The Team

The Newtons team is highly skilled and is focused on delivering excellent customer service across all interactions between clients, vendors and external suppliers. The ethos of the firm is to deliver clear, honest, unambiguous advice at all times. The approach is always consultative and the business adopts a transparent fee structure.

Ellen Fraenkel, Partner

Ellen Fraenkel, LLB (Bristol), LLM (Nottingham), is a highly experienced solicitor with a particular interest in all elements of later-life Planning. Her empathetic approach and solid legal background sees her working with a broad range of clients in the areas of will drafting, LPAs (Lasting Powers of Attorney) Inheritance Tax planning and probate, trusts and estate administration. E:

Richard M Schmidt, Partner

Richard Schmidt, LLB (Bristol), has worked extensively across all areas of the property marketplace working with developers, investors, lenders and end users. Specific areas of expertise cover sales and purchases, leases (acting for landlords and tenants), property management work and secured lending.

He also advises on; commercial collaboration contracts, land/site assembly, compulsory purchase, planning agreements, estate development and disposal, large capital projects (real property aspects) and Landlord and Tenant advice. E:

Nathene Arnaoutis – Solicitor Consultant

Nathene Arnaoutis trained with the city firm, Birkbeck Montague which dealt with large trusts and ‘landed gentry’.  She then moved to a West End firm working predominantly with client accounts in the clothing sector – where there were always crises on a Friday afternoon and urgent Court actions required!

A return to Grays Inn, one of the Inns of Court, and a period of quiet respectability ensued before Nathene decided to set up her own practice. This was established initially in Lincoln’s inn before a move to Hampstead in 1985.

Her firm never lost a case with one of its biggest success stories being the victory for the ex-King of Greece in the Court of Human rights in Strasbourg where the victory was 15-3. Nathene & Co established a strong reputation in the following years as one of the most respected and experienced solicitors in Hampstead, London for wills, probate and conveyancing. The firm was acquired by Newtons in September 2017 with Nathene continuing to offer her broad range of knowledge and experience to the firm’s growing client base.

Robin Graf – Solicitor Consultant

Robin was a partner in a West End firm for over 30 years.He has been with Newtons for 6 years.He now specialises in residential property and private client work. He has many interests outside the law and can often be found on a golf course. E:

Michael Mingle – Non-Solicitor Consultant

Michael coordinates the office IT functionality and document flow. He is an accomplished administrator and leads the office IT planning and strategic development process. E: