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Vanessa Ford

Legal Assistant - Private Client Team


Vanessa's Teams

Wills, Trust & Administration of Estates, Private Client


Profile/Experience

Vanessa started working at Lanyon Bowdler in the Telford office (when the firm was based in Brodie House) as a secretary on a temporary contract in April 2003 for Neil Lorimer in the personal injury department.

She officially joined the firm on a permanent contract as a senior secretary for the clinical negligence department in August 2003, again based in the Telford office. The department, and Vanessa, transferred to the Shrewsbury office at the beginning of November 2003.

Vanessa then transferred to the private client department in August 2006, working as a private client assistant and, became a fee earner for the team in 2008. In 2016 she was promoted to legal support assistant.

In May 2017 Vanessa transferred, and is now based at the firm’s Telford office in Hazledine House and remains in the role of legal assistant in the private client department, where she assists with all types of work including the administration of estates.

Outside of work, Vanessa is actively involved in Telford & Wrekin’s “Street Champion” Scheme – a means whereby members of the public are “recruited” and give up their free time to keep their local areas clear of litter – reporting any fly-tipping and also arranging for repairs to be logged (ie street lighting etc).

Vanessa also champions charitable causes: Help for Heroes, Dogs Trust; Battersea Dogs Home and Guide Dogs for the Bind.

She also enjoys country walks with her faithful doggy companion, swimming, days in the gym, reading and live music events.

Client Testimonials

The team were easy to talk to and explained everything clearly

- Mr Price, Hereford

Competence and detailed legal knowledge.

- Mr S Martin & Mrs R Martin, Shrewsbury

Ease of contact, understanding of business context. An excellent and pragmatic approach to a relatively complex business transfer.

- Mr D Coull, Shrewsbury

A very good service - it simplified the appeal process for me considerably which went very smoothly.

- Mr P Griffiths, Telford

He was always calm, efficient, prompt and helpful.

- Rev M Thomas & Prof K Thomas, Oxfordshire

Client Quotes

Dealing with one person when possible. Clear, simple advice.

- Mrs S A Flynn, London

I was competely satisfied with all aspects of the service.

- Mr S Taylor, Telford

Everything was first class

- Miss Evans, Oswestry

You do what you say you are going to do within an estimated timescale

- Mrs Lewis, Bromyard

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

- Mr K Whitelaw, Wolverhampton

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...