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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and beyond the call of duty..."

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'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

Jeremy Copestake
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Head of Commercial Property Jeremy Copestake

Jeremy joined us having worked since 2002 at partner level in commercial property in South Yorkshire. Jeremy qualified in 1990 and specialises in all aspects of commercial property including, but not limited to, advising upon leasehold and freehold acquisitions, leases, lease assignments, dilapidations, development contracts and planning issues.

Jeremy is personable and believes in getting the best possible result for the client by building up a rapport and understanding the “end game”.

Although having worked away for a number of years, Jeremy’s roots are firmly based in Derbyshire. He is married and lives near Ashbourne with his wife and three teenage children. When not at work Jeremy is generally found at the side of a hockey or cricket pitch, gardening or walking in all weathers with his dog Lola. Jeremy would include within his interests (in no particular order), walking, tennis, skiing, squash, inspirational cooking, wine and travel.

Emma Allen
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Head of Dispute Resolution Emma Allen

Emma heads our Dispute Resolution team at Bradley and Jefferies. She has always worked and lived in the Midlands having trained In-House with a leading House Builder to include secondment with two top tier law firms in Birmingham and Nottingham.

Emma’s experience includes a wide range of commercial disputes both contentious and non-contentious to include; contractual disputes, restrictive covenants, franchising disputes, company/shareholder disputes and professional negligence claims.

Emma's track record proves she is excellent at representing clients to achieve settlement of contentious matters at mediation.

Emma’s first priority is to understand your business and tailor advice to meet your commercial needs and objectives. She will assess the strengths and weaknesses of your position and provide clear and practical advice.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family.

Nicola Vernon
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Solicitor - Company/Commercial and Employment Nicola Vernon

Nicola qualified as a Solicitor through Bradley and Jefferies in January 2018 and has previously worked for a mobile phone distributor doing both customer account management and dealing with the company’s legal matters. During this time she undertook a number of degrees and qualifications in her spare time on a part-time basis which has led her to a career in law. Nicola’s extensive time ‘on the other side of the fence’ enables her to have both a legal and a commercial perspective when assessing her client’s requirements and dealing with their queries.

Nicola works closely with Amanda and Matthew with employment and company/commercial matters.

Nicola’s interests outside Bradley and Jefferies include music, books, films and theatre, which she spends countless hours immersed in, and also quality time with family and friends.

Jade Field
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Trainee Solicitor Jade Field

Jade became a Trainee Solicitor at Bradley and Jefferies in January 2018, having joined the firm as a Paralegal in July 2017.

Prior to joining the firm, Jade completed her Law Degree and LPC at Nottingham Trent, before going on to work in a number of paralegal roles within firms around the Midlands, gaining experience in areas of law including debt recovery, litigation and corporate law.

Jade currently works closely with Amanda and Matthew on employment and company/commercial matters.

Comments that describe Jade include being organised with strong attention to detail, and an ability to work quickly and efficiently, allowing her to provide a high standard of service to meet clients’ needs.

In her free time Jade enjoys playing guitar and spending time with her husband attempting increasingly ambitious DIY projects around their home.

Victoria Maisiri
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Paralegal Victoria Maisiri

Victoria joined Bradley & Jefferies as a Paralegal having finished her LPC at Nottingham Trent. Prior to this, she had studied for her Law Degree at the University of Derby.

She currently assists Jeremy in the Commercial Property Department and enjoys working closely with clients to provide a service with a personal touch.

Victoria’s interests outside work include yoga, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

Nathan Mee
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Paralegal Nathan Mee

Nathan joined Bradley and Jefferies as an Apprentice before moving his way up to be one of our Legal Secretaries and has subsequently moved to become a Paralegal. He is also studying a Law Degree through the Open University, part time. 

Before joining Bradley and Jefferies, he did a stint in the Royal Air Force.

Comments that describe Nathan include adaptable, eager to learn, with a can do attitude and is always willing to help. Nathan is also capable of communicating through sign language.

Nathan’s interests include playing, and watching sports, mainly football and golf, and following Nottingham Forest around the Country.

Annabella Neasham
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Paralegal Annabella Neasham

Annabella joined as a Legal Administration Apprentice in September 2017 and following completion of her apprenticeship, progressed into a paralegal position.

Annabella is progressing her legal career by undergoing further legal qualifications whilst at Bradley and Jefferies. 

In her free time Annabella enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is often found shopping, and looking forward to her next holiday in the sun.

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 responsible for supervising the Secretarial and Administrative function at the firm.

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.

Sharon Higman
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Legal Secretary Sharon Higman

Sharon joined as one of our legal secretaries at Bradley and Jefferies following many years in Administration roles.

In her time off, Sharon enjoys holidays and walking as much as she can with her Jack Russell.

Madeline Davies
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Legal Secretary Madeline Davies

Madeline joined Bradley and Jefferies as an Apprentice and, following passing her qualifications, is now one of our Legal Secretaries.

Madeline has quickly become a valuable member of the team and has become the face of Bradley and Jefferies as she is usually the first point of contact for visitors to the office.

In her spare time Madeline enjoys quality time with her daughter and partner. Her interests outside of Bradley and Jefferies include nature walks and reading.