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Our People


Chris Read

Assistant Solicitor

Tel: 01432 357005
Mobile: 07917 164236

Having obtained a science degree and worked for British Steel Chris became a Solicitor, being admitted in 1989. He has practised in Gloucestershire and Oxford, as well as Hereford.

A very capable advocate specialising in all aspects of criminal work. Chris represents client's before the Magistrates Court and at the Police Station.

He is a leading expert on motoring matters and has dealt with cases of rape, murder and serious violence and drug offences.

Chris is a duty solicitor and Crime Supervisor.

Chris is passionate about giving his client's a voice, ensuring that their case is properly and clearly argued.

Chris has a particular interest in representing clients with mental health problems.  

Chris is based at our Hereford Office.

Matthew Lewis

Partner Criminal & Family Solicitor

Tel: 01432 357005
Mobile: 07917 164238

Matt was admitted as a Solicitor in 2001 and established himself in Hereford by successfully defending his first ten trials. He later qualified as a Duty Solicitor and was the head of a the criminal department at his former firm before joining CRL as a partner in 2006.

He continues to devote himself to Legal Aid and private client criminal defence work and maintains a position on the Duty Solicitor scheme. Matt is experienced in all types of criminal defence work and continues to maintain an excellent success rate in his trials.

In addition to his criminal work Matt also represents clients before the Family Court. He is a dedicated Family Solicitor specialising in representing parents of children who face care proceedings.

This type of work requires the utmost compassion and tact, qualities which Matt prides himself with.

Matt is extrremely popular with his clients and has built up a formidable client base both in Criminal and Family work.

Matt is Head of the Magistrates Court Department & Head of Family Law.

Matt is based at our Hereford Office.

Mark Thompson

Partner Barrister at Law

Tel: 01432 357005

Mark is a Barrister and Head of the Criminal Department at Coulson Read Lewis.

Having previously been a Solicitor, admitted in 2001 and obtaining his Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal) accreditation in 2009, Mark transferred to the Bar in 2015, being called to the Bar by Gray's Inn.

Mark has undertaken criminal work throughout his career, he was previously the head of the Criminal Department at a busy solicitors practice in Shropshire.

He has been led in serious cases such as a £16,000,000 fraud, Murder cases and serious drugs offences.

He has conducted Jury trials in respect of serious cases such as Attempted Murder, Assisting an Offender (murder) and Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs.

Mark has represented clients before the Crown Court in respect of serious sexual offences, offences of violence and serious driug offences as well as high value fraud matters.

Mark is a fearless advocate and astute lawyer who prides himself on the results he obtains for client's and the way he deals with them. He is approachable and clear in his advice.

Mark is based at our Hereford Office.

Emma Thorne

Assistant Solicitor

Tel: 01432 357005
Mobile: 07789 334168

Emma is an Assistant Solicitor in the Criminal Department.

She was admitted as a Solicitor in 2013 and qualified as a Duty Solicitor in 2014.

Emma represents clients before the Magistrates Court and in interview under caution at the Police Station.

She also undertakes interviews under caution in respect of investigations by the Department for Work & Pensions.

Emma is a dedicated solicitor and persuasive advocate, she is particuarly effective representing clients in the Youth Court. Her practice is built on her reputation for thoroughness and clear advice.

She litigates cases before the Crown Court and has experience of dealing with the most serious cases including murder.

Emma has successfully represented clients in respect of their inclusion on the Adult and Childrens Barred Lists.

It comes as no surprise that much of Emma's clients are recomendations and repeat clients.

Emma is based at our Hereford Office.

Jade Latham

Assistant Solicitor

Tel: 01432 357005

Jade was admitted as a Solicitor in 2015.

She represents clients in Divorce Proceedings and all manner of private Family Law matters.

Jade is a confident and effective solicitor who always has her clients interests at the centre of her focus.

She advises client's in respects of drafting or responding to divorce petitions, negotiating contact / residency arrangements for children and ancillary relief.

Jade has experience of mediation within Family Law and is a strong negotiator.

