Osbornes > London, England > Firm Profile


Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

According to one client, Osbornes 'comprises some of the most technically adept and hard hitting lawyers in the business'. To complement its strong reputation for high-value and complex personal injury work, the firm continues to develop its 'excellent and innovative line in cases involving non-English speaking claimants'; the offering recently expanded its Spanish, Hungarian and Polish capabilities. The group is also noted for its expertise in matters relating to cycling injuries, and is the official legal partner of the London Cycling Campaign charity. 'Enormously experienced' department lead Stuart Kightley is a key contact, as are 'fiercely bright' head of catastrophic injury Ben Posford and 'all-round gem' Robert Aylott. For child abuse claims, specialist Stephanie Prior is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Kightley; Ben Posford

Other key lawyers:

Robert Aylott; Stephanie Prior; Sophie Davies; Kate Milton; Laura Swaine; Sam Collard


‘Excellent coverage of personal injury, and traumatic brain injury. There is a real specialism in claimants who do not speak English as a first language.’

‘Ben Posford is one of London’s best catastrophic injury lawyers, in my view. He is a real brain injury specialist. Also pleased to see Robert Aylott promoted to the partnership. He is an excellent lawyer.’

‘The Osbornes personal injury team now comprises some of the most technically adept and hard hitting lawyers in the business.’

‘The team is brilliantly led by the effervescent Ben Posford with excellent fellow partners Robert Aylott, Sophie Davies, and Stuart Kightley handling similarly complex and valuable catastrophic injury litigation. The partners are well supported by the diligent and experienced Kate Milton and Laura Swaine. This combination of experience and diligence reaps massive rewards for clients, Osbornes being well known in the industry as a fantastic firm.’

‘A niche firm that punches well above its weight in the catastrophic injury sector, borne out by the quality of work they obtain.’

‘A really excellent group of PI solicitors, notable for their individual quality.’

‘Great expanding team with expertise and respect in the sector. Led by a commercially savvy and business minded team. The firm has an excellent and innovative line in cases involving non-English speaking claimants, managed by recruiting paralegals with multi-language skills – an impressive route for expansion of the caseload.’

‘Ben Posford is fiercely bright, with an unrivalled passion for his clients’ cases. His encyclopaedic knowledge of all things PI is second to none. His foresight and commercial nous have propelled Osbornes into the highest echelons of the market where they rightly belong. Stuart Kightley is enormously experienced and a very committed lawyer. The firm have benefitted a lot since Stuart took on a more managerial role; his drive and ambition have been key in their success. Robert Aylott is one of the most charming and technically astute solicitors out there. He has an unflappable manner that must disarm any opponent quite quickly. A pleasure to work with and an all-round gem. Sam Collard is a rising star, that despite his junior years is making a name for himself in a crowded market. Very easy to work with and on the ball with costs and managing expectations. Laura Swaine is another product of the Osbornes academy of excellence, Laura has drive and energy that are the envy of her contemporaries. Nothing is too much trouble and she instils confidence in her clients.’

Key clients

Families of the Deceased – Croydon Tram Crash Inquest

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

At Osbornes Lisa Pepper, Bridget Thompson , Andrew Watson, David Leadercramer and Mark Freedman are all Resolution trained lawyer mediators. Pepper and Thompson are accredited mediators and Pepper is also a collaborative lawyer. Pepper mediates on private law children, divorce suits and matrimonial finance cases in addition to mediating for larger (adult) family groups. Leadercramer is also a qualified arbitrator, collaborative lawyer and private FDR judge.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Pepper


Lisa Pepper is a talented lawyer and we regularly refer to her for mediation‘.

‘Lisa Pepper – very down to earth and approachable‘.

‘A wide range of family lawyers covering the whole of the family law spectrum.  Lisa Pepper is one of my go to mediators. Her calm, collected attitude and friendly persona allow clients to trust her and open up to her. More often than not that results in excellent results in mediation. Excellent service and top level advice for any client needing advice on family law issues‘.

‘Lisa Pepper’s mediation practice is absolutely brilliant. Real value delivered with expert knowledge. Lisa is a first rate mediator. David Leadercramer is also very good‘.

‘Lisa Pepper is one of our go-to mediators. She provides a practical service, supporting clients to conclusion‘.

