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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 4

Lanyon Bowdler

Telford-based Lanyon Bowdler offers 'strength in knowledge and experience' for clients in the West Midlands and further afield. 'Consummate professional' Grainne Walters heads the team and has primarily handles high value corporate transactions. Also recommended is partner Edward Burrell, who is skilled in drafting corporate transactions documents.

Practice head(s):Gráinne Walters

Other key lawyers:Edward Burrell


'Gráinne Walters has an excellent knowledge and understanding, with the ability to address every skill level without 'dumbing down' the content.'

'Gráinne Walters is a consummate professional who doesn't give us a hard sell, makes efficient use of time and resources and is a pleasure to deal with.'

Work highlights

  • Assisted client with acquisition of a large care home in North Wales at the foot of Mount Snowdon.
Next Generation Partners

Edward Burrell - Lanyon Bowdler

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler has four experienced solicitor-advocates who deal with the majority of Crown Office work in-house. The established team deals with the full spectrum of offences ranging from summary to indictable offences under the leadership of Adrian Roberts. Roberts is skilled at dealing with court martials and Court of Appeal work while associate Stephen Scully is experienced in the local Youth, Magistrates' and Crown Courts.

Practice head(s):Adrian Roberts

Other key lawyers:Stephen Scully


'The team is very helpful and goes above and beyond to provide a friendly and warm environment for clients'.

'Adrian Roberts would be a huge asset to any firm. An excellent listener with a real 'can-do' attitude. He has the ability to make complex legal matters be distilled down to easily understandable pieces. His advocacy is second-to-none'.

'Stephen Scully is a passionate lawyer who cares immensely about his clients. He is not only able to relate to his clients' needs but is able to distil tricky legal matters down to make sense to the public'.

Rising stars

Stephen Scully - Lanyon Bowdler

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler  is particularly prominent in shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as professional negligence. Andrew Pegg leads the practice and has a strong emphasis on the manufacturing, construction and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):Andrew Pegg

Key Clients

Fletcher Homes Ltd

The Dodd Group (particularly Dodd Group (Midlands) Ltd and Dodd Group (South) Ltd

Christian Haines (director/shareholder in Assured Healthcare Solutions Ltd and Liberty Healthcare Solutions Ltd)

Allenby Douglas Ltd

Plastic Omnium Automotive Ltd

R S Coaching Ltd

Lower Ailey BioGas Ltd

D B Roberts & Partners Ltd

James & Nicholas Prince (directors/shareholders in M H Elcock & Son Ltd)

Nicholas Morgan (director/shareholder in Technical & Development Services Group Ltd and associated companies)

Central Taxis Ltd

Go Carz Country Fresh Pullets Ltd

Work highlights

  • We assisted the client with his acquisition of a large care home in North Wales at the foot of Mt Snowdon operated through Plas Garnedd Llanberis Limited. This matter was complicated by the fact the client’s lender required the seller to retain a stake in the company post-completion. Various issues arose during the due diligence process and we had to work closely with our commercial property team to ensure that matters were handled appropriately. The matter also involved the negotiation of detailed completion accounts together with arrangements for deferred consideration (along with the retained equity stake).

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler

Telford-based Lanyon Bowdler has been building up its practice in the areas of rental recovery and property possession. Sian Samuel, who leads the team, is particularly known for her work in mortgage repossession.

Practice head(s):Sian Samuel

Key Clients

Wynnstay Agricultural Supplies Limited

Coverage Care Limited

Exact Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Unique Copiers Limited in a defended commercial debt claim.
  • Instructed by AN Richards Limited to recover a debt totalling almost £20,000 relating to unpaid invoices for parts supplies.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 4

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler specialises in TUPE and on the employment aspects of business reorganisations. Other areas of expertise include advising schools and colleges on academy conversions and it is also adept at advising senior executives on employment matters. Key contact John Merry advises both employers and employees on employment policy issues and is an experienced advocate in employment tribunal proceedings.

Practice head(s):John Merry (Telford); William Morse (Hereford)


'At every point of being in contact with any team member they demonstrate an excellent professional manner and are helpful'.

'Attention to detail - clients are always put first'.

'John Merry is an extremely knowledgeable individual who is able to communicate on an appropriate level to ensure my understanding and clarity on my position'.

'William Morse is incredibly responsive, supportive, and knowledgeable'.

