Steele & Son


Legal services to businesses and individuals throughout the Ribble Valley and Pendle.

Clitheroe: 01200 444321  |  Barnoldswick: 01282 813385  |  Email: click to send email

At your service - Meet our professional & friendly team...

Keith is our Managing Partner based at our Clitheroe office. Keith was born and brought up in the Ribble Valley.  He has worked in Clitheroe for over 35 years establishing and running his own practice before joining the partnership in 2008.  Keith has a wide ranging practice in non-contentious matters particularly Wills, Probate and Trusts, as well as Residential and Commercial Conveyancing. Keith is married with three grown up sons. Away from the pressures of the office he enjoys walking and is a past Chairman of Clitheroe Round Table.



  • Conveyancing  (Commercial and Residential)

  • Landlord and Tenant  (Commercial and Residential)

  • Business affairs

  • Wills and Probate

Keith Bagot LL.B (Hons)

Managing Partner

John Taylor LL.B (Hons)

Senior Partner

John is a Senior Partner in the firm and has been a solicitor with Steele and Son for more than 50 years. Very experienced in conveyancing and all property matters both residential and commercial. John is married and has two daughters and two grandchildren. He has many local interests including the outdoors, Rotary, the 41 Club and motoring. He is also a great supporter of local charities.  



  • Conveyancing  (Commercial and Residential)

  • Landlord and Tenant (Commercial & Residential)

  • Wills and Probate

Ruth is a conscientious professional with many years of extensive experience in residential conveyancing, probate, wills and lasting powers of attorney, and for twenty years owned her own practice in the town.  A previous Councillor on both Clitheroe Town Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council from 2011-2015, Ruth maintains an interest in national and international politics and is also an avid aviation enthusiast – particularly in helicopters,  and, when time allows is learning to speak, read and write Arabic



  • Conveyancing (Residential and Commercial)

  • Wills and Probate

Ruth Moores LL.B (Hons)


Ian B. Dearing LL. B (Hons)

Consultant Solicitor

There are those who say he is better acting for you than against you.  Barry Dearing maintains a select worldwide practice within the firm specialising in the complex and arcane.


With over 40 years’ experience, matters of property are meat and drink, whether it be commercial or domestic conveyancing, landlord and tenant matters or unravelling ancillary rights lost in the mists of time.  Wills and commercial agreements are part of daily life: he has a detailed knowledge of tax laws: company law: commercial transactions: complex criminal cases: specialised civil litigation: estate management: agricultural fisheries and game rights: shareholders’ rights.  Barry has particular knowledge of the specialised field of national and international motorsports.


Married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren, his outside interests relate to family activities.

Basil Dearing LL.B (Hons)

Consultant Solicitor

Basil Dearing was articled to Steele and Son from 1965 – 1967 then continued on working in General Practice:  he has experience in most areas of Law and in particular matters involving Crime and Property.  He is capable of dealing with all types of problems in all areas of Law.  If he does not know the answer to a particular issue raised, he most certainly will know where to find it!


He has many interests outside of his professional work including being a Director of Burnley F.C. from 1984 – 2016.



  • Conveyancing (Residential and Commercial)

  • Business Affairs

  • Matrimonial

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Support and expertise of the highest quality

Ilona - Jade Morgan LL.B (Hons)

Trainee Solicitor

Born and raised in Clitheroe, Ilona completed work experience with the firm in 2014, before graduating from Lancaster University in 2016 with a 2.1 Ll.B (Hons). Ilona was then offered a full time position with the firm and is currently a trainee solicitor due to qualify in December 2018. She is continuing her education studying her LPC and Masters at the University of Law in Manchester.

Ilona works very closely with one of our partners whilst also running her own files. Ilona has excellent experience in Residential Conveyancing, Lasting Powers of Attorneys and Trusts, but specialises in Wills and Probate.


Outside of the office Ilona enjoys spending time with her family.



Roberto Bonaminio LL.B (Hons)


Roberto is a local lad who was born in Blackburn and graduated in law from the University of Central Lancashire in 2013. He joined us in July 2013 and has recently completed his Training Contract, becoming fully qualified in July 2017. Roberto has developed a wide understanding of many areas of Law, including Residential & Commercial Conveyancing; Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney; Matrimonial Law and Civil Litigation.


Away from the office, Roberto will more than likely be found on the golf course. Roberto is also a keen footballer, having recently spent three seasons with our very own Clitheroe FC.


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