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Knight Polson has been supporting the people of Eastleigh, Southampton and surrounding areas for over 36 years. Our solicitors offer exceptional legal support and advice for a full range of private and business matters.

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Excellent and efficient. Kept informed at every step and no delays. Friendly staff and great management. Would definitely use this company again.

Great service and advice.

I have used Knight Polson at least four times both for property sales and purchase and for wills and probate. Their staff are friendly and efficient and have patiently answered all my questions. They are excellent at explaining legal matters in a way that is easy for a lay person to understand. I will continue to use Knight Polson when I need legal services.

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Meet the Team


Samantha Collins
Associate Solicitor - Head of Family

Samantha is head of the family department and an associate solicitor, and is also on the Board of Directors at Eastleigh BID (Business Improvement District). She is an extremely experienced family solicitor having qualified in 2007.

Samantha graduated from Exeter University obtaining a LLB Law Degree in 2003 before studying the LPC also at Exeter University the following year.

She consistently provides her clients with sensible and pragmatic advice.

Samantha is also a member of Resolution and adheres to their Code of Conduct.

Samantha has obtained the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation which is in recognition of her expertise in this area of law.

Email: samantha.collins@knightpolson.co.uk


“I would like to just say a massive thank you for everything today. You made me feel at ease today and you’ve done an amazing job, I can’t thank you enough. You’ve reassured me so much. Today was a very stressful day and it was made a lot easier by yourself.”

“I really rate Knight Polson they have given me a knew lease of Life. Very professional and caring to my situation especially in these uncertain times. I recommend them for whatever your needs be good quality responsive and definitely good value I have so much to thank them for especially Samantha Collins thank you very much.”

“A big thanks to Samantha and her team who have been totally professional in the way they dealt with a sensitive predicament. Feel completely free from Harm and feel able to see a new beginning to my life, thanks to you all”


Rhiannon Stonehouse
Principal Lawyer – Head of Trusts and Estates

Rhiannon has worked across Hampshire and West Sussex during her career. Qualifying in 2006, Rhiannon’s time is dedicated to private client work encompassing a wide variety of matters. Rhiannon’s day-to-day work includes estate administration, trust administration, will drafting and associated tax planning, drafting Powers of Attorney and applications to the Court of Protection, as well as assisting with the financial affairs of someone under a registered Lasting Power of Attorney or Deputyship Order.

Rhiannon is member of The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Email: rhiannon.stonehouse@knightpolson.co.uk


Chris Knight
Director, Solicitor

Before qualifying Chris travelled extensively over a period of years funded by a variety of work. He completed his training in one of Hampshire’s well established legal practices and became its twentieth or so partner.

In 1984, Chris set up in practice in Eastleigh as a sole practitioner with absolutely no client base. Over time he negotiated the acquisition and amalgamation of three separate legal practices and has watched the firm grow to the size it is today.

With a very broad-based legal background and having dealt with virtually all aspects of law, contentious and non-contentious, private and public funding, Chris has obtained specialist qualifications in different fields.

As head of the Criminal Department, Chris has been involved in a series of high profile cases some of which have made the front page of national papers and has successfully defended clients charged with murder.

Chris genuinely loves his work and gets tremendous satisfaction in looking after his clients’ interests and presenting their case to the best of my ability.

Chris is deeply proud of all the hardworking staff who have made the firm the success that it is and is a member of Southampton Magistrates’ Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor Scheme.

Email: chris.knight@knightpolson.co.uk


Diane Rowlands
Associate Executive

Diane is a lawyer working in the Eastleigh office. She is an experienced residential lawyer having been working in private practice now for 20 years.

Diane has experience in most residential types of transactions including both freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, right to buy, shared ownership, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, help to buy, staircasing transactions and auction sale and purchases.

Diane has previously worked in private practice for residential developers dealing with the drafting of new build documents such as contracts transfers and leases but prefers the day to day dealing of residential sales and purchases.

Diane’s hobbies are watching her favourite football team play, going to the cinema and theatre and keeping fit, she also likes to travel having visited around 25 countries with many still on her list to visit. Diane enjoys meeting up with family and friends and general socialising as well as reading books, especially non-fiction.

