Our Team

  • James Bell James Bell
  • Duncan Carter Duncan Carter
  • Claire Harrison Claire Harrison
  • Natalie Bell Natalie Bell
  • Rachel Cameron Rachel Cameron
  • Rodney Blezard Rodney Blezard
  • Andrea Handy Andrea Handy
  • Sarah Coyles Sarah Coyles
  • Ben Crystal Ben Crystal
  • Pearl Pope Pearl Pope
  • Matthew Collings Matthew Collings
  • Shannon Skilling Shannon Skilling

  • James Bell, LL.B

    Director, Solicitor & Deputy Judge

    James qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and joined Crutes law firm in 1986, becoming Partner in 1989.  In 2000 Bell Park Kerridge was formed, James is the only founding partner remaining at Bell Park Kerridge.

    James specialises in Dispute Resolution and sits as a Deputy District Judge.

    In his spare time James enjoys breeding pedigree Belted Galloway cattle on his farm and looking after his 1928 Calthorpe Ivory Motorcycle.

    Email James Belljbell@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    James Bell
  • Duncan Carter, LL.B, TEP

    Director & Solicitor

    Duncan completed his law degree and legal practice course at Leeds University and qualified as a solicitor with Crutes. Duncan obtained his STEP qualification in 2010 and specialises in, Commercial & Residential Property and Private Client.

    He is a keen sportsman and enjoys playing Golf and Tennis. His sporting heroes are Seve Balesteros, Martin Johnson and George Best. His favorite colour is blue and he feels that 7 is a lucky number for him.

    Duncan has an eclectic taste in music, and enjoys listening to The Beatles, The Smiths and The Stone Roses. His musical heroes are John Lennon, Johnny Marr and John Squire.

    When he's not playing Golf or Tennis, Duncan enjoys going to gigs and looking after his family.

    Email Duncan Carterdcarter@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Duncan Carter
  • Claire Harrison, LL.B


    Claire completed her law degree at Hull University and completed the Legal Practice Course at York College of Law.  Claire joined Crutes and transferred to Bell Park Kerridge with James and Duncan in 2000 to complete her training, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2001.

    Claire specialises in Civil Litigation including Contractual disputes, Professional Negligence, Personal Injury, Agricultural disputes and Family Law.

    In her spare time Claire enjoys running, farming pedigree Swaledale sheep and spending time with her three sons and husband.

    Email Claire Harrisoncharrison@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Claire Harrison
  • Natalie Bell, BSc. (Hons)


    Natalie originally completed her degree in Geography in 2006 at Lancaster University, she then undertook her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at York College of Law.  Natalie initially began her career with Bell Park Kerridge 1996 working throughout the summer months, starting her formal training with the firm in 2008 qualifying as a Solicitor in 2010.

    Natalie specialises in Employment and Litigation and Licensing.

    In her spare time Natalie enjoys swimming, walking and spending time with her daughter and husband.

    Natalie also breeds Belted Galloway cattle and is a Council Member of the Belted Galloway Society.

    Email Natalie Bellnbell@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Natalie Bell
  • Rachel Cameron

    Rachel has worked in private client practice for over 17 years. 

    She specialises in Wills, Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection. 

    In her spare time Rachel enjoys running, cycling, cake decorating and spending time with her friends and family.

    Email Rachel Cameronrcameron@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Rachel Cameron
  • Rodney Blezard, LL.B


    Rodney Blezard obtained an LLb (Hons)  from London University before  training as a solicitor in Carlisle.  He subsequently worked for a number of years in the agricultural department of a well-known local firm before moving south to further his career.

    Rodney specialises in agricultural law  and is also an experienced ecclesiastical lawyer and an Honorary Member of the Ecclesiastical Law Association.  His work includes dealing with the sale and purchase of agricultural property, farm tenancies, tenancy disputes, partnerships, succession planning and agricultural dispute resolution.   He takes a keen interest in the development of the Single Payment Scheme.   He also advises on matters relating to Chancel Repair Liability, overage, options and renewables.

    His outside interests include history, literature and architecture.  He enjoys swimming, horse riding and fell walking.

