At Kearns we have a large team of qualified advocates and solicitors waiting to help you.

When you instruct Kearns you’ll find our team friendly, knowledgeable and professional throughout the process.

We do our best to create a positive place to work and invest in our most valuable asset: our people—most of whom have been with us for over ten years. One way we invest in our people is through providing accredited CPD training to ensure our teams stay on top of the latest legislation, policies and regulation.

We also invest in technology, such as our unique Client Portal, which saves you valuable time when booking hearings and uploading important documents.

Leadership Team

View Timothy Johnson Operations Manager

Tim is an experienced Operations Manager having worked in the litigation and collection sectors for over 30 years.

He has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the business and has responsibility for the operational teams. Tim is used to managing high volume litigation cases and works closely with the teams to ensure that they provide a high quality, compliant and cost effective service.

Outside of work, Tim enjoys all sports especially rugby and football.

View Julie Burkitt Finance Manager

An affiliated FCCA member, Julie is our Finance Manager and joined the company in July 2018. Julie has over 16 years’ experience in the legal sector having worked in law firms including Thrings, Clarke Willmott and Veale Wasbrough Vizard.

Julie is responsible for the management of Finance within Kearns and works closely with the Litigation, Agency & Legal Services Teams. She is also responsible for the provision of management information reporting.

Outside of work, Julie likes to keep active by cycling, running and going to the gym.

Agency Team - Advocacy and Mediation

View Aisha Hayat Legal Services Solicitor

Aisha joined Kearns in October 2017 as the Legal Services Solicitor within our Agency Team, providing oversight and leadership of our Advocacy and Mediation Panels.

Aisha was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2009. Having secured a role with a reputable firm in Newcastle, she went on to cross qualify as a solicitor and gained fantastic experience working within a fast paced litigation environment. Aisha has substantial experience dealing with civil litigation matters from both Claimant and Defendant perspectives and is a talented advocate.

Outside of work, Aisha enjoys keeping fit and loves to travel.

View Sharon Evans Team Manager

Sharon worked for Link Financial Outsourcing Limited (and group companies) for 11 years as a team leader within the Litigation department. In 2015, she joined Kearns in the Litigation Process team, progressing to the role of team manager of the Agency team. Sharon is responsible for the day to day running of the Agency team, which handles high volume litigation cases in courts throughout England and Wales. Sharon is also the first aider and fire marshall for Kearns.

View Magdalena Idzi Booking Clerk

Magda is our Booking Clerk and is responsible for booking up cases along with all Agents’ files.

She joined the Kearns team in December 2014 having previously worked for Link Financial Outsourcing Limited as a Litigation officer for 13 years.

Magda was born in Poland and came to UK in 1999 as part of her University experience. She graduated in 2002 with a Master’s degree in Business in Agriculture.

View Nadine Williams Paralegal

Nadine joined Kearns in December 2014 having previously worked for Link Financial Outsourcing Limited for 13 years. She deals with updating papers/ instructions and also submitting Hearing Reports after the Hearing date.

Nadine studied her HND in Law at Glamorgan University in 1999.

Litigation Specialist Team

View Laura Lloyd Litigation Specialist

Laura joined Kearns in October 2016, initially as a Litigation Officer within our Litigation Team. Following a very successful first year, Laura was promoted to Litigation Specialist in October 2017.

Laura holds a First Class Honours Degree in Police Sciences from the University of Wales, where she honed her analytical skills and legal astuteness. She is a highly professional and personable member of the team.

View Ross Thomas Litigation Specialist

Ross has more than 40 years’ experience in the finance industry and recently joined Kearns as a Litigation Specialist.

Ross has developed an extensive knowledge of bulk litigation on secured and unsecured debt as well as the return of goods process for auto finance.

View Steven Croll Team Leader

Steve joined the firm in 2015, having previously worked for Link Financial Outsourcing (and group companies) for almost a decade. Steve specialises in contract law dealing with Defended Civil Litigation and has developed a considerable knowledge in the niche sector of Consumer Credit Law. Steve often assists in some of our more challenging cases.

Steve has experience across a range of civil proceedings in the County Court and regularly attends Court hearings for clients in Small Claims, Mortgage Possessions, Landlord & Tenant, Charging Orders, Bankruptcy Petitions, Re-determinations, CMC / Directions and General Applications.

Steve is also an associate member of CILEx working towards Fellowship.