Hythe: 01303 264 581 – Ashford: 01233 228 800 

Meet the Team

Robson & Co are qualified to help you with all your legal needs. Ring our office in Hythe, Folkestone or Ashford today.
Call: 01303 264581

Keith Betts

Managing Director
Solicitor Advocate

Keith has been working in the legal profession since 1988, originally qualifying as a Fellow of The Institute of Legal Executives before completing his qualification as a solicitor at the University of West of England, Bristol.

Having originally trained in Commercial Law and Property, Keith Betts spent some time specialising in Criminal Litigation and became a Higher Court Advocate, including successful appearances in the Court of Appeal before The Lord Chief Justice.

In later years Keith came back to his passion for Commercial work and offers business clients significant business experience in all transactions.

Jackie Hearn-Betts

Head of Criminal Litigation

Location – Ashford

Jackie Hearn-Betts has worked in Criminal Litigation since 1979 and previously worked for two high profile London based Criminal Defence Firms. Jackie’s work has involved representing individuals charged with murder, drug smuggling, large scale gun importations and serious sexual assault. This includes some very high-profile defence work over the years.

Jackie was a Director of Betts & Co for 12 years prior to Betts & Co becoming part of Robson & Co in 2017 at which point Jackie became a Director of Robson & Co.
Jackie is head of our Criminal Litigation Department and is based in our Ashford Office.

Simon Latchford

Head of Private Client

Location – Hythe

Robson & Co Solicitors

Fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
Area of work:- Wills, LPA’s and Deputyship  applications.  Administration of estate.  Able to see client in the office or at their home if they are not able to come to the office.

Simon is a qualified solicitor who runs our Private Client Department and specialises in Elderly law and is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. He is an expert in Wills, Powers of Attorneys, Probates and Estates as well as Firearms law.

Originally from the North, Simon brings practical solutions to your problems in a simple and cost effective manner.
In his spare time Simon enjoys horse riding, shooting, fishing and skiing.

Barry Keating

Location – Folkestone

Barry Keating qualified as a solicitor in 1981. His areas of practice include Criminal Law, Employment, Business Contracts, Liquor Licensing, Landlord and Tenant, Property Litigation, Conveyancing and Family Law.

Outside the office, Barry Keating’s interests are mainly sporting. He is a keen golfer, tennis player and skier and is also interested in country pursuits. Barry Keating also takes an active interest in local issues and is a parent governor at a local primary school.


Rachel Taylor


Location – Ashford

Rachel graduated from Lancaster University in 2016 with a 2:1 in Law and went on to study a Masters in Legal Practice at the University of Central Lancashire, graduating with Merit in the autumn of 2017.

After completing her Training Contract with a local firm, Rachel was admitted to the roll as a qualified solicitor in September 2019. Rachel continued to work within the Residential Property Department of the same firm for three years, specialising in all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, remortgages, and transfers of equity. Rachel also gained valuable experience dealing with new build, shared ownership and right-to-buy purchases, and small-scale plot sales.

Rachel joined the firm in September 2022 as a remote worker and lives in the Cumbrian Lake District

Alison Cook

Family Law

Location – Hythe

After a few years working for a large company. I decided on a career change and studied for a law degree at the University of Kent. I completed my training with a Kent firm and qualified in 2000.

I have always specialised in family law; my practices include divorce and finances, children, injunctions, cohabitee disputes and special guardianship.

I have two children and therefore spend a lot of time watching cricket, football and rugby from the sidelines! I also enjoy walking my dog, have an interest in all things equestrian and go to the occasional concert or theatre.

Bethany Rutter

Trainee Solicitor

Location – Ashford

Bethany is a trainee solicitor with Robson & Co

Stephanie Turner

Debt Recovery & Eviction

Location – Hythe

We understand how frustrating and time consuming it can be when trying to recover the money that you are owed. Whether it be an outstanding business invoice, rent arrears that are due from a tenant or a personal debt, our dedicated debt recovery team are here to help.

We also understand that evicting a problem tenant from your property or removing trespassers from your land can be stressful and the process can seem daunting.

At Robson & Co. our specialists can provide advice and assistance to help recover possession of your property as quickly and stress-free as possible.

Please contact Stephanie if we are able to help on any debt recovery or eviction requirements you have.

Catriona Williamson


Location – Ashford

Catriona studied Law at Canterbury Christ Church University and Graduated in 2019 with a First-Class Degree. She then undertook the Legal Practice Course and Master of Laws at the BPP University in Holborn.

Catriona joined Robson & Co in February 2021 and is now part of the Residential Conveyancing Team. 

In her spare time, Catriona enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Alison Holmes

Legal Executive

Location – Ashford

During the 1990’s Alison decided to enrol for a law GCSE evening course with adult education as an interest. Discovering that she enjoyed the course she went on to study a further year for an A level. Having achieved this and to progress she was accepted at University of Kent where in 2006 she graduated with a 2.1 LLB(hons). At this point she transferred her career in retail management to a career in law within a litigation department carrying out mortgagee repossession claims and sales.

Alison later graduated as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and joined a firm in their residential property team carrying out various property transactions including sales and purchases, plot sales, help to buy transactions, transfers of equity, re-mortgages and equity release. Alison is now enjoying the opportunity to work remotely with a unique client.

Sophie Goodban

Trainee Solicitor

Location – Folkestone

Sophie has recently joined the firm having obtained a law degree and completed her Legal Practice Course

Cathy O’Mahoney


Location – Hythe

We can offer an affordable family mediation service in Hythe for anyone going through a separation or divorce. Our services include: helping you to work out the best way forward; assisting parents to work out what is best for their children; helping you both to find workable and practical solutions for property and financial matters; and helping you both to keep things as amicable as possible during very difficult times. We offer a legal aid service for those on benefits or low incomes.

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