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Sharon Auton

Chartered Legal Executive

+44 (0)1206 217043

Sharon is a Director, Chartered Legal Executive and accredited Mediator. Sharon joined Thompson Smith and Puxon in 2000. Since 2012, Sharon Auton Ltd, a company of which Sharon is a Director, has been a corporate partner in Thompson Smith and Puxon. Sharon became the Head of the Dispute Resolution team in January 2014 and Finance Director in January 2016.

Sharon has over 15 years experience in Dispute Resolution (and Litigation, a name by which the team was previously known). She is professional, friendly and approachable, acting for a wide range of clients, both individuals and businesses, in dispute resolution matters. In her spare time Sharon enjoys spending time with her family (she has two sons), travelling and particularly enjoys long walks in the countryside and spending time in the garden.

Prior to choosing a career in the law Sharon worked at the University of Essex for ten years and prior to that was in banking and finance.

Sharon advises her clients on a wide and varied range of cases from landlord and tenant disputes (residential and commercial), breach of contract disputes, commercial disputes, consumer disputes, construction disputes, neighbour disputes  – all manner of disputes – harassment and injunctions, mediation, debt recovery, insolvency, contentious probate, professional negligence, and claims under constructive and/or resulting trusts……….life is never dull!

Having had huge success in representing clients at mediations Sharon successfully became an accredited mediator in November 2015. She is passionate about mediation as a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (to avoid the need for contested court proceedings) and enjoys the flexibility it offers and the results it often achieves.

Sharon is a 2016 Legal 500 recommended lawyer who “regularly handles consumer disputes” and in 2015 the firm’s service in Dispute Resolution was rated as “second to none”.

Sharon says “I love my job and the variety it gives me. I have some wonderful clients. I particularly enjoy court work and the butterflies I still get from it and the open sessions at mediations. I like that the law is constantly changing and we have to keep on our toes to keep up with it.”

Sharon works closely with her colleagues in the Business Services Team to ensure that clients are provided with an holistic approach to their needs.

To find out more about the Dispute Resolution service that Sharon can offer, for individuals click here or for businesses click here.

As an accredited mediator Sharon has undergone rigorous training and assessment, passed qualifying exams and undertaken the observations necessary to secure this accreditation. She is registered with the Civil Mediation Council and at Clerksroom. Sharon is available to mediate in all types of dispute, other than Family and Employment. For more information on the mediation services that Sharon can provide click here.

Sharon is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) which was was established for lawyers specialising in contentious trust and probate work.



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