Peter Rutherford, Commercial & Private

Peter Rutherford

Peter Rutherford is Senior Partner and Head of the thriving Commercial and Private Client Department.

Peter is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and has worked over the last 11 years on a landmark case in this speciality. As an experienced Solicitor of over 30 years standing he has contributed to the community in voluntary roles latterly having been committed to the Lancaster Abbeyfield Society for over 30 years and has a long standing and established relationships with SMEs many of whom have maintained their relationship as they have grown and found success both nationally and internationally.

The bespoke package of legal support to individuals and SME’s is provided from the perspective of accessible, pragmatic friendly advice borne out of a deep appreciation of the business demands of building and maintaining a business in the context of ever increasing business risks and need for flexible innovative solutions.

Dawn Lamb, Commercial & Private

Dawn Lamb FCILEx

Dawn joined Holdens in May 2007 as a Probate Wills and Elderly Client specialist and was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2000.

In addition, Dawn has been a qualified member of the internationally recognised Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners since 1999.

Dawn has extensive experience and specialises in Will preparation and Estate Planning including Inheritance Tax issues as well as Estate Administration through Probate or Intestacy.  In addition, Dawn also provides advice on and prepares Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Court of Protection applications.

Sharon Mashiter, Commercial & Private

Sharon Mashiter F.Inst.Pa

Sharon is a Certified Paralegal specialising in residential Conveyancing work as part of the dedicated team at Holdens with all aspects of Property Law.

Sharon joined Holdens back in 1971 and worked for the firm for 11 years.  Following a career break she then re-joined Holdens in 1998.  She has clients from all over the country and she strongly believes in providing clients with a dedicated professional but friendly service that is second to none.

Sharon lives in Lancaster and in her leisure time enjoys going to the theatre, cinema and good food and wine but most of all likes time with her grandchildren enjoying the local countryside. 

Graeme Bradshaw, Commercial & Private

Graeme Bradshaw

Graeme is a Solicitor who qualified in 2000.  He studied Geography at Lancaster University before converting to Law at the University of Central Lancashire.  He has recently joined Holdens from a major north-west law firm.


He deals with all aspects of Civil Law from buying and selling houses to disputes. 

Graeme has expertise in many litigated cases including personal injury.

Graeme is also able to advise businesses and individuals on disputes including employment issues that arise.  He prides himself on having a very professional yet approachable manner.

In his spare time Graeme is a Scout Leader in Lancaster.