Lee Wilkins

Managing Director, Solicitor & Mediator

Lee trained at Paris Smith in Southampton, then following three years at Laceys in Bournemouth she established The Commercial Law Practice in 2006. Lee deals mainly with company, corporate, commercial law, commercial property and civil and commercial mediation.


Elizabeth Russ


After gaining an MA (Hons) from Oxford University, Elizabeth qualified as a barrister specialising in civil litigation and family work. Subsequently re-qualifying as a solicitor, she later undertook a Masters in Socio-Legal research skills. In addition to providing  litigation expertise, Elizabeth also deals with private client and property work.

Lisa Pharaoh

Consultant Solicitor

Lisa graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Law with Decision Making in 1990. She qualified as a solicitor after completing her articles in 1993. Lisa has advised companies, public authorities and individuals over 25 years mainly in the areas of litigation and employment law. Lisa has considerable governance experience advising Boards, committees and other panels when making decisions. Lisa has joined the Commercial Law Practice to develop its litigation and employment team.

Marielle Hemingway

Chief Financial Officer & Business Development

Marielle obtained her degree in commercial economics in the Netherlands and completed her academic education with a Masters of International Business Administration at Bournemouth University. She gained useful experience working for companies like BMW and Rolls Royce and has now joined the Commercial Law Practice to develop the business, implement marketing strategy and assist Lee with corporate and commercial transactions.

Aleksandra Poplawska



Alex joined The Commercial Law Practice conveyancing department after completing her Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University. She obtained her Law and Politics degree in Wales and gained experience through working in Debt Recovery and Dispute Resolution departments during her studies. Alex is fluent in Polish and, driven by her passion for languages and travel, has a good grasp of Russian and is a keen learner of Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish.