Who We Are

Litini Newcombe

Litini is the managing partner of the firm and works mainly in private client matters (wills, trusts, estate administration, powers of attorney) and residential conveyancing.

Litini graduated with a first-class degree in Latin and after various teaching positions in the UK and abroad moved to Cumbria as a secondary school deputy head teacher. She then retrained as a solicitor, obtaining a distinction in her LPC and joined Kilvington Solicitors as a partner in 2009.

Alex Sykes

Alex’s work is primarily acting for commercial and farming clients on all matters relating to commercial and agricultural property including first registration of land at the Land Registry, easements, sales and purchases of farms and farm land and commercial and agricultural tenancy agreements.  As an ex-forest manager Alex has a particular interest in the forestry industry, and acts in many woodland sales and purchases. 

Alex is also the firm’s specialist in family matters having gained extensive experience of this area during his time with Atkinson Ritson in Carlisle and Wigton.

Kate Mallaband

Kate is a Consultant Commercial Property solicitor with an expansive expertise in a broad range of property matters.  Kate advises on all property transactions for businesses, developers, investors, landlords, tenants and commercial lenders.

Kate started her career at top 100 Law Firm Gordons in Leeds before joining OSG in Lancaster & Kirkby Lonsdale as partner. Most recently before joining Kilvingtons Kate spent 5 years as a Partner and Head of Commercial Property for Napthens, Cumbria.

Kate qualified as a solicitor in 2006 having graduated with an MA (Hons) in Modern History and obtaining a distinction in her LPC and was recommended as a key lawyer in the 2021 Legal 500 rankings.

Sally Silvester-Wood 

Sally joined the firm as a trainee solicitor, having relocated to the area in 2021. She previously worked at a rural practice in Powys, dealing mainly with residential and agricultural conveyancing, wills and probate matters. 
She comes from a small-business background and achieved a first class degree in Law while running a construction company, going on to obtain distinctions in both her LPC and Masters degree in Law, Business and Management. Until she qualifies in 2023, she will assist in all areas of the practice before specialising.

Edward Green

Originally from the West Country, Edward has moved to Cumbria to train as a solicitor at the firm with a focus on commercial/residential property, agricultural and private client law. Prior to joining the firm Edward worked as a teacher both in the UK and abroad.

Edward holds a BA (Hons) in Russian from UCL and has recently completed his GDL, LPC and LLM from the University of Law. After qualifying Edward hopes to specialise in agricultural matters.

Anthony Kilvington

Anthony joined the firm in 1973 and after many years running it on his own, in 2016 he handed over the reins to Litini. He still continues to work for long standing clients and assists members of the team in all areas of law as and when requested and when not gardening!

Susan Dinsdale

Susan is the wills and probate practitioner at the firm. She joined Kilvingtons in 2014 having previously worked in the scientific sector for ten years. During her time with us Susan first obtained the CILEx Professional Diploma in Law and Practice (level 3) and has now completed the Licensed Probate Practitioner qualification.  She mainly deals with wills and estate administration but is also able to assist with powers of attorney, residential conveyancing and commons registrations.

Tracy Bell

Tracy previously worked in the conveyancing department at a solicitors and a local estate agent both in Lancashire. She started at Kilvington Solicitors in 2011 and is the conveyancing assistant having achieved a CILEx Professional Diploma in Law and Practice (level 3).

Anne Curr

A local lass from a farming background, Anne joined the firm in 2014. Following promotion from receptionist, Anne is now the firm’s accounts and office manager keeping the rest of us and our files in order.

Gillian Slee

Gillian relocated to Cumbria in 2010 from the North East and joined the firm in 2019. She is the administrative assistant for the commercial and agricultural law fee earners and runs their files on a day-to-day basis.

Gina Balmer

After finishing a degree in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University, Gina decided to come back to her hometown and pursue a different path whilst continuing to make art in her spare time. She also joined in 2019 and is receptionist and administrative assistant to the fee earners.