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Lanyon Bowdler combines professional excellence with a friendly atmosphere. With a dynamic and modern character the firm is focused on success and growth. This success and growth generates room for our staff to mature and grow within the firm and enjoy stimulating and rewarding careers. We have a number of exciting opportunites, click below to find out more.

Client Testimonials

My impression from the start was of a friendly working relationship, very professional and willing to go the full distance for a client. The team was always available and nothing was too difficult for them to do. This was uplifting to know and gave good confidence in the work they did.

- Charles Forbes, Hereford

Lanyon Bowdler has provided us with an excellent service. I was kept well informed throughout the process, communication was brilliant. Vicky is approachable and explained everything. I also liked the fact that she was able to speak to me in Welsh. The whole team were very efficient and professional in their manner.

- Dwyrwen Jones, Conwy

Impressed by speed for the timescale I was requesting and response to emails, very efficient.

- Carole Y Barsby, Telford

When the lawyer handling my case was not available, his assistant handled the situation very well and kept us informed through to completion.

- Mr P Joyner & Mrs J Joyner, Bromyard

Emma Wilson was excellent, good communication and a fast sale of my property.

- Stephen Williams, Llangollen

I was impressed with the care and attention to detail and James gave me good advice.

- Mrs Marilyn a Teague, Hereford

Ed clearly pays attention to detail and most importantly was diligent in ensuring my interests were best catered for. 

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

We found they always listened to what we had to say and replied in Queens English without a lot of legal jargon.

- Mr J Manley & Mrs B Manley, Craven Arms

Solicitors in Shropshire, Herefordshire & Wales

 

We are one of the most recognised law firms in Shropshire, Herefordshire, and North Wales, and synonymous with excellence. We are able to offer a wide range of pricing options including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

We are recognised by the leading UK legal directory, having been recommended in 14 categories in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500. The teams acknowledged are clinical negligence, company & commercial, commercial litigation, contentious trusts & probate, debt recovery, education, employment, personal injury, planning, agriculture & estates (both in the West Midlands and Wales), family, criminal law, trusts & probate, and commercial property. Our agricultural solicitors team is recognised in Tier One for the West Midlands.

The 2022 edition of Chambers UK ranks the agriculture & rural affairs, crime, clinical negligence, family and personal injury teams in Band 1. The private client team is ranked in Band 1 in their High Net Worth Guide.

In May 2016 Lanyon Bowdler merged with the long-established Hereford Law firm of Beaumonts Solicitors. Our continued expansion, our network of offices and expertise, position us ideally to service the legal needs of individuals and corporate clients throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire, North Wales and along the Marches, as well as in the neighbouring counties of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Powys, and Mid Wales

Whether your team is your family, your business, your community, or all three, our people are warm, friendly professionals who can give you peace of mind that whatever opportunities and challenges come your way, we can help you achieve the best outcome.

So whether you are breaking new ground, overcoming a challenge, or simply getting your life in order, the team at Lanyon Bowdler can support you with the very best legal advice delivered locally by nice people.

Lanyon Bowdler; we’re on your team.

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A Mother Talks About the Challenges Faced Due to Cerebral Palsy Following a Birth Injury

Her daughter from Shropshire was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy following a birth injury, Lanyon Bowdler are working with the family to ensure compensation is recovered to satisfy future needs. The monies are controlled by the Court of Protection.  

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Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors offer local, accessible, legal support for you, your family, and your business. We work for local, national, and international clients. We have offices throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire & North Wales, so are able to act for clients across the Midlands, and indeed anywhere in England & Wales.

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Surviving Brain Injury - The Journey

Around 200 delegates, from across the country, attended this conference held at Theatre Severn in Shropshire in March 2016. Here is footage from some of the speakers following this successful event. Guest speakers included medical lead from the Midlands Air Ambulance, senior research sister from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Dr Andrew Worthington from Headwise, Alison McNamara from AJ Case Management, chief executive of Headway Shropshire, occupational therapist Jayne Brake and Pauline Holbrook from The Movement Centre, in addition, there were talks from members of the team at Lanyon Bowdler as well as clients bravely sharing their stories.

Latest News

15 Jun 2022

Nottingham Maternity Review – Donna Ockenden Takeover

The Nottingham Maternity Unit was rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2020 and a review, similar to that completed by Donna Ockenden into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH), began. The review relates directly to the Nottingham University Hospital (NUH) Trust after repeated examples of poor care were uncovered along with failures to investigate.

The CQC issued a warning notice in March 2022 highlighting specific concerns over triage services and increased stillbirths. Nineteen serious incidents were reported by maternity staff between March 2021 and February 2022, as well as five current Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch investigations. The CQC warning was issued having identified that staff were not always carrying out observations to make sure patients’ conditions were not deteriorating, and that triage wait times were too long.

Families involved in the review previously sought the input of Donna Ockenden in the Nottingham review due to a lack of confidence in the clinical team involved, the extremely slow pace of the review and the increasing numbers of families coming forward. The original remit was too narrow and considered not independent enough.

An interim report was published in April 2022, which highlighted that maternity services nationally were ‘under immense scrutiny’, in light of reports such as that conducted by Ockenden into SaTH. Evidence of ‘bullying behaviour’ had been uncovered with some staff displaying ‘unacceptable behaviours such as being rude and abrasive’. Sharon Wallis, director of the midwifery unit at NUH said “our teams are working hard to make the necessary improvements, but recognise we have more to do and are absolutely determined to speed up the pace of change and deliver quality services”.

NHS England have now confirmed that Donna Ockenden will chair a new team with new terms of reference into the review of the maternity services at NUH. Sir David Sloman, Chief Operating Officer for NHS England has said he has “taken on board various views” those concerned with the original review team have shared. Ockenden will develop terms, which reflect both the need to drive urgent improvements to local maternity care and the need to deliver actionable recommendations, which can be implemented as quickly as possible. No timescale has yet been confirmed however.