David Leadercramer is excellent‘.

‘Osbornes has a strong mediation team led by Lisa Pepper. Lisa is a very experienced mediator who often places clients at ease and allows them to discuss very difficult topics. She is empathetic but knows when to be more directive if the clients require. David Leadercramer has experienced it all and uses this experience to help guide clients towards the best outcome’.

The Osbornes mediation team is excellent and has some good individuals. Lisa Pepper is outstanding and highly approachable and effective. She has a lovely manner that brings out the best in clients‘.

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 2

Osbornes advises on all social housing issues impacting vulnerable clients, including those with no access to public funding. Clients are additionally advised on a host of housing-related welfare benefits, while EU nationals are advised on their legal position and status. 'Astute litigator' William Ford, who heads up the team, has a focus on matters concerning the eligibility of migrants to apply for benefits, community care services and housing assistance. The 'knowledgable and dedicated' Edward Taylor is particularly experienced in working with the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee in matters where clients lack capacity. Alex McMahon is experienced in matters concerning alleged statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Manjit Mandair is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

William Ford


‘Osbornes has an impressive social housing team and the quality of their work that I have seen is very high. Will Ford is a very well-regarded figure in the housing law world and leads a team of high quality and committed lawyers.’

‘Will Ford – very experienced, highly professional and with a wide and deep knowledge of social housing litigation and related social welfare areas of law. Manjit Mandair – very committed to getting the very best outcome for her clients. Her work includes cases acting for the Official Solicitor concerning complex capacity issues and duties to vulnerable adults.’

‘At the top of the social housing tree. Their team provides high quality advice and great client care. They can offer a holistic approach, so where a housing problem also requires community care or other aspects, this can be provided.’

‘Will Ford is a leading figure in the social housing field. He is highly committed to his clients and leaves no stone unturned in seeking to assist them with their problems. He is an astute litigator, and his breadth of knowledge across the fields of housing and social welfare law allows him to take a holistic approach to clients’ situations.’

‘Very strong team – incredibly knowledgable with good cross-over knowledge in mental capacity and community care. Thorough, dedicated and very professional. Clients will feel they are getting a gold standard service.’

‘Edward Taylor and Alex McMahon are both knowledgable and dedicated. In particular Edward has in every case offered both useful insight and knowledge and works all hours, going to lengths and detailed instructions and input well beyond any other solicitor I work for; even if a rare couple come close. It is truly astonishing work ethic coupled to quality of legal skill.’

‘This is a very high-end law firm, which treats its legal aid clients with the same seriousness and respect as its privately paying clients.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a family to issue judicial review proceedings in the High Court regarding the decision of the London Borough of Southwark that the family had acted “deliberately” by occupying a statutory overcrowded flat many years earlier before becoming aware of the council’s allocation policy and applying to it for housing assistance.
  • Acted for a client who had applied to the claimant to succeed the tenancy following the death of her late husband. The housing association determined that no person had a right to succeed the tenancy and commenced possession proceeding by posting a notice to quit to the premises. Further, in accordance with s.18 of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1994, a copy was posted to the Public Trustee a few days later. The trial concerned a complex legal issue which the county courts had grappled with for a number of years. The important question being “what happens if the two copies of the notice arrive during different periods of the tenancy?”.
  • Acted for a client in a case involving an application by the client’s landlord to the County Court for a decision on who should succeed to the client’s mother’s Rent Act tenancy.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

The team at Osbornes was recently strengthened by the arrival of 'experienced and empathetic' associate Jodi Newton from Hudgell Solicitors. She joins a department noted for its expertise in delayed diagnosis and wrongful birth claims, as well as for its multi-lingual capabilities and focus on Eastern European clients. 'First-rate clinical negligence specialist' Stephanie Prior leads the group, which also includes fatal claims expert Robert Aylott and Ben Posford, who has extensive experience acting on claims concerning cauda equina syndrome.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Prior

Other key lawyers:

Jodi Newton; Nicholas Leahy; Ben Posford; Robert Aylott


‘A very experienced team headed up by the wonderful Stephanie Prior, who has a fantastic reputation in the marketplace.’

‘Really great clinical negligence practice, staffed by experienced practitioners who know how NHS Trusts work. They also build great rapport with clients.’

