Our People

Sam Hawking

Based in Port Talbot – sam@samhawking.co.uk

Sam Hawking has a real passion for property. He first became a landlord in 1999 after working in the construction industry for 3 years. Sam studied Economics at Swansea University and wrote his masters dissertation on the house price ripple effect.

Sam qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2003 before proceeding to work for a firm of London Solicitors, specialising in residential and commercial property. He established Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in 2006 with the ethos of providing the best service possible and this remains his commitment today. Sam focuses on using his legal knowledge and practical experience to find solutions for property investors and developers and anyone with a property related legal issue.

Sam has a large portfolio of both residential and commercial property using a variety of investment strategies, owned a letting agency, and is Director of Life Property Group Ltd who develop new build properties as well as conversions.

Sam is also Director of the Society for Licensed Conveyancers and Board member of the Conveyancing Association.

Sam is married to Sonia and has two daughters, Efanna and Bronessa. He keeps fit, usually cycling or running to and from the office and is always up for a physical challenge such as fell running, triathlons and sea rowing. Sam won the Likey 6633 Ultra, a 353 mile continuous running race in the Arctic, often touted as the toughest race in the world, and for which he raised £15,000 for Wales Air Ambulance.

Charlene Jenkins – Solicitor / Director of Operations

Based at Cross Hands – charlene@samhawking.co.uk

Charlene joined the firm in April 2010 as a Property Law specialist. Charlene became a Director in March 2011 and now takes on the role of Director of Operations. As an expert in Property Law, Charlene continues to act for private property developers, investors, residential and commercial clients. Charlene has a vast range of clients from all over the world.
Charlene was born in Reading but moved to West Wales at a young age. Charlene undertook her degree in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd and qualified as a Solicitor in June 2007.

Charlene lives in Crosshands with her husband and three children. Charlene is a welsh speaker. She enjoys singing, socialising with friends and spending time with her family.

James Borland – Solicitor / Director

Based at Port Talbot – james@samhawking.co.uk

James graduated with a Law Degree LLB (Hons) 2:1 in 2005 and then completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Wales, Swansea in 2007.

James trained and qualified at a high street practice in Mid-Wales before joining Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in 2010. James became a Director of Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in 2013.
James specialises in all aspects of Residential and Commercial Property as well as specialising in all areas of Private Client work, including the drafting of Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Administration of Estates and Court of Protection matters.

James lives in Swansea with his wife, Natasha, and sons, Aaron and Dylan. James enjoys travelling, music, football and is a keen Everton supporter.

Lisa Jones – Solicitor / Director

Based at Port Talbot – lisa@samhawking.co.uk

Lisa graduated with a Law Degree LLB (Hons) 2:1 in 2002 at the University of Wales, Swansea before going on to complete the Legal Practice Course at University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd.

Lisa worked at a large Cardiff Law Firm for 2 years before moving to a high street practice in Swansea and qualified in 2008. She joined Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in February 2016 following a career break to raise her family. Lisa became a Director of Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in 2019.

Lisa specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing together with areas of private client work including Landlord and Tenant, drafting of Wills and Trusts and also administration of Estates.

Lisa lives in Port Talbot with her husband and two daughters. Outside of work Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, socialising and travelling.

 

Bethan Walters – Solicitor / Director

Based at Port Talbot – bethan@samhawking.co.uk

Bethan graduated with a Law Degree LLB (Hons) 2:1 in 2004 at the University of Wales, Swansea, before going on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2005.

Bethan trained and qualified at a high street practice in Llanelli in 2009 before joining Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in 2015. Bethan became a Director of Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in 2019.

Bethan specialises in Option Agreements, Rent to Buy and Assisted Sales together with areas of private client work.
In her spare time Bethan enjoys socialising with friends and has a real passion for music.

Samantha Matthews – Licensed Conveyancer / Director

Based in Port Talbot – samantha@samhawking.co.uk

Having worked for several South Wales Law firms, Samantha has worked at Sam Hawking Property Lawyers since 2013 and qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2019.

Samantha lives in Port Talbot with her husband and two young children. Outside of work Samantha enjoys spending time with her family, socialising and travelling.

Sophie Ward Griffiths – Solicitor

Based in Cross Hands – sophie@samhawking.co.uk

Sophie joined Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in March 2018 as a trainee solicitor after working as a paralegal and a trainee solicitor in a high street firm in Carmarthen. She graduated with a Law Degree LLB (Hons) in 2015 and then completed the Legal Practice Course at Swansea University in 2017.
Sophie qualified in February 2021 and is based in our Cross Hands office. She lives in Cross Hands with her partner and daughter and is a fluent Welsh speaker.
In her spare time Sophie enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Emily Mogford – Solicitor

Based at Cross Hands – emily@samhawking.co.uk

Emily Graduated with a Law Degree LL.B (Hons) 2:1 in 2014 at Swansea University and also Completed the Legal Practice Course at Swansea University in 2015.

Emily joined Sam Hawking Property Lawyers in July 2020 as a trainee solicitor after working as a paralegal and a trainee solicitor in the residential conveyancing department at a high street firm in Cwmbran. Emily qualified as a Solicitor in March 2021.

Emily has been brought up and lives in the Neath Port Talbot area, with her husband and two Pugs, Delilah and Doris.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys keeping active, long walks with her pugs and socialising with family and friends.


Support Staff

Kristy Lee

Accounts Manager

Suzanne Dyas

Post Completions Manager

Emma Stratford

Accounts Assistant

Marie Jones

Post Completions Assistant

Ruth Roberts

Assistant to Charlene Jenkins

Nicola Jones

Assistant to Lisa Jones

Kate Cursons

Trainee Solicitor

Kayleigh Lang

Assistant to Bethan Walters

Sarah Jones

Assistant to Sam Hawking

Jo Jones

Receptionist/Legal Assistant

Lyla Jones

Assistant to James Borland

Hazel Gregory

Receptionist/Administrator

Chynna Taylor

Legal Assistant

Shani Newberry

Assistant to Samantha Matthews

Maisie Roberts

Receptionist