Blackhams is a long-established firm of solicitors in Birmingham and Solihull

Blackhams strives for excellence in all areas of our work to provide you our clients with expertise, clear advice, tangible results, and exceptional client care. We are committed to meeting our clients’ needs, both in terms of immediate results and long-term objectives.

Blackhams has been accredited by the Law Society with the Conveyancing Quality Scheme and our Private Client team is led by a full member of the highly regarded Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) who has also completed the STEP Advance Certificate in Cross-Border Estates.

Our Team

Collectively our team at Blackhams has a wealth of experience working with private clients. We are well regarded as specialists in the areas of family law, property law, and a wide range of advice relating to wills, inheritance tax planning, probate, trusts and to the affairs of vulnerable adults. Every member of our team is highly knowledgeable and experienced in their field, giving each case real focus and the attention it deserves.

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Non-executive Chairman

Simon Cuthberston

Senior Partner

Timothy Cuthbertson

Partner, Head of Private Client

Haroon Qayum

Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Department

Peter Smart

Practice Manager

Tracey Allsopp

Probate Clerk, Private Client Department

Cherie Williams

Associate Solicitor – Head of Family Law Department

James Rogers LLB

Associate Solicitor, Residential Property Department

Ben James

Associate Solicitor, Head of Litigation/Dispute Resolution Department

Annam Nasir

Paralegal

Laura Kelly

Non-executive Chairman

Simon Cuthberston

Simon has been a member of our senior team since 2011, acting as a Non-Executive Chairman with specific input into strategy and finance.
Simon is a Chartered Accountant. Qualifying in 1980, in Birmingham, he moved to Liberia in West Africa in 1980 to join Coopers & Lybrand only a day before Liberia’s first military coup!

Simon survived the move, and the gunfire, and subsequently spent some twenty years as a partner with Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers both in the UK and overseas. He retired from PwC in 2000 and has since enjoyed a successful career as a serial entrepreneur. Simon has invested in a wide variety of businesses in the UK and internationally.

His interests in classical music and education have led him to a variety of charitable Board appointments. His spare time such as it is, is consumed by his family, travelling, skiing, gardening, classical music.

He currently sits on the Board of a number of his investments in Food Distribution, Property, Education, Telecoms and Software amongst others.

Senior Partner

Timothy Cuthbertson

After graduating from University College, London in 1974, Tim took his Law Society exams at the College of Law in London in 1975 before joining his father in the family firm, Bradley & Cuthbertson, to complete his training, qualifying in 1977 and becoming a partner in that firm shortly thereafter.
He became a partner in Blackhams when the two firms merged in 2003 and Senior Partner in 2010.

From a broad base of general practice Tim has more recently concentrated his efforts on aspects of private client work including wills and inheritance tax planning, trusts. In particular, Tim works with vulnerable adults advising on Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters, including overseeing the financial affairs of clients as Attorney or Deputy.

Tim is a regular if inexpert skier and enjoys choral singing. Outside interests include membership of several boards of charity trustees, among them currently Lench’s Trust, The Solicitors Benevolent Association and Birmingham Diocesan Trustees all of which he has at different times chaired, and various other voluntary bodies.

Partner, Head of Private Client

Haroon Qayum

Haroon joined Blackhams in November 2015 having relocated to Birmingham from Cambridge.
He specialises in all areas of private client work, including the drafting of wills and trusts, administering estates and applying for probate, inheritance tax planning, lasting powers of attorney, advising high net worth individuals, court of protection applications and managing affairs of the elderly.

Haroon prides himself on going the extra mile by providing a tailored service for each client, being approachable and providing clear straightforward advice. He places great importance on providing outstanding client service by winning and retaining clients. Haroon has also built excellent relationships with intermediaries in the accountancy, financial planning as well as the private banking arena across the region.

Haroon recognises the importance of keeping up to date with the law and demonstrating real expertise in his practice area. He is a full member of the highly regarded Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP is the leading worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. Haroon has also completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients and recently completed the STEP Advance Certificate in Cross-Border Estates, passing with Distinction.

Haroon was born and raised in Yorkshire. He served as President of the Cambridgeshire & District Law Society between March 2014 and October 2015 and has recently been appointed as a Trustee at The Solicitors Benevolent Association – The Solicitors’ Charity. He also sits on the executive team as a Trustee at The Birmingham Civic Society.

Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Department

Peter Smart

Peter is an experienced property and private client lawyer.

He is an associate with the firm and was admitted as a solicitor in 1987 when he joined Bradley & Cuthbertson, staying on when that firm merged with Blackhams in 2003.

Peter deals with a wide range of commercial and investment properties acting for landlords, tenants, owner-occupiers occupiers, handling sales, purchases and leases of business premises.

He also specialises in residential conveyancing with a particular emphasis on leasehold enfranchisement and extending leases of flats/maisonettes.

Practice Manager

Tracey Allsopp

Tracey Allsopp is our newly appointed Practice Manager having previously held that position at Allsopp & Co.

Tracey has a long history of Management and running a business having been a Registered Manager and Administrator for more than 20 years at a surgical clinic in Edgbaston before bringing her expertise to help with the running of the offices of Allsopp & Co in 2005.

The role offers a wide range of challenges from talking with and meeting clients, suppliers and working with staff members.

Tracey’s ethos has always been to provide a service that we would wish for ourselves, no job is too big or too small, and to ensure the client comes first.

Outside of work Tracey enjoys spending time with her husband Martin and her two grown up sons, reading, travelling, cooking and entertaining.

Probate Clerk, Private Client Department

Cherie Williams

Cherie has worked in the probate department for the last 12 years, previously at Allsopp & Co in Solihull before moving to Birmingham to join the larger Probate Department working closely with Haroon Qayum.

It is a role that she enjoys immensely, finding the time to help clients at a difficult and vulnerable time of their lives.

Cherie is always approachable with any query and prides herself on building a rapport with clients to ensure the sure that the administration of an estate is finalised as quickly as possible for clients.

Outside of work Cherie enjoys arts and crafts and makes her own greetings cards for all occasions. She also enjoys spending time with her two grown up sons as well as family and friends.

Associate Solicitor – Head of Family Law Department

James Rogers LLB

James has recently joined the firm to become Head of our Family Department and brings with him a wealth of experience to the role. James has an extensive knowledge in all areas and aspects of private family law.

James has practiced family law for over 35 years mainly in the Midlands area. His area of expertise includes helping clients through a very difficult time in their life whether it is divorce, civil partnership and subsequent financial issues, child arrangements and domestic abuse. I can also prepare post pre and post nuptial agreements. James has also conducted high net worth financial remedy cases including farms and family trusts.

James represents husbands or wives, same sex couples, unmarried couples and sometimes grandparents trying to have contact with their grandchildren. James always endeavours, where possible, to follow Resolutions Principles and adopt a constructive and conciliatory approach in solving family law problems. James achieves a high level of client service and focuses on resolving matters pragmatically and swiftly to achieve a resolution that is tailored to the individual needs of the client.

Our of the office and court room James enjoys watching sport, choral singing and enjoying a nice glass of wine.

Associate Solicitor, Residential Property Department

Ben James

Ben joined Blackhams in June 2019 as an Associate Solicitor having provided conveyancing services in the West Midlands since qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2015.

He handles a variety of property matters including purchases, sales, transfers of equity, remortgages, lease extensions, registration of unregistered land and Right to Buy purchases. He also offers expertise with new build properties and is familiar with the Help to Buy scheme.

Having a keen interest in property law, Ben sits on the Birmingham Law Society Property and Development Committee and is Deputy Chair.

Outside of work, Ben enjoys going to the gym and a full range of sports including tennis, basketball, squash and football. Ben also enjoys travel and learning Spanish.

Associate Solicitor, Head of Litigation/Dispute Resolution Department

Annam Nasir

Annam qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 having graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with an LLB (Hons). She now specialises in all areas of Dispute Resolution work having previously been appointed as the Head of Civil Litigation at a reputable Midlands practice. Her work includes successfully representing Landlords, Executors, Beneficiaries, Contractors and Business Partners.

Annam has a particular interest and expertise in contentious probate matters. Her experience in administering estates as well as contesting them means she can offer client’s a detailed insight on protecting estate assets and conflict resolution.

Annam prides herself on reaching the best commercial outcome for her clients. Her straightforward approach allows clients to be guided through the complex legal process and formalities with ease.

Outside of work Annam enjoys keeping busy with amateur boxing, history and adventurous travels.

Paralegal

Laura Kelly

Laura joined Blackhams in November 2018 as a Paralegal, having previously completed a legal apprenticeship with a firm in Birmingham. Laura is now studying CILEx and has recently completed her Level 3 exams and wishes to go on to study Level 6 to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive. Laura has a wide range of legal knowledge having worked in a number of different departments such as Property, Family, Private Client and Civil Litigation.

Laura works in the Family Department and Dispute Resolution Department and provides assistance to a number of Solicitors, which she enjoys thoroughly and finds it rewarding to provide a service to clients in their time of need.

Out of the office Laura enjoys going to the gym, learning German and plying the piano which she has completed up to Grade 4.

Our History

For over 100 years Blackhams has been providing a wide range of legal services to our clients from our offices in Birmingham and more than 35 years in Solihull. Over the course of more than a century we have developed, and built on, a proud record of work. Based in Birmingham and Solihull we serve a community located in the greater Midlands area, though as our clients and their families have grown and moved, we now find ourselves acting for more distantly based from Exmouth to Edinburgh and ever more frequently, overseas.


1888

Charles Heber Cuthbertson made the decision to enter into a partnership with Isaac Bradley in 1888. Isaac, at the time, was practising as a solicitor but like Charles, had always wanted to establish his own law firm. Together they founded their own practise based in Birmingham, as solicitors under the name of Bradley and Cuthbertson.

1919

The firm subsequently passed to Douglas Cuthbertson, the son of Charles Heber Cuthbertson. Douglas re-took control of the practice after returning home from his time serving in the Royal Engineers Army during WWI.

1969

Douglas was later succeeded by his son Peter, who served in the RAF in WWII.

2003

Timothy Cuthbertson merged the practice with another Birmingham firm with its roots in the 19th century, adopting the Blackhams name, thus creating the firm we know today.

2017

Blackhams acquire the practice of Allsopp & Co. in Solihull.
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