Mr Michael O Simmonds
Michael studied at the University of Hull and qualified as a solicitor in 1973.
He has spent his professional life practising law in Swansea, specialising in residential and commercial conveyancing for a diverse range of individual and corporate clients both locally and further afield.
Michael founded Simmonds & Co Solicitors in 1992, becoming Simmonds Hurford Solicitors in 2003 when he was joined in partnership by Helen Hurford.
Michael remains proud of his firm and its staff and points to the high quality service and client care that he and his colleagues continue to offer on the high street.
In his rare moments of free time Michael enjoys following a wide variety of sporting events including Football and Cricket and in his quieter moments enjoys spending time in his garden.
Mrs Helen Hurford
Helen was born and brought up in Swansea. She went to Surrey University in Guilford where she gained a BSc in Linguistic and International Studies specialising in German, French and Law. She undertook her Articles with Hedleys Solicitors in the City of London before returning to Swansea in 1982 when she took up a position as an assistant solicitor with Collins Woods & Vaughan Jones. In 1987 she joined the firm of T B Walker Jones & Gardner for two years and then the firm of Colin Jones & Co in 1989. Helen remained with the firm which subsequently became Simmonds & Co and became a Partner in 2003.
Helen specialises in residential conveyancing together with Wills, Probate and Estate Administration. She is also experienced in the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship Applications. Helen can also deal with matters in German and French (to a lesser extent) although she cannot advise on the law of those countries.
Helen is married with two grown up daughters. In her limited spare time she enjoys walking on the Gower beaches, swimming and reading. She is also an avid supporter of the Ospreys and Wales Rugby Teams.
Ms Rachel Broughton
Rachel graduated with a First Class Honours Degree thereafter receiving a Distinction in her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined the team at Simmonds Hurford in February 2016.
Rachel has extensive experience in both civil and criminal litigation and offers advice and representation in a diverse range of matters including debt recovery, contentious probate, matrimonial law and landlord/tenant disputes. Her experience includes representation in the police station, Magistrates and County Courts. She has dealt with cases as diverse as shoplifting and murder, breach of contract and breach of health and safety regulations as well as right of way and boundary disputes.
Rachel also drafts Wills, and deals with Estate Administration and applications to the Court of Protection.
She holds the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Accreditation and is a member of Resolution.
Rachel is an enthusiastic microlight pilot, and enjoys the views from an open cockpit! She enjoys a wide range of other outdoor activities including tandem riding and canoe paddling.
Mr Damon Brookes
Damon graduated with a law at degree from the University of Portsmouth before completing his LPC at the College of Law in Guildford. He qualified as a solicitor in 2012 after completing his training with a Cheltenham based firm. Damon joined Simmonds Hurford in May 2017.
After qualifying as a solicitor Damon worked in a large conveyancing firm with clients all over the country. In his 5 years with the firm he gained detailed knowledge of the conveyancing process and can assist with any residential conveyancing matter.
Damon has also had experience of preparing wills and lasting powers of attorney along with the administration of estates.
Damon is a keen cyclist. This was most evident when he rode solo from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 2012. He has also competed in triathlons and Tough Mudder, foolishly on more than one occasion. When not pursuing outdoor activities Damon is a keen cook, although he is just as happy for others to prepare dinner whilst trying out any newly discovered restaurants.