Lanyon Bowdler > Telford, England > Firm Profile

Lanyon Bowdler
Kendal Court
Ironmasters Way

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Beth Heath, who is based in Shrewsbury, heads the clinical negligence department at Lanyon Bowdler, following the retirement of Kay Kelly. Hereford-based Lucy Small  is a key member of the team who has considerable experience in complex clinical negligence cases including birth/brain injury and catastrophic spinal injury claims. The highly experienced team has substantial expertise in a variety of catastrophic injury cases, also including amputations and fatal claims, and continues its key engagement in a large number of birth injury cases involving the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS trusts. Emma Broomfield possesses wide ranging experience of advising claimants with cerebral palsy, catastrophic brain injury and other injuries such as amputations and paraplegia. The personal injury practice is headed by Dawn Humphries . It has a wealth of experience in handling a wide range of claims including accidents abroad, asbestos, industrial disease and military claims as well as amputations, brain injuries and spinal injuries. Neil Lorimer  also plays a pivotal role in the department along with Debbie Humphries .


‘Neil Lorimer -he got to gain my husband’s trust very quickly. He also showed my husband a lot of respect and formed an extremely good bond with him and myself too. He took the time to learn my husband’s interests and hobbies, he listened to him no matter what he was talking about, he picked up on signals my husband would give me when he was unsure and his body language so that Neil could understand him personally rather than just a client‘.

‘Dawn Humphreys who is in charge of the case is so approachable and nothing is too much trouble no matter how trivial the question is‘.

‘Beth Heath – articulate and thorough but approachable and able to communicate complex matters to her clients. She responds promptly and considers all perspectives’.

‘Louise Howard has been an outstanding advocate for me during the past 5 years. Always assured of her personal, sympathetic and deep knowledge and understanding of my circumstances has been, literally, a lifeline and a source of great strength for me and my family during an exceptionally difficult period of my life’.

‘Emma Broomfield has been outstanding. She has kept me up to date at every point in the case. Even though she has other cases she consistently makes me feel that my case is important. She has treated me with dignity and respect in upsetting circumstances which brought the case. She has been able to deliver difficult news on occasion in an appropriate and honest manner. She always knows exactly where we are in the case and is able to update me without delay. Emma is able to explain things in layman’s terms at a level in which I can understand’.

‘Lucy Small and her team has been absolutely amazing helping with our case. They have always gone the extra mile and have supported us massively throughout. Where face to face meetings have not been possible Lucy has made sure we have stayed up to date and in contact via zoom meetings. Lucy has always made me aware and up to date with billing amounts and has always made sure I’ve fully understood everything‘.

‘Debbie Humphries and Neil Lorimer are friendly, down to earth and evidently caring individuals. Debbie has a unique ability to make everyone in a room feel at ease and engages claimants, therapists, family and professionals alike. They both present a genuine caring face of litigation to their clients and families. The fact that both of them provide expert advice in relation to a predominantly life changing event on top of these attributes make them exceptionally valuable in a claimants team‘.

‘This is a very talented team that punches well above its weight in the market. Although it is a regional firm, its work is high quality and on a par with major London players. Files are well organised, the best experts are instructed, instructions to counsel are clear, and the approach is collaborative. Laura Weir is standout’.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a £500k settlement that was obtained in a fatal claim following the death of a mother from sepsis after giving birth to twins. Extensive expert evidence was obtained including with regard to the future care and dependency needs of the twins, one of whom has additional needs, to ensure appropriate compensation was secured.
  • Advising on a spinal injury claim where a £3.5m settlement was negotiated prior to trial despite ongoing denials of liability and significant challenges to the extent of the injury arising from the alleged negligence. The claimant is now able to move to adapted accommodation with care and therapy support package and a secure financial future.
  • Advising on an unusual birth injury case (negligence by a GP re contraceptive device in pregnancy) where the team has secured early admissions of liability enabling an interim payment to be obtained and case management/rehabilitation package to be put in place pending final settlement of the claim – likely to be in excess of £10m.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Brian Evans  leads the department at Lanyon Bowdler which serves as a NFU panel firm for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire and works closely with the NFU regionally. Edward Nutting  advises on a broad range of agricultural and commercial property matters and, likewise, Andrew Evans  covers a broad spread of non-contentious commercial and agricultural property transactions. Edward Rees  specialises in advising clients on trusts, high-net-worth estate administration and on other complex tax planning matters. The team also garners praise for its property litigation expertise frequently advising on matters such as disputes relating to renewable energy projects and professional negligence cases involving farmers as claimants. Steven Corfield is now a consultant.

