David Askew


David joined his family practice from school in 1961 and qualified in 1967, becoming a partner in 1969.

He specialises in non-contentious matters including business law, commercial and residential conveyancing and probate.

In his younger days David was a keen sportsman playing rugby, hockey and cricket, but now confines his participation to the role of spectator.

Simon Askew

Litigation / Managing Director

Simon graduated from Newcastle University in 1995 having studied history. He then studied law in Newcastle and at the College of Law, York before joining his family firm in 1997.

Simon was made a partner in the litigation department in June 2001 and now combines his fee earning work with management of the firm.

Simon is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme.

Kieron Doran

Litigation / Director

Kieron studied law at and graduated from Warwick University before completing his legal studies at the College of Law in York. He is originally from Liverpool but has lived and worked in the area since 1996, qualifying as a solicitor in 1998.

Kieron specialises in litigation and predominantly personal injury claims arising from any type of accident and over the years has experience of a significant number of claims including many high value claims.

He is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme and has been a partner / director of Askews Solicitors since 2006.

Claire Horowitz

Probate / Director and Head of Department

Claire Horowitz (LLB)(TEP)(ATT) is a director of the Wills and Probate Department with over 12 years' experience in private client work, specialising in wills, probate, powers of attorney, Court of Protection, elderly client, tax and trusts.

Following qualification, Claire worked for a high-street firm in the Bristol area for 4 years where she completed her STEP studies and regularly advised high net worth clients and was also an active committee member of the Bristol branch of STEP.  She returned home in 2013 and has since been working with Askews across Teesside and North Yorkshire area where she has helped hundreds of families and individuals with all aspect of their estate planning needs.

Claire qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after gaining a 2:1 in Law from the University of Hull and studying and completing her LPC at the College of Law in York.  She completed her training at a niche private client firm in the North East and subsequently completed further specialist qualifications to become a qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and also a qualified Tax Technician with the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

Claire joined Askews Solicitors in 2013 and became director of the department in 2018.

Mike Robinson


Mike Robinson (LLB Hons) is a senior solicitor at Askews.  He advises on employment law and has 20+ years’ experience in this field. Mike is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Mike has experience dealing with a range of claims including all aspects of discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair and automatically unfair dismissal and has dealt with claims against Local Authorities, Health Authorities, major banks, the Police and Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Mike has also been instructed by other solicitors, barristers and also a former judge requiring employment law advice. Mike is grateful to be referred employment work by other solicitors’ firms in the Teesside area.

Laura Mitchell

Conveyancing / Associate Solicitor

Laura Mitchell is a solicitor who joined Askews early in 2018, having obtained her Master’s Degree in Law with a distinction.  Laura comes to Askews after having worked for three years at Cleveland Police Force.

Chloe Carr

Probate / Associate Solicitor

Joining Askews Solicitors in February 2020, Chloe is an Associate Solicitor in our Private Client department.

Prior to joining Askews, Chloe studied Law at University College London and completed her LPC at the College of Law in York. Chloe qualified as a Solicitor in 2015 at a niche private client and financial services firm in North Yorkshire, having gained over 7 years’ experience there in private client work and subsequently completing a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning with the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Tracy Clark

Litigation Executive

Tracy has worked in a legal environment since 1987.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

After working for a leading national Personal Injury firm from 1999 to 2014, Tracy joined Askews in 2015, as a Litigation Executive.

Tracy is proud to have remained in the North East, acting for local people.   She brings her vast legal knowledge to the firm, dealing with all aspects of Personal Injury claims.

Jade Allen

Conveyancing / Paralegal

Jade Allen joined Askews in June 2021 to begin her role as a paralegal. Prior to this she studied for her LLB at Sunderland University in 2018 before beginning studying for her LPC/LLM at Northumbria University in 2019.

During her time at university, Jade took part in a student law clinic and worked as a legal secretary from 2019. Jade specialises in law conveyancing and has experience of working on commercial property, PI at TBI & residential.

Sian Sullivan

Conveyancing / Paralegal

Following joining Askews as a paralegal in June 2021, Sian Sullivan now specialises in conveyancing.

Sian graduated from the University of Cumbria in Carlisle in 2017 where she gained extensive conveyancing experience from the beginning of her course.