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.

Laura Mitchell

Conveyancing Team Leader/ Associate Solicitor

Laura Mitchell (LLB)(LLM) is the team leader for the Conveyancing Department at Askews. Laura joined Askews in March 2018 as a paralegal and qualified as a solicitor in April 2020. In July 2021, Laura was appointed as team leader for the department.

Laura specialises in both Residential and Commercial Property dealing with the following:

  • Freehold and leasehold sales, purchases, re-mortgages & transfer of equities
  • Plot sales and purchases
  • Shared ownership sales and purchases
  • Home Equity Releases
  • Lease extensions
  • Commercial leases acting for both landlords and tenants
  • Commercial sales and purchases
  • Commercial lease assignments

Laura graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 achieving a 2:1 degree in Law and completed her Master of Laws course in 2018 at the University of Law gaining a distinction.

Emma Burns

Emma Burns, Conveyancer (GCilex)

Graduated Teesside University Law LLB (Hons) Graduate member of Cilex March 2021

Experienced in all aspects of Residential Property Law joining the firm in May 2021.

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.

Chloe Hickes

Trainee Solicitor

Chloe joined us in March 2022 and was employed as a Paralegal after graduating with a First Class Honours LL.B Law Degree from Teesside University and a LL.M/LPC postgraduate degree from Sunderland University.

Prior to joining Askews Chloe had worked in Conveyancing for little under a year with another Teesside-based law firm.

Chloe now handles her own case load of sales, purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity as well as advising in relation to property boundaries and easements.

Chloe has quickly progressed within the team and is now on track to becoming a qualified solicitor as she has recently accepted a Training Contract and is due to qualify in July 2025

Asra Shahid

Conveyancing / Paralegal

Asra Shahid joined Askews in March 2022 and started as a conveyancing assistant within the property department.

Asra graduated with a Law degree from Teesside University in 2019 and then completed her LLM LPC in 2020. Since graduating Asra has been working in conveyancing.

Olivia Robinson

Trainee Solicitor

Olivia joined us in May 2022 starting as a conveyancing assistant.

She received a First Class Honours Degree in Law from Teesside University and completed the LLM/LPC Postgraduate Degree with a Merit from Northumbria University.

She has worked in conveyancing since 2020 and has quickly progressed within the conveyancing department.

Olivia is now on track to becoming a qualified solicitor as she has recently accepted a Training Contract and is due to qualify in December 2024