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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
Ellie Arnold
Legal Assistant
Joanne Ashton
Legal Support Assistant
Katie Baker
Solicitor
Hannah Barnes
Associate Solicitor
Stephanie Barton
Solicitor
Ellie Batley
Solicitor
Ruth Beaman
Legal Support Assistant
Kelly Beesty
Accredited Police Station Representative
Karen Bell
Senior Conveyancing Assistant
Clare Boote
Legal Secretary
Claudia Booth
Legal Support Assistant
Matthew Bowering
Partner
Dylan Boydell
Legal Apprentice
Alys Bratch
Trainee Solicitor
Mandy Brookfield
Litigation Assistant
Debbie Brooks
HR Manager
Emma Broomfield
Partner
Charlotte Bulley
Solicitor
Sophie Burgoyne
Trainee Solicitor
Edward Burrell
Partner
Praveen Chaudhari
Partner - Head of Commercial & Residential Property Teams
Cassie Chidlow
Associate Solicitor
Karen Clarke
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEx)
Vicky Clishem
Solicitor
Steven Corfield
Principal Agricultural Consultant
Emma Cousins
Trainee Solicitor
Abi Croft
Trainee Solicitor
Rhianon Cruise
Legal Support Assistant
Hollie Daniels
Legal Support Assistant
Cindy Darlington
Licensing Manager
Sophie Davies
Chartered Legal Executive
Neil Davies
Partner - Head of Court of Protection Team
Emma Deering
Chartered Legal Executive
Juana Eastwood
Solicitor
Ruth Edwards
Solicitor and Team Leader
Jennifer Edwards
Solicitor
Holly Edwards
Associate Solicitor
Paul Ellis
Finance Director & Partner
Heather Evans
Legal Assistant
Kaylee Evans
Legal Support Assistant
Brian Evans
Managing Partner
Andrew Evans
Partner
Emma Farrington
Solicitor
Vanessa Ford
Legal Assistant
Helen Gale
Litigation Assistant
Kelly Gibbons
Legal Support Assistant
Natasha Gibbons
Associate Solicitor
Stephanie Gore
Legal Support Assistant
Susan Grazier
Associate Solicitor
Charlotte Gregory
Solicitor
Lisa Grimmett
Associate Solicitor
Morgan Hanley
Legal Support Assistant
Sara Harris
Legal Support Assistant
Chloe Hassall
Solicitor
Beth Heath
Partner - Head of Clinical/Medical Negligence Team
Kristy Henderson
Legal Assistant
Sue Hodgson
Partner - Head of Family Law Team
Adam Hodson
Associate Solicitor
Miriam Homer
Trainee Solicitor
Jan Hope
Legal Secretary
Val Howard
Legal Secretary
Louise Howard
Associate Solicitor
Eleanor Howells
Trainee Solicitor
Amy-Eloise Hughes
Legal Support Assistant
David Hughes
Costs Manager
Georgina Hughes
Associate Solicitor
Gemma Hughes
Associate Solicitor
Debbie Humphries
Partner
Dawn Humphries
Partner - Head of Personal Injury Team
Kayleigh Hunter
Chartered Legal Executive
Katie Hurst
Solicitor
Shelley Hyde-Catton
Legal Support Assistant
Kate Ivey
Legal Support Assistant
Janette Johnston
Senior Conveyancing Assistant
Emily Jones
Legal Secretary
Jemma Jones
Junior Litigation Assistant
Rebecca Jones
Legal Assistant
Heloise Jones
Residential Conveyancing Support
Laura Jones
Trainee Solicitor
Dewi Jones
Solicitor
Emma Jones
Solicitor
Helen Jones
Legal Secretary
James Jones
Associate Solicitor
Katherine Jones
Associate Solicitor
Amanda Jones
Marketing Director
Kay Kelly
Consultant
Naila Kosser
Legal Executive
Pravin Kukadia
Senior Litigation Assistant
Jemma Land
Associate Solicitor
Henry Lane
Legal Support Assistant
Julie Langford
Legal Assistant
Nicola Large
Accounts Manager
Kate Lawson
Associate Solicitor
Anne Lewis
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEx)
Danielle Lloyd
Legal Support Assistant
Emma Lloyd-Astbury
Legal Support Assistant
Millie Logan
Legal Secretary
Laura Lougher
Associate Solicitor
Savhan Lyall
Trainee Solicitor
Melissa Martin
Legal Support Assistant
Sarah Martin
Trainee Costs Draftsman
Tania McGee
Associate Solicitor
Stephanie Merrill
Medical Legal Assistant
John Merry
Senior Partner - Head of Employment Team
Jane Miles
Associate Solicitor
Jennifer Monaghan
Associate Solicitor
William Morse
Partner - Employment & Education
Emily Mouland
Legal Support Assistant
Susan Newbould
Solicitor
Edward Nutting
Partner
Tom O'Rourke
Senior Compliance Officer
Philippa Pearson
Partner
Andrew Pegg
Partner - Head of Dispute Resolution Team
Eleanor Piddock
Solicitor
Amber Pinnell
Solicitor
Nick Playford
Associate Solicitor
Cyrus Plaza
Solicitor
Jamie Porter
Solicitor
Phoebe Preece
Legal Support Assistant
Holly Price
Legal Support Assistant
Angela Price
Residential Conveyancing Support
Kris Pugh
Medical Legal Assistant
David Pugh
Partner
Debbie Ray
Debt Recovery Administrator
Edward Rees
Partner - Head of Private Client Team
Toni Reeves
Legal Support Assistant
Zoe Roberts
Associate Solicitor
Llinos Roberts
Solicitor
Phillip Roberts
Associate Solicitor
Adrian Roberts
Partner - Head of Criminal Law Team
Kimberley Roberts
Solicitor
Staci Robinson
Associate Solicitor
Jordan Sadler
Solicitor
Stephen Scully
Associate Solicitor Advocate
Michelle Simmonds
Legal Assistant
Nicola Simmons
Legal Assistant
Lucy Small
Partner
Lisa Smart
Debt Recovery Administrator
Nicola Smith
Legal Support Assistant
Stewart Smith
Associate Solicitor
Trudy Smith
Residential Conveyancing Support
Phyllis Smith
Senior Litigation Assistant
Alexander Spanner
Solicitor
Lucy Speed
Partner
Sophie Speirs
Legal Support Assistant
Clare Stephens
Solicitor
Debbie Stott
Senior Conveyancing Assistant
Robin Thain
IT Manager
Joanne Thomas
Solicitor
Kevin Thomas
Partner
Morgan Thompson
Legal Support Assistant
Rachel Tomley
Trainee Solicitor
Kate Tory
Legal Assistant
Tim Treherne
Partner - Residential Property Team
Mark Tromans
Solicitor
Claire Vale
Associate Solicitor
Rowland Waddington
Operations Manager
Carole Walker
Legal Support Assistant
Gráinne Walters
Partner - Head of Corporate & Commercial Team
Laura Weir
Associate Solicitor
Sarah Whittall
Partner
Gemma Williams
Solicitor
Emma Wilson
Solicitor
Cindy Wright
Head of Estate Developments
Claire Yardley
Partner
Caroline Yorke
Associate Solicitor

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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Latest Case Study

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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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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24 Jan 2022

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