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‘Up to date with technology, making contact swift and easy. Gives confidence to clients when it comes to ability to complete tasks. Keeping clients well informed and performing tasks quickly and competently‘.

‘Lanyon Bowdler LLP has an excellent team of solicitors who have a breadth of knowledge and length of experience to cater to their clients’ specific needs. They go above and beyond their quest for client satisfaction and happiness. I found communication with Lanyon Bowdler LLP Solicitors was clear , precise and on time. I would totally recommend Lanyon Bowdler LLP Solicitors to anyone seeking experts in any legal matters‘.

‘Nicholas Playford has demonstrated the breadth of his legal expertise and knowledge whilst dealing with my complex land purchase deal. I found Nick to be clear, precise, straight talking, very honest and very helpful whilst dealing with my case. I was impressed by his manner, immediate grasp of the facts and the superb advice and guidance I received throughout our land purchase deal‘.

Key clients

Meadow Farm Sheriffhales Ltd

Angela Taylor and Patricia Pain

Steven and Michelle Gladwyn

Belton Farm Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a farmer in relation to an option to purchase land required for visibility lines in a proposed development of other land owned by the farmer, unlocking multi-million pound development site. The option period is a long one with provision for the purchase price to be uplifted by index-linking.
  • Acted for a farmer in a time sensitive sale of development land, following previous abortive sales due to planning complications. The client had to agree to the development scheme with the developer, who initially produced a scheme which the client’s agent felt would not be acceptable or appropriate, so work was done on revising the scheme. Contracts were exchanged two weeks before the outline planning permission expired.
  • Acting for an executor of two related estates involving life interest trusts of a farm, in circumstances where the estate is split between various members of two step-families, where family relations are difficult and sensitive handling of the situation is required.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler has particular sector expertise in manufacturing, construction and engineering and agriculture. The team also has a dedicated debt recovery unit that works within both local communities and for household names in the agricultural sector. Department head Andrew Pegg ‘s caseload involves many high profile shareholder and unfair prejudice litigation matters in addition to a strong track record in insurance and construction disputes. Another noteworthy name is newly promoted partner Claire Yardley who acts for a number of farms and estates in the agricultural sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pegg

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‘They have a very diverse group of solicitors who are very knowledgeable and reliable.’

Work highlights

    Private client > Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

    Lanyon Bowdler has an agile team that advises on financial remedies, children and divorce; it is skilled at advising on internal and external children relocation cases, domestic violence and other significant welfare issues. The head of department is Sue Hodgson , who regularly deals with complicated matrimonial matters and sensitive children disputes, while Philippa Pearson advises on nuptial agreements and on living together and separation agreements for non-married couples.  

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    ‘Sue Hodgson is absolutely first rate. She gives excellent, sensible advice. She always makes time for me, so that she is there when I need her help. I highly recommend her as the best for guiding her clients through complex and stressful situations‘.

    ‘This practice has a great family team. It offers a variety of divorce solutions and is working towards alternative methods of dispute resolution. The lawyers are innovative and embrace a multi-disciplinary approach when working with clients. This firm has utilised podcasting as a way of reaching out and sharing information with clients and colleagues alike. As a practitioner it is a joy to work with the family team’.

    ‘My divorce was handled by Gemma Hughes and to be honest I found things very difficult at times and it was her considerate and insightful guidance that has seen me get through it, at all times when I struggled with some issues she reassured me and helped me see the right way forward, I’d recommend her to all my friends for their divorces’.

    ‘Philippa Pearson went above and beyond the call of duty. Calls were always returned even if after normal office hours. Ms Pearson led a small team working on my case and they all went further than I could have possibly expected. I am convinced that the tremendous effort put in by Philippa Pearson and Staci Robinson had an enormous bearing on the successful outcome of the case. I will be forever grateful for their hard work and support’.

    Philippa Pearson takes time to fully understand the complexities of her clients’ cases, particularly where non-disclosure is an issue, complex finances or complicated factual matrix (e.g. trusts, farm land, business assets, serious disputed allegations). I enjoy working collaboratively with her on cases’.

    ‘A strong regional firm offering committed and bespoke legal solutions to knotty legal issues. Philippa Pearson is a stand out member of the family team. She has an acute sense of legal and practical judgment with a personality that has a devastating blend of toughness with charm’.

