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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

Very professional standards and advice.

- Mr S Barnes & J Barnes, Hereford

We were kept up to date with progress and probate was compleated within the estimated time

- Mr Edwards, Worcester

Ed provided utmost confidence throughout the process and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other clients.

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

Politeness, clarity of information.

- Mr C Pudge, Worcester

The understanding of my case, the kindness shown to me and the support given, not only by my solicitor but by his secretary.

- Mrs S Oliver, Shrewsbury

Client Quotes

The team were easy to talk to and explained everything clearly

- Mr Price, Hereford

The staff made me feel valued and always took the time to listen to my concerns

- Ms Castell, Shrewsbury

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

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

- Mr J Hughes, Church Stretton

Efficient and effective service; good knowledge and understanding of procedures; good organisation; courtesy.

- Mrs S Pilkington, Nottinghamshire

Latest Case Study

15 May 2019

Amputation of left leg settles for just under £1million

A claimant from Telford, received just under £1 million in

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