The Partners

George Knowles B.A.

George was educated at St. Peter’s School, York, and having obtained a degree in Law from Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) and passed the Solicitors’ Finals Course at the College of Law at Guildford he trained with Drivers, qualifying as a solicitor in 1982 and becoming a partner a couple of years later. George is based at our York office and is a commercial property and residential development specialist, acting for many builders and developers both locally and nationally. He is the firm’s Senior Partner.


Stephen Thorn M.A. (Cantab)

Following his schooling at Ecclesbourne Grammar School in Derbyshire, Stephen obtained a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge. He qualified as a solicitor in 1986, having passed the Solicitors’ Finals Course at the College of Law at Guildford and then trained with City of London firm Allen & Overy. Following spells in the private client and agricultural departments of two large Norwich firms Stephen moved to North Yorkshire in 1992, where he has practised in residential and commercial property and also private client ever since. Stephen has been a partner in Drivers since 2000, and his main areas of work remain wills, probate and general private client, and also residential and commercial property including agricultural. He is a member of the Agricultural Law Association. He is based at our Malton office.


Samantha McAfee M.A. (Cantab) T.E.P

Samantha was educated at Bradford Girls' Grammar School and obtained a degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge. Having completed the academic side of her legal education in 2003 - the PgDL by Distance Learning with the College of Law, then the LPC with the College of Law at York (Block Learning Programme) - she trained with Rice Jones in Halifax, qualifying as a solicitor in 2005 and continuing to work for them for the following year in commercial and residential property. After a further short spell doing residential property work with another York firm, she joined Drivers in 2007 as an assistant solicitor in commercial and residential property and also in private client, and in connection with the latter she undertook the rigorous STEP training, becoming a fully qualified TEP in 2015. She became a partner in Drivers in 2016. She is based at our York office.

STEP LogoSamantha is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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