Helen Heselwood
Helen HeselwoodSolicitor / Director
Helen studied law at Manchester University. She then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, Chester. Helen qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 at a large Manchester city centre practice specialising in personal injury.

Helen, along with Ian Grant, established Heselwood & Grant Solicitors in 2015.

Helen is the Compliance Officer for Legal Practice and for Finance and Administration. This means Helen is responsible for risk management and compliance within Heselwood & Grant Solicitors and she has responsibility for the firm’s systems and controls. Helen is also Heselwood & Grant Solicitors Complaints Officer.

Helen leads a niche claimant personal injury department which specialises in clinical negligence, and a range of personal injury claims including; road traffic accidents, accidents at work, fatal accidents, public liability, and criminal injuries.

The Law Society
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Out of Office
Helen is mother to two daughters and one cat. When time allows, she enjoys a day in the Lake District and an evening at the theatre.

Helen’s charge out rate is £275.00 per hour.

Ian Grant
Ian GrantDirector
A director of the company who became a lawyer in 1994. Since that period Ian has pursued a career in the law that has covered a variety of teaching and writing. He has taught extensively to trainee lawyers on a variety of legal and practice subjects for colleges, universities and government agencies. His area of knowledge includes civil and criminal litigation, the law of torts contract and immigration law. His main area of expertise however has focused on Wills, Trusts, Tax, and Probate which he has taught, practiced law in and written texts on.

At Heselwood & Grant he deals with a range of high-end estates matters, tax planning and trust establishment as well as Will preparation.

Out of Office
He has a fondness for writing children’s fiction and fantasy books, collecting art and antiques and in what little spare time he has loves to travel.

Ian’s charge out rate is £195.00 per hour.

Our Team

Heather Cartmell
Heather CartmellHead of Accounts
Heather qualified from Manchester University with a law degree. Following a career interruption caused by the arrival of her two daughters, she became office manager at Cartmells Solicitors in Blackpool for the next twelve years. Following this firm’s merger with Keoghs, she decided to become master of her own destiny and has been a self-employed bookkeeper with an increasing number of varied clients over the last ten years.

In 2015 she was enveloped by the Heselwood & Grant team, where she is happily striving to keep up with the increasing demands of this blossoming firm.

Heather is very bossy but regards this as part of the job description for the office manager of a law firm.

Rachael Walsh
Rachael WalshSolicitor
Rachael studied law at Manchester University. She then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at BPP, Manchester. She dealt with personal injury matters as a paralegal prior to commencing her training contract. Rachael qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 at a large international law firm specialising in litigation. Rachael has a civil litigation background with 10 years’ experience in this area. Having made the decision to retrain as a private client Solicitor over the last 2 years, she now works in our busy Wills & Probate department.

Rachael deals with a variety of estates both taxable and non-taxable. She has particular experience in dealing with intestate estates and cases involving complex estate administration, multiple properties, missing beneficiaries and those with an international element. She also deals with matters involving large family trees and charitable beneficiaries.

Rachael is approachable and understanding and works hard to provide clear advice on complex issues and progress matters for her clients.

The Law Society

Out of Office
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travel and spending time with her family.

Rachael’s charge out rate is £195.00 per hour.

Natasha Oglethorpe
Natasha OglethorpeParalegal
Natasha graduated with her law degree from Liverpool John Moores University in 2016 and now has over 2 years of experience working in our Wills & Probate department.

Natasha has approximately 70 files and her duties involve arranging the registration of deaths and funerals alongside conducting research into assets and liabilities of an Estate before collating information to establish its value. Natasha drafts Oaths and conducts inheritance tax reviews before making probate applications. Natasha deals with a variety of estates, both taxable and non-taxable and has experience in dealing with estates with properties and arranges the sale accordingly.

Out of Office
In her spare time Natasha enjoys walking her dogs, and retail therapy. She is well-travelled, and her current favourite destination is Australia, with her ambition being to visit many more parts of the globe in the future.

Natasha’s charge out rate is £125 per hour.

Andrew Byrd
Andrew ByrdParalegal
Having graduated with an English degree in 1992, Andrew has enjoyed a varied employment history teaching in Spain, the United States of America and various schools in the UK. In 2017 he traded in his classroom whiteboard for an office keyboard, and now assists in our personal injury, and Wills & Probate departments.

