Dean Auld

Dean qualified as a Solicitor in 1993. He joined Kidd & Spoor Ltd as a member of the senior management team in June 2023 and has recently been appointed a Director and the firm’s Money Laundering Compliance Officer.

Dean has held a number of senior management roles in private legal practice since 1998, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Jess Sayer

I have been with Kidd and Spoor since September 2017 following my graduation from York St John University with a BA Hons in Theology.

I then went on to study for a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) which I was awarded in 2021.

I am currently on the SQE route to qualification and due to sit final part in October 2023.

I am based in the Private Client department and can assist you with financial planning for the future, asset protection trusts, Wills, Probate and Estate Administration.

Please feel free to contact me by telephone, email or by popping into the office.

Outside of work I like spending time with friends and family and my gorgeous pup Reggie.

Kirsty Tighe

Kirsty qualified in January 1996 and has a legal career of over 25 years in all aspects of family law but specialises in handling divorces often with high net worth/complex financial settlements. Kirsty listens to clients’ needs and objectives before developing a bespoke approach to achieve the best outcome.

Kirsty joined the family department in April 2023.

Outside of work Kirsty can be found enjoying her horses and dogs on her farm in Yorkshire.

Kennedy Smart

I joined Kidd and Spoor as a paralegal within the family department in October 2022.

I graduated from Northumbria University in July 2022 and obtained a Masters level qualification, achieving a qualifying Law degree and a Distinction after completing the Bar Course.

I’m due to commence the Solicitors Qualifying Exams Course to obtain formal qualifications to practise as a Solicitor.

Outside of work I enjoy hiking and spending time with my friends, family and our four Labradors.

Kieran Magee

Kieran’s legal career spans over 30 years and started in 1983 when he took a position as an outdoor clerk at national law firm Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave.

Kieran joined national firm Russell Jones and Walker and later Leeds firm Ison Harrison in 1992. He was instrumental in establishing their Road Traffic Accident department which rapidly grew in size under his leadership. Whilst employed by the firm he decided to complement his vocational skills with formal qualifications; he studied and eventually passed the ILEX exams before embarking on the solicitor qualifications. He obtained the CPE and LPC qualifications by correspondence, the former from the De Montford University in Leicester in 2001, the latter from the College of Law in York in 2004. Kieran qualified as a solicitor in November 2004.

Kieran joined Kidd and Spoor in July 2023.

From 2007 to 2018 he was a member of the Management Committee of the Motor Accident Solicitors’ Society (MASS) as Regional Co-ordinator for the Yorkshire region. Kieran was also the MASS representative for The Financial Conduct Authority Claims Management Regulatory Consultative Group.
Kieran is involved in the general management of the firm, advising on matters of legal compliance.

Andrew Milnes

Andrew is a Chartered Accountant who joined Kidd and Spoor in 2023.

Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience in financial reporting, management, taxation and audit, skills which have proven invaluable to the firm. As the firm’s COFA, he has a key compliance role ensuring that the firm protects our clients’ money and is compliant with the Solicitors Accounts Rules. He also ensures the firm is on track with its financial projections, and plays an important role in planning the future strategy for the firm.

In July 2023, Andrew was appointed Director.

Nigel Miller

I qualified in 1989 and joined Kidd & Spoor in 1990, having previously worked in the private and public sectors. Since that time I have had involvement in a wide range of the legal services Kidd & Spoor offer and have built up experience across a diverse range of cases.

I am happy to deal with any initial enquiries by phone or by email – and our first meeting will always be undertaken without charge or obligation. Due to the nature of the topics I cover, home and/or hospital visits are often necessary. That’s no problem, we can arrange these flexibly or out-of-hours where required.

Philip Walker

Philip is Head of Compliance.

After receiving my Ancient History degree from Newcastle University in 2011, I moved to London to study at BPP Law school where I obtained my Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

Upon returning to the North East I attended Northumbria University where I completed the Legal Practice Course.

I relocated to Whitley Bay in 2018 and joined Kidd and Spoor having previously worked at two larger law firms in Newcastle city centre.

I deal with all aspects of Conveyancing.

I am happy to deal with any initial enquiries by phone or by email – and our first meeting will always be undertaken without charge or obligation.

Noel Dilks

I qualified as a solicitor in 1987, having joined Kidd & Spoor as a graduate trainee directly from University. I am now a consultant in the firm and over the years have been involved in most aspects of what Kidd & Spoor do. As a result I have built up a valuable experience across a wide range of subjects.

For many years, my main interest and specialist knowledge was in criminal defence work, working as a court lawyer on a daily basis, representing defendants, often in complex and high profile cases. I worked as a duty solicitor for excess of 30 years and was one of the first solicitors in Newcastle to attain Higher Rights off Audience (HRA) qualification, enabling me to represent clients in the higher courts.

Some years ago, I decided that I needed a new challenge and I now undertake private client work, more specifically specialist legal work for the older person. I am always prepared to travel to see clients at home and/or in hospital.

I have a friendly, personable approach and provide sound, easy to understand, common sense advice.

Jill Clattenburg

I have over 10 years experience working in a law firm and have gained great knowledge and understanding how to make an office run smoothly, my role is to oversee the day to day activities and administration of the practice and ensuring clients and staff are top of my priority.

We are always looking to improve how we operate at Kidd & Spoor so should you wish to comment on any aspect of how the practice functions I’d be very happy to listen (good points or bad welcome!). Please do give me a call.