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Colin Spanner

Partner - Head of Family Law Team, Resolution Accredited Specialist


Colin's Teams

Family, Agriculture


Profile/Experience

Apart from spending several years in Bristol studying and working Colin has always lived in and around Ludlow. He attended the Grammar School and Sixth Form College there before taking his Law Degree and Law Society Finals at Bristol Polytechnic. After doing his Articles at Morgans he returned to work for a Bristol firm but has been back in Ludlow since 1989 and became a partner with Morgans in 1992.

Prior to the merger between Morgans and Lanyon Bowdler in May 2007 Colin dealt with a wide range of contentious work including family, landlord and tenant, and employment. He was more than happy following the merger to join the family department, thereby enabling him to specialise in that area. He is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer. Resolution members are committed to resolving family and child disputes in a non-confrontational way.

Colin heads the family department and is able to advise clients out of either our Ludlow or Hereford offices.

Colin was chosen to record a video with a client which The Law Society use to promote solicitors nationally. The video explains the benefits of dealing with family matters using the Collaborative process. View the video here.

Over the last three years Colin has been involved in three Child Abduction Act /Hague Convention cases in the High Court in London, where clients have brought their children to the UK from a foreign country, only for the father to issue Court proceedings for their immediate return to their country of birth. Each case was resolved to the satisfaction of the client.

Colin recently retired from the Shropshire Law Society committee after a stint of about 13 years, which included him being President in 2003-2004. He has been a Governor of Ludlow County Infants School and St Laurence C E Primary School, and was Chairman of Governors of St Laurence's for four years.

Outside of work Colin enjoys his time with family and friends and at Ludlow Golf and Rugby Clubs.

"How well and accurate the case was prepared and handled was fantastic"
C Harrison

"Very professional – easy to work with. Colin Spanner – excellent"
B Nugent

"A clear plan was put forward at the beginning of the case, that was stuck to and yielded better than expected results"
C Hayes

Legal 500 & Chambers UK Recommendations

Colin is recommended in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500, the directory states that he advises on wealth protection, financial disputes and children matters.

The 2019 edition of Chambers UK ranks Colin as a Recognised Practitioner.

Client Testimonials

Everyone was kind and understanding, she was brilliant - explained every part of the procedure. Totally recommend Lanyon Bowdler's services.

- Mrs A Harris, Ludlow

Going beyond the responsibility expected to ensure the satisfaction of the client.

- Mr Shaw, Hereford

Staff are most helpful and understanding

- Mrs Edwards, Oswestry

Helpful and courteous. Took time to explain complex issues.

- Mr J Barrett & Mrs W Barrett, Oswestry

The professionalism of the service received and the expert knowledge of the solicitor who handled my case.

- Mr K Whitelaw, Wolverhampton

Client Quotes

Very patient - my own records weren't the best.

- Mr J Pearson, Oswestry

Prompt response, clear advice.

- Dr A Geeson & Dr N Geeson, Hereford

I am extremely grateful to Stephen in the way in which he handled my case and represented me at court.

- A A, Shrewsbury

How easy it was to speak to her and she explained the situation to me in ways that I could understand.

- Mrs S Mizrahi, Hereford

Excellent service in a clear and concise manner.

- Derwen College, Oswestry

Latest Case Study

04 Oct 2018

Successful Application for Contract to be Terminated

D was injured in a road traffic collision several years ago and his personal injury claim settled for several million...