Our People

Meet the staff at Scotts Wright

Malcolm Scott - Director, Scotts Wright Limited

Malcolm W Scott


Malcolm is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge (M.A. in History and Law), qualified following a traineeship with Dickinson, Miller and Turnbull (now Womble Bond Dickinson) at their Newcastle-upon-Tyne Office.

He Has been a partner in Scotts Wright and its predecessor firms since 1972, and has held a Practising Certificate uninterruptedly for 50 years.

Chief Officer of Legal Practice; Managing Partner; Head of Domestic Conveyancing.

Ian C Scott Partner Scotts Wright Solicitors

Ian C Scott


Ian studied Law at Nottingham University 1968 – 1971 and qualified in 1974.

Ian specialises in Conveyancing; Wills Trust and Probate and is a member of STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners).

Steve Scott Solicitor Scotts Wright

Steve Scott


Steve qualified as a solicitor in 2006. He studied biology at the University of Manchester before undertaking his post graduate diploma in Law at Leeds Metropolitan University and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London.

Steve trained with Scotts Wright and has specialised in Property matters since then. He spent 5 years working with Leeds and Bradford firm Gordons LLP where he focused on Commercial Property work.

Steve has a depth of experience dealing with property matters including sales, lettings and purchases, Landlord and Tenant matters and development.

Kathryn Vasey Solicitor Scotts Wright

Kathryn Vasey


Senior Solicitor and Head of Private Client services at Scotts Wright

Kathryn is the head of our team and has over 10 years’ experience in private client work, specialising in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Conveyancing. She is also a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly and is part of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

Kathryn qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 after graduating from Queen’s University Belfast in 2006 and completing the Legal Practice Course in 2007 with Distinction.

Allen Bailey Solicitor Scotts Wright

Allen Bailey


Allen is an experienced solicitor who has specialised in family law since qualifying in 1982.
Having grown up in in Kent, he ran his own practice for 17 years before he and his family relocated to the north of England in 2002.

Since then Allen has worked predominantly in Leeds and the surrounding areas before joining Scotts Wright at the beginning of 2018, where he is now head of our Family Law department.

Allen is a member of Resolution, the organisation committed to adopting a constructive and non-confrontational approach in family disputes.

He is also the firm’s point of contact for Forces Law.

Although he is based at our Catterick Garrison Office, he will also be pleased to see clients at our Leyburn office if they prefer.

Estella Prince, Litigation Solicitor at Scotts Wright

Estella Prince


Senior Solicitor and Head of Litigation services at Scotts Wright.

Estella deals with a wide range of litigation work. This includes areas where there are disputes in the Civil and Criminal courts. Estella has over 7 years of post-qualification litigation experience.

In her Civil practice, she has significant experience with matters including: Landlord and Tenant, Inheritance Disputes, Breach of Contract, Professional Negligence and Debt Recovery. She has experience in successfully dealing with many high value and complex cases, working closely with Counsel.

Estella is also able to advise on personal injury claims. Over the years she has represented clients with range of injuries, sometimes life changing, and is always determined to achieve the very best settlement she can for all her clients.

As to the Criminal practice, she is able to offer advice on a wide range of issues: from advice at the police station, to matters before the Magistrates and Crown Courts. These also include issues of a Regulatory nature, which includes firearms. (Please note Estella only advises on a private basis, we do not offer Legal Aid).

Lydia Hardy Solicitor Scotts Wright

Lydia Hardy


Following completion of her LPC at the College of Law in York, Lydia initially came to the firm in 2011 as a legal assistant. She was subsequently offered a training contract and since becoming fully qualified, has worked within our conveyancing and private client departments.

Lydia specialises in Conveyancing, Probate, Wills and Powers of Attorney.

John Barker Solicitor Scotts Wright

John Barker


John joined Scotts Wright in June 2016. He has a Law degree from Teesside University and completed the Legal Practice Course in 2018 with Distinction. John qualified as a Solicitor in 2018 and currently works with our property team and is part of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

Charlotte Strickland


Charlotte Strickland studied Politics & Philosophy at Durham University before taking the Legal Professional Qualification conversion course at Guildford Law School. Charlotte qualified with Rowe & Maw in London (now Mayer Brown) and then worked as an in-house lawyer in Investment Banking for 11 years.
After a career break to bring up children, following a move back to the Yorkshire Dales where she grew up, Charlotte has been providing legal assistance in the Leyburn office covering property, company and wills & probate for the past three years supporting Steven and Ian Scott.

Lucinda Watts Trainee Solicitor Scotts Wright

Lucinda Watts

Trainee Solicitor

Lucinda graduated with a first-class degree in Law from the University of Bradford in 2018 before accepting her training contract with Scotts Wright in September 2018. Lucinda originally joined Scotts Wright on work experience whilst studying for her A-levels at Wensleydale School, she is currently undertaking the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University which completes in 2020, when she will qualify as a solicitor.

Lucinda is based at our Catterick Garrison office where she is assisting the Probate and Conveyancing departments.