Edward Gardiner

Managing Partner / Member

Joined the firm in 1987 as an articled clerk; spent one year of his articles working in a notarial office in Toulouse, France; admitted as a Scrivener notary in 1994. Partner of Cheeswrights since 1996 and managing partner since 2018. He is the chairman of the Society of Scrivener Notaries and an English delegate to the United Kingdom Notarial Forum.


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Andrew Claudet

B.A. (Hons.) - Partner/Member

Read French and German at Collingwood College, Durham, spending a year of his studies working in Austria; joined the firm in 1993 and spent a year of his articles at law offices in Athens & Hamburg. Partner of Cheeswrights since 2001.


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Alisa Grafton

B.A. (Hons) - Partner/Member

Originally from Moscow, qualified as a Russian lawyer in 2000. Joined Cheeswrights in 2001 and admitted as a notary in 2005. Studied and worked in Madrid as a part of the qualification process to become a Scrivener Notary. Specialises in Russian matters and has an interest in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.


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Luis Hyde-Vaamonde

LLB (Hons) - Partner/Member

Read Law with European Legal Studies at King’s College London; joined Cheeswrights as an articled clerk in 2003; spent five months of his articles working in a firm of notaries in Buenos Aires, Argentina; qualified as a general notary in 2007 and as a Scrivener notary in 2008.


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Michelle Scott-Bryan

B.A. (Hons) - Partner/Member

Read French and Italian at St. Hild and St. Bede’s college, Durham, spending a year of her studies in Florence (Italy) and Clermont-Ferrand (France); studied the law conversion course at the College of Law; joined the firm in 2006, qualified as a general notary in 2009 and as a Scrivener notary in 2011.


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Emma Noon (née Wilkinson)

B.A. (Hons) - Senior Associate

Read French and Italian at St. Aidan’s College, Durham, spending a year of her studies in Bologna (Italy); joined the firm in 2005, qualified as a general notary in 2009 and as a Scrivener notary in 2011. In 2010 Emma spent six months in Rome in the office of a notary there.

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Sarah Mackie

MA (Oxon) - Senior Associate

Studied at the University of Oxford and the College of Law, London. Joined the firm in 2010 and spent a year of her training working in Germany and Spain, qualifying as a Scrivener notary in 2014.

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Sara Dodd

MML - Senior Associate

Read French and Italian at the University of Manchester spending a year of her studies in Perugia, Italy. Joined the firm in 2009 and spent a year of her training working in notarial offices in Spain, Portugal and Italy before qualifying as a Scrivener notary in 2014.

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Nigel Ready

M.A. (Cantab) - Honorary Chairman

Read languages & law at Jesus College, Cambridge; joined Cheeswrights in 1975, admitted as a notary in 1980; partner of Cheeswrights in 1981. Publications: editor, Tenth (1988), Eleventh (1992), Twelfth (2002) and Thirteenth (2009) editions of “Brooke’s Notary” (Sweet and Maxwell, London) and Hong Kong supplement (2005); consulting editor, Ship Registration: Law and Practice (2002); with the late Theodoros Karatzas of the Athens Bar and subsequently Governor of the National Bank of Greece, “The Greek Code of Private Maritime Law” (1982). He is a past master (2002-2003) of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners member of the livery of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Vanuatu. Nigel was Managing Partner of the firm from 1990 to 2009. He retired as senior partner in April 2012 but continues to be closely involved with the firm as a consultant.

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Jeremy Burgess

M.A. (Cantab) - Senior Consultant/Honorary Vice-Chairman

Former Open Exhibitioner of Downing College, Cambridge, where he read history; joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1985 and qualified in 1990. Partner of Cheeswrights 1994-2020, managing partner 2009 – 2018, senior partner 2018-2020.

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