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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

Staff are most helpful and understanding

- Mrs Edwards, Oswestry

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

We had complete trust and confidence that our best interests were being looked after at all times. A quality service provided by them.

- Mr D Meredith & Mrs E Meredith, Shrewsbury

As a Welsh speaker, I attach great importance to being able to communicate in Welsh with my solicitor - as I can with him.

- Mr H Jones & R Jones, Llanrhystud

The welcome at reception and the relaxed atmosphere when discussing things with the person handling the sale of my property.

- Mr W Ward, Oswestry

Client Quotes

Straightforward, professional and friendly advice and always willing to help with my questions without feeling like I'm bothering him, so thank you very much

- Mr S Avery, Telford

Everything was first class

- Miss Evans, Oswestry

He was great, he listened and suggested the best course of action - thank you.

- Mr T Graves, Shrewsbury

Politeness, clarity of information.

- Mr C Pudge, Worcester

Natasha Gibbons was very easy to talk to, I felt at ease with her, and she always kept me up to date with the case. She has provided excellent service throughout.

- Mrs C Roberts, Gwynedd

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...