    Lanyon Bowdler’s family department enjoys one of the leading teams of specialist family lawyers in Shropshire and Herefordshire (although my experience is that they are frequently instructed in complex and interesting cases much further afield too). Caroline Yorke is absolutely committed not only to achieving the best possible results for her clients but also to ensuring that the litigation process is as comprehensible and as painless as possible for them’.

    ‘Staci Robinson gives pragmatic advice and her briefs are always meticulously prepared. I can be confident that clients are receiving the best possible representation and advice. She is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to hearings where she has instructed me’.

    Work highlights

      Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

      Lanyon Bowdler advises clients across Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Wales; it fields a specialist trust team that is led by Edward Rees , a lawyer skilled at advising on trusts and high-net-worth estates, powers of attorney and on complex tax planning matters. David Pugh has a broad range of experience in the preparation of wills and frequently advises on business property relief and agricultural relief trusts. Kevin Thomas is a member of STEP and has a wealth of experience in the administration of estates that have large agricultural properties and comes recommended alongside recently promoted partner Neil Davies.  

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      ‘L&B puts clients first, the lawyers are straight to the point, make sure you understand and give options if needed. They keep you up to date. Well satisfied’.

      Huge breadth of knowledge and experience in complex matters. All individuals were professional, knowledgeable and reliable in their responses‘.

      ‘Incredibly polite and efficient team. I have been impressed by the level of commitment to me as a client, in so much as the turnaround times to my questions and the level of detail provided and how that is put across to me in briefings. I have worked closely with Hannah Barnes and more recently David Pugh’.

      ‘Lanyon Bowdler’s (LB) billing is fair and transparent, especially given the practice’s extremely high quality of work. LB’s instinct for business development is excellent.  LB gives you the feeling that you are in extremely safe and competent hands, whilst being approachable’.

      David Pugh has displayed extremely high levels of proficiency in his specialist area. However, David has also gone a step further and mastered the art of translating his encyclopaedic level of knowledge into the simplest of terms to ensure clients fully understand him. Whilst referring a range of clients to David, he has exhibited superb levels of adaptability, altering his approach based on the specific needs of each client‘.

      ‘I have worked with Edward Rees who is a thoroughly competent practitioner‘.

      Work highlights

      • Advised a client in relation to preparation and executed tax planning will.
      • Advised executors of several estates on their full administration.

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

      Lanyon Bowdler‘s corporate and commercial team is sought out by a multitude of SMEs, owner-managed businesses, and not-for-profit organisations for assistance in transactions, reorganisations, and technical contract matters. The ‘absolutely fantastic’ Telford-based practice chair Grainne Walters is highly rated for her diverse sector focus and far-reaching capabilities, ranging from investment transactions to share transfer agreements. Ludlow-based Edward Burrell‘s recent highlights include automotive sector restructurings and manufacturing sector divestitures.

      Practice head(s):

      Gráinne Walters

      Other key lawyers:


      ‘Gráinne Walters is absolutely fantastic: understands the broader commercial picture and offers useful insight above and beyond legal considerations. A great negotiator, proactive, and actively helps move the process forward. She’s become our go-to lawyer for all new transactions, trusted and reliable, not to mention great value for money.’

      ‘A very professional outfit.’

      ‘Lanyon Bowdler have looked after some complex share transfer arrangements over a number of years and have been able to deliver innovative solutions in a timely manner, offering value for money.’

      ‘Gráinne Walters has been instrumental in guiding me through some difficult share transfer deals, providing innovative solutions and liaising seamlessly with my accounting advisor to create a driving force to ensure that other parties are confident in the arrangements being made. I rely on and recommend her capabilities fully.’


      Key clients

      British Amateur Gymnastics Association

      Zip World

      Beaver Bridges Limited

      Highgate Capital Management

      Work highlights

      • Advised Beaver Bridges Limited on a key acquisition of MG Fabrications (Wigan) Limited.
      • Advised on complex partnership agreements for British Amateur Gymnastics Association.
      • Advised Zipworld on its continued expansion.

      Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 3

      Stephen Scully at Lanyon Bowdler is vastly experienced in defending motoring offences. The team has three experienced solicitor advocates and also garners praise for its work in dealing with Environment Agency prosecutions in addition to health and safety matters. Under the direction of Shrewsbury-based Adrian Roberts  it is also recommended for its work on court martials.

