Eleanore attended Dover Girls Grammar School and read Law at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 1991. Thereafter, she completed the Law Society Finals at the College of Law, London. Eleanore then spent two years in the Merchant Navy, and then re-entered law, beginning her training contract at Hardmans in 1994. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1996, became a Partner in 2001, and Senior Partner in 2004.
Eleanore specialises in Family Law incorporating Civil Partnership advice, being a Member of Resolution and the Solicitors Regulation Authority Family Law Accreditation Scheme.
Having also practised in Wills and Probate, and continuing to undertake domestic conveyancing, Eleanore is particularly adept at grasping complex issues, which also cross over into other areas of Law.
Eleanore has been instructed in a number of “big money” ancillary relief cases, and has experience in all Courts, up to the Court of Appeal.
Eleanore enjoys live music, and attempting to become a better cook and proficient horse rider.
Catherine was born in Rochester and educated at Fort Pitt Grammar School. After graduating from her LLB Honours Degree from University in London she moved to York to study professional qualifications at The College of Law.
After leaving York Catherine moved to Deal to start her training with the firm in 1996 and qualified in 1998. She was made a Partner in 2002 and continues to enjoy serving the local community of Deal and Sandwich.
Catherine has settled in Deal and has a strong commitment to Kent, having grown up and lived in the County for the most part of her life. She has a particular interest in the continued existence and growth of small businesses in East Kent which provides essential support and economic stability to local communities. Catherine is the Managing Partner of Hardmans and has a broad base of clients, both high net worth requiring specialist Inheritance Tax advice and business clients requiring specialist commercial advice.
Catherine feels it is extremely important that clients of all walks of life can continue to receive advice from a local firm from people with local knowledge who are available and on-hand to provide advice on a face to face basis, although use of the internet and telephone are useful and important communication tools. Results are however often achieved by talking to people – a method often forgotten in this time of electronic communication and faceless companies.
Catherine is Clerk to a local charity and also undertakes pro-bono work for a number of long standing Deal Charities.
Catherine lives in Deal and enjoys walking her dogs and going to the theatre.
Kerry joined Hardmans Solicitors on the 28th October 2013, as Catherine Hobson’s Legal Secretary. Prior to this, Kerry worked at a local primary school as a teaching assistant where she enjoyed a varied and interesting role.
As of 1st November 2014, Kerry will take on the role of Office Manager as well as continuing to assist Catherine Hobson as her secretary.
Kerry says “I am very much looking forward to the new challenge and welcome the opportunity given to me, and working with a fantastic team”.
Freda started with Hardmans in 1998, having completed a degree in Social and Economic History at University of Kent at Canterbury. She has worked at Mowll & Mowll as a receptionist prior to undertaking her degree and joining Hardmans in her capacity as a fee earning assistant to Catherine Hobson.
Freda has considerable experience in dealing with people and you will find her very sympathetic, easy to talk to and understanding in what is often a very difficult and emotional time.