Email: diane.rowlands@knightpolson.co.uk


Carol Marks

Carol has been a part of the Knight Polson team since August 2002. She first worked for the Criminal Department as an Administrative Assistant and then moved on to front desk several years later. Carol was born and grew up in Eastleigh so consequently knows many of the clients that pop in.

Carol lives with her Husband Pete and they have two grown up children and three grandchildren.

During Carol’s spare time she enjoys walking and spending time with family and friends.

Email: carol.marks@knightpolson.co.uk


Chloe Osborne
Conveyancing Assistant

Chloe joined the conveyancing team at our Knight Polson office in Eastleigh in July 2021 as a conveyancing assistant.

With previous experience in the commercial property field, Chloe has now joined our residential property team to further her experience in conveyancing. Here Chloe will be running sale files, conducting searches, raising enquiries and assisting with client care.

Outside of work, Chloe enjoys dancing (holding national titles in ballet and contemporary) and is a regular gym goer and qualified fitness instructor.


Kerri-Anne Allingham
Accredited Police Station Representative

Kerri-Anne has been working in law for over 14 years and joined Knight Polson in July 2018.

Kerri-Anne is an accredited police station representative and qualified in August 2014.

Email: kerri-anne.allingham@knightpolson.co.uk


Damian Hayes
Consultant Solicitor


David Ames
Consultant Paralegal

David has been in the Legal profession since 2005 having spent his previous career as a Software Development Project Manager with two UK mobile phone companies. He changed career, retraining with the Institute of Professional Will writers and has been advising clients regarding their Wills and Powers of Attorney since then. David is familiar with all kinds of family situations and concerns and has extensive experience with older clients, especially those in sensitive situations. David is a family man with two grown up daughters and in his spare time, he and his wife enjoy travel, live music and theatre.

Email: david.ames@knightpolson.co.uk


David Cledwyn
Consultant Solicitor

David specialises in residential and commercial property.

Qualifying as a Solicitor in 1979, David has spent his career working in London and the local Hampshire area. He has over 30 years experience working almost exclusively in residential and commercial property on behalf of private clients, developers and investors.

David has a love of water sports, including sailing. When on dry land he enjoys trekking and travel.

Email: david.cledwyn@knightpolson.co.uk


Denise Unwin

Denise has worked as part of the reception team at Knight Polson for fifteen years now. She loves meeting new people and thrives as the first point of contact for our clients.

Denise has lived in Eastleigh all her life and likes that she is local to the community we help everyday. She enjoys spending time with her wife, son and two grandchildren and is also a bit of a dog lover – especially when it comes to boxers!

Email: denise.unwin@knightpolson.co.uk


Emma Burton
Chartered Legal Executive

Emma first embarked on her legal career in October 2003 as a paralegal in the private client department for a firm of solicitors in Portsmouth and enjoyed it so much that shortly afterwards she decided to study law part-time at Fareham and Chichester College to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

After living in Singapore for four years, Emma joined Knight Polson in April 2014 to work part-time in the private client department.

Emma specialises in drafting wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and all areas of private client law. She provides clients with a helpful, efficient and sympathetic approach in what can sometimes be a worrying or upsetting time.

In her spare time Emma enjoys running, cooking and travelling with her husband and two daughters.

Email: emma.burton@knightpolson.co.uk


Helen Sayer
Legal Assistant

Helen joined Knight Polson in July 2019 as an assistant in the Family Department. Helen is an experienced assistant having worked for solicitors for many years and specifically within family law for over a decade.

Family work can be challenging due to the emotions involved and stress felt by clients, Emma does her best to resolve the issues as swiftly and calmly as possible.

Away from work Helen likes to walk and listen to music and can usually be found with a book in her hand!

Email: helen.sayer@knightpolson.co.uk


James Leamon
Criminal Litigation Executive

James specialises in criminal defence and road traffic law.

He carries out work on both Magistrates and Crown Court cases, as well as representing clients at the police station. James brings a wide range of practical knowledge and experience to the criminal defence team and our clients.