In addition to her Family Law work Jade is also a Conveyancing Solicitor. She very reguarly takes instructions from returning clients looking to buy and sell residential properties.

Jade is based at our Hereford Office.

Deborah Brown

Conveyancing Assistant

Tel: 01432 357005

Deborah is a Conveyancing Assistant in our residential conveyancing team

She has worked in the legal profession for a number of years and brings a wealth of experience to her role with us.

Deborah has a good knowledge of the local property market and proves very popular with our residential conveyancing clients.

She has an excellent relationship with local estate agents and is able to deal with all aspects sales and purchases of property.

Deborah is based at our Hereford Office.

Clare Corbett

Practice Manager Accredited Police Station Representative and Crown Court Litigator

Tel: 01432 357005
Mobile: 07748 491251

Clare is the Practice Manager at Coulson Read Lewis, she is responsible for the day to day administration and running of the practice.

Clare has been working in the legal profession for over 25 years.

In addition to being Practice Manager Clare is also a member of the Criminal Department as a fee-earner;

She is an experienced Crown Court Litigator having dealt with serious and complex cases including serious Fraud, Violence, Drug Offences and Sexual Offences including Rape. She has also litigated Murder cases.

Clare is also an Accredited Police Station Representative, she represents clients in Police Station Interviews and also interviews under caution with the Department of Work & Pensions. Clare has represented individuals at the Police Station for all classes of offences including murder.

Clare is a voracious litigator, her dedication to the preparation of serious cases is proven in the results our clients have consistently achieved before the Crown Court.

Her straight forward, no nonsense approach to the law is welcomed by clients and professionals alike.

Clare has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Criminal Law. 

Clare is based at our Hereford Office

Bethany Harris

Assistant Solicitor

Tel: 01432 357005

Beth qualified as a solicitor in September 2018.

She was an exceptional trainee solicitor and takes this very successful foundation into her qualified practice.

Beth undertakes Family Law, both divorce and care work alongside Criminal Defence work.

Beth completed her training contract with Coulson Read Lewis.

She is part of the Criminal Defence Team and the Family Department at present and brings an enthusiastic presence to both teams.

Beth was someone we identified with real talent when she completed an internship with us.

She originally read Zoology at University but converted to a Law degree and then completed her post graduate studies at Cardiff University.

Beth has all of the qualites required to be an effective and successful Solicitor and continues a proud history at Coulson Read Lewis of taking on trainee solicitors and providing them with the skills to qualify.

Beth is based at our Hereford Office.

Rosslyn Caldicott

Conveyancing Solicitor Head of Private Client

Tel: 01432 357005


Ros is a vastly experienced Solicitor having founded Caldicotts Solicitors in 1982 who were a very successful firm in Herefordshire up to their acquisition by ourselves in 2016. Ros was admitted as a Solicitor in 1972.


Ros conducts all manner of conveyancing transactions including commercial and agricultural conveyancing, both purchases and sales. She is familiar with dealing with complex transactions and often represents repeat clients. She has a loyal following in Herefordshire and beyond and encompasses the definition of client care.


Ros is the Head of Private Client at Coulson Read Lewis.

Victoria Pratt


Tel: 01432 357005

Victoria is a specialist Solicitor dealing exclusively with Domestic Abuse cases. She is an advanced member of the Family Law Panel with 20 years experience in this important area of law.


Victoria deals with applications before the County Court and the Magistrates Court for orders to protect often very vulnerable individuals. She is driven to ensure that those who most need the Court's protection are able to obtian it. Victoria was admitted as a solicitor in 1999 so has a wealth of experience. She prides herself on the support she gives her client, always ensuring she goes the extra mile.


Victoria is able to apply for non-molestation orders, prohibited steps orders and Children Act orders.


She has 20 years of experience dealing in this highly specialised area of law working extensively with agencies such as Women's Aid, Children and Adult Social Care and the Police.


Those clients that instruct Victoria can expect a caring, professional and determined solicitor who will support them in difficult circumstances.