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Lanyon Bowdler

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Lanyon Bowdler has two distinct and outstanding departments that deal with personal injury and clinical negligence claims. These teams work from seven offices throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Wales. The clinical negligence department is led by Kay Kelly. The group has extensive experience across a wide range of medical negligence claims including birth, brain and spinal injuries, fatalities, amputations and delay in diagnosis. Other strengths lie in advising on negligent surgery, ophthalmic and vascular conditions. Lucy Small has considerable experience in dealing with a range of complex clinical negligence claims. Its highly skilled and specialist personal injury team handles a broad range of claims from accidents abroad, accidents at work to asbestos and industrial disease claims and military actions. With ' the 'very responsive and excellent'  Neil Lorimer at the helm other areas of expertise include fatal accidents, RTAs and amputations as well as brain and spinal injuries. Debbie Humphries and Dawn Humphries are also recommended. The department is praised for its holistic approach to claims and for its strong track record of achieving excellent results in tough and complex cases.

Practice head(s):

Kay Kelly; Lucy Small; Neil Lorimer

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Humphries; Debbie Humphries; Emma Broomfield; Beth Heath ; Louise Howard; Holly Edwards; Phillip Roberts; Adam Hodson


Lanyon Bowdler has an exceptional commitment to its clients and to the impact on the wider society of the issues it deals with in the claims, publicly campaigning, raising the profile of concerns relating to local hospitals, and raising money for charities supporting people like its clients‘.

‘Lanyon Bowdler has a strong team of clinical negligence solicitors who are well led and, in my experience, are prepared to go the extra mile for their clients. I would particularly recommend Kay Kelly, who heads up the clinical negligence team. I worked with her recently on a very difficult and complex ‘wrong birth’ claim which both involved unusual issues of law and clients who (having gone through a traumatic experience) required careful and sympathetic handling. Kay excelled at all of those aspects‘.

The lawyers provide a very high quality service when it comes to their clients’ claims – working diligently, tactically and with great empathy – ensuring their clients not only get the maximum compensation but feel supported and prioritised throughout the litigation process‘.

‘Emma Broomfield is an extremely experienced, astute lawyer who knows her field inside out. She identifies potential problems instinctively and tackles them confidently. She works well as a team player, collaborating and contributing effectively. She is also simply very kind and thoughtful towards her clients‘.

The lawyers work well as a team and have good in-house training. They take on difficult cases and get really good results‘.

The more junior members of the team, whilst acquiring invaluable experience, have now progressed to partnership and leadership positions. Dawn Humphries has a zen-like calm determination and relishes the most complex and difficult cases. Debbie Humphries now carries an impressive caseload of brain and spinal injuries as well as the more complex orthopaedic cases. She is well used to multimillion-pound claims‘.

Holly Edwards was extremely professional and communicated really well. It was obvious there was collaboration between Holly and Neil Lorimer. Holly and Neil offered superb advice and support‘.

Phillip Roberts is an experienced catastrophic injury specialist who is increasingly noted for activity on high-value cases in the catastrophic personal injury sphere. Good on his feet, he has a very sure grasp of the case and is genuinely helpful. His attention to detail is absolutely second to none. He posses significant expertise in cases involving severe neurological injuries. He works incredibly hard for his clients.

Work highlights

  • Secured a £800,000 settlement in a complex wrongful birth case involving severely neurologically impaired twins who subsequently died. Compensation was achieved in respect of the mother’s PTSD as well as in respect of the suffering and care needs of the twins.
  • Acted in a complex birth injury case resulting in a £17.2m settlement following admissions of liability being secured. The client had challenging behavioural needs and an extensive support and therapy package was implemented pre-settlement funded by substantial interim payments.
  • Settlement was achieved (despite liability remaining disputed) of £400k in a fatal claim for a widow concerning suicide of her husband due to a failure to provide appropriate mental health care and treatment. The family was also represented by the firm at the inquest.
  • Acted in a very complex TBI arising from RTA with significant pre-accident history of behavioural issues and causation hotly contested. Also consideration needed in respect of difficult causation aspects of contributory negligence re failure to wear seatbelt. Settled for £3.75m.
  • Settled fatal accidents claim within approx. one year of accident for £875,000 including consideration of nuanced and novel claims re gifts for children towards weddings, vehicle purchases and deposit for first house.
  • Advising the claimant who suffered serious spinal injury with a total loss of function below the chest with sensory impairment following RTA. The team has worked collaboratively with the defendant to ensure the claimant has 24 hour care package in place.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Brian Evans leads the team at Lanyon Bowdler that acts for numerous large agricultural and horticultural clients and landed estates (including some of the largest and well-known estates in North Wales). In addition it is a NFU panel firm for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire. Andrew Evans acts for a number of local developers as well as landowners in deals involving developers. Edward Nutting advises on a broad range of agricultural and commercial property matters and Edward Rees specialises in advising clients on trusts and high-net-worth estate administration. The group also garners praise for its contentious work. Nick Playford joined the team from MFG Solicitors LLP, while Steven Corfield joined as principal agricultural consultant from FBC Manby Bowdler LLP in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Brian Evans

Work highlights

  • Advised Baylis Farming Limited on a corporate restructure following the death of a shareholder, transfers of property and associated legal charge, all within a strict timescale.
  • Advised Mr Tecwyn Jones and Mrs Janice Jones on the sale of one of the most well-known farms in North Wales.
  • Will and estate planning for elderly farming client with interests in a farming company and partnership. All undertaken remotely, and completed within nine working days.

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

Lanyon Bowdler has particular strength in manufacturing, construction and engineering disputes; it is also highly regarded for its strong track record in debt recovery proceedings, with an emphasis on the agriculture industry. Andrew Pegg, who is noted by clients for his ‘thorough and concise’ approach to cases, is highly regarded for shareholder and unfair prejudice litigation, in addition to his strong track record in insurance and construction disputes. Associate Claire Yardley is also a key member of the practice, and is recognised for her broad practice, which encompasses general commercial litigation and disputes in the agriculture sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pegg

Other key lawyers:


‘The solicitors at the firm that I have dealt with have been very prompt and professional. They have provided detailed and helpful advice and have achieved good outcomes’

‘Lanyon Bowdler’s partners are professional and knowledgeable in their respective areas of expertise. Issues are typically resolved successfully.’

‘Andrew Pegg is very knowledgeable, thorough and concise in his assessment of an issue and able to provide viable solutions in quick order. Legal risk is clearly spelled out by Pegg and viable options benefiting the company quickly laid out.’ 

Key clients

Border Oak Design & Construction Limited

Poplar Trees Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a private client in a dispute involving business and personal interests, which culminated in a settlement.

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

Lanyon Bowdler advises on matters involving financial remedy, children and divorce. It is skilled at handling cases where there are business structures, trusts, multi-jurisdictional asset portfolios and farming partnerships and is experienced in children matters involving internal and external relocation cases and cases where there are significant welfare issues and public law factors. Practice head Sue Hodgson is known for her work on complicated matrimonial matters and sensitive child disputes. Hereford-based Philippa Pearson is also recommended. It is 'a very strong regional practice with a good grounding in its local area and a real familiarity with the community that it serves'.

Practice head(s):

Sue Hodgson

Other key lawyers:

Philippa Pearson; Gemma Hughes; Caroline Yorke; Staci Robinson


‘Whilst this a small team lead by Sue Hodgson it is an outstanding team particularly in the area. The team is tight knit and has worked really hard to develop its reputation which is so well deserved. ’

‘Sue Hodgson is a specialist in private law children work. Sue combines her strength of personality and lightness of touch to her cases. There is a real determination to achieve the outcome that the client wants but always with a reasonable and considered approach. She is widely well known, respected not just by other lawyers in this field but by Judges sitting in her local area. Sue has worked so hard over recent years to establish herself as a standout practitioner in this field. She is a joy to work with. Sue is a strong and supportive leader for her team of young associates and she takes great interest and pleasure from offering her years of experience to them.’

Philippa Pearson is compassionate, professional and credible.’

‘This is a very well-run practice and the people have real commitment to their clients.’

‘Sue Hodgson has always been ahead of her experience in her conduct, professionalism and knowledge. The family team at Lanyon Bowdler is in safe and effective hands with her at the helm. She also has a wonderful sense of humour, which makes her easy and fun to work with and diffuses difficult situations and balances the extremely challenging issues with which we must deal in family law’.

‘A brilliant firm that competes with the very best of family law teams in the UK. Its local knowledge/contacts makes it market leaders in their area. The lawyers have exceptional ability throughout the team and are extremely passionate about all their clients.’

‘Caroline Yorke is gifted, tactically brilliant and a passionate and committed advocate for her clients. She is able to see every possible argument and provide balanced and well-thought out advice. She is able to solve the most complex family dispute’.

