Our Team

About Us

At Sandstone Legal, we are proud to boast a team of experienced, knowledgeable and approachable individuals across our three offices in the North West of England. We value the importance of building good client relationships, and what better place to start than getting to know us better.

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Andrew Settle

Managing Director of Sandstone Legal and Joseph James Law

Andrew provides comprehensive oversight of all new business initiatives, legal services, and recruitment efforts within both firms. In 2016, he achieved recognition by being shortlisted for the Practice Manager of the Year at the Law Society Excellence Awards. At the time, he was one of the youngest Managing Partners in England & Wales at Joseph James Law. Andrew’s expertise currently centres around consumer law and claims, with a particular focus on high-volume PPI and related services. He is also a legal adviser to the Royal Society of St George, and Trustee to the charitable trust of the Royal Society of St George.

Lee Anderson

Director of Legal Operations

Lee’s cause for the past 25+ years has been to provide first class legal service to clients at an affordable cost – he is still motivated by that same cause today. Lee is responsible for the data that extends across the different areas of Sandstone. Lee’s day-to-day entails focusing on budgets and guiding the firm to understanding its revenue by practice areas. He is also involved in making the firm's departments more streamlined and effective by ensuring processes are regularly improved, devised, initiated and integrated, so that the departments can work efficiently. In his spare time, he’s an avid foodie and football supporter who likes to take long walks with his family.

Mohammed Esa

Legal Director

With more than a decade’s work in the legal industry, Mohammed has a wealth of experience in civil litigation and is knowledgeable in all areas regarding the structure, culture and procedures that make up the legal profession. Mohammed is an experienced Solicitor with a history of working within the different personal injury and civil litigation areas of law. Mohammed has extensive senior leadership skills and knowledge covering both legal policies and additional legal advice. Mohammed’s history also includes business and legal practice management, and he now specialises in legal risk and compliance covering areas such as SRA Regulations, AML, GDPR, regulatory risk assessment and reduction, MI analysis, complaint handling, policy production and the implementation of workflows and procedures. Outside of work, he takes an interest in astronomy, sports and martial arts.

Stephen Laycock

Head of Contentious Estates Department

Stephen has considerable experience in assisting clients in dispute resolution cases, having in the past worked for national law firms and insurance companies. He has acted for clients whose cases have been reported in the media and legal journals. Stephen is highly knowledgeable and provides clients with a no-fuss approach to dispute resolution that is empathetic and personal. Clients appreciate his support during stressful times, where he endeavours to provide comprehensive and clear advice to achieve the best possible outcome. Outside of work, Stephen has many interests, including music and natural history.

Abha Benjamin


Having worked in law for over a decade, Abha’s newest challenge is mentoring part of the firm's growing litigation team within the different sectors under financial misselling. She loves a Nando’s and travelling, especially to Santorini which she visited recently.

Safia Iftikhar

Solicitor/Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate

A private client solicitor with a wealth of experience in Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney and Probate matters. Safia has helped hundreds of clients with their future estate planning. She has worked with an international client base and has managed different offices nationally. Outside of work, Safia enjoys trying different cuisines, travelling, painting and spending time with her loved ones.

Rochelle Dures

Head of Housing Disrepair Department

With over a decade’s worth of experience in the legal sector, Rochelle is well-versed in the areas of civil litigation, HDR, Housing Management, anti-social behaviour, road traffic accidents, and employers’ and public liability. An avid spinner and hiker, she likes to spend time with her children and make a difference by volunteering with children in crisis care.

Dave Holley

Senior Litigator, of Counsel

Two decades after he was called to the Bar, Dave has gone on to accumulate a wealth of experience in contentious civil and commercial law, housing, insolvency and debt, BEC, irresponsible lending and hidden commissions, and now contentious probate. Out of work, he enjoys brewing beer (with varying degrees of success!), caring for his two dogs and tortoises, and skiing.

Jake Owen

Team Leader

With well over half a decade's experience as a litigator, Jake possesses vital knowledge of various different areas of law, such as personal injury, flight delays, mis-sold mortgages, financial misselling, and now HDR. As part of Sandstone’s academy programme, he is now undertaking the GFL with the aim to qualify as a solicitor. Outside of work, you can find him in the gym training Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai or just lifting weights and watching football.

Jack Griffiths

Team Leader

Throughout his five years’ experience in the legal profession, Jack has gained experience in a wide range of legal matters, including Plevin, BEC, MIB claims, payday loans, and now HDR. He is currently completing the GFL as part of Sandstone Legal’s academy programme. In his free time, he enjoys watching football (he’s a Manchester City fan) and travelling across the country and Europe.

Jayna Mistry


Jayna’s experience predominantly entails pensions and investments but she has also gained experience in wills, personal injury, civil litigation, financial misselling, Plevin, BEC, construction law and more recently stamp duty reclaims throughout her many years working in law. She enjoys organising charity events, cooking, and planking – her record is seven minutes!

James Chippendale

Team Leader

James is responsible for Lancaster’s First Response Unit and managing client onboarding activity. Since joining the company in an admin role, James has come up through Sandstone Legal’s academy programme and has now completed the PRINCE2 Agile course and started the GFL. He dedicates his spare time to golfing and the gym.

Anmol Singla

Trainee Solicitor

Anmol has a number of years’ experience as a qualified advocate in India and is on his way to qualifying as a solicitor in the UK through Sandstone Legal’s SQE challenge. He also took on a significant role in the building up to the Plevin Group Litigation Order. When he isn’t working, Anmol enjoys painting and sketching.

