional heavy weight firm of solicitors in Nottingham. Amanda is one of the few genuine employment law experts in the East Midlands and has a breadth of experience of handling all sorts of employment law cases and enjoys offering no nonsense employment advice to commercial clients and senior employees.

Some of the complimentary adjectives used to describe Amanda's approach include - direct, commercial, creative, sociable, but above all you want her on your side, not against you!

Amanda is also a part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent Law School for both postgraduate and undergraduate law courses. Please feel free to contact both Amanda and Harry Farmer in respect of any employment matters you may have. 

Amanda's interests include fitting in as many skiing holidays in one year as humanly possible and spending time with her dog and her horse.
*Derby Evening Telegraph September 2016

Harry Farmer
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Commercial Property Harry Farmer

Harry first came to the firm on a 1-week work experience placement at the age of 16, following which he returned to join us on a part-time basis one day a week throughout the remaining year and a half of his A-levels.

Harry then left us to attend University where he completed his law degree with a First-Class Award, before completing an LLM in Legal Practice alongside his Barristers Training Course, since then Harry has worked within the Property team at the firm and now runs Commercial Property Matters. 

During his qualifications, Harry has had the opportunity to work with clients on a range of matters, including experience with a variety of commercial and land law topics.

Outside of law, Harry’s interests include clay-pigeon shooting, playing the violin, skiing and scuba diving whenever possible.

Penny Grayson
Trainee Solicitor Penny Grayson


Penny joined the firm in March 2023 as part of our Company and Commercial team working closely with Matthew Bradley to manage the department's caseload.  Penny has extensive experience in several areas of law including company and commercial law, debt recovery and uninsured loss recovery.

Penny has an LLB in Law from the University of Lincoln and LPC, LLM from the University of Law. Penny is currently a trainee solicitor at the firm and is anticipated to complete her period of recognised training in January 2025.

Outside of work, Penny enjoys playing hockey and is a keen Leicester Tigers fan.

Sam Brace
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Dispute Resolution Sam Brace
Julie Peach
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Senior Legal Secretary Julie Peach

Julie joined Bradley and Jefferies Commercial Solicitors as a Legal Secretary. She is now Senior Legal Secretary.

Julie worked in the financial services sector for over 20 years in a Legal/Compliance role, during which time she completed her ILEX qualifications.

Some of the complementary terms to describe Julie's approach include being fast and efficient when it comes to completing tasks, has a keen eye for detail and excellent time management skills, which allows her to effectively manage the workload within the admin support team.

Julie's interests outside of work include spending time with family and friends and taking as many holidays to Fuerteventura as she can manage.

Melanie Hogg
Legal Secretary Melanie Hogg

Melanie joined BJCS as a Legal Secretary in November 2022.


Melanie previously worked in Local Government for almost 25 years; mostly in a Trading Standards role where she dealt with consumer problems, compliance issues, carried out inspections and testing, under age sales and other projects.

Mel’s interests include walking, running, reading and being out in nature as much as possible. Favourite hobbies include creating beaded jewellery, drawing and painting flowers and cooking ( especially roasts, chillies and curries!)