Trainees & Paralegals

Lucy Cooter - Trainee

Lucy graduated from Durham University in 2013 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Geography. She joined Richard Buxton as a paralegal in September 2014 and has since completed her legal studies at BPP University, receiving distinctions in both the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course. Lucy is currently on secondment with Ashtons Legal in Cambridge.

Lucy assists on all aspects of the firm’s practice including environmental and planning judicial reviews, nuisance matters, and s.288 claims, and has experience assisting on cases at the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Sarah Knox-Brown - Trainee

Sarah graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2012 with an MA undergraduate degree in Politics. Following this she completed the Graduate Diploma in Law, and joined Richard Buxton in September 2015. Sarah is currently finishing her training contract, having completed a secondment with Ashtons Legal in the commercial and employment litigation team.

Sarah has been involved in a wide variety of environmental and public legal work, including environmental and planning judicial reviews, Planning Inquiries, s288 claims and nuisance. Sarah has also assisted on cases in a variety of courts, including the High Court, Court of Appeal and County Courts.

Hannah Norman - Senior Paralegal

Hannah Norman

Hannah graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Geography.  She joined Richard Buxton as a paralegal in September 2013, having spent 3 years at Ashtons Legal in Cambridge, where she had been working in the Private Client department, assisting in the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney and in the administration of estates. 

Since joining Richard Buxton, Hannah has assisted on a variety of environmental and planning judicial review cases, at the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court stages, including conservation matters, action against specific planning applications and challenges to Core Strategies and Local Plans.  

 

Rebecca Stewart – Paralegal

Rebecca graduated from the University of Warwick in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature. She joined Richard Buxton as a paralegal in May 2017 and is currently studying part-time for the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Rebecca has been involved in a variety of matters in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She is experienced in assisting with planning judicial review cases, and is presently enjoying strengthening her practice in other areas of environmental law.

Rebecca recently achieved her first success in drafting grounds for a pre-action letter which resulted in the defendant planning authority consenting to quashing of the permission under challenge.

Kath Kusyn - Office Manager

Kath Kusyn joined Richard Buxtons in February 2016 as an Administrator. Kath previously worked for Eversheds LLP as a Legal Secretary in the Real Estate department and also the Company Commercial department. Kath is also studying part time for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with the Open University but very much enjoys working in the Public & Environmental area of Law. As well as Administration, Kath looks after the accounts and the day to day running of the office.