Our People

Clive Attwood – Solicitor (Senior Partner)

Educated at Palmers Grammar School. He became articled to Cullen & Co Solicitors in 1961 and attended the College of Law at Lancaster Gate, London, to read law and qualify as a lawyer. He was formally admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of the Supreme Court in January 1968.

In 1970, Clive became a Junior Partner with Cullen & Co, a London based firm, and Joint Senior Partner in 1975, specialising in Personal Injury and Medical Negligence matters. He also has considerable experience in Family Law, Commercial Law and Criminal Law matters.

In 1975, he opened another branch of Cullen & Co in Grays, Essex and spent his time between both the new and the London branches.

In 1988, he left the practice of Cullen & Co, setting up his own practice in Grays. The practice has developed and has departments that can advise on most aspects of law.

In 1997, Clive was appointed to serve upon the Judiciary as a Deputy District Judge in civil matters. Also, as a former General Commissioner of Taxes.

He has served as a committee chairman at a number of schools and colleges in Thurrock. Presently chairing the Grays Public and Recreational Trust.

Matthew Attwood – Business Manager

Matthew joined the family business in 2008 to take day-to-day control of the company.

Having gained an Information Systems Honours Degree from Anglia Ruskin University and after spending 11 years working for a large government organisation in IT Project Management, this has given him the foundation to streamline the Attwood Group of companies both procedurally and by providing the very latest in technologies.

The technologies Matthew employs have maximised efficiency of the Attwood group and allow him to keep his finger on the pulse.

Matthew holds a very active role within all areas of the business and is always more than happy to discuss matters with clients when appropriate.

Palaniappan Ahilan – Solicitor (Partner)

Ahilan was admitted as a Solicitor in 2009. He joined Attwood & Co in February 2016 and Heads the Conveyancing and Private Client Departments.

Ahilan specialises in all residential property transactions such as Sales, Purchases, Re-Mortgaging, Transfer of Equity, Equity Release and Lease Extensions. He also deals with light Commercial transactions, Private client matters such as Wills, Deed of Trust, Deed of Variation, preparation of Powers of Attorney and Administration of Estate.

Richard Bradbury – Solicitor (Partner)

Richard joined Attwood & Co in March 1994. Richard is a highly experienced matrimonial lawyer and heads up our Family Law Department. He is also a Member of the Children Panel and accredited in respect of Childrens Cases by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Hazara Patel – Solicitor

Hazara joined Attwood & Co in May 2017 when she qualified as a solicitor. She undertook her training at a high street firm in south London. She currently deals with a variety of private client matters which include the preparation of Powers of Attorney, Wills, Deed of Variations and dealing with the administration of both testate and intestate estates. She also deals with residential conveyancing matters which include sales and purchases of both freehold and leasehold properties, new builds, re-mortgages and transfers of equity.

Hazara is currently working towards a STEP accreditation.

Jennifer Whitwam – Solicitor

Jennifer was admitted as a solicitor in 1999, having trained in a top London firm.

She has extensive experience as a litigator and can advise in relation to all litigation, including complex and high value matters. She has particular expertise regarding personal injury claims: accidents at work, slips and trips, cosmetic surgery claims, industrial diseases, psychological injuries and road traffic accidents. During her long career, Jennifer has successfully recovered compensation and damages for hundreds of clients.

ennifer has worked as both a Claimant and Defendant lawyer and she utilises her knowledge of the tactics employed by her opponents to achieve the best result for her clients. She is commercial, pragmatic and an excellent negotiator, achieving excellent settlements and results.

Jennifer is a people person and provides excellent, friendly and approachable client care. The client is at the centre of everything that she does.

As a lecturer at the University of Law for 7 years, Jennifer took pride in teaching and training the next generation of lawyers. She is an intelligent and academic lawyer with the strong desire to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.

Jennifer is also a wife and mum.