Meet the Team
Geoff Hindson (Partner)
Personal injury, Wills & Probate and Elderly client services
Geoff qualified as a Solicitor in January 1990 after successfully completing his Law Society Final Examinations in Newcastle. As a newly qualified Solicitor he commenced work for a firm in Newcastle before moving to a firm in South Shields in 1991 and subsequently becoming he became a Partner in the firm of Small Hindson & Co. Following a merger with Southern Stewart & Walker in September 1997 he moved to work at their Beach Road office where he has remained ever since.
Geoff’s early career focused on Claimant’s Personal Injury work and he was a member of the Law Society’s Specialist Personal Injury Panel for 20 years and has been a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) since 2000 fighting for the rights of Claimants. He now combines his personal injury work with Wills, Probate and elderly client services. Geoff currently charges £200.00 plus VAT per hour with £20.00 plus VAT being charged for routine letters and telephone calls.
The firm attained Lexcel accreditation in April 2012 and has been a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) since July 2012. Geoff played an important role in obtaining initial accreditation and in subsequent annual re-accreditations.
Geoff is the firms Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) and Compliance Officer for Financial Affairs (COFA).
Residential and Commercial Conveyancing
Trevor joined Southern Stewart & Walker in March 2014. He has been in private practice for some over 40 years having gained experience with major practices . He commenced his career at Dickinson Dees and has worked with Ward Hadaway. Trevor currently charges £175.00 plus VAT per hour with £17.50 plus VAT being charged for routine letters and telephone calls.
Joanne Blackwood (Partner)
Litigation and dispute resolution
Joanne qualified as a Solicitor in November 2000 after completing her Law Degree and Legal Practice Course qualification at Northumbria University. Joanne trained and qualified at a firm in Newcastle city centre before moving to a specialist personal injury firm in the Newcastle area. She worked for a high street practice in Co. Durham before joining Southern Stewart & Walker in October 2018. Joanne works mainly from our Beach Road office but is happy to see clients at our Prince Edward Road office when required.
Throughout her legal career, Joanne has undertaken general litigation work and for a number of years specialised in personal injury work. Joanne now undertakes a broad range of litigation and dispute resolution work along with more generalised landlord and tenant work. Joanne currently has an hourly charging rate of £175.00 plus VAT, with routine letters and telephone calls charged at £17.50 plus VAT.
Gavin Mills (Solicitor)
Head of Conveyancing
Gavin qualified as a Solicitor in September 2005 after completing his Law Degree and Legal Practice Course qualifications. Gavin trained and qualified as a Solicitor for a firm in Newcastle city centre. Since then he has worked for several firms in the North East area. Gavin currently specialises in residential conveyancing work. Gavin also has significant experience of personal injury work.
Gavin joined Southern Stewart & Walker in January 2020 and is based at our Prince Edward Road office. Gavin’s charging rate is £175.00 plus VAT, with routine letters and telephone calls charged at £17.50 plus VAT.