0800 652 3371

Colin Spanner

Partner - 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 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 2020 edition of The Legal 500. Published testimonials state: 

"With Colin Spanner I very much felt that he was working hard to get the best outcome for me but he understood that it was a family matter and so wasn't aggressive or abrasive with the other side."

"Colin Spanner was really helpful and supportive."

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

Client Testimonials

A very personal service with kind helpful start.

- Dr S Robertson, London

Very professional standards and advice.

- Mr S Barnes & J Barnes, Hereford

Efficient and hassle free, thanks so much.

- Mrs J Moller, Oswestry

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

Very personable solicitor who spoke in plain English and was approachable.

- Mr J Hughes, Church Stretton

Client Quotes

Superb in dealing with my case and care. I was extremely happy with the service and staff.

- Mr C Verlon, Telford

Thank you for your professional help, advice and commitment to ensure we had the best outcome.

- Mrs S Peruffo, Herefordshire

We would like to offer our sincere gratitude for the kindness, understanding and professionalism you have given during this very difficult time. We would not hesitate to recommend the services of Lanyon Bowdler.

- Ms H Gardiner, Herefordshire

Direct line to acting solicitor.

- Mr H Williamson, Llansantffrraid

Ed clearly had a heavy workload at the time, yet ensured everything was completed in appropriate timescales including working extended hours.

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

Latest Case Study

19 Jun 2019

Package Holiday Injury Claim

Miss G was injured whilst on holiday in Goa. The matter was a strongly disputed package holiday claim. Miss G was on...