Heslop & Platt is a trading name of Ashtons Legal

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Heslop and Platt – a brief history

Heslop and Platt is a niche business specialising in French law and is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The firm was formed in 2014 by Barbara Heslop and Graham Platt, both of whom had extensive experience in both English and French property law. Graham Platt had been a practising solicitor who also qualified as an avocat in the latter stages of the twentieth century while he was living in France. Having studied Law with French, Barbara Heslop came to work with him at a firm in Leeds after having started her legal career in London.

After spending some time working together at a multi-jurisdictional law practice, they set up Heslop & Platt solicitors together to purely in French private client law work. Following Graham’s retirement, Barbara continued as a sole practitioner until, in 2019, Heslop & Platt joined forces with Ashtons Legal.

Both firms are long-established players in this field with strong contacts among notaires, property agents, and banks across France. Jointly, the firms are the number one ‘go-to’ provider in the UK for those: buying or selling residential property in France, transferring ownership following divorce or separation, wishing to make a French Will to operate alongside their UK Will, or dealing with post-death estate administration involving a French property.

The teams from Heslop & Platt and Ashtons Legal have now unified to take a leading position in the UK’s French Legal Services market. Matthew Cameron heads the team and can be seen regularly alongside Fabienne Atkin and others at exhibitions such as A Place in the Sun.

Barbara Heslop retired from legal services in 2022 and is happily living in the South of France.

For all your French Legal needs, speak to one of the team at Heslop & Platt or Ashtons Legal.