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      ‘Friendly and approachable team. Stephen Scully makes his clients feel at ease and goes over and above to assist them‘.

      ‘An approachable, professional firm where members of the team work to a high standard to provide a quality of service to clients that many would struggle to match‘.

      Stephen Scully continues to be an exceptional example of all a criminal solicitor should be. He is able to provide a pragmatic, sensible approach and is right with the client from their first meeting, to the conclusion of the case. Stephen ensures that he keeps a high level of communication open for counsel and client alike, and his preparation and attention to detail when dealing with a matter are excellent’.

      ‘Excellent criminal department, organised, experienced. Adrian Roberts – senior partner, loads of experience, capable of handling the most complex criminal cases with a calm, measured and experienced approach. Excellent preparation for trials which assists trial counsel. Finds and instructs high calibre experts where required. Ensures conferences with trial counsel take place in a timely fashion‘.

      ‘The solicitors are dedicated to providing their clients with robust and honest advice. They do not shy away from difficult and complicated cases, having several higher courts advocates with sufficient experience in the Crown Court to be able to properly advise clients themselves and yet call in the assistance of counsel specialising in a particular field if required. Refreshingly and most importantly their service is not profit driven, their clients’ interests always taking first place‘.

      ‘Adrian Roberts is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for police station attendance to advise arrested clients and his sensible approach at such an early stage has led to the discontinuance of many cases. Adrian’s vast criminal experience eclipses that of many junior counsel’.

      Work highlights

        Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

        The debt recovery team at Lanyon Bowdler is known for the work it does within the agricultural sector. The team is headed by Andrew Pegg, who frequently acts in shareholder and partnership disputes, with a special interest in construction and engineering disputes.

        Practice head(s):

        Andrew Pegg


        ‘The team are extremely friendly, effective and efficient in their approach.’

        ‘Although it is quite a large local firm, it feels personal.’

        ‘They have the perfect mix of personality and professionalism.’

        ‘Communication within, and from, their team is excellent.’

        Key clients

        Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited

        HMA Tax (UK) Limited

        West Advisory Ltd on behalf of Crystal Catering Equipment Ltd (In Liquidation)

        Work highlights

        • Presented bankruptcy petition against individual on behalf of Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited.
        • Applied for an order to attend court for questioning and applied for charging orders for Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited.
        • Advising HMA Tax (UK) Limited on service rules relating to a claim form and particulars of claim.

        Employment Tier 3

        John Merry leads a team that has a strong reputation at Lanyon Bowdler for its work on TUPE matters and the employment aspects of business transfers. The practice has a key specialism in advising schools and colleges in addition to farmers and growers. Another core field of activity is the team's advising of Court of Protection-appointed deputies and case managers on the employment of carers.

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        Lanyon Bowdler is unique in that the lawyers are all 100% approachable and totally professional. John Merry –  I have no hesitation in recommending, praising and indeed exulting him. His support and common sense advice for the past 13 years has been second to none. John is pragmatic, direct and will speak in English – rather than mind blowing legalease!’

        ‘The employment law team at Lanyon and Bowdler is very down to earth and understands the issues employers encounter on a daily basis. If you need advice with a pragmatic approach, they are your people. Over the years I have utilised the services of a few employment law specialists but have found Lanyon’s approach the most sensible and cost effective’.

        ‘We work on a regular basis with Jenny Gibson, who has taken a personal interest in our company, she is able to offer advice based on our culture and without fail, we have had a successful outcome to each employment issue. The COVID years were a challenge to all businesses but with Jenny’s guiding hand, we were able to keep employees motivated and well informed during and post pandemic’.

        ‘Always accessible which is extremely important re employment advice. They ensure they are up to date with current legislation and can usually provide immediate advice unlike other firms I have dealt with. As a company I feel totally confident with the advice they give me and the support they provide‘.

        ‘I have a long standing professional relationship with them, particularly William Morse, who provides guidance and advice re daily employment issues which makes us feel extremely supported. It is nice to have this professional partnership and feel relaxed about important issues‘.

        ‘Lanyon Bowdler demonstrates good communication between the team members which is effective and timely. I have confidence that I am directed to the most appropriate and knowledgeable person to answer my query. Each individual I have worked with at Lanyon Bowdler is clear on their role and their expertise and will redirect or revert if there is any uncertainty giving me confidence that I am receiving correct guidance and direction. I find the manner of the team excellent with myself and our clients. I find they are honest, nurturing and caring with clients and their families’.

