Meet The Team

Robert G Willoughby LLB

Partner (Admitted 1992)


Robert joined the firm in 1992, becoming a partner in 1996 and senior partner in 2015.

Robert is a highly experienced criminal lawyer, being a longstanding member of the South Durham and Darlington police station and court duty solicitor schemes. He deals with all types of criminal case from the police station through to the magistrates’ court and Crown Court, including murder, manslaughter, drugs conspiracies and serious sexual offences. He has particular expertise in respect of road traffic matters, special reasons and exceptional hardship cases.

Robert also handles a substantial residential conveyancing caseload, maintaining close relationships with local estate agents. Robert takes pride in providing a friendly, personal but highly efficient service, and can boast a substantial proportion of repeat clients thanks to the excellent level of client satisfaction he provides.

Robert also deals with personal injury law, and he has a proven track record of obtaining compensation for clients involved in accidents that were not their fault.

Robert has extensive experience of dealing with wills, probate and powers of attorney.



Liam PD Brison BA

Partner (Admitted 1996)


Liam studied law at Nottingham University, joined CW Booth & Co in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. He is head of our Family Law department and is a vastly experienced solicitor in respect of all types of family proceedings.

He is a member of the Law Society Family Law and Children Panels and current chair of the Durham Child Law Group.

Liam’s primary area of practice is care proceedings brought by the Local Authority, in which he regularly represents children, parents or other parties involved. He also deals with private law family matters including applications in respect of child arrangements (previously known as contact and residence), special guardianship and divorce.

Liam is known for his detailed and meticulous approach to case preparation and advocacy as well as his excellent client care.



Samuel J Brewster LLB

Partner (Admitted 2004)


Sam joined CW Booth & Co in 2002 and became a partner in 2010.

Sam specialises in criminal law, dealing with cases from the police station and magistrates’ court through to the most serious Crown Court matters. He offers huge experience in all types of criminal cases, including road traffic offences, benefits agency investigations and large-scale conspiracies. Sam has dealt with cases involving highly complex financial, forensic and telecommunications evidence. He is a duty solicitor for the South Durham and Darlington police station and court schemes and is qualified as a solicitor advocate (Higher Courts – Criminal).

Sam also has substantial experience in family law matters, regularly providing advice and representation in respect of separation and divorce, child arrangements and care proceedings.

In addition, Sam accepts instructions in respect of wills, powers of attorney and residential conveyancing.

Sam prides himself in offering clear, no-nonsense advice, and he will work diligently to secure the best possible outcome in your case. He works as efficiently as possible to avoid delays and ensure that his clients are always kept fully up to date.



Jo Charlton LLB

Solicitor (Admitted 2009)


Jo is a solicitor who specialises in family law.

Her work includes all areas of family law. She has a particular interest in domestic abuse cases and disputes over the arrangements for children, such as who they should live with and what time they should spend with the parent they do not live with. She also has a wealth of experience in divorce matters and their financial implications and representing parents and other family members in care proceedings issued by the Local Authority.

She understands that coming to see a solicitor and talking about personal issues can be a very difficult and daunting time. She will try her very best to put clients at ease and signpost them to other agencies and services who may be able to support and assist them. She will listen to clients and ensure she knows what they want to achieve at the outset. She is committed to providing clients with realistic advice about their options and the likely outcomes for them.

She is a member of Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals, who are committed to taking a non-confrontational approach and considering the needs of the whole family and, in particular, the best interests of the children, when resolving family law disputes. She is accredited by Resolution as a Specialist Family Lawyer with particular specialisms in Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse cases.

She studied law at the University of Leeds before completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York. She was awarded the Legal Service Commission (now known as the Legal Aid Agency) Public Legal Services Route Prize 2005/2006 for being the best performing student in the elective examinations at York College of Law.

She qualified as a solicitor in September 2009 and has practised as a family law solicitor since then.


Amrit Jandoo BSc (Hons)

Barrister (Called to the Bar 2017) (Partner)


Amrit is a barrister having been called to the Bar in March 2017 by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple London.

He has a wealth of experience having qualified in 2009 before transferring to Bar.

Amrit appears exclusively in the Crown Court for CW Booth & Co, enabling the firm to offer a seamless service from police interview through to Crown Court trial including Military Courts Martial.

His experience is extensive predominantly in the following areas:

  1. Organised crime
  2. Drugs and fraud conspiracies
  3. Money laundering / proceeds of crime (POCA)
  4. Serious violence and sexual offences
  5. Fraud
  6. Appeals (Court of Appeal)

Care Proceedings
Amrit appears in the family court acting for parties involved in care proceedings at all stages. He has acted in cases relating to non-accidental injuries, mental health issues and chronic neglect.


  1. Honourable Society of Middle Temple London.
  2. North-East Circuit



Kirsty McLean

Trainee solicitor


Kirsty joined the firm in 2022 and became a Trainee Solicitor in 2023.

Kirsty holds an undergraduate degree in Criminology and a First-Class Masters in Criminal Justice and Criminal Law. She achieved a First-Class honours in both her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course.

She completed her Police Station Accreditation in 2023.

Kirsty has an interest in both Criminal and Family Law. She takes pride in providing a friendly and personal service with her clients whilst acting efficiently in their best interests.



Stacey Mulligan



Stacey joined the firm in July 2023 and has an undergraduate degree in Criminology with a 2:1 Classification.

Stacey is currently in the process of completing her Solicitors qualification (SQE) and anticipates to be qualified in 2024.

Stacey has interests in both Criminal and Family law and provides a personal and efficient service to clients.

Stacey has a passion for achieving justice for her clients and will work diligently in helping clients achieve the best outcome.

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