Out of Office
Andrew enjoys cooking for his family and friends, and is an avid watcher of television cookery programmes. He is a regular visitor to the theatre, art galleries, and museums. He is a keen, but infrequent, golfer, and cyclist.

Andrew’s charge out rate is £125.00 per hour.

Kerry Watson
Kerry WatsonLegal Executive
Kerry is a senior member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in our Complex Litigation team, having joining the firm in March 2020.

Kerry is a seasoned litigator with a wealth of experience in Claimant and Defendant litigation, spanning the last 18 years.

Kerry specialises in Civil and Commercial Litigation having spent several years working for an insurance focused top 50 law firm within the counter fraud department. Prior to this, Kerry spent several years at a top 100 law firm within the serious injury department dealing with brain injuries, amputations, orthopaedic and spinal injuries.

Kerry is committed to her job as she describes herself as being, “embarrassingly organised and meticulous. I am not one to shy away from a challenge and I am very tenacious. I will push each case to ensure that I do the very best for my clients”.

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Out of the office
Kerry enjoys spending time with her husband and son, walking her pack of dogs, travelling and cooking.

Amy Goldfinch
Amy GoldfinchParalegal
Amy is a fully-qualified beauty therapist, and practiced this for three years prior to joining a family-run Solicitors in 2007.

Amy has been a legal secretary for 10 years, starting in family law and then Probate, Trusts & Wills for the last 4 years. Amy has worked within the firm as a legal secretary since 2014, but has successfully completed legal training and is now a paralegal in the Probate, Trusts & Wills department.”

Out of Office
Amy enjoys spending quality time with her three young children and big family. She doesn’t have a lot of time to do anything else, although says uninterrupted sleep would be nice.

Alex Penney
Alex PenneyTrainee Solicitor
Alex completed her law degree in 2015 graduating from the University of Leeds with 2:1 with honours. She then began working in a defendant firm in September 2015 working on pre-litigated and assisting a team of 10 solicitors with litigated, suspected fraudulent, personal injury claims.

Alex began her Legal Practice Course in 2016 on a part-time basis and completed this in 2018 with distinction. Alex started at Heselwood & Grant in February 2018 with a case load of approximately 120 pre-litigated cavity wall insulation claims and a small personal injury case load (both pre-litigated and litigated), whilst also assisting Helen Heselwood with more complex litigated personal injury claims. In March 2019, Alex became a Trainee Solicitor at Heselwood & Grant Solicitors.

Out of Office
In her spare time, Alex competes as a synchronised swimmer. Alex also enjoys walks with her dog Walter, and exploring new places.

Alex’s charge out rate is £115 per hour.

Kieran O'Doherty
Kieran O'DohertyLegal Secretary
Kieran studied Applied Business Studies & ICT at Blackpool & the Fylde College, and upon completion has worked in a variety of jobs which have helped him gain valuable experience in customer and legal services, whilst working with a wide diversity of staff and clients.

Kieran is a secretary in the personal injury team.

Other Associations
Fylde Coast Players
Anonymous Players
The Steampunk (Preston & Lancashire) Haberdash

Out of Office
Kieran enjoys singing and playing the guitar in his spare time. Occasionally, he also performs with other local thespians of the amateur-dramatics scene in plays/performances in Lytham and Preston.

Jackie Beesley
Jackie BeesleyOffice Manager
Jackie has been in retail ever since she left school and has managed at several stores within the Fylde. She has worked in the admin side of retail as well as the shop floor being in management.
She has completed her First Aid Course and also her Health and Safety Course.

Jackie felt ready for a change in her job role and came to the firm as Office Manager in July 2019.
She runs reception including phones and post and also looks after our payroll.
Jackie also assists our Solicitors whenever she can.

Out of Office:
In her spare time Jackie likes baking, cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends when not at work.

OttieGeneral dogsbody
Ottie is worried about the economy because Pedigree Chum is up to £2.00 a can. That’s almost £14.00 in dog money. But she knows that money should not be a barrier to good legal representation, which is why her new best friend is Heselwood & Grant Solicitors.

Heselwood & Grant Solicitors offer Ottie the peace of mind that should every dog have its day in court, she will have been led through the process by well-qualified, widely-experienced professionals.

Out of Office
When not in the office, Ottie enjoys long walks on the beach, and sticks. A big TV fan, her favourite shows are; Boston Legal, Bones, and Andrew Graham-Dixon’s recent series on BBC four, ‘Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection’.