Key Clients

WMC Retail Partners

Dodd Group

Pure Communications Limited t/a Pure Telecom

Golden Bear Products

Central Shropshire Multi Academy Trust

Bespoke Construction Services

Prince Personnel

Severn Bridges Academy Trust

The Shropshire Doctors’ Co-operative  (“Shropdoc”)

Work highlights

  • Advised The Shropshire Doctors’ Co-operative Limited (“Shropdoc”) on the transfer of call handling services to Care UK and the Welsh Ambulance Service.
  • Advised The Shropshire Doctors’ Co-operative Limited (“Shropdoc”) on an extensive staff reorganisation.
  • Advised on the formation of Central Shropshire Multi Academy Trust upon the Academy conversion of three secondary schools

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West Midlands: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler has a superb reputation across all areas of clinical negligence, with a particular proficiency in handling brain and spinal injury claims. It also has a separate Court of Protection department, which provides ongoing support for clients after damages have been recovered. Team head Kay Kelly has extensive experience of gynaecological injuries, gender reassignment and fertility cases, among other matters. Associate solicitor Emma Broomfield is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Kay Kelly (Shrewsbury); Lucy Small (Hereford)

Other key lawyers:Emma Broomfield; Beth Harrison; Katherine Marriott-Lodge;


'Top notch team that kept us fully informed at all times'.

'Kay Kelly has a wealth of knowledge and experience and  filled us with confidence that she can assist us with all queries and important issues arising with our case. Both she and her associates are always on hand  to deal with any questions'.

'Kay Kelly is outstanding and  is very approachable and clients love her. She is tenacious, but level-headed. She is also a superb tactician'.

'The team has excellent knowledge and explains matters clearly and concisely'.

'The solicitors and the administrative staff are very professional. They have all been excellent in my experience'.

'Lucy Small and Beth Harrison  are very capable'.

'Beth Harrison is a strong team player with excellent judgment and is very popular with clients'.

'Emma Broomfield is always available and is exceptional with numbers'.

'Emma Broomfield is highly intelligent, knows how to win cases and will often take approaches to success which other solicitors would have missed'.

'Katherine Marriott-Lodge was very supportive and made the process straightforward'.

Key Clients

NB & MB re DB & GB Deceased

EB & OB by their Litigation Friend AB





JS re JI Deceased


Work highlights

  • Representing the claimants in wrongful birth and fatal claims against the defendant NHS trust.
  • Representing the claimants in a fatal claim against the defendant NHS trust following childbirth.
  • Represented the claimant against the defendant NHS trust in a claim for the delay in diagnosis and treatment of cervical myelopathy resulting in neurological deficit and restricted mobility.
  • Represented the claimant (age 13 at date of negligence and 19 at settlement) who suffered a SUFE hip joint injury that required surgery.
  • Represented the claimant against the defendant GP following the delay in diagnosis of rectal cancer.
Leading individuals

Kay Kelly - Lanyon Bowdler

Rising stars

Emma Broomfield - Lanyon Bowdler

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler has an enviable reputation in serious injury cases, such as those involving spinal, amputee and brain injuries. Its focus is almost entirely on high-value cases of maximum severity and on catastrophic injury cases, in addition to key specialisms in military and international cases. Team head Neil Lorimer is highly experienced in dealing with complex brain injury cases. The team continues to grow at a senior level with the recent promotion of Debbie Humphries to partner.

Practice head(s):Neil Lorimer

Other key lawyers:Dawn Humphries; Debbie Humphries; Louise Howard; Phillip Roberts


'A consistently professional, efficient and empathetic team who have worked tirelessly to help me. They respond to all queries within the hour no matter how trivial and re-assure me that no questions are trivial'.

'The personal attention given to each case by the partners and associates is exceptional. The team has great strength in depth but the leadership comes from the very top. As a regional firm they are easily on a par for delivering a service with the best firms around'.

'The team does not just look at the claim they look at the individual's life and lifestyle. They look at the bigger picture and how they can help in ways other than just the legal things that need to be tackled'.

'Neil Lorimer is a very experienced, highly organised and efficient Head of PI who knows how to run a successful claim'.

'Neil Lorimer was outstanding & very professional.  I would recommend him and his team 1,000%!'.

'Neil Lorimer has an exceptional eye for detail and will leave no stone unturned. He is highly experienced and has pursued many high value cases to trial'.

'Dawn Humphries is a very knowledgeable spinal injury specialist who has a good understanding of this complex subspecialty of PI and is a key advocate for improved services'.

'Debbie Humphries is a first-class litigator with excellent soft skills when it comes to managing client expectation and navigating a difficult case through to a conclusion'.

'Clear communication is key and  Debbie Humphries nails it every time we chat'.

'Louise Howard has gone beyond the extra mile to support me and can be relied upon for accurate, timely and eminently pragmatic legal advice. Her attention to detail and proactive attitude are very good'.

