Our Team

Vicky Nicholson

Vicky Nicholson

During the early days of her legal career Vicky specialised in securing injunction orders in cases involving domestic violence.    After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire and attending Chester Law College, Vicky qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and worked at a firm of solicitors in Preston.   Vicky joined Kevills in 1997, becoming a partner in 2002.  Vicky is accredited to the Law Society Family Law Panel.

Vicky specialises in the area of family law and deals with all aspects following on from the breakdown of a relationship including divorce, separations and the financial settlements which follow.    In addition, Vicky regularly acts for parties to private law Children Act proceedings, for parents and grandparents, which often involves issuing urgent applications and representation of clients at court hearings.  As an experienced trial advocate, Vicky is regularly instructed to make urgent interim applications in Children’s Act proceedings. Vicky has acted in many cases which have involved the change of residence from one party to another party and has acted in an international child abduction case as part of her Children Act work.

Vicky also deals with the financial proceedings that follow from a divorce. As part of her practice, she regularly deals with high-value, complex financial disputes that involve large investment portfolios, including assets such as businesses and large pensions that require a pension sharing order being made from one party’s pension to the other party.    Vicky also acts in enforcement proceedings, ensuring that the terms of the financial proceedings order are followed at the end of the case.

As an experienced family law practitioner, Vicky’s clients benefit from her ability to deal with their case expertly and efficiently.

Away from her desk, Vicky enjoys spending time with her husband and their family and friends, as well as travel, reading and art.

Simon Robinson

Simon joined Kevills as a trainee in 1989 after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire and Chester Law College.  He qualified in 1991 and holds a post graduate diploma in personal injury litigation from Manchester Metropolitan University.  Simon is a member of the Association of Personal Injury lawyers (APIL) and has been a partner since 1997. 

Simon specialises in civil litigation and commercial law.  He is also a member of the Law Society personal injury panel. Simon has extensive experience in commercial litigation and has acted on behalf of companies involved in complex commercial/contractual litigation.  He has an especial interest and expertise in disputes between co-owners of businesses and acts for numerous businesses and business owners. As well as dealing with commercial disputes, Simon also deals with acquisitions and disposals of businesses both incorporated and partnerships.

He has significant experience in debt collection, commercial property disputes, employment law and commercial conveyancing. Simon prides himself on his approachable nature and the empathy that clients receive from him when they are going through a stressful litigation process. 

Outside of work, Simon enjoys listening to music. Whilst having a wide and varied taste of music, his main passion is rock music. Simon also enjoys watching football, rugby league and cricket, as well as walking, usually with his pet Labrador, Max.

Dan Grimshaw

Dan has been a solicitor for nearly thirty years, having worked for firms in Preston, Southport and Chorley. He is Head of our Private Client department, having worked in the Private Client sector for over twenty years, and is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Dan specialises in Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorneys and Court of Protection matters. Dan is highly experienced in dealing with complex matters and often deals with multi-million pound estates. Dan’s clients benefit from his ability to provide solutions to niche or complex problems that can arise, either during the estate planning process or during the distribution of an estate. They also enjoy peace of mind that their estate has been appropriately prepared after receiving advice from Dan on subjects like Inheritance Tax and the creation of trusts.

Dan undertakes both residential conveyancing work when acting in the administration of an estate, as well as commercial conveyancing work, including acting in multi-million pound commercial business sales. Dan is familiar with the complexities that follow when selling commercial properties and businesses, allowing him to deal with them efficiently and with little fuss.

Dan is married and lives near Preston. He has a daughter and a son and a dog, Bobby, a Jack Russell with attitude. He enjoys travel, walking and socialising. 

John Crompton

John has been with Kevills since 2016.  He is a native of Chorley and for most of his professional life has practiced in Chorley at Wallwork & Company from 1989 to 2007 (latterly as Senior Partner) and from 2007 to 2016 as a Partner of Napthens LLP.

John specialises in civil litigation.  He is a member of and assessor to the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and is an accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers as a senior litigator.  He has a post graduate diploma in Advanced Personal Injury Law from Leeds Beckett University and has acted in numerous high value complex personal injury claims, including acting for one of the victims of the Alton Towers accident. 

In addition, John has a significant experience in acting for clients in professional negligence claims, property disputes, including disputes between co-owners, boundary disputes and right of way disputes. 

He has significant experience in the higher appellate courts.  John has acted for numerous professionals, including medical professionals, Surveyors, Accountants, Teachers and Lecturers.  John has extensive contacts with other professionals who assist in the litigation process, such as medical professionals, Barristers, Accountants, Engineers and Surveyors.

John has been involved with the Citizens Advice movement for over 30 years and is presently Chair of the Board of Trustees of Advice Lancashire.

Outside of work, John is married with two adult children. John enjoys horse-riding, skiing and socialising with friends.

Katie Norris

Katie joined Kevills in June 2013 as a trainee before qualifying as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2019 from The Manchester College.

Katie is a member of our Residential Property Law team. She specialises in acting on behalf of clients in the sale and purchase of residential property. She has significant experience in dealing with flat purchases, part-ownership schemes, right-to-buy and the sale and purchase of freehold and leasehold properties.

Katie prides herself on the high levels of positive feedback that she regularly receives after providing a high standard of service to her clients.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as going to the gym, socialising and travel.


Karen Keyho

Karen qualified as a Solicitor in 1981, having sat her Solicitor’s Final exams in Manchester. 

Karen has extensive experience in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Inheritance tax planning and Court of Protection matters. She has significant experience in contentious Probate matters, in particular, dependency claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, acting on behalf of both Claimants and Estates.

She is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a unique international association promoting high professional standards, whose members are the most experienced and senior practitioners in the fields of Trusts and Estates.

Karen prides herself on her sympathetic approach and her ability to put people at ease at a most difficult time for them and their families.

Away from the office, Karen enjoys socialising with family and friends and sampling Manchester’s Italian restaurants.

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