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Property Services Team


Mel Lawrence

I am a solicitor specialising in commercial property transactions. I deal with a variety of commercial property work including landlord & tenant issues (drafting and advising on leases, lease renewals, assignments and sub-letting), business sales and purchases, portfolio management and dilapidation settlements.

I have lived in Bedfordshire for the past 20 years and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. Having undertaken most of my training in residential and commercial property, I specialised in commercial property from the outset. I joined Sharmans in April 2014 and I am based in our Bedford office. I take a practical approach to matters and find that clients appreciate my professional yet friendly approach.


Helen Morris

I grew up in Ampthill and now live in Flitwick. I have worked in Solicitors’ offices for most of my working life, and my first ever job interview was with Sharman & Trethewy’s Ampthill Office. I first joined Sharmans as a secretary in 1998 and after 6 years of part-time study was accepted as a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. I qualified in 2013 and am now a Senior Associate in the firm and Head of the Residential Conveyancing Department.

I currently deal with all aspects of residential conveyancing, including sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, including shared ownership leases, unregistered titles and new build sales and purchases. I also deal with mortgages, whether they are a new mortgage, remortgage or equity release. I understand that moving can be a daunting prospect, and my aim is to provide a personal, friendly, caring and efficient service to my clients, to make the process as stress-free as possible.


Hayley Jackson

I have lived in Bedford all my life and worked for legal firms since leaving school. The majority of my working life has been spent in residential and commercial property departments. I joined Sharmans in February 2018 and now assist with Lease Extension matters. Lease Extensions can be a complicated and daunting process but my aim is to provide a friendly and professional service so that my clients are kept updated and understand what is happening every step of the way.


Emma Corbett

I have lived and worked in Bedfordshire for the past 30 years and I am a qualified Chartered Legal Executive. I joined Sharmans in February 2020 in the Bedford office and am now an Associate of the firm.

Having worked in conveyancing for over 20 years, I have experience in dealing with a wide range of diverse Conveyancing cases, including freehold and leasehold matters, new-build properties and shared-ownership. I am responsible for the overall management of transactions from the initial instruction through to successful completion, focusing on the technical requirements of the matter


Tracie Pryke

I grew up in Bedford and have been dealing with Conveyancing work for the past few years, having worked in various fields since leaving school, including living and working abroad and running my own business.

I joined Sharmans in 2018 working within Conveyancing Department. I have experience in dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing, including sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, registered and unregistered, re-mortgages and transfers of equity.

I guide my clients through every stage of the conveyancing process, from the initial enquiry all the way through to completion. I am mindful that many clients have never been through the conveyancing process before and it can be a very daunting process. My goal is to ensure that the process is a pleasant and stress free experience whilst building a good relationship with my clients in order to provide a personal and efficient service.


Julie Bonich

I am a commercial real estate solicitor and have a broad range of experience in all aspects of commercial property transactions. I specialise in conditional acquisitions and disposals, real estate finance and landlord and tenant transactions including agreements for lease, new/renewal lettings and lease management.

I qualified as a solicitor in April 2013 and joined Sharman Law in May 2023 as an Associate. I am based in our Bedford office.

My clients would describe me as an approachable, professional, responsive and pragmatic solicitor who is known to drive transactions forward to completion.