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 Cuthbertson

Senior Partner

Timothy Cuthbertson

Associate Solicitor, Commercial Property Department

Peter Smart

Probate Clerk, Private Client Department

Cherie Williams

Harkeert Kaur Samra
Trainee Solicitor

Harkeert Kaur Samra

Aisha Mir
Trainee Solicitor

Aisha Mir

Taswar Hayat
Associate Solicitor, Head of Family Department

Taswar Hayat

Farwa Rasool
Assistant Solicitor

Farwa Rasool

Rachel Snipe
Practice Manager

Rachel Snipe

Molly Doyle
Paralegal

Molly Doyle

Non-executive Chairman

Simon Cuthbertson

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.

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.

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.

Trainee Solicitor

Harkeert Kaur Samra

Harkeert joined Blackhams in January 2021 as a Paralegal, assisting in the Family and Dispute Resolution departments. She is now a Trainee Solicitor working in the Family department. Prior to joining the firm Harkeert graduated from Birmingham City University with a LLB Law with Business Law degree and has completed the Legal Practice Course.

Harkeert looks to ensure all clients are assisted throughout the matters they instruct us to represent them in. She utilises her fluency in the Punjabi language to allow all our clients from multicultural backgrounds to understand the legal processes they require.

Outside of the office, Harkeert likes to spend time with her friends and family, watching movies, and travelling the world exploring different cultures, cuisines, and music.

Trainee Solicitor

Aisha Mir

Aisha joined Blackhams in 2019, in 2021 she began her Training Contract and is currently undertaking a seat in the Residential Property department. She is expected to qualify as a solicitor in November 2022.

Aisha graduated from Aston University with a 2:1 LLB Law degree and completed the Legal Practice Course along with a Masters in Law at the University of Law in Birmingham.

Outside of work, Aisha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to music and watching as many TV series as possible.

Associate Solicitor, Head of Family Department

Taswar Hayat

Taswar Hayat has almost a decade of experience working exclusively in private Family Law. As head of the Family department Taswar advises and represents clients on all aspects of Family Law, including Divorce, Financial Remedies, Injunctive Proceedings and private Children’s Matters.

He has worked on both low and high net cases that include complex issues, non- disclosure, enforcements applications and cases with international elements, and matters involving multiple trusts and various company structures.

Taswar also has a wealth of experience in dealing with private children matters, ranging from Section 8 Children Act applications, to cases concerning child abduction and jurisdiction disputes. He prides himself on his attention to detail, being compassionate and client centric, always willing to go the extra mile.

He is also an active Resolution member.

Outside of the office, Taswar is an avid chess player and has a keen interest in keeping fit and participating in high endurance sports.

Assistant Solicitor

Farwa Rasool

Farwa qualified as a solicitor in 2018 and joined the Blackhams team in 2021. Prior to joining Blackhams, she worked for a leading firm in a large Conveyancing department. She deals with residential transaction including, sale, purchases, transfer of equity, re-mortgages, leasehold, unregistered & registered land, new build and shared ownership.

In her spare time Farwa loves traveling, going on adventures and playing video games.

Practice Manager

Rachel Snipe

Paralegal

Molly Doyle

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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