Emma Lodge


Emma achieved an LLM in July 2021 and was the first solicitor to qualify through Sandstone Legal in June 2023. She has an aptitude for operations and has accepted a new role as Head of PCP and Dispute Resolution. Outside of work, Emma enjoys watching Formula 1, having attended both the Hungarian and British GP, going out for Tapas and socialising with friends. 

Jawad Liaquat


Over the years, Jawad has has accumulated a wealth of experience in civil litigation, commercial law, immigration work, financial misselling and HDR. Outside of work, he is an avid foodie (Indian and Italian are his favourites) and gym-goer.

Avanti Menon


Avanti is a newly qualified solicitor with a LLB, LPC and LLM under her belt. She works in the Contentious Estates Department, assisting clients with various inheritance and probate disputes. She is also our firm’s new Professional Development Lawyer, having been the first to qualify via the Sandstone Academy, and now oversees the current Academy cohort. On top of this, she also deals with contentious probate matters. Outside of work, her interests include socialising with friends, travelling and fitness.

Sadia Gazge


Sadia qualified as a solicitor back in 2014 and has over a decade of experience working in law, namely civil litigation. She is a Grade A solicitor with a significant background in management and has a love for dancing, gaming, and trying different cuisines. Most recently, Sadia has undertaken work within the firm's HDR and financial mis selling teams.

Samantha Ndlovu

Trainee Solicitor

Samantha is a Trainee Solicitor who has accumulated four years of invaluable litigation experience. She is on her way to qualifying as a solicitor in the UK through Sandstone Legal’s SQE academy programme, and has made a recent move to our housing disrepair department. Out of work, she has wide range of creative interests, such as yoga, meditation, fashion, reading and travelling.

Maariyaah Ibrahim

Trainee Solicitor

Maariyaah is an aspiring solicitor who is currently undertaking the SQE challenge. Maariyaah came through as part of Sandstone Legal’s academy programme. She has experience in multiple areas of law, including Plevin, HDR, and criminal law. Outside of work, she enjoys baking and painting. Her artwork has even been displayed in Preston’s Harris Museum!

Hannah Cryer

Trainee Solicitor

Hannah is an LLB graduate with rapidly growing legal experience. She has come up through Sandstone Legal’s academy programme and is currently training to become a solicitor through the SQE channel. Outside of work, Hannah is passionate about running, cooking, and baking.

Hasaan Ahmad

Trainee Solicitor

Hasaan is a trainee solicitor with over five years of experience in litigation. He is a BPTC and LLM graduate who has come up through our academy programme and has recently taken on the SQE challenge. Outside of work Hasaan is an avid food lover who appreciates travelling, spending time with his family, and immersing himself in new experiences.

Ashna Rathore

Trainee Solicitor

Ten years after first starting her legal journey, and five since qualifying as an advocate in India, Ashna’s preparing to qualify as a solicitor in the UK through Sandstone Legal’s SQE challenge. Her experience in corporate law, Plevin and BEC have allowed her to move up through our academy programme. Outside of work, she likes socialising and spending time with her friends and family.

Daniel James

Trainee Solicitor

Since completing his degree in Law with International Business and the LPC, Daniel has moved up through Sandstone’s academy programme and SQE challenge. He is currently on track to qualify as a solicitor in 2024. Beyond his professional life, he is a football enthusiast and proud Huddersfield Town supporter. He also likes to maintain a balanced lifestyle by dedicating time to fitness.   

James Middleton

Trainee Solicitor

James is currently on track to qualify as a solicitor through the SQE route following progression through the firm’s academy programme. He has moved through the firm amassing experience in PPI Plevin, IVA claims, and now HDR. Outside of work, he supports Preston North End FC and has an ever-growing collection of vinyl records.

Phil Sparrow

Trainee Solicitor

Since starting as a Legal Assistant, Phil has grown with the company to become one of our financial misselling specialists. Part of our first cohort of SQE applicants, Phil also boasts three law degrees and a knack for playing cricket (which he’s done for over 25 years!)

Ernesta Kuzmickaite


From issuing claims to now working within our Wills and Probate department, Ernesta is well-experienced in a variety of legal services that Sandstone has to offer. As well as having a background in Plevin and HDR, Ernesta has also been selected as part of our academy programme to complete the O Shaped Skills course. Outside of work, she enjoys creative writing.

Chelsy Brun

Pre-litigation Executive

Chelsy is experienced in the variety of services that Sandstone Legal has to offer. Capitalising on her background in wills, she successfully completed a move to our Wills and Probate team through our academy programme and also has experience in contentious probate matters. She is our firm’s biggest Taylor Swift fan and enjoys baking and, fortunately for us, treating the office to her bakes!

Tatyana Hartness

Personal Assistant to the Board of Directors

Tatyana has a varied legal background; she boasts experience in developing bespoke financial mis selling products and acting as a paralegal working with Plevin and Payday loan claims. Out of work, she likes to dedicate time to all things fitness, photography, and travel as well as taking a keen interest in content creation and yachting.

Kyle McLaughlin

Legal Administrator

Kyle is an experienced administrator who has provided excellent office support to various teams and companies over the years. He is responsible for printing documents and sending them out, attaching documents to case files on our system, and emailing them to the case handler. His interests include bowling, football, listening to music, and exploring new places on holiday.