Firm Profile > Lanyon Bowdler > Shrewsbury, England

Lanyon Bowdler

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Lanyon Bowdler acts for numerous large agricultural and horticultural clients, landed estates and large country landowners. It is a NFU panel firm for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire and covers a broad geographical spread through its seven offices across Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Wales. Brian Evans leads an experienced team that advises on all aspects of agricultural property and the group is skilled at assisting on wills, trusts and estate administration for its rural clients. The department has strength too on the contentious side and frequently advises on an array of issues from Single Payment Scheme appeals to disputes about renewable energy projects. Other areas of expertise include advising on professional negligence/product liability cases where the farmer is the claimant.

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Andrew Evans is excellent, very experienced and is a very safe pair of hands. He is solutions orientated and dependable – he adopts a collaborative approach to solving issues and is very practical‘.

It is an excellent team – Edward Nutting really understands the industry‘.

‘I found the firm to be very efficient in the handling of my affairs. Edward Rees was very good at explaining the detail of a complicated estate planning situation. He also listened and understood my needs‘.

Key clients

The Wynne-Finch Estate Trust

Wynne-Finch Farms Ltd

Gareth Turner

Andrew Higgins

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

One of Lanyon Bowdler's areas of strength is the agriculture sector; the firm is on the NFU panel for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire. Its practice is also highly active in the manufacturing, construction and engineering industries. Practice head Andrew Pegg acts for a mix of West Midlands-based clients, and national and international companies. Pegg's team covers a wide range of contentious commercial matters, including shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims and breaches of contract.

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Key clients

Twenty20One Ltd

Poplar Trees Ltd

JP Bull Transport Limited

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler is instructed by a diverse group of clients encompassing regional developers, landowners, farming companies, landlords and tenants. Group head Praveen Chaudhari is based in Telford and primarily focuses on commercial and agricultural property transactions including sales, acquisitions and commercial work. Shrewsbury-based Andrew Evans has a notable practice advising developers and landowners, and has been recently active in promotion agreements in the region.

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Coly Anchor Developments Limited

The Wynne-Finch Estate Trust

Wynne-Finch Farms Limited

Border Oak Design and Construction Limited

Galliers Homes Limited

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler has two excellent personal injury and clinical negligence teams that operate as separate departments but work closely together. There is a focus in both departments on serious injury cases and both departments serve the West Midlands from the firm's six offices based throughout Shropshire and Herefordshire, with a main presence in Shrewsbury and Hereford. The firm continues to expand as it has opened a seventh office in Conwy, North Wales. The personal injury department fields a strong team that is led by Neil Lorimer. Its focus is on serious injury claims including brain injury, spinal injury, amputation and fatal injury claims. Debbie Humphries and Dawn Humphries are some of the other key members of the team. The excellent clinical negligence team for the West Midlands is led by Kay Kelly with Lucy Small leading the Hereford office. Emma Broomfield and Beth Heath have also recently been promoted to the partnership. The team has extensive experience across a wide range of claims from birth, brain and spinal injuries through to delay in diagnosis and negligent surgery, in addition to cardiac and vascular conditions. Louise Howard assists veterans and serving personnel with claims against the MOD and applying for the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

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Neil Lorimer is meticulous, he leaves no stone unturned and will go to the ends of the earth for his clients’ cases. Dawn Humphries is also outstanding‘.

The teams in personal injury and clinical negligence are both very strong – the best in Shropshire but they could compete with any team in the country. Neil Lorimer – one of the finest solicitors in the country. Amazing attention to detail, leaves no stone unturned, wonderful track history of results, really tenacious‘.

Absolutely top notch and provides a high-quality service. Kay Kelly – heads clin neg – very confident, easy to deal with, great negotiator‘.

Emma Broomfield – partner – extremely able, very thorough, calm, competent – gets great results for clients. Beth Heath – not surprised she has been appointed partner at a very young age – extremely intelligent, thorough, able – a star of the future‘.

‘Dawn Humphreys – hardworking, loved by clients, a joy to work with. Kay Kelly – hardworking, clever, clients think she is the best – and she is. Emma Broomfield – one of the cleverest solicitors I know. Superb understanding of cases, spots points which most would miss. Has a terrific track record’.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler has extensive experience of advising on trusts, estate planning and administration as well as on powers of attorney, tax planning and contentious probate matters. The practice now has a dedicated trusts team that deals exclusively with trusts matters. Edward Rees is the main contact for this type of work. Overall Ludlow-based Giles Scott is at the helm. Scott, who is a member of STEP, concentrates on trusts, wills, inheritance tax planning and the administration of high-value estates. He is also adept at advising on powers of attorney and frequently acts as a professional deputy and trustee. Associate solicitor Neil Davies is another important member of the practice and heads up its Court of Protection department.

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Edward Rees is straight talking and confidence inspiring – he exudes friendliness and absolute professionalism in equal measure. He explains the options, gives the pros and cons and enables the client to make wise decisions‘.

Edward Rees communicates complex legalities very clearly and nothing is too much trouble and he treats me as a valued client. His personality is both professional with plenty of understanding and empathy‘.

Kevin Thomas is very responsive‘.

Key clients

Elizabeth Threlfall

Graham Maule

Peter Bates

Andrew Higgins

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler has been active in advising on a broad range of claims. Recently it has acted for claimants, defendants and executors/administrators on a myriad of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The team has been increasingly active in advising on claims for reasonable financial provision by disappointed beneficiaries. Associate solicitor Claire Vale leads the team.

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Well established and respected in Herefordshire and Shropshire and offers many solicitors in expert fields. I have dealt with Claire Vale. I have valued her sound knowledge, thorough and diligent work. Claire has always responded quickly and has always been calm, pragmatic and professional‘.

Claire Vale was very understanding and made sure I understood the pros and cons of any decision and was very compassionate and efficient‘.

‘In my experience, this firm dominates the contentious trusts and probate market in its area. It is the firm which has the knowledge and expertise from conducting a number of these cases of all sizes. Claire Vale is clear, focused and practical. Knows the procedure well and is a forceful litigator‘.

Claire Vale is very experienced in probate matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Her depth of knowledge, thorough preparation and reassuring manner put clients at ease. She is able to quickly identify key issues within any dispute and focus upon resolving those to the benefit of her clients‘.

Key clients

Deborah Stayte and Bianca Lewis

Gareth Turner

Charles Almond (Kevin Jones deceased)

Charles Almond and Timothy Treherne (Michael Fellows deceased)

Rosemary Orchard

Josephine Sheridan

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

In a notable development at Lanyon BowdlerEdward Burrell made partner in 2019. Burrell works with department head Gráinne Walters to handle a wide range of complex corporate transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, investments and mergers. Other work covers joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and succession planning. The team, which is based in Telford, is well-known among businesses located throughout the West Midlands.

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Ed Burrell headed up the sale of my business and his attention to detail was first class. This was a multimillion-pound sale and he was always on hand at any time of the day or night to answer all my questions. He has a real knack of putting things into a way I could understand. He took all the legal jargon out of it for me. Amazing service and support.’

To be honest, what makes these guys and girls different is the fact they really get under the skin of your business and gather an incredibly accurate understanding of the task in hand. The lever of detail is first class. Outstanding in fact!’

Our experience was that the corporate team at Lanyon Bowdler was very swift at responding to all matters relating to our transaction. This is an attribute that is frequently wished for, but not always forthcoming from legal firms in general.’

Gráinne Walters was the main person handling our transaction. She was outstandingly responsive, extremely efficient, always very pleasant and to the point. It was markedly noticeable that she did not waste her own time, or that of her team, or ourselves, by engaging in unnecessary social chat. Gráinne stood out as a really genuinely nice, caring, person who is sensitive to everyone’s needs at the same time as always giving a fair and balanced opinion on all matters she dealt with.’

Key clients

LAF Holdings Limited and its group companies

Hafren Scientific Limited

Cymryd Rhan

Plastic Omnium Automotive Limited

Dodd Group (Midlands) Limited

Grange Fencing Limited

Hoshizaki Europe BV

Maxell Europe Limited

Severn Bridges Multi-Academy Trust

British Gymnastics

Debt recovery Tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler's debt recovery practice gained momentum in 2019, with the firm seeing an uptick in mandates, particularly those with a nexus to the agricultural sector. Debt recovery manager Lauren Weale acts for private individuals, local businesses and multinational companies. Andrew Pegg is another key figure in the group. Sian Samuel left the firm in December 2019.

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Always helpful and knowledgeable. Have always given us good advice on the cases we have asked them to handle

Both Lauren and Debbie are very helpful and send us a clear weekly report and follow email every week. If we are not sure about anything we can just pick up the phone and ask

Key clients

Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited

Wynnstay Fuels Limited

TRG Building Limited

TWC Parcel Collection Services Ltd

Fowler & Gilbert Limited

Woodheads Seads Limited

Education Tier 3

The 'approachable' William Morse leads the practice at Lanyon Bowdler and is particularly recognised for his work in relation to academy conversions in the Herefordshire and Shropshire area. Morse also advises on all aspects of corporate governance work and employment law including trade union liaisons and collective bargaining matters. The firm also has a niche offering in relation to SEN/discrimination tribunals.

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‘Very knowledgeable around the whole conversion process to academy status. Advice given was clear and reassuring, in a form that we understood.’

‘Will Morse is a very helpful partner. His is approachable, readily available and always happy to provide advice on even small matters. His advice on a range of issues, not just limited to academy conversion, has been extremely helpful and reassuring.’

Key clients

Severn Bridges Multi Academy Trust

Central Shropshire Multi Academy Trust

Lugwardine Academy Trust

Holmer Academy Trust

St Pauls Academy Trust

Stretton Sugwas Academy Trust

Family: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler has a strong reputation for representing clients when dealing with complex matters involving financial remedy, children and divorce. The financial cases frequently involve business structures, trusts, multi-jurisdictional asset portfolios and farming partnerships. The children matters often deal with internal and external relocation, domestic violence, significant welfare issues and criminal and public law factors. The team has an excellent reputation for advising a range of clients from those with modest means to more high-value claims. Of note also is the fact that the firm is an NFU panel solicitor for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire and as a result represents a sizeable number of clients in the agricultural sector. Sue Hodgson heads the department.

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The family department has specialist expertise in dealing with highly contested Children Act matters and financial proceedings. There is a depth of understanding of complicated issues that enables the development of a sound strategy and ensures consistency throughout the process‘.

Sue Hodgson is quite simply outstanding. She gives very high-quality advice consistently, she is well organised and always ahead of schedule, proactively prompting her clients at key points in the process. She is approachable, professional and totally reliable. She is above all calm’.

This is a team that stands out completely in the Shropshire area but equally is a match for any of the Birmingham city firms for the reason that it provides a bespoke, dedicated and all-encompassing service to its clients. Sue Hodgson provides the best possible service to her clients. She is fierce, dedicated and determined to obtain the best outcome‘.

General crime and fraud Tier 3

The experienced team at Lanyon Bowdler routinely represents clients at the police station all the way through to the conclusion of the case at the Crown Court. It now boasts three higher court advocates who cover the full range of offences from summary matters to indictable offences. The team is also adept at dealing with environmental agency prosecutions such as farm animal burials and deaths in farm accidents. Stephen Scully is a known name for his work on motoring offences. Head of department Adrian Roberts has extensive experience in a diverse range of regulatory and environmental issues.

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This firm has a first-class criminal team. Adrian Roberts – no case is too big, no case is too small. He gives each client he represents brilliant representation, leaving no stone unturned and no line of enquiry left unexplored‘.

Employment Tier 4

The employment department at Lanyon Bowdler is led by John Merry who has a strong reputation for his specialisms in TUPE, the employment aspects of business and board reorganisations (including share sales) and advising employers in the agricultural arena. The team is adept at aiding senior executives with settlement agreements and has particular expertise in advising schools. It regularly assists colleges in relation to academy conversions. William Morse is also recommended.

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It is an accessible and empathetic team‘.

It is a responsive, professional and kind team. Will Morse – professional, supportive and relevant. Strengths – responsive, clear, doesn’t waste time, efficient and therefore cost efficient too. Value for money‘.

John Merry is an excellent solicitor‘.

‘Mr John Merry was exceptionally knowledgeable but also understood the importance of explaining things clearly and in a format that I could understand. He was appreciative of the documents I took along to the meeting and receptive to my opinions and feelings‘.

Key clients

British Gymnastics

Plastic Omnium Automotive Ltd

Dodd Group

Grange Fencing Ltd

Hoshizaki Europe BV

Maxell Europe Ltd

Freyssinet UK

Agro Merchants (Whitchurch) Ltd

Severn Bridges Multi-Academy Trust

Restmore Ltd

Planning Tier 5

Lanyon Bowdler assists developers, educational institutions, lenders and individuals with a wide range of development-related matters, including planning enforcement issues and litigation, with a focus on rural planning work. Telford-based associate Tracy Lovejoy heads the practice, advising on planning law and highways. Other key areas of expertise include waste matters and regeneration projects, in which the team advises retailers and corporate occupiers.

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‘Their knowledge of issues in the geographical area they cover – primarily Shropshire and Herefordshire – combined with range of legal matters covered and breadth of experience including former local government roles.’

‘A focused team of planning specialists with particular expertise in rural planning and development issues.’

‘Tracy Lovejoy is an enthusiastic and tenacious planning adviser.’

Key clients

Traylen Enterprises Limited

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, civil litigation, regulatory and environmental, and criminal law, including licensing and motoring offences.

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 and regulatory and environmental issues.

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 dedicated planning law specialists.

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.

Crime and motoring offences: the team cover a broad spectrum of offences, from motoring offences to serious fraud and corporate manslaughter. It has a niche specialism in defending clients charged with regulatory and environmental offences as well as licensing.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Brian Evans 01743 280280
Senior Partner Andrew Evans 01743 280280
Head of Clinical Negligence & Training Partner Kay Kelly 01743 280280
Head of Personal Injury Neil Lorimer 01743 280280
Head of Private Client Edward Rees 01952 291222
Head of Commercial & Agricultural Property Praveen Chaudhari 01952 291222
Head of Residential Conveyancing Tim Treherne 01432 352345
Head of Family Sue Hodgson 01952 291222
Head of Corporate & Commercial Grainne Walters 01952 291222
Head of Employment John Merry 01952 291222
Head of Crime Adrian Roberts 01743 280280
Head of Agriculture Brian Evans 01743 280280
Head of Planning Tracy Lovejoy 01952 291222
Head of Education Will Morse 01432 352345
Head of Court of Protection Neil Davies 01743 280280
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrew Evans  photo Andrew Evans Senior partner with many years of experience in all aspects of non-contentious…
 Brian Evans  photo Brian Evans Managing partner and head of agriculture. Experienced litigator used to dealing with…
 Debbie Humphries  photo Debbie Humphries A partner at the firm, Debbie has experience in all types of…
 Dawn Humphries  photo Dawn Humphries Partner and member of personal injury department.
 Kay Kelly  photo Kay Kelly Kay Kelly is a Partner at Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors which is a…
 Neil Lorimer  photo Neil Lorimer Neil has a special interest in acting for Claimants who have suffered…
 Nicholas Playford  photo Nicholas Playford Associate Solicitor
 Adrian Roberts  photo Adrian Roberts Partner and head of criminal law and licensing department specialising in criminal…
UK Partners : 27
UK Fee-Earners : 92