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Meet The Team

We have many key individuals within the firm, all playing their part in ensuring the things that matter to you work.

Charles Almond
Consultant
Liz Ashford
Legal Assistant
Rebecca Asquith
Legal Support Assistant
Bryn Auger
Legal Support Assistant
Katie Baker
Associate Solicitor
Karl Beckett
Partner
Karen Bell
Senior Conveyancing Assistant
Georgia Bennett
Legal Support Assistant
Amy Bills
Solicitor
Clare Boote
Legal Secretary
Claudia Booth
Trainee Solicitor
Matthew Bowering
Partner
Matte Brasenell
Legal Support Assistant
Melanie Brider-Birch
Legal Support Assistant
Sophie Bridges
Solicitor
Mandy Brookfield
Litigation Assistant
Debbie Brooks
HR Manager
Emma Broomfield
Partner
Louise Browne
Legal Assistant
Amy Burgoyne
Legal Support Assistant
Sophie Burgoyne
Solicitor
Edward Burrell
Partner
Praveen Chaudhari
Partner - Head of Commercial & Agricultural and Residential Property Teams
Karen Clarke
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Vicky Clishem
Solicitor
Fiona Cooper
Legal Assistant
Steven Corfield
Principal Agricultural Consultant
Abi Croft
Solicitor
Hollie Daniels
Legal Support Assistant
Nicola Davies
Solicitor
Neil Davies
Partner - Head of Court of Protection Team
Emma Deering
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Isabella Drummond
Paralegal Apprentice
Calum Eagles
Trainee Solicitor
Juana Eastwood
Solicitor
Ruth Edwards
Associate Solicitor and Team Leader
Jennifer Edwards
Associate Solicitor
Paul Ellis
Finance Director & Partner
Kaylee Evans
Legal Assistant
Brian Evans
Managing Partner
Emma Farrington
Solicitor
Bethany Fennell
Debt Recovery Administrator
Vanessa Ford
Legal Assistant
Helen Gale
Legal Support Assistant
Sarah Gallagher
Trainee Solicitor
Kelly Gibbons
Legal Support Assistant
Natasha Gibbons
Associate Solicitor
Stephanie Gore
Legal Support Assistant
Susan Grazier
Associate Solicitor
Lisa Grimmett
Associate Solicitor
Morgan Hanley
Legal Support Assistant
Afsarah Haque-Hassan
Trainee Solicitor
Sara Harris
Legal Support Assistant
Beth Heath
Partner - Head of Clinical/Medical Negligence Team
Liane Helies
Legal Support Assistant
Kristy Henderson
Legal Assistant
Angharad Hird
Associate Solicitor
Chris Hodgson
Legal Assistant
Sue Hodgson
Partner - Head of Family Law Team
Adam Hodson
Associate Solicitor
Liam Holyhead
Debt Recovery Manager
Miriam Homer
Solicitor
Martin Hood
Solicitor
Jan Hope
Legal Secretary
Val Howard
Legal Secretary
Abigail Huband
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Kelly Hughes
Legal Support Assistant
Danielle Hughes
Legal Assistant
David Hughes
Costs Manager
Georgina Hughes
Associate Solicitor
Debbie Humphries
Partner
Dawn Humphries
Partner - Head of Personal Injury Team
Shelley Hyde-Catton
Legal Support Assistant
Lisa Isherwood
Legal Secretary
Kate Ivey
Legal Assistant (ACILEX)
Tom James
Legal Support Assistant
Alicia Johns
Chartered Legal Executive
Aimee Johnson
Solicitor
Janette Johnston
Senior Conveyancing Assistant
Clare Jones
Legal Support Assistant
Leanne Jones
Trainee Solicitor
Heloise Jones
Residential Conveyancing Support
Laura Jones
Solicitor
Emma Jones
Associate Solicitor and Team Leader
Helen Jones
Legal Secretary
Amanda Jones
Marketing Director
Saffia Keegan
Solicitor
Kay Kelly
Consultant
Jo Kneller
Solicitor
Naila Kosser
Legal Executive
Julie Langford
Legal Assistant
Nicola Large
Accounts Manager
Kate Lawson
Associate Solicitor
Mai Lewis
Solicitor
Emma Lewis
Chartered Legal Executive
Anne Lewis
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Danielle Lloyd
Legal Support Assistant
Laura Lougher
Associate Solicitor
Sarah Martin
Costs Draftsman
Mandy Mason
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Lauren McCarthy
Legal Support Assistant
Tania McGee
Associate Solicitor
John Merry
Senior Partner - Head of Employment Team
Chloe Michie
Legal Assistant
Jane Miles
Associate Solicitor
Jennifer Monaghan
Associate Solicitor
Jon Moriarty
Partner
Andrew Morris
Trainee Costs Draftsman
William Morse
Partner - Employment & Education
Emily Mouland
Trainee Solicitor
Ola Muras
Legal Support Assistant
Susan Newbould
Solicitor
Edward Nutting
Partner
Tom O'Rourke
Senior Compliance Officer
Jemma Parocki
Trainee Solicitor
Erin Payne
Legal Support Assistant
Philippa Pearson
Partner
Andrew Pegg
Partner - Head of Dispute Resolution Team
Cameron Petch
Paralegal Apprentice
Jamie Porter
Solicitor
David Pugh
Partner
Debbie Ray
Debt Recovery Administrator
Edward Rees
Partner - Head of Private Client Team
Toni Reeves
Solicitor
Kelly Reynolds
Trainee Solicitor
Zoe Roberts
Associate Solicitor
Llinos Roberts
Solicitor
Phillip Roberts
Partner
Staci Robinson
Associate Solicitor
Georgia Rowney
Legal Support Assistant
Sam Russell
Legal Assistant
Dani Sharma
Legal Support Assistant
Nicola Simmons
Legal Assistant
Lucy Small
Partner
Nicole Smith
Legal Support Assistant
Nicola Smith
Legal Support Assistant
Stewart Smith
Associate Solicitor
Phyllis Smith
Senior Litigation Assistant
Alexander Spanner
Solicitor
Lucy Speed
Partner
Sophie Speirs
Trainee Solicitor
Cassie Stocker
Legal Support Assistant
Nosheen Tabassum
Compliance Officer - Compliance
Robin Thain
IT Manager
Kevin Thomas
Partner
Morgan Thompson
Legal Assistant
Rachel Tomley
Solicitor
Tim Treherne
Partner - Residential Property Team
Claire Vale
Associate Solicitor
Rowland Waddington
Operations Manager
Carole Walker
Legal Support Assistant
Gráinne Walters
Partner - Head of Corporate & Commercial Team
Laura Weir
Partner
Sarah Whittall
Partner
Mia Williams
Trainee Solicitor
Sioned Williams
Solicitor
Chloe Williams
Solicitor
Gemma Williams
Solicitor
Gemma Workman
Solicitor
Claire Yardley
Partner
Caroline Yorke
Associate Solicitor

Latest News

14 Feb 2024

Is My Will Watertight?

The short answer is no. However, there are a range of options available in order to mitigate the risk of family members making a claim against your estate once you have passed away.

If someone tries to make a claim against your estate once you have passed, this would be governed by the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents Act) 1975. A person can only bring a claim against the estate if they are:

  • A spouse or civil partner of the deceased;
  • A former spouse or civil partner of the deceased (that has not remarried);
  • Any person whom for two years immediately prior to the death of the deceased was living with the deceased as if they were a married couple or civil partners;
  • A child of the deceased;
  • Any person (who was not a child of the deceased) but was treated by the deceased as a child of the family;
  • Any person who immediately before the death was being maintained wholly or partially by the deceased.

When considering a claim, the court will have regard to:

  • The financial resources and financial needs which the applicant has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future;
  • The financial resources and financial needs which any other applicant for an order under S.2 of the Act has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future;
  • The financial resources and financial needs which any beneficiary of the estate of the deceased has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future;
  • Any obligations and responsibilities which the deceased had towards any applicant for an order under the said S.2 or towards any beneficiary of the estate of the deceased;
  • The size and nature of the estate of the deceased;
  • Any physical or mental disability of any applicant for an order under the said S.2 or any beneficiary of the estate of the deceased;
  • Any other matter, including the conduct of the applicant or any other person, which in the circumstances of the case the court may consider.