This announcement is no doubt welcomed by those families involved and will hopefully result in a robust review. This change in leadership comes as a result of the families campaigning for Donna Ockenden’s involvement, and some even publishing personal details of their cases online in a desperate bid to be heard by those in charge.

Donna Ockenden taking over as chair of the review offers hope that the failings at NUH, specifically the maternity unit, will be uncovered and hopefully encourage ongoing and future care to be improved. She has commented that her first priority is to listen to those families affected and notes that the CQC safety warning, and the stories shared already, indicates ‘something that is very, very wrong at the trust’.

Lanyon Bowdler are supporting hundreds of families under Donna Ockenden’s review into the maternity care at SaTH. If you or your family have been affected by poor maternity care either under SaTH or Nottingham, please speak to a member of our specialist team.

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09 Jun 2022

West Midlands Ambulance Service Faces ‘Titanic’ Collapse

We are all taught from a very young age that if it’s a genuine emergency, where someone is seriously injured or ill, and their life is at risk, we should call 999 and the ambulance service will be there to help. However, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is now at terrible risk of collapse.

WMAS Director, Mark Docherty, has warned that by 17 August 2022, the service will fail. They are currently facing a ‘catastrophic situation’ of long hospital handovers and delayed response times which is undoubtedly putting lives at risk. Mr Docherty has warned that patients are dying needlessly everyday due to the strain on the service.

In an interview with the Health Service Journal, Mr Docherty raised his concerns over the potential ‘Titanic moment’ collapse of WMAS and called for NHS England and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to step in and control the concerning situation.

A major concern is the that some patients have waited in the back of an ambulance for 24 hours before being admitted to hospital, and that serious incidents have quadrupled in the past year - largely as a result of these severe handover delays. This is a national problem and NHS data has shown that in March 2022, ambulance trusts nationwide had slow response times to even the most urgent of incidents.

Mr Docherty says the NHS England officials have downplayed the problem of delayed discharge, and he has questioned why the CQC have issued improvement notices about hospital corridor care, but not the ambulance handover delays when patients are dying every day due to avoidable delays. The CQC have commented that the impact of the escalating pressure on the NHS is severe and the long delays for patients are unacceptable.

Over 100 serious incidents have been recorded at the West Midlands Ambulance Service relating to patient deaths, resulting from the service being unable to respond as the ambulances were held outside hospitals. There have been a number of reports of Shropshire patients waiting extreme periods of time for hospital beds, and repeated anger over death’s occurring as a result of the ambulance delays.

Mr Doherty predicts that WMAS will collapse by 17 August 2022, stating this is when a third of the resources will be lost to delays - meaning that ambulances simply will not be able to respond to emergency calls. The risk level was rated at its highest level ever in October 2021, and the situation has failed to improve since. In April 2022, there were 17,795 hours lost due to handover delays of over 30 minutes. By June, this had risen to over 2,100 hours which is the highest number ever experienced by WMAS, with the worst delay involving a crew waiting more than 25 hours at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

NHS England has said £150 million has been allocated to tackling this issue, but is this just a tiny sticking plaster on a massive gaping wound? Is it too late for the service to be saved? Will other ambulance services nationwide face the same fate?

With Mr Docherty stating that this is the biggest problem facing the NHS right now, the question remains: how much worse can it get and what happens if this collapse does in fact happen?

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19 May 2022

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust Fined £1.3m After Two Avoidable Patient Deaths

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) have been fined over one million pounds after admitting failures in medical care that contributed to the deaths of two patients.

SaTH were prosecuted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) under the Health and Social Care Act 2008. Appearing before Telford Magistrates, SaTH admitted three charges of failing to provide treatment and care in a safe way, resulting in harm.

In the first case, Mohammed Zaman, 31, died of severe blood loss while undergoing dialysis at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in 2019. A catheter came out of his jugular vein which set off an alarm. However, he was not checked before staff switched it off, and by the time staff had noticed what had happened, he had lost half of his supply of blood. SaTH admitted failings and were fined £800,000.00.

In the second case, Max Dingle, 83, was placed on a larger bariatric bed which staff were not trained on how to use correctly. He suffered a cardiac arrest after his head became trapped between a mattress and the bed rail, and sadly could not be resuscitated.

Prosecuting, the CQC said both patients and their families had been "severely let down" by SaTH. "People using health and social care services have the right to safe care and treatment, so it's unacceptable that patient safety was not well managed by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust," Fiona Allinson, from Watchdog, said.

Following the hearing, SaTH issued a statement in which its director of nursing Hayley Flavell said: "We are truly sorry for the pain and distress caused as a result of the failures in the provision of care. We offer our sincere apologies and heartfelt condolences to the families we let down".

Sadly, this is not the first time SaTH have caused or contributed to avoidable deaths. In March, a damning review into the maternity services at SaTH was released by Donna Ockenden which found "repeated errors in care" at the Trust contributed to the deaths of 201 babies between 2000-2019.

West Mercia Police are presently carrying out Operation Lincoln - an investigation into the care of mothers and babies who died or suffered serious harm under maternity services at SaTH between 1 October 2003 and the present day.

Lanyon Bowdler are assisting a large number of families who are part of Operation Lincoln and the Donna Ockenden review, therefore if you require any assistance or if you need advice, please contact us.

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Misfiled Radiology Report Causes Catastrophic Harm

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07 Jun 2022

Six Figure Settlement Obtained for Psychiatric Injuries Following Traumatic Birth

In March 2021, Lanyon Bowdler obtained a six figure sum in compensation for Mrs XD in relation to the psychiatric inj...

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