Our Team

Christopher Wynne Symons L.L.B

Having attended Fishguard High School and graduating with a Law Degree from Aberystwyth University Chris Symons joined the Practice straight from Chester Law School in 1977.

He became a Partner in 1982 . His areas of work include both domestic and commercial conveyancing, partnership and company matters, wills and trusts and general private client matters.

Chris’ family originates from Llanelli and he retains strong connections in the town. He is an avid follower of the Scarlets and has extensive contacts and interests in rugby generally.

Mrs Claire L.P. Smith B.Sc

Mrs Smith is a Partner in the firm and head of the Family Department.

She obtained an Accountancy Degree at Leicester Polytechnic University and her Diploma in Legal Practice from Chester College of Law.

As an accredited member of The Law Society’s Family Law Panel, she has experience in working in divorce, separation and family disputes. She has over 20 years of experience within the field.

Mrs Smith has developed a busy specialist Family Law Department and has undertaken a large variety of public and private children law cases.

Further, she has vast experience of dealing with financial proceedings within divorce and separation matters.

James Hogg LL.B. (Hons.) Essex

James attended Llanelli Boys’ Grammar School and from there went to the University of Essex where he graduated in Law in July 1983.

He studied for the Solicitors Final Examination at the College of Law in Guildford and after undertaking his Articles in Colchester was admitted as a Solicitor in February 1987.

After a short period in Private Practice he was employed as an Assistant Solicitor with Llanelli Borough Council until he joined Jennings in April 1995.

James became a Partner in 1996 and his field of practice is mainly Conveyancing, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Wills and Probate.

In his spare time James enjoys History, Genealogy and spending time with his Dog.

Sarah Bannister, LL.B, FCILEx
Chartered Legal Executive

After completing her Law Degree at Aberystwyth University in 2009 Sarah joined Jennings as a Legal Secretary.

Having decided to further her career in law, Sarah began the CILEx Graduate Diploma in 2012 and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives in 2015.

Sarah specialises in all aspects of Residential Conveyancing and Wills.

Debbie Jenkins
Litigation Executive

Debbie joined Jennings in 2019 as an Affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the Legal sector and works in our firm’s Civil Litigation Department.

Debbie has vast experience in all aspects of Civil Litigation.
With a keen interest in Housing Law, Debbie has delivered approved Rent Smart Wales training to Landlord’s throughout Wales and has assisted both landlords and agents in compliance with recent changes in the Law.

She has strong connections with local Landlords and has assisted many Landlords in defending claims and recovering possession of properties.

Donna Grasis

Donna graduated from Cardiff University in 1996 with an upper second class law degree. She went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Glamorgan in 1997. Whilst waiting to secure a training contract Donna obtained a F.E.T.C qualification which meant she could train/teach students aged 16 and above and adult learners. On completing her training contract, Donna qualified as a Solicitor in 2004.

Donna joined the Practice in September 2021 having gained 20 years experience in residential conveyancing in a number of leading law firms. For the past seven years Donna has been based in Llanelli and therefore can help prospective clients with her knowledge of the local conveyancing landscape in Llanelli. At Jennings Donna specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing, whether freehold or leasehold and whether registered land or unregistered land. Donna is used to dealing with the usual sales and purchases of property, transfers of equity and remortgages as well as Right of Way and Adverse Possession claims to the Land Registry. Donna also enjoys the challenge of rectifying legal title at H M Land Registry. She is also accredited to the Welsh Government as a Conveyancer for the Welsh Governments Help to Buy Scheme. Donna has continuously acted for a number of local developers in the sale and purchase of plots of land.

In her spare time Donna enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading biographies of celebrities and attending as many musical theatre shows as she can!

Sian Stevens
Assistant Solicitor

Sian Stevens is an Assistant Solicitor predominately working across our Civil and Family Department. In particular deals with a vast range of Civil Litigation, Employment and Children matters.

Further, Sian also deals with other matters to include Lasting Power of Attorneys, Court of Protection applications and is able to deal with matters across the Wills, Trust and Probate Department.

Sian joined Jennings Solicitors as a paralegal in 2018 after graduating from Swansea University with a Law Degree. Alongside working in the firm, Sian completed a Masters in Advanced Drafting and Legal Practice and commenced her Training Contract in October 2019. Following the successful conclusion of her Training Contract, Sian was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on the 1st October 2021.

Danielle Edwards
Assistant Solicitor

Danielle joined the Firm as a Paralegal in January 2016 and completed her training contract and qualified as a solicitor in January 2018.

She attained a Law Degree at Swansea University and also her Diploma in Legal Practice at Swansea University.

Her specialist areas working within the family department include Children matters, involving Care Proceedings, Child Arrangement Orders, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders at the Family Court.

Further she also deals with other matters including Divorce, Separation and Financial matters.

Sian James

After working for many years as a Legal Secretary, Sian decided to further her career in law with Jennings and joined the firm in 2018 as a Graduate Legal Executive. She has gained much experience whilst working at this revered firm and hopes to qualify soon as a Chartered Legal Executive and to become WIQS accredited. Sian deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing.

Sian’s first language is Welsh and she attended Ysgol Dewi Sant and Llanelli Girls’ Grammar School. In her spare time, Sian enjoys walking her dog and is also a member of Llanelli Tennis Club where she attempts to play tennis.

Teresa Evans FCILEx
Chartered Legal Executive

Teresa rejoined Jennings in December 2021 where she had achieved her qualification as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute Legal Executors in 2000.

Teresa has over 20 years’ experience and whilst initially having a background in Family Work she now specializes in Probate and Residential Conveyancing.

Teresa is local to Llanelli and away from the Practice she enjoys spending time and socialising with family and friends.

Rebecca L. Hughes ACILEx
Trainee Legal Executive

Rebecca Hughes is a Trainee Legal Executive who re-joined Jennings Solicitors in 2016 and after working for many years as PA to our Senior Partner, Mr C. W. Symons and dealing with all aspects of his work in conveyancing; commercial conveyancing; Wills; Trust and Probates, achieved her CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law & Practice in May 2021.

She is now working towards her Level 6 Qualification and becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

Rebecca’s main area of expertise is within the Probate Department dealing with all matters relevant to Estates to include applications for Grants of Probate; Grant of Letters of Administration; IHT Calculations and general Estate Management under our WIQS Accreditation. Rebecca also deals with the Conveyancing relevant to properties within Estates together with Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Rebecca is also an integral part of the Office Management Team in charge of in-house training on computer systems and file management.

In her spare time, you will mainly find her studying for her CILEx Level 6 in Probate Practice and the Law of Wills and Succession.

Carl Bowen LL.B (Hons)
Trainee Solicitor

Carl is a Trainee Solicitor currently working within our Conveyancing Department. Carl Deals with all aspects of residential conveyancing and is also working to gain experience in the areas of law involved in commercial transactions.

Predominantly Carl deals with Transfers of freehold and leasehold properties, Deeds of Gift, Remortgages and Residential and Commercial leasehold agreements.

Having lived in Llanelli all his life, Carl joined Jennings as a Paralegal in 2020 further to graduating from Swansea University with a Law Degree in 2018 and completing his Legal Practice Course in 2019. Carl Commenced his Training Contract with Jennings in December 2020 with an anticipated admission to the roll in July 2023.

In his spare time Carl enjoys watching rugby and spending time with his friends.