In some cases, it may be appropriate to also include a letter of wishes that will record your wishes in further detail, also explaining why you have made the specific distributions to certain people or organisations. Although this is not mandatory, it will assist in providing further evidence to the court if someone were to contest your will.

There is no guarantee that a claim will not be brought against your estate when you die however a properly drafted will can reduce the grounds on which any potential claimant could make a claim and it is therefore essential that your will is drafted correctly and concisely to reflect your true wishes.

Having a will in place is a fundamental step in ensuring your assets and wealth is distributed how you would like it to be after your death. Without a will, you will run the risk of the intestacy rules dictating how your estate will pass which could result in estranged family members far down the blood-line inheriting all or part of your estate. Please see our previous blog: Intestacy (Dying Without a Will) – What Will My Spouse/Civil Partner Get? for further information about dying intestate.

If you are concerned about a family member making a claim against your estate after you die, please get in touch with Lanyon Bowdler where our dedicated team can give you specific advice regarding your circumstances.

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12 Feb 2024

International Epilepsy Awareness Day

February 12 marks International Epilepsy Awareness Day. This is a day dedicated to raising global awareness about epilepsy aiming to reduce stigma, deepen understanding of the condition and management and promote support for all those effected by or living with epilepsy.

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that can affect all ages but typically starts in childhood or in people over 60. It’s a lifelong condition that can be managed with medication to enable people to live normal lives and keep their seizures under control.

Epilepsy can also be acquired through injury to your brain from causes such as;

• a lack of oxygen during birth
• a severe head injury
• a brain infection
• a stroke
• a brain tumour

Symptoms of epilepsy

Seizures can affect people in different ways, depending on which part of the brain is involved but possible symptoms include:

• “fitting’ – that is where a person has uncontrollable jerking and shaking
• becoming stiff or rigid
• losing awareness or staring blankly into space
• odd feelings and sensations, such as a "rising" feeling in the stomach, unusual smells or tastes, or a feelings of pins and needles in the limbs
• collapsing/losing consciousness.

How to get involved?

Observing International Epilepsy Day helps bring the condition to public awareness and keeps the conversation going, contributing to meaningful discussion and helping destigmatise the condition. This is the opportunity for organisations, affected individuals, families and clinicians to come together in a meaningful way and demonstrate solidarity.

The main ways to participate are:

1. wear purple as it is the official colour observed with epilepsy awareness; and
2. share information about epilepsy, including management of seizures, condition education, signposting of symptoms and support groups will help to raise awareness and spread valuable information. There are a number of UK based support groups and associations related solely with epilepsy that have regular fundraising events to support epilepsy research, patient advocacy and specialist assistance/care programmes.
By observing International Epilepsy Day annually, we strive to keep the conversation going and help to create an inclusive and supportive society for everyone.

Can we help?

Many of our clients have had symptoms of epilepsy or diagnosis which we support them with. If you think you have suffered an injury through medical negligence, which has led to symptoms or a diagnosis of epilepsy, we may be able to assist you with a claim or sign post you to support groups. If you would like more information or wish to speak to someone in confidence, please get in touch via email: info@lblaw.co.uk

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02 Feb 2024

Review of World Alzheimer’s Month 2023

Defying dementia with new drugs, and neuro occupational therapy.

Each September, people unite from all corners of the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that persists around Alzheimer’s disease and all types of dementia.

During World Alzheimer’s Month,  a call is sent out to everyone, from individuals to large organisations, including every Alzheimer’s and dementia association globally, to support World Alzheimer’s Month by getting involved in some way.  

Many people still wrongly believe that dementia is a part of normal ageing. This alone highlights how important public awareness campaigns, like World Alzheimer’s Month, are for changing perceptions and increasing existing public knowledge around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  

With the number of people living with dementia set to almost triple by 2050, it has never been more important to recognise the risk factors associated with dementia and take proactive steps towards risk reduction. As such, the 2023 campaign of Alzheimer’s Disease International ‘Never too early, never too late’ centred on the key risk factors and risk reduction, aiming to emphasise their crucial role in delaying and potentially preventing the onset of dementia. This also importantly includes ongoing risk reduction for those who have already been diagnosed.