Jo Harding
Accounts Assistant

Jo has worked in customer-facing roles for over 20 years now including other senior reception roles. Jo joined Knight Polson in September 2015 and from the first day knew it was a friendly place to work, with client-focused, welcoming and approachable colleagues. For the last 2 years Jo has been working in the Accounts department supporting the Senior Legal Cashier in all aspects of Legal accounting and billing.

Jo lives nearby in Fareham with her partner and 2 cats.


Kate Brownlee
Private Client Paralegal

Kate graduated from Portsmouth University in 2007 with a degree in history.

She has worked as a legal assistant. undertaking private client work, since 2008 and is currently studying for her STEP diploma in administration of estates.

Kate joined Knight Polson in December 2017 as the firm’s wills and Lasting Power of Attorney assistant.

Outside of work, Kate looks after her children and enjoys baking and tap dancing – even performing in shows!

Email: kate.brownlee@knightpolson.co.uk


Kelly Stillman
Legal Secretary

Kelly joined the Knight Polson team in April 2021 as a legal secretary. She has an extensive range of knowledge on a multiple of matters as she has worked as a legal secretary for 20 years.

Outside of work Kelly enjoys going to the gym, shopping and visiting friends and family.

Email: kelly.stillman@knightpolson.co.uk


Max Roath
Trainee Solicitor

Max is a graduate from Portsmouth University with a LLB Law degree. He is currently studying for the Legal Practice Course with the University of Law in Guildford, moving him a step closer to his aspiration of becoming a solicitor.

Max joined Knight Polson in 2016 as a legal assistant in the crime department. Having enjoyed learning about criminal law, he was presented with a new challenge in the conveyancing department. His current duties involve assisting solicitors, estate agents, mortgage lenders and clients.

When his head is out of the text books, Max enjoy football, snooker and going to the gym. He also enjoys travelling and visiting historical places.

Email: malkit.singroath@knightpolson.co.uk


Paige Elward
Conveyancing Assistant

Paige joined Knight Polson in April 2021 as a conveyancing assistant. Since joining her first law firm in 2017, Paige has gained experience in a number of key areas such as opening/closing files, registrations, searches, archiving and issuing contract packs.

During Paige’s spare time she enjoys horse riding or watching films. Paige also likes spending time with family and friends, listening to music and travelling.

Email: paige.elward@knightpolson.co.uk


Paul Butler
Consultant Solicitor

Paul has worked as a solicitor since 1981, in Reading, Salisbury and Southampton. In that time he has dealt with most types of legal work, but his special interest is in mental health law. He has many years’ experience of helping people who have mental health problems or learning difficulties, or issues with mental health services.

About half of Paul’s working time is spent representing patients who are detained in hospital or subject to the Mental Health Act in the community. He is a member of the Law Society’s panel for mental health tribunals. He is also a part-time tribunal judge dealing with mental health cases, which gives him a better insight into how the tribunal is likely to handle my client’s case.

From that work, Paul has developed an interest in Mental Capacity cases, where people often struggle to manage the finances or care of someone who can no longer do it for themselves. He spends the rest of his working time assisting people in applications to the Court of Protection, and acting as professional Attorney or Court Deputy for a number of clients who have limited capacity or no family to support them.

The biggest issue in this field at the moment is Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) with more and more people in care homes being placed under DOLS Orders and local authorities often struggling to cope with the demand for services.

Outside work, Paul has been experiencing what it is like to be a client, selling one house and buying another, so in his spare time he is still unpacking boxes.


Peter Booker
Consultant Solicitor





Richard Martin
Consultant Barrister

Richard is a former director of the firm who is now employed part-time as a duty lawyer on the South West Hampshire Duty Solicitor Scheme.

Outside the firm he is a Barrister practising from Chambers in Southampton.


  • Barrister
  • Member of the SW Hants Duty Solicitor Scheme.
  • Western Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association


Victoria Silsbury

Victoria is a solicitor in the family department, having qualified in 2017.

Victoria specialises in care proceedings, but has experience in a broad range of family law issues.

Outside of work, Victoria enjoys watersports and spending time outdoors.

Email: victoria.silsbury@knightpolson.co.uk