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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.


Graham Alcock


Location – Hythe

A native of North Staffordshire, Graham graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1980 with a degree in Law.

Qualifying as a Solicitor in 1984, Graham initially practised in the criminal courts, defending individuals and prosecuting on behalf of Staffordshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

After spending many years in the Civil Courts, Graham settled into Residential Conveyancing and moved to Hythe in 2017.

In his spare time, Graham enjoys walking, cycling and sea swimming.

Tom Coley


Location – Folkestone

Tom qualified as Solicitor in 2000. He undertakes Conveyancing and Probate work and also deals with Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorneys.

His Conveyancing work includes the sale and purchase of Freehold and Leasehold properties and associated Mortgage work. He deals with both residential and commercial property.

Outside of the office, Tom is a keen dinghy sailor.

Rebecca Roberts


Location – Folkestone

Rebecca has worked in law firms for over 20 years and gained a prestigious scholarship from The Law Society to undertake the Legal Practice Course.  She then qualified in 2015 and specialises in all aspects of Residential conveyancing together with Wills and Probate. Rebecca has helped thousands of families and individuals.  Rebecca’s clients always comment on her first-class client care skills.

Rebecca has also completed several professional development courses in Residential Conveyancing, probate and estate administration.

In Rebecca’s spare time she enjoys walking the dog, cooking and kayaking.

Martha Nicholaou

Litigation Executive

Location – Folkestone

Martha Nicholaou is a Litigation Executive. Martha has been working in the legal profession for 36 years and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.  She specialises in all areas of Civil Litigation including personal injury, clinical negligence, contracts including building disputes, debt recovery, employment issues, preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and administration of estates – Grants of Probate.

Outside the office, Martha’s interests include amateur photography, gardening and cookery.

What my clients say about me

I clearly remember you commenting on how I reminded you a little bit of your father.  Well, he must be very proud of his daughter, for you are a credit to your profession.”

“I just wanted to thank you most sincerely for the way you have so professionally conducted this process and got the result that I so wanted.  Thank you for being so patient with me.”

Alyson Young


Location – Ashford

Deal-making lawyer for successful business people. 20 years of experience solving complex issues with straight-talking, commercially astute advice. As passionate about her clients’ success as her own and determined to get the right result. The lawyer who will take the stress out of any transaction.

Having trained at a top City legal practice, Alyson moved to work in-house after qualification, with PLC’s and multinationals including the Port of Dover, Eurotunnel and ICI. In 2008 she returned to private practice bringing with her, a vast experience of working with clients to apply the law in cost-effective and value-adding ways. She has since built ongoing relationships with a variety of businesses, mainly owner-managed, who benefit from her commercial legal knowledge and business acumen.

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.

Corrina Hill

Private Client Paralegal

Location – Ashford

Following the completion of her Cilex Legal Secretary studies in 2014, Corrina qualified as a Paralegal, securing a Central Law Training – Wills, Probate and Administration qualification.Corrina has worked within Private Client Teams at two busy law firms in Essex. She is passionate about her work and is genuinely interested in helping her clients and their families. Corrina is an Associate of the Institute of Paralegals.

Corrina is experienced in dealing with the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. She maintains a very good working relationship with her clients and has been highly commended for her professional, diligent service.

Corrina is a Dementia Friends Champion and is keen to raise awareness and encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in the local community.

Kerry Butcher


Location – Hythe

I first joined the legal profession in 1999 as a receptionist/secretary and whilst sometimes I found the legal terminology a little daunting I loved the challenge and gradually got to grips with it and continued to develop my knowledge. My perseverance and hard work paid off, as I become a Conveyancer myself.

I have worked for a few firms now mainly dealing with freehold, leasehold and shared ownership transactions which I enjoy.

From a client perspective, I understand that property transactions can seem confusing, especially for those who have not had too much experience of buying and selling property and I enjoy helping to guide my clients through what is one of the most stressful times in their life.

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.

Abigail O' Toole


Location – Ashford

Abigail has recently joined the firm having obtained a law degree and completed her Legal Practice Course. Abigail has 3 years of experience in dealing with residential property matters. She has a good eye for detail and client satisfaction is her top priority.

Sophie Goodban


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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