‘Stephanie Prior is a superb senior practitioner with an accurate eye for the nub of a case and an acute sense of the merit of any claim.’

‘Jodi Newton is brilliant – a very capable, experienced and empathetic solicitor who has experience of handling high value and complicated cases. I am working with her on a cerebral palsy case at the moment, in which she has obtained an admission of liability and a substantial interim payment. A first class addition to the team.’

‘This firm is responsive and efficient. Their rapidity in dealing with complications or hiccups is excellent.’

‘Stephanie Prior is a first-rate clinical negligence specialist whose industry, great experience and medical background put her in an exceptional class.’

‘They are an excellent firm who achieve fantastic outcomes for their clients. They are also very prominent in injuries to those travelling to or from Europe. Multiple languages are spoken by the team. ‘

‘Stephanie Prior is very experienced, with an encyclopaedic medical knowledge. Fights tooth and nail for her clients.’

Private client > Family Tier 3

Osbornes is best known for its work on HNW international divorce and finance work. It is skilled at advising on nuptial agreements and on matters where there are complicated trusts, inherited wealth and cross-border issues. It has niche expertise in confiscation orders and also has a strong practice in Children Act proceedings. Bridget Thompson leads the department that includes eminent practitioners such as the ‘unflappableMark Freedman and Lisa Pepper. The team also has considerable strength in adoption, surrogacy and fertility matters through Naomi Angell. It is a ‘really dynamic and diverse team which make it really innovative‘.

Practice head(s):

Bridget Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Freedman; Lisa Pepper; David Leadercramer; Naomi Angell; Joanne Wescott; Simone McGrath; Andrew Watson; Tom Trim; Claire Andrews


Ability to do high end cases and smaller cases. Mark Freedman – outstanding judgement, experience, balanced approach. Mark Freedman – a very experienced and smooth operator. Hardworking and thinks creatively and intelligently about his cases. Andrew Watson – a partner who deals with cases calmly and intelligently, and is able to manage difficult clients easily‘.

Osbornes has the breadth of knowledge to tackle the range of family cases.  The family team is dynamic and always responsive. Mark Freedman – always at the top of his game‘.

‘Good family team with some excellent individuals. Naomi Angell – the doyenne of adoption and surrogacy family law, dedicated to her clients and hardworking. Tom Trim – bright young solicitor and all rounder’.

‘Osbornes is a strong family law firm with a number of particularly strong individuals. The lawyers work well as a team and have strong support for their clients. Simone McGrath (Partner) – Exceptional knowledge of international children matters, particularly 1980 Hague Convention cases. Fights hard for her clients’.

Lisa Pepper is the stand out performer of the practice.  She is pragmatic and straightforward to deal with – committed to the good outcome for the family‘.

Osbornes is a large team with expertise in private and public children. The strength and depth of the team means that every aspect of the complex cases sent to me is well prepared and properly considered. Nothing takes this team by surprise. Bridget Thompson, partner, is an exceptional lawyer: super bright; realistic; funny; friendly, and she is able to navigate the most complex cases. Human rights, ethics, and fairness are always at the front of her thinking. She is a pleasure to work for and one of my favourite women in family law – love her! David Leadercramer: knowledgeable, good judgment and very empathetic‘.

‘Simone McGrath in particular stands out for her no-nonsense approach, her sensible and realistic advice, and her tenacious attitude.  She is a fearless advocate, but manages to strike up supportive relationships with her clients.  They trust her, and so do I’.

Osbornes is firmly established as one of the top tier family departments in London. It has a range of clients and cases, many of which are notable because of their complexity. The team increasingly attracts clients who are very wealthy, or in the public eye. Osbornes has some very well known partners, and senior lawyers. It also has real strength in depth, with a solid team of lawyers at all levels. Tom Trim has really very interesting cases and an impressive client base. He is one to watch. Tom does it all from forced marriage cases to children disputes acting for ultra wealthy, international clients’.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Osbornes frequently handles judicial reviews and inquiries against public authorities, with a particular focus on representing children, young people and asylum seekers. In a recent matter, the firm acted in a judicial review asserting the housing rights of a vulnerable woman and her son at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Practice head William Ford takes on public law challenges involving housing rights, community care, welfare benefits and support for migrants, among other areas. His work in the field of housing law often involves challenging local authorities' refusals to honour statutory obligations. Associate Edward Taylor stands out for his expertise in legal challenges enforcing and protecting the rights of young refugees and asylum seekers.