The aim of the ‘Never too early, never too late‘ campaign was to underscore the pivotal role of identifying risk factors and adopting proactive risk reduction measures to delay, and potentially even prevent, the onset of dementia. This includes ongoing risk reduction strategies for individuals who have already received a diagnosis.

There is growing awareness that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can start many years prior to symptoms, likewise awareness of the lifelong brain health interventions and choices that can be made. There has never been a more urgent need to understand and respond to the risk factors associated with this condition.

During the September 2023 World Alzheimer's Month there was lots to celebrate in some of the latest research findings in preventing and managing Alzheimer’s disease.

Experts are calling it the beginning of ‘a new era’ of Alzheimer’s therapy as scientists move ever closer to discovering what causes this progressive neurodegenerative disease and, vitally, what cures it. Although words of caution are tempering the new findings (it’s still early days!) fresh seeds of hope have been sown.

Here are some of the latest discoveries...

Fabulous fungus

Diet is one of the most important weapons in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. There is mushrooming evidence that a healthy diet can help to manage, delay or improve some Alzheimer’s symptoms, such as memory loss or cognitive difficulties, and now the mushroom itself is under the microscope of researchers investigating the impact of early dietary interventions for the progressive disease which causes damage to brain cells.

In a study published in Foods Journal, a Chinese research team reviewed literature that explored how mushrooms' bioactive properties might help delay the onset or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

They concluded, “Mushrooms may be a promising functional food for preventing AD. Mushrooms have many bioactive compounds that have the potential to regulate AD.”

These findings are encouraging, however, a substantial amount of research is still needed to study their optimal dose, limitations, bioavailability, the differences between chemical forms, and their possible interactions with other dietary components.

Drug discoveries

Among the fresh drug findings in the Alzheimer’s field lately, two names in particular have been making headlines - Lecanemab and Donanemab.

Both drugs have been shown to slow down the loss of memory and thinking skills in patients with early Alzheimer’s symptoms. Donanemab slowed it down by over 20%, with evidence suggesting the earlier it was taken in the disease stages, the better the outcome. Lecanemab achieved a 27% slowdown, and was also found to be effective for early-stage Alzheimer’s.

However, as with all new drug discoveries, there is much more research to be done, particularly as the most recent trials of both drugs only lasted 18 months and most participants were from a white background.

Neuro OT aid for Alzheimer’s

Neuro-occupational therapists (OTs) understand how Alzheimer’s symptoms can impact life after a diagnosis – for the individual and those who care about them. They use evidence-based occupational therapy strategies and tools that can reduce the impact of the disease on activities of daily living.

Their approach includes assessing changes in the ways the body and brain function, such as:

  • Emotions, moods, and personality 
  • Memory and thinking skills
  • Planning and problem-solving
  • Behaviour and self-image
  • Language and communication

Neuro OTs also help clients to understand more about how the disease may be impacting them and the things they can do to:

  • Improve, develop, or re-learn abilities and skills
  • Maintain independence
  • Compensate for challenges
  • Modify their environment

Whilst everyone is mindful of their physical and mental health not everyone is as mindful of the issues which may arise when their health is impacted whether that be by illness or injury. We would always recommend forward planning for these events where possible such as creating lasting powers of attorney and drafting wills, however, sometimes these are only at the forefront of your mind when you have already reached an impasse. If you are supporting a loved one who lacks capacity and you need assistance please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Court of Protection Team.

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Latest Case Study

01 Feb 2024

Death of Young Mother of Three Could Have Been Avoided

Kate, a 34 year old mother of three, presented to A&E at Wrexham Maelor Hospital with a seven day history of diar...

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30 Nov 2022

Hospital Missed Key Symptoms Leading to Life Changing Injury

Cauda Equina Syndrome

This claim settled by Laura Weir arises from the delay in diagnosis ...

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17 Jun 2022

Misfiled Radiology Report Causes Catastrophic Harm

Mr L originally presented to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) in 2011 with suspected kidney stones. H...

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