        ‘It is a small team, but one which punches above its weight and attracts work from large national clients. John Merry it technically excellent on issues involving an employment law/ tax law cross-over such as IR35. We are currently doing an appeal in the EAT on a worker status case. His preparation of the case was very thorough and commended by the trial judge‘.

        ‘The employment team provides clear, concise and practical advice. It provides an excellent service and prompt responses to subjects or queries raised. John Merry is very knowledgeable and considered an expert in his field’.

        Key clients

        EBTS Pro Assist N.V.

        Anchor Group Services

        AceOn Group

        Belton Farm

        Maxell Europe Limited

        Plastic Omnium Automotive Limited

        Dodd Group


        British Gymnastics

        Grange Fencing Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised EBTS Pro Assist N.V. in connection with taking over as the outsourced service provider of UK breakdown call centre services for a leading global tyre manufacturer.
        • Advised Maxell Europe in respect of the staged closure of the UK arm of its European Business Solution Division.
        • Advised the Dodd Group in relation to the TUPE transfer of 120 employees in connection with a contract to provide sub-contract mechanical and electrical services on a number of sites.

        Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

        Claire Vale leads the contentious probate department at Lanyon Bowdler which advises on claims under the Inheritance Act, as well as on various probate disputes involving challenges to the validity of wills. The practice is well-placed to advise on other disputes with executors/administrators and applications to remove executors/administrators.

        Practice head(s):


        ‘This practice offers a varied range of expertise which makes it easy for someone like me, who is dealing with a range of issues following the death of my partner, to link with skilled staff in all the areas of the law that I need to call on. It’s comforting to know that whatever I need help with, there is someone within the team who can take on that work and guide me through the various processes‘.

        Mainly I have been dealing with Claire Vale who is extremely knowledgeable, provides clear and succinct guidance, all the while being a very professional and friendly person. I’m really glad to have her on my side, she takes the fear out of my dealings with the claims made by my late partner’s family. She goes straight to the heart of problems raised in each communication, simplifying the content and issues so that I can easily understand the current situation and what options I have to resolve the matters‘.

        The team has great strength in depth and a considerable pool of knowledge and experience. The lawyers are able to handle all aspects of trusts and probate litigation with aplomb navigating legal issues and procedure adeptly. The team is experienced, competent and approachable. They have a breadth of knowledge in dealing with a wide variety of work, including challenges to the validity of wills, removal of executors and bringing and defending 1975 Act claims. They have achieved accreditations across the team and have a good reputation with both clients and professionals alike’.

        ‘Claire Vale is an excellent solicitor who has a comprehensive knowledge of probate issues, both in regards of the law and also practical issues which are likely to arise in litigation. She is an expert in her field. She is able to identify from a very early stage in any case the likely merits of a course of action and any issues which may be raised by the other side, or practical concerns. This is clearly based upon her extensive experience of this area of law and drawing on this she is able to guide clients through their cases with great effect‘.

        ‘Claire Vale has a range of contentious trusts and probate disputes, all of which she handles with care and attention to detail. Reassuring for clients and with a keen eye on the important points in any dispute’.

        Work highlights

        • Advising the client in connection with the validity of his late mother’s will due to her vulnerability and inability to read and write. The client does not benefit under the will but stood to inherit property and residue under his mother’s previous will.
        • Advising client in connection with the defence of claims being brought against her deceased partner’s estate by his two daughters who were estranged until the last few years of his life.

        Public sector > Education Tier 3

        Lanyon Bowdler is particularly adept at advising academy trusts and independent schools on education law issues, employment law and governance matters. The team is also equipped to advise clients on real estate projects and corporate and commercial arrangements. William Morse leads the team, with a specialism in employment law relating to the education sector.

        Practice head(s):

        William Morse


        ‘Very approachable, knowledgeable and professional.’

        Key clients

        Central Shropshire Academy Trust

        New Model in Technology and Engineering

        Work highlights

        • Advised a client in relation to the transfer of one Academy Trust into another.
        • Advising the board of governors of a voluntary aided school in relation to the potential conversion of the school to academy status.
        • Advised the trustees and governors of constituent schools of a learning trust as to whether it had been correctly formed.

        Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

        Leveraging a sizeable team with a broad footprint across the West Midlands, Lanyon Bowdler is ideally positioned to advise a diverse roster of clients on the full scope of real estate matters. Telford-based Praveen Chaudhari spearheads both the commercial and agricultural property teams, working with landlords, tenants and developers operating across the retail, industrial, and agricultural sectors. Shrewsbury-based senior partner Andrew Evans  is a seasoned development specialist best known for his work in the agricultural and renewable energy sectors. Conwy office head Edward Nutting divides his time between the firm’s North Wales practice and its office in Oswestry, fielding instructions from various landed estates, and leisure sector operators. Also in Oswestry, associate Tania McGee specialises in the sale and purchase of agricultural sites.

        Practice head(s):

        Praveen Chaudhari

        Other key lawyers:

        Andrew Evans; Edward Nutting; Tania McGee


        ‘Very competent, giving confidence to clients and keeping clients well-informed.’

        ‘The breadth and depth of knowledge, particularly in regards to commercial residential development, is exceptional.’

        Key clients

        Coverage Care Services Limited

        Shingler Homes Limited

        Boys & Boden Limited

        The head of a family who are members of The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain.

        On Course Solutions Ltd

        Mr Darren Barker and Ms Laura Barker

        Steven Jones

        K J Shropshire

        Herefordshire Mind

        Peartree Bridge Homes Ltd

        Work highlights

        • Advising Bowing Developments Limited on various acquisitions and sales of sites over the past 12 months, with values circa £4.5m
        • Advising Shingler Homes Limited on a £4m development deal.
        • Advising Coverage Care Services Limited on the £2.75m purchase of freehold nursing home.

        Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

        Although it had previously serviced some notable north Wales landowners from its Shrewsbury and Oswestry offices, the arrival of the ‘well-respected‘ Welsh language speaking Edward Nutting  in 2018 to the firm’s nascent Conwy office was the catalyst for Lanyon Bowdler to gain much more traction in the local market. Nutting is particularly well-versed in advising on the unique property law demands of clients in the sector, including advice on option and overage agreements.

        Practice head(s):

        Brian Evans

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        ‘Edward Nutting is well-respected.’

        Key clients

        Lord Harlech

        Lord Newborough

        Ellis Family

        Sir David Watkin Williams-Wynn Bt

        Sweeney Estate Trustees

        Roberts Family

        The Wynne-Finch Estate Trustees

        Tecwyn and Janice Jones

        Work highlights

        • Completed on a farm purchase for a prominent North Wales livestock farmer in six weeks.
        • Acted on the partition of several farms in North Wales, with associated new mortgages, transfers and partnership agreements.
        • Acting for a group of landowners in relation to a complex multi-million pound wind farm development.

        Private client > Court of protection Tier 4

        Lanyon Bowdler deals with a range of complex property and affairs matters as well as receiving an increasing number of instructions on contested welfare cases and the transfer of deputyships from other firms. The department manages approximately 60 deputyships and trusts with assets in excess of £100m under the leadership of Neil Davies.

        Practice head(s):

        Neil Davies

        Other key lawyers:

        Lucy Speed


        ‘Neil Davies is a caring and compassionate Deputy. He is dedicated to ensuring his clients are able to engage in activities and experiences that are meaningful to them’.

        Neil is a very calm and calming personality, extremely affable and very much with the human touch. This belies a true lawyer’s brain. He fights his client’s corner tenaciously, drawing on vast experience and expertise to deliver extremely high quality work‘.

        ‘Small friendly team approachable client focused. Neil Davies and Lucy Speed are the key people within the COP team that I work with. Both provide a compassionate resource and are highly knowledgeable in their field‘.

        ‘The team has great knowledge and communication skills which makes working with them all the better for the client. Neil Davies and Lucy Speed – as a COP team, they are approachable and keen to hear views of others’.

        ‘Lucy Speed has always answered any questions and sorted out anything that was needed’.

        ‘The whole team at Lanyon Bowdler has been absolutely amazing helping with our case, they have all been so professional and extremely thorough in what they do. The have always made sure I am fully aware of what is going on and that I understand’.

        Lucy Small and Neil Davies have been fantastic. They have always gone out of their way to help and make sure that my sons and family’s needs have been met. I would recommend them both to anyone they have been fantastic’.

        ‘The court of  Court of Protection Team at Lanyon Bowdler enjoys an excellent reputation and a growing ‘reach’ by reason of its half a dozen or so offices across Shropshire, Herefordshire and into North Wales‘.

        Work highlights

        • Advised in a Statutory Will application concerning AX, a gentleman with dementia who had been financially exploited by his handyman.
        • Acted for a brain-injured and amputee client (NX) in identifying and adapting accommodation for his needs.
        • Acted for brain-injured client (CX) concerning serious employment issues with his care staff.

        Lanyon Bowdler is a full-service law firm based in Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Wales. It provides high quality legal services, transparently priced and representing value for money through accessible, friendly and professional people who provide legal support to people, businesses and communities.

        The firm: Lanyon Bowdler offers a credible alternative to city-centre law firms but with knowledge and understanding of local markets and people. It has a very strong reputation throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire and into Staffordshire, The Marches and Mid and North Wales.

        The firm builds strong working relationships with its clients, developing trust and understanding, offering sensible and flexible pricing options to give clients choice and control over their legal spend.

        Types of work undertaken: The firm delivers practical advice and support in a comprehensive range of legal services. Services for businesses include corporate and commercial, employment, commercial property and planning, dispute resolution, debt recovery and mediation.

        Services for individuals include clinical negligence (claimant), personal injury (claimant), family law including collaborative law, probate and trusts, wills and estate planning, residential conveyancing and civil litigation.

        Agricultural legal services: Lanyon Bowdler is appointed to the NFU’s national panel of solicitors, offering quality and expert legal advice to NFU members throughout Shropshire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire. The team is experienced in a wide range of specialist areas affecting farmers, growers and suppliers, including agricultural property, planning, commercial contracts and agreements, employment, disputes, family law, succession and tax planning, wills and probate.

        Corporate and commercial: The Legal 500 has consistently recommended Lanyon Bowdler for corporate and commercial services. The team has considerable experience in corporate finance transactions and is expert in the fields of company and partnership law, as well as all aspects of commercial law.

        Commercial dispute resolution and mediation: the team encourages mediation and other dispute resolution, including arbitration, as well as negotiation to bring about satisfactory resolution in a cost-effective manner. For cases that go to trial, the firm has a good track record in the County Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. The team also includes a highly experienced CEDR accredited mediator and a dedicated debt recovery unit assisting local, national and international clients with flexible, bespoke solutions.

        Commercial property and planning: the team handles all property and land issues for clients who are buying, selling, developing, leasing or managing commercial, agricultural or residential property/land in areas such as acquisitions and disposals, option agreements, residential or commercial estate development, planning obligations, overage, asset management, and landlords and tenants. The team also includes a dedicated planning law specialist.

        Employment law: the team specialises in employment law for employers. The aim is to keep clients’ disputes to a minimum, ensuring that, when they do arise, they are resolved in a swift and cost-effective manner which is tailored to suit the needs of each individual client, taking into account their risks and objectives.

        Family law: an experienced team deals with a wide range of family law matters from pre-nups and cohabitation agreements at the start of a relationship to relationship breakdown, divorce, civil partnership dissolution, financial and children issues. The team includes two collaboratively trained lawyers who are leading specialists in collaborative divorce.

        Personal injury and clinical negligence: these teams are nationally recognised for the provision of legal advice in relation to all types of medical and injury claims, including catastrophic injury such as brain and spinal injuries and amputations.

        Private client: highly experienced team advises clients on wills, tax planning including inheritance tax, trusts, probate and administration of estates and lasting powers of attorney.

        Education: experienced team advises nurseries, schools, colleges and academies on all legal issues including advice before, during and after academy conversion.

        Managing Partner & Training Partner Brian 280280
        Head of Clinical Negligence Beth 280280
        Head of Personal Injury Dawn 280280
        Head of Private Client Edward 291222
        Head of Residential Property and Commercial & Agricultural Property Praveen 291222
        Head of Family Sue 291222
        Head of Corporate & Commercial Grainne 291222
        Senior Partner and Head of Employment John 291222
        Head of Agriculture Brian 280280
        Head of Education Will 352345
        Head of Court of Protection Neil 280280
        Praveen Chaudhari photo Praveen ChaudhariHead of Commercial & Agricultural Property
        Sue Hodgson photo Sue HodgsonA partner and head of the family department, Sue has experience in…
        Debbie Humphries photo Debbie HumphriesA partner at the firm, Debbie has experience in all types of…
        John Merry photo John MerryHead of employment department.
        Andrew Pegg photo Andrew PeggHead of Dispute Resolution
        Edward Rees photo Edward ReesPartner and head of private client team, specialising in wills, tax planning,…
        UK Partners : 25
        UK Fee-Earners : 108