Practice head(s):

William Ford

Other key lawyers:


‘Will Ford – one of a handful of specialists in social security law. Outstanding experience & knowledge of complex statutory schemes.’

‘Osbornes Law are an exceptional firm across the board from partners to paralegals and provide a consistent and exceptional legal service.’ 

‘The team is very hardworking and dedicated to achieving the best outcome for their clients. The team ensures that everything is done to a timely manner and that their clients are updated frequently. The team is approachable, friendly, and very easy to work with.’

‘Edward Taylor – knowledgeable and dedicated.’

‘Osbornes are an outstanding firm of solicitors with a deservedly strong reputation. They are very experienced in public law matters and I would not hesitate to recommend them. They are known for the important test cases they bring but are equally committed to the coalface work they do with vulnerable clients.’

‘William Ford is a very well-known and well-respected solicitor who has acted in some of the most important recent public law cases involving housing and welfare issues. He is extremely intelligent, always on top of the latest legal developments, and very committed to his clients.’

‘Edward Taylor is a highly intelligent, hardworking, and dedicated solicitor with meticulous attention to detail. It is a pleasure to work with him.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Jan Atkinson leads the department at Osbornes that acts for a wide range of high-net-worth individuals and families in complex estate and trust litigation. Other clients include charities, trustees and executors and the group frequently deals with cross-border estates. Its contentious court of protection offering is led by senior associate Katie de Swarte. The team provides specialist tax, trusts and wealth planning assistance to clients in connection with their financial settlements on divorce. Elspeth Neilson is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Jan Atkinson

Other key lawyers:


Well-established, busy practice. Jan Atkinson has a long-standing solid reputation in the field. Knowledgeable and formidable. Elspeth Neilson is a well-regarded junior partner. Katie de Swarte is hardworking and has great empathy for her clients.’

The team is known for its sympathetic and approachable solicitors. Jan Atkinson – great knowledge and understanding.’

Jan Atkinson has a wealth of knowledge and experience combined with a terrier-like ability to investigate the relevant facts, which make her an excellent choice in a contentious probate or trust dispute. She has outstanding commitment and always delivers for her clients.’

Jan Atkinson is fierce and dedicated to her clients. Elspeth Neilson is a clever and efficient solicitor, who gets great client feedback.’

‘Far better value for money than many firms with more expensive addresses. Serious knowledge of the law and committed engagement with their clients’ problems. Jan Atkinson – Rolls Royce advice. Elspeth Neilson – incredibly impressive and hardworking.’

Jan Atkinson is always a delight to work with.’

Katie de Swarte and Elspeth Neilson have both instructed me recently, and both seemed to me to be able to build excellent relationships with their clients and to run their practices very efficiently.’

Osbornes Law is an award winning specialist private client law firm advising clients from all over London,  the UK and  overseas. The firm and individual solicitors have for many years been highly rated by The Legal 500 for expertise and client care. Many in the firm also hold specialist accreditations from external bodies as well as holding appointments which bring an extra level of expertise and know-how to the advice Osbornes provides to clients. The firm is well-known for providing an outstanding client service and has a rating of 4.9/5 on TrustPilot.

Osbornes Law has two London office in Camden and Hampstead.

Types of work undertaken
Family: Divorce, financial disputes, freezing of assets, separation and prenuptial agreements, disputes about children, child abduction (both domestic and international), public law children proceedings and cohabitee disputes. Four partners are trained mediators. The department also houses one of the UK’s leading alternative families practice. Led by internationally renowned lawyer, Naomi Angell, the team advise on adoption, surrogacy and fertility law. The department also specialises in child abduction led by Simone McGrath.

Personal injury: The firm is known for representing clients who have suffered serious injuries including head, brain and spinal injuries. Head of the department Stuart Kightley specialises in head and brain injury claims and rehabilitation, especially those arising from bicycle collisions. The firm is the legal partner of The London Cycling Campaign. The firm specialises in all accidents including accidents at work, including injuries as a result of construction site and scaffolding accidents, and cosmetic surgery injuries. The