    He is a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

    Email Rodney Blezardrblezard@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Rodney Blezard
  • Andrea Handy

    Legal Executive and Conveyancing Manager

    Andrea is a Chartered Legal Executive with over 25 years experience in both Commercial Property, Landlord and Tenant and Residential property matters.

    She has worked in both local authority and private practice offices and brings a wealth of experience with particular emphasis on service and a professional approach at all times

    Email Andrea Handyahandy@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Andrea Handy
  • Sarah Coyles

    Sarah completed her law degree and legal practice course at Northumbria University in 2014.

    During her final year at University Sarah gained valuable real life experience through participating in the award winning Student Law Office where she provided free legal advice to the public.

    Sarah joined Bell Park Kerridge in July 2014 before qualifying as a solicitor in 2016.

    Sarah is currently working in our Residential and Commercial Property department.

    In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking, cooking and walking. 

    Email Sarah Coylesscoyles@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Sarah Coyles
  • Ben Crystal

    Ben graduated from Northumbria University in 2014 obtaining an integrated Masters in Law. Ben joined BPK in July 2014 and began his formal training in September, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2016.

    At University Ben was involved in the law society becoming President in his third year. He also represented the University at both a legal competition in New Delhi and attended Buckingham Palace to receive an award from the Queen on behalf of their student law office.

    Ben is currently working in our residential and commercial property department. Ben is also an active member of the Cumbria Junior Lawyers Division.

    In his spare time Ben is a keen musician, playing at open mic nights in the area. He enjoys keeping fit by going to the gym, walking in the lakes, and playing five aside football.

    Email Ben Crystalbcrystal@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Ben Crystal
  • Pearl Pope

    Pearl is originally from Lancashire and moved to Cumbria in 2003. She has a strong secretarial background and only recently took the decision to pursue a career in law. She graduated as a Specialist Paralegal in Family Law in 2014 and joined the firm shortly afterwards to progress her career. Pearl is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is aiming to graduate in 2018.

    Pearl currently works in Residential Property.

    When Pearl is not studying or revising, she enjoys singing First Soprano in local choirs,  relaxing with afternoon tea and spending time with her family.

    Email Pearl Popeppope@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Pearl Pope
  • Matthew Collings

    Matthew completed his integrated Masters in Law and Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University in 2014.

    In his final year of University Matthew participated in the award winning Student Law Office where he provided free legal advice to the public in property disputes.

    Matthew worked for two years as a Paralegal in Newcastle specialising in Industrial disease claims before moving to Cumbria and joining Bell Park Kerridge in April 2016.

    Matthew currently works in our Litigation department and hopes to qualify as a solicitor in 2018.

    In his spare time Matthew is a keen hiker and cyclist. His interests also include recreational diving and he is a member of the British Sub-Aqua Club as a qualified Sport Diver.

    Email Matthew Collingsmcollings@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Matthew Collings
  • Shannon Skilling

    Shannon completed her law degree at the University of Cumbria in 2016 having achieved the Weightmans Law Student of the Year Prize for outstanding performance.

    Shannon joined Bell Park Kerridge in September 2016 and is currently working as a paralegal in the residential conveyancing department. She will commence the Legal Practice Course on a 2 year part time basis at Northumbria University in September 2017.

    In her spare time Shannon enjoys going to dance exercise classes, walking in the lakes and has a keen interest in history.

    Email Shannon Skillingsskilling@bpkcumbria.co.uk

    Shannon Skilling

Support Staff

  • Julie Turner Julie Turner
  • Fiona Witherington Fiona Witherington
  • Helen Norman Helen Norman
  • Vivienne Moffat Vivienne Moffat
  • Joanne Parnaby Joanne Parnaby
  • Sandra Dickinson Sandra Dickinson
  • Gwen Mitchell Gwen Mitchell
  • Sharon Darvill Sharon Darvill
  • David Murray David Murray
  • Helen Wilson Helen Wilson
  • Sarah Brown Sarah Brown
  • Michael Frame Michael Frame
  • Julie Marriott Julie Marriott
  • Sarah Jones Sarah Jones

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