Staci Robinson is a brilliant young family lawyer with exceptional talent and potential. One to watch for the future’.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Lanyon Bowdler works with clients across Shropshire and Herefordshire and has expanded its services in North Wales through the opening of an office in Conwy. It now has a dedicated trusts team as well advising on a broad spread of matters such as estate planning, powers of attorney, court of protection, tax planning and contentious probate. Edward Rees has a wealth of experience in advising on trusts, high-net-worth estate administration (many involving significant agricultural and business property), powers of attorney as well as complex tax planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Edward Rees; Kevin Thomas; Tristan Lewis; David Pugh

Other key lawyers:

Neil Davies; Kate Lawson


‘Lanyon Bowdler has a large practice with a range of qualified professionals who can advice on any of the problems clients experience. Advice is given in a friendly but professional way and I felt confident the individual I dealt with had a full knowledge of the matter we were discussing and was able to give me very valuable advice’.

‘The lawyers really listen to what you require of them and then they act expediently and competently.’

‘The service provided was of high quality both in terms of engagement and clarity of the advice provided. I found Edward Rees to be an excellent communicator with a depth of knowledge that engendered confidence that the matters would be dealt with appropriately and efficiently’.

‘David Pugh has always been supportive, given advice, and to us has become the ‘family solicitor’. He always asks how family members are and puts us at ease when dealing with any legal issues we have‘.

‘Kate Lawson was tasked with drafting our wills. She was very knowledgeable and able to listen carefully. She fully understood our situation and requirements and the wills were drafted very efficiently’.

‘The individuals I work with stand out amongst their competitors because they genuinely care: they care that their clients understand what they are telling them; they care that the process and billing is clear and fair; they care that their clients feel safe and well represented. This is testament to the culture of the company – the clients evidently are the most important aspect of what they do, and they are all very much aware of that.’

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

A ‘regional firm with a surprisingly broad scope of capabilities’, Lanyon Bowdler’s corporate and commercial team is led from Telford by Gráinne Walters, a go-to for ‘complex and nuanced matters’. Her practice is centred around M&A, joint ventures, succession planning, corporate reorganisations and private equity investments in addition to international distribution, trading and agency agreements, among other forms of commercial contracts. The other prominent partner is Edward Burrell whose key strengths include company sale and purchase agreements, employee share schemes, shareholder disputes and software license agreements. Key sectors include agriculture, education, local authority, renewable energy, professional services and not-for-profit.

Practice head(s):

Gráinne Walters

Other key lawyers:

Edward Burrell; Mark Tromans


‘The staff are efficient and capable and all matters were dealt with in a timely manner. ’

‘Grainne Walters is extremely knowledgeable and very thorough. It was an absolute pleasure working with her – I would have no hesitation in referring her to colleagues and friends. I will certainly engage them again when an occasion arises.’

‘The team at Lanyon Bowdler have been very accommodating to our needs and have taken a flexible approach in order to support us.’

‘They are conscious to use the right seniority of lawyer for the complexity of job to mitigate excessive fees. For a regional firm they have broad scope of capabilities.’

‘Very comprehensive risk based approach. They learn about the complexities of our industry to ensure recommendations are relevant and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Michael Starr

LAF Holdings Limited and its group companies

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on how to most effectively retire from his company in a complicated management buyout.
  • Advised LAF Holdings Limited on various corporate and commercial transactions, including various equity investments and commercial agreements.

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

Shrewsbury-based Adrian Roberts leads an experienced team at Lanyon Bowdler that represents clients at the police station through to the Crown Court. It is adept at advising on the full spectrum of offences from summary to indictable offences. Roberts is a High Court Advocate and has experience of dealing with court martials and Court of Appeal matters. Stephen Scully is recommended for his work on motoring offences. Another core strength of the team is dealing with Environment Agency and health and safety prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Roberts

Other key lawyers:


‘This firm provides excellent coverage in a large geographical area, working on some of the most serious cases. The team provides an excellent service in a professional and caring way. The lawyers often have very challenging clients but have the experience to deal with any manner of case. They are particularly good with serious criminal cases including murder and historic sex cases. Adrian Roberts leads the team and is the star of the team’.