Key Clients










AS (Deceased)

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant in a road traffic accident (RTA) claim in which he sustained a below knee amputation, a serious head injury and multiple injuries.
  • Represented the claimant in a RTA claim in which she sustained a severe traumatic brain injury.
  • Represented the claimant in a RTA claim in which he sustained a severe brain injury, a pneumothorax and an injury to his right shoulder.
  • Represented the claimant in relation to an accident at work in which he suffered an amputation of his left foot and a psychiatric injury.
  • Representing the claimant in relation to an accident at work in which he was crushed and sustained multiple injuries including a psychiatric injury.
Leading individuals

Neil Lorimer - Lanyon Bowdler

Next Generation Partners

Dawn Humphries - Lanyon Bowdler

Debbie Humphries - Lanyon Bowdler

Rising stars

Louise Howard - Lanyon Bowdler

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West Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler handles a broad range of issues for numerous large agricultural and horticultural clients, as well as various landed estates and significant country landowners. It is an NFU panel firm for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire, and works closely with the NFU regionally. Particular specialisms include advising on single payment appeals and property litigation as well as planning issues and private client matters. Brian Evans leads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Edward Nutting from Hibberts LLP.

Practice head(s):Brian Evans

Other key lawyers:Edward Nutting

Key Clients

Wynne Finch Farms

Ralph Tomley

PDM Produce (UK)

Country Fresh Pullets

W H Timber

Work highlights

  • Acting for the landowner in the sale of land for development.
  • Acting for a landowner in an option to sell land to Taylor Wimpey for residential development.
  • Acting for a client to lodge an appeal by written representations following a refusal of planning permission by the Council.
  • Advising Wynne Finch Farms on a lease with an option to purchase a commercial premises in Anglesey for a new dairy processing facility.
  • Acting in the administration of the estate of the late Elizabeth Brodie Ratclif.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler

The contentious probate department at Lanyon Bowdler acts for clients across the country and further afield internationally on a wide range of matters. Claire Vale heads up the team, which advises on a diverse range of matters, such as claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants ) Act 1975 and actions to remove personal representatives. Other areas of expertise include proprietary estoppel claims, professional negligence claims relating to will-drafting or estate administration, as well as TOLATA applications.

Practice head(s):Claire Vale

Other key lawyers:Mandy Brookfield; Gillian Davies


'Claire Vale and her team were very professional. They showed empathy to me'.

'Is able to handle large and complex matters easily, especially when they araise on complex probate matters'.

'Claire Vale stands out as a knowledgeable and unflappable individual'.

'Gillian Davies and Mandy Brookfield were professional, very supportive, provided good and timely communication and treated me with respect'.

Key Clients

Anita Moles

John Williams

Work highlights

  • Acting in the successful recovery of sale proceeds due to the late father’s estate from deceased’s partner.
  • Acte in the defence of a claim for reasonable financial provision that was brought against the late brother’s estate by a deceased’s step-son
  • Acting in the defence of a claim for proprietory estoppel.
  • Acting in  the defence of a claim for reasonable financial provision that is being brought against the late father’s estate by a deceased’s partner.
  • Advising clients about a potential claim for reasonable financial provision against the late father’s estate by the deceased’s partner and children.
Next Generation Partners

Claire Vale - Lanyon Bowdler

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Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler's well-respected team is experienced in financial remedy matters involving trusts and multijurisdictional assets, as well as farming cases. Elsewhere, internal and external relocation cases under the Children Act are another driver of work, as are cases involving significant welfare issues. Sue Hodgson leads the group.

Practice head(s):Sue Hodgson


'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'.

Key Clients

Father of toddler, seeking contact after 3 years

Parents of respondent husband in financial relief proceedings

Wife who had fled domestic abuse (emotional and financial abuse, coercive control), seeking a divorce

Respondent Mother in Children Act Proceedings

Husband who received a lump sum on divorce when the wife contended he should have nothing.

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained a contact order for a father with mental health issues following army service.
  • Representing the intervenors in financial remedy proceedings.
  • Represented the petitioner who had fears of domestic violence .
  • Represented the respondent mother in an application by the father (a litigant in person) for a child arrangements “live with” order.
  • Represented the husband in a divorce and successfully achieved a financial order exceeding the expectation of the client.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler's team has significant experience of advising on trusts, estate/tax planning and administration, as well as powers of attorney and contentious trust matters. The Court of Protection team, which acts for clients across the UK, is a core part of the private client department and advises on a wide range of complex property and affairs cases. It advises various clients, ranging from high net worth individuals and new parents to elderly and vulnerable people. Giles Scott is a key contact.

Practice head(s):Giles Scott

Other key lawyers:Edward Rees; Neil Davies


'Efficiency was evident in keeping us informed of progress and explaining the reason for any delays'.

'Lanyon Bowdler creates, for even the smallest client, a feeling of security and total help which sets them apart from any competitor'.

'The team is genuinely caring, approachable and efficient'.

'Edward Rees -  we were impressed by his depth of knowledge and the clarity of his explanations. We were able to ask all the questions we wished without time pressure and our questions were answered with reasoned explanations'.

'Neil Davies is exceptional in that his knowledge of minutiae, as it fits our case, and his ability to communicate with us in detail is outstanding and rapid in every respect'.

'Neil Davies is very helpful'.

Key Clients

Anne Baker

Julia Maureen Thomas





Work highlights

  • Acted for a client on the administration of an estate valued at £640,000.
  • Acted for a client on the administration of an estate worth £680,000and also in relation to the preparation & execution of a new will for the client.
  • Acted for a child with cerebral palsy on the management of multimillion pound award.
  • Acted for a client with learning difficulties in connection with suspected financial abuse and contested deputyship proceedings.
  • Acted for 13 year old girl with severe brain injury in connection with the management of multimillion pound award, including property adaptation.
Rising stars

Neil Davies - Lanyon Bowdler

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler covers a range of matters for academies, schools and colleges, spanning school conversions to academy, collaboration agreements, academic terminations, compliance matters, development projects, employee contracts and employment disputes. Employment law specialist William Morse heads the team. Grainne Walters in Telford handles corporate matters, while Andrew Evans in Shewsbury covers commercial property law.

Practice head(s):William Morse

Other key lawyers:Gráinne Walters; David Brammer; Andrew Evans

Key Clients

Derwen College

St Giles Primary School

Woodside Primary School

Radbrook Primary School

Greenfields Primary School

Mount Pleasant Primary School

Severnvale Academy

Central Shropshire Multi Academy Trust

Severn Bridges Academy Trust

The Priory School Trust

Meole Brace School

Mary Webb School & Science College

Belvidere School

Work highlights

  • Advised in connection with the formation of the Central Shropshire Multi Academy Trust upon the academy conversion of three secondary schools
  • Advised Great Chatwell and Great Chatwell Academy of Learning on a non-disclosure agreement with a university which accredits the courses delivered by the client.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands - ranked: tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler

With particular expertise in the agricultural sector, Lanyon Bowdler handles a range of work, including leasing and real estate transactions relating to developments. The firm's client roster includes landowners, developers and tenants. Agricultural law expert Edward Nutting joined from Hibberts LLP in April 2018, while Ian Glenister retired in April 2019.

Practice head(s):Praveen Chaudhari

Other key lawyers:Andrew Evans; Alan Gittins

Key Clients

Ralph Tomley

Fletcher Homes (Shropshire) Limited

Boys & Boden Limited

J Ross Developments Ltd

Grange Fencing Limited

U & S Estates Limited

PDM Produce (UK) Ltd

Galliers Homes Ltd


Wynne Finch Farms

Bryncir Quarry

Work highlights

  • Advised Ralph Tomley on the sale of land for development under a conditional contract and other supporting documents.
  • Acting for Boys & Boden on the sale of factory units as an investment property.
  • Advised a landowner on an option agreement to sell land to a developer for residential development.
  • Advised Bryncir Quarry on the completion of a mineral extraction lease and deed of variation for a quarry.
  • Acted for Wynne Finch Farms on a lease with option to purchase for a new dairy processing facility in Anglesey.

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Planning - ranked: tier 5

Lanyon Bowdler

Led by David Brammer, the team at Lanyon Bowdler handles disputes with local planning authorities in relation to developments and defends clients against claims of breaches of planning control. On the non-contentious side, the group advises on planning-related aspects of sales and acquisitions of real estate, implementation of planning consents, securing of planning permission for developments and promotion agreements, with particular expertise acting for clients in the agriculture and industrial sectors.

Practice head(s):David Brammer


'Their preparation is meticulous. All background information has been thoroughly reviewed, papers are always delivered in good time and accompanied by an insightful analysis'

'David Brammer is clearly a leader in his field. He can scythe through complex factual and legal detail to get straight to the pertinent issues. He is extremely good with clients and ensures that their case is always properly understood and articulated. A delight to work with'

Key Clients

David Smith-Ryland

Traylen Enterprises Limited

LAF Holdings Limited

Peter Yeoward / JC Yeoward & Co

Fletcher Homes (Shropshire) Limited.

Bryncir Quarry

Investor and Pension Company

David Tringham

John De La Cour

Removal of Agricultural Tie

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in a longstanding dispute with the local planning authority in relation to residential development adjacent to his farm.
  • Reporting on planning and infrastructure issues in relation to LAF Holdings' acquisition of a minerals and quarrying business.
  • Advising a client in relation to a planning appeal in connection with the expansion of a pheasant farming business.
  • Advising Fletcher Homes on the purchase of residential development land under a conditional contract.

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