Meet the team

Phil Hodges

Managing Partner

Phil is a qualified solicitor who joined Lings Solicitors in 2013 and became the Managing Partner in 2016. Phil deals with private client and commercial matters, and specialises in:

Will writing

Tax and succession planning;

Administration of estates

Applying for Grants of Representation;

Creation, management and termination of trusts;

Powers of Attorney 

Co-ownership of property  

Landlord and tenant matters

Lease extensions

Residential and commercial conveyancing

Carla Campbell

Partner

Carla is a Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx) who joined Lings Solicitors in 2019, having worked at other local and regional firms since 2007. Carla became a Partner in Lings Solicitors in December 2021.

Carla is a Private Client lawyer who is familiar with all areas of Wills, Trust and Probate including:

Will writing

Inheritance tax advice 

Tax and succession planning

Administration of estates (both testate and intestate)

Applying for Grants of Representation

Creation, management and termination of trusts

Lifetime gifting rules

Powers of Attorney

Asset protection 

Declarations of Trust 

HMRCs Trust Registration Service 

Co-ownership of property

Carla is a Dementia Friend and an Accredited Member of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers. As an Accredited Lifetime Lawyer, Carla is one of the most qualified lawyers in the country supporting vulnerable and older people.

Aneela Anwar

Senior Conveyancing Solicitor

Aneela joined Lings Solicitors in December 2023 after qualifying as a Solicitor in 2014.

Aneela is experienced in all aspects of conveyancing including: 

Sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties

High net worth transactions

Lease extensions

New builds

Help to buy

Shared ownership

Re-mortgages

Transfers of equity 

Deanne Ferguson

Consultant Private Client Chartered Legal Executive

Deanne is a Consultant Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEx). Deanne has worked in the legal sector for 20 years, including as a Partner at two law firms. She prides herself on her friendly but professional approach.

Deanne is able to advise on areas including:

Succession planning 

Administration of estates 

Creation, management and termination of trusts

Inheritance tax advice 

Powers of Attorney 

Co-ownership of property 

Declarations of Trust 

Asset protection

Deanne is an Accredited Member of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers. As an Accredited Lifetime Lawyer, Deanne is one of the most qualified lawyers in the country supporting vulnerable and older people.

Stephen Collett

Consultant Family Solicitor

Stephen has practised as a solicitor in Sussex for over 25 years. Calm, confident and knowledgeable, Stephen is familiar with all aspects of family law, including:

Divorce and separation

Financial remedy proceedings

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements

Protection from domestic violence

Disputes concerning children

Stephen offers an initial appointment for a fixed fee and a competitive hourly rate. He is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel (Advanced).

Justine Benbough

Consultant Litigation Solicitor

Justine is our Consultant Litigation Solicitor. Justine is highly experienced and has practised for more than 20 years in high profile firms where she has advised both business and private clients.

With extensive experience in all areas of litigation, Justine deals with:

Commercial disputes

Commercial landlord and tenant disputes

Residential property possession claims

Boundary disputes and adverse possession claims

Co-ownership property disputes

Contentious probate matters

Contractual disputes

Debt recovery

Employment settlement agreements

Personal injury

Laura Probaka

Paralegal

Laura is a paralegal specialising in all areas concerning Wills, Powers of Attorney and later life planning.

Laura is experienced in:

Will writing 

Inheritance tax advice 

Tax and succession planning 

Powers of Attorney 

Asset protection

Jess

chief meeter and greeter

Jess is our chief meeter and greeter.

Jess specialises in:

Tail wagging 

Eating other people’s unattended snacks

Napping 

Barney

Junior meeter and greeter

Barney is currently training to be a meeter and greeter, under Jess’s careful supervision and guidance.

Barney specialises in:

Making new friends 

Sleeping on laps 

Eating treats