‘Adrian Roberts is a consummate professional and leader in the criminal department. Professional in everything he does, he is universally respected and inspires confidence in all he meets. Provides exceptional service and is a pleasure to work with. Tough when he needs to be, but sensitive to vulnerable clients. Really exceptional individual’.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 3

Recently, Lanyon Bowdler has advised a number of clients on the impact of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and assisted with credit control strategies to navigate the economic challenges caused by the pandemic. Andrew Pegg handles a broad portfolio of commercial disputes including insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, with an emphasis on the agriculture sector. The 'professional and approachable' Lauren Weale stands out for her track record in enforcement proceedings, in which she represents local and national businesses.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pegg; Lauren Weale


‘Lauren Weale has always been very helpful and has a wealth of knowledge which she uses to effectively assist us in all areas of debt recovery.’  

‘Lauren Weale always provides a prompt, efficient and well-informed service.’

‘Lauren is both professional and approachable.’

‘The practice has a good understanding of our industry (agriculture) which regularly proves invaluable in debt recovery matters.’

Key clients

Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited

Woodheads Seeds Limited

Fowler & Gilbert Limited

Kingpin Tyres Limited

Wynnstay Fuels Limited

Exact Systems Limited

Newmor Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) on the settlement of an application by way of a Tomlin Order.
  • Secured the recovery of £113k on behalf of Woodheads Seeds following the discharge of a charging order.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Under the leadership of associate solicitor Claire Vale, the team at Lanyon Bowdler has been advising on a wide spectrum of cases from claims under the Inheritance Act, through to applications to remove executors and administrators. It has also been busy advising on claims by disappointed beneficiaries for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance Act.

Practice head(s):

Claire Vale


Claire Vale is clear, focused and practical. She recognises the issues in the claim and ensures they are resolved to the benefit of her clients’.

‘The firm is extremely well run. It has considerable administrative support which clearly supports the litigation work and increases the speed at which issues can addressed. The firm has exceptional client care.  Claire Vale is an excellent solicitor who has a comprehensive knowledge of probate issues, both the law and also practical issues which are likely to arise in litigation. 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‘.

‘Claire Vale works extremely well as part of the team. She continues to provide insightful observations on cases as they progress and clearly is a reassuring presence for clients. Claire is meticulous in her preparation of cases’.

‘Claire Vale stands out for her quiet efficiency, solid knowledge and experience. Using these attributes Claire has been able to construct a forceful and detailed approach to my ongoing contentious probate case which I have found most supportive’.

‘Very reliable and quick to get back to you if you have a question. Transparent with charges. Very knowledgeable and always explains things in a way I can understand easily. Let me explain what my issues were and very empathetic’.

‘From a client perspective the attention given to client care is second to none. Great care is taken from the outset to ensure that the right fee earner (with appropriate experience and specialism)is allocated and emphasis is given to explaining how fees are charged with several options for the client to choose. Claire Vale is a careful and sympathetic listener and absorbs facts readily without the need for repetition. She will not be rushed to a conclusion to suit the self-perceived importance of the client’.

Work highlights

  • Advising clients as residuary beneficiaries of the late uncle’s estate. Potential issues with the will codicil including validity, wording of the codicil and the position of the executrix in obtaining a benefit under the codicil when this is not in the best interests of the beneficiaries.
  • Acting on behalf of executors of deceased’s estate. The will excluded son. Acting in a neutral capacity in dealing with challenge made by son regarding validity of the will based on testamentary capacity.

Public sector > Education Tier 3

Lanyon Bowdler is best known for assisting academy trusts and independent schools with employment law and governance matters; it is also well equipped to provide advice to clients on real estate projects, and corporate and commercial arrangements. William Morse, who leads the team, has a broad practice, which includes handling academy conversions, representing clients in employment tribunal proceedings and providing advice on governance matters.

Practice head(s):

William Morse


‘The team is approachable, knowledgeable and I genuinely feel supported by them at every stage of a project. William Morse, in particular, has demonstrated these attributes.’

Key clients

Derwen College

Severn Bridges Academy Trust

Central Shropshire Academy Trust

Severnvale Academy

New Model In Technology and Engineering

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

Lanyon Bowdler’s commercial property team is geared to handle the entire lifecycle of projects, including site assembly, funding arrangements and development construction contracts, and is also active in terms of commercial acquisition and landlord and tenant matters. Telford-based department head Praveen Chaudhari leverages transactional experience in industrial, agricultural, retail and public house asset while the ‘always availableAndrew Evans is the key contact for development matters. Elsewhere, associate solicitor Tania McGee  'manages complex sales in a timely manner' while Charlotte Nutting’s arrival from FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has bolstered the group’s hospitality and leisure prowess.

Practice head(s):

Praveen Chaudhari

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Evans; Charlotte Nutting; Susan Grazier; Lynsey Cater; Tania McGee


‘A knowledgeable, friendly team that are responsive to our needs and understand our requirements.’

‘Tania McGee and her support team have managed complex sales in timely manner and is responsive to our need. She has gone out of her way to deliver excellent results ’

‘They have a first class property team who keep us up to date with issues and progress on our developments on a weekly basis. The team are knowledgeable and work well together to give us valuable commercial advice. They are able to deal with all property and funding matters and take a pro-active approach to representing us. Bills are always agreed in advance. Other solicitors that we have worked with don’t have the same in-house experience and often ask us what we want them to do rather than suggesting solutions.’

‘Andrew Evans has worked with us for over 20 years and has developed a team that can deal with all of our needs. Andrew is easy to contact and responds quickly to questions by telephone and e-mail. He is always available either personally or through one of his team members should his particular experience be needed.’

Key clients

Pricewise Homes Limited

Baylis Farming Limited

SY Homes (Lord Hill) Limited

Fletcher Homes (Shropshire) Limited

Hubert Vincent Jones & Glenys Elizabeth Jones

Tayna Towers Ltd

Mr Tecwyn Jones and Mrs Janice Jones

Derwen College

ASG (Telford) Property Limited

Peartree Bridge Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for developer client Fletcher Homes (Shropshire) Limited in the purchase of a new housing site adjacent to their existing development.
  • Acting for developer Pricewise Homes Limited in various site acquisitions and subsequent plot sales.
  • Acting on behalf of Tayna Towers Ltd in its purchase of a commercial premises.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Benefiting from already well-established ties with England and Wales-based farming sector clients, developed primarily from its Shrewsbury office,  Lanyon Bowdler has effectively solidified and expanded on the client base in mid and north Wales in the last couple of years by virtue of the launch of an office on Conwy in 2019.  A first language Welsh speaker, the 'very switched on and commercial' Edward Nutting is based out of Conwy and is the primary Wales-based contact for agricultural/rural clients, which are appreciative of his 'intimate knowledge and personal experience of farms.'

Practice head(s):

Edward Nutting


The firm covers a wide range of agricultural and private landlord legal matters. It always provides clear and actionable advice.’

Edward Nutting is the best private client and agricultural solicitor that I have worked with. His knowledge and attention to detail are first-rate, he regularly goes above and beyond to exceed expectations. He is personable and a Welsh-language speaker which is also extremely helpful.’

‘Edward Nutting’s advice is always clear and practical which gives the client courses of action, whereas other solicitors can often be vague or non-committal.’

Edward Nutting is very switched on and commercial.’

‘Edward Nutting’s intimate knowledge and personal experience of farms and estates is of massive benefit to us.’

Key clients

Baylis Farming Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Mr Tecwyn Jones and Mrs Janice Jones (who are well known across the UK for their success in the livestock sector) on the sale of their farm.

Employment Tier 4

Lanyon Bowdler has a diverse practice that is recommended for its work on TUPE matters and on the employment aspects of business transfers. It is also skilled at advising schools and colleges. Head of department John Merry has a strong reputation for his work with farmers and growers. Other strengths lie in the group’s specialist advice to Court of Protection appointed deputies and case managers on the employment of carers. In addition it routinely advises employees on a myriad of other issues such as restrictive covenants and settlement agreements.

Practice head(s):

John Merry

Other key lawyers:

William Morse; Jennifer Gibson


‘Very efficient. Understands how to get a solution quickly and effectively. Personal relationship. The lawyers understand the business better than other companies and advise quickly’.

‘A strong well led employment team. Has kept clients and contacts updated through COVID-19. A good resource of webinars available. Clear and no-nonsense advice’.

‘Lanyon Bowdler’s employment law team has helped us through this most difficult of years. The lawyers assisted us with furlough, the interpretation of the government guidelines and dealing with complex legal issues resulting from the lockdowns and the aftermath. During the initial lockdown support in legal matters was available around the clock as we attempted, with the legal team’s help, to keep our workforce well informed and ultimately safe when they returned to site. ’

‘Jenny Gibson is very approachable and also has a down to earth approach which is required in the manufacturing environment in which we work, her approach to the lively incidents that we sometimes face is both direct and easily understood. We always work within the necessary legal restraints and Jenny helps us to understand what is necessary to avoid mitigation and to ensure all parties are treated with respect and understanding’.

‘Since we first dealt with Lanyon Bowdler, we have always found it to be a first-class firm’. 

‘John Merry – my experience of working with John has always been exemplary. He has provided advice on a number of issues over the years and last year was particularly helpful in assisting us with the effects of Covid-19 around employment issues, the Job Retention Scheme and communicating with our team, as well as IR35. He is professional, always gets back to you in a timely manner and provides pragmatic advice. Importantly for me, he has the ability to explain legal nuances and language in terms that are concise, practical and easy to understand. His knowledge of the law is second to none and regularly goes the extra mile for us’.

‘The team overall has always offered the highest level of service, hence our longstanding relationship. Jennifer Gibson has guided us through the process of a recent disciplinary hearing, appeal and subsequent dismissal of an employee and is now handling the claim for unfair dismissal, she has been extremely proactive in her approach and continues to support and direct our response. Jennifer never fails to respond to any queries we have, often out of hours if required and communicates the process and progress extremely well’.

Lanyon Bowdler is always responsive to our varied requests. Will Morse is clear and patient. He takes the time to make sure you understand as well as receive the right advice’.

Key clients

LAF Holdings Limited (and group companies)

Dodd Group

Grange Fencing Limited

Plastic Omnium Automotive Limited

Hoshizaki Europe Limited

Maxell Europe Limited

Severn Bridges Multi-Academy Trust

COMFG Limited t/a Charles Owen

Newgate World

British Amateur Gymnastics Association

Freyssinet Limited

Medialab Group Limited

Paveaways Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Charles Owen in connection with the redundancy dismissals of 40 of 144 staff, including in respect of collective consultation, individual consultations, appeals against dismissal and a press release.
  • Advised Maxell Europe Limited on the UK employment aspects of the purchase of a division of Hitachi Europe Limited.
  • Advised Hoshizaki Europe Limited extensively in connection with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including in relation to the application of the CJRS, dealing with shielding employees and those with care and responsibilities and drafting a homeworking policy.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Lanyon Bowdler is entrusted for both contentious and advisory matters, boasting a successful track record in negotiating and mediating with planning authorities. Associate lawyer Tracy Lovejoy is the key contact with expertise that which spans residential, retail, educational and employment-related developments; she has also forged a distinguished reputation for agricultural and rural planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Lovejoy


‘It is unusual to have a specialist town planning capability in a firm such as Lanyon Bowdler and adds considerably to their property offerijng.’

‘Tracy Lovejoy is a very diligent, client-focused professional who works hard to deliver the best result for her clients.’

‘Excellent hard working team with great commercial awareness. ’

Key clients

Company (TPGL)

Horsehay Limited

Company (LGHL)

The Tomley Family Estate

R Dykes

Traylen Enterprises Limited

Private Client (MS)

Private Client (TM)

Private Clients (YL and CL)

P Smythe and E Connor (landowners)

Work highlights

  • Advised The Tomley Family Estate on a matter related to the development of 600 residential units in Oswestry. The team acted for the landowners and advised on property and planning matters, including the Community Infrastructure Levy, and negotiated the section 106 agreement on behalf of the estate.
  • Advised a private client who was served with the local planning authority’s application for an injunction. The team guided the client through the relevant planning and civil procedure process.

Private client > Court of protection

Neil Davies leads a team at Lanyon Bowdler that deals with clients across the UK on a wide range of complex property and affairs matters as well as receiving instructions on an increasing number of substantial welfare cases. The department manages approximately 55 deputyships and trusts with assets of approximately £100m.

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.

Managing Partner Brian 280280
Senior Partner Andrew 280280
Head of Clinical Negligence & Training Partner Beth 280280
Head of Personal Injury Dawn 280280
Head of Private Client Edward 291222
Head of Commercial & Agricultural Property Praveen 291222
Head of Residential Conveyancing Tim 352345
Head of Family Sue 291222
Head of Corporate & Commercial Grainne 291222
Head of Employment John 291222
Head of Crime Adrian 280280
Head of Agriculture Brian 280280
Head of Planning Tracy 291222
Head of Education Will 352345
Head of Court of Protection Neil 280280
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 head of the personal injury department.
Nicholas Playford  photo Nicholas Playford Associate Solicitor
Adrian Roberts  photo Adrian Roberts Partner and head of criminal law and licensing department specialising in criminal…
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