Peter Rutherford, Commercial & Private

Peter Rutherford

Peter Rutherford is Senior Partner and Head of the thriving Commercial and Private Client Department.

Peter is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and has worked over the last 11 years on a landmark case in this speciality. As an experienced Solicitor of over 30 years standing he has contributed to the community in voluntary roles latterly having been committed to the Lancaster Abbeyfield Society for over 30 years and has a long standing and established relationships with SMEs many of whom have maintained their relationship as they have grown and found success both nationally and internationally.

The bespoke package of legal support to individuals and SME’s is provided from the perspective of accessible, pragmatic friendly advice borne out of a deep appreciation of the business demands of building and maintaining a business in the context of ever increasing business risks and need for flexible innovative solutions.

Rachael Waring, Commercial & Private

Rachael Waring

Rachael began her legal journey at Runshaw College near Preston, studying A – Level Law, she then went onto read Law at Manchester Metropolitan University securing an upper second class degree. After a year gaining work experience predominately in conveyancing Rachael commenced the Legal Practice Course in York. She went onto train with a high street firm in Manchester qualifying in 2009.

In January 2016 Rachael became a ‘TEP’ a Trust and Estate Practitioner and full member of The Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners and is able to advise on a wide variety of Wills, Estate Planning, Tax and Trust matters.

Rachael is from an agricultural background and has a particular interest and experience in dealing with estate planning and probate matters for members of the farming community and is an active member of the Agricultural Law Association. .

In her spare time Rachael is a keen musician and enjoys attending various sporting events throughout the year with her family.

Sharon Mashiter, Commercial & Private

Sharon Mashiter F.Inst.Pa

Sharon is a Certified Paralegal specialising in residential Conveyancing work as part of the dedicated team at Holdens with all aspects of Property Law.

Sharon joined Holdens back in 1971 and worked for the firm for 11 years.  Following a career break she then re-joined Holdens in 1998.  She has clients from all over the country and she strongly believes in providing clients with a dedicated professional but friendly service that is second to none.

Sharon lives in Lancaster and in her leisure time enjoys going to the theatre, cinema and good food and wine but most of all likes time with her grandchildren enjoying the local countryside. 

Graeme Bradshaw, Commercial & Private

Graeme Bradshaw

Graeme is a Solicitor who qualified in 2000.  He studied Geography at Lancaster University before converting to Law at the University of Central Lancashire.  He has recently joined Holdens from a major north-west law firm.


Graeme has expertise in many litigated cases including personal injury.

Graeme is also able to advise businesses and individuals on disputes including employment issues that arise.  He prides himself on having a very professional yet approachable manner.

In his spare time Graeme is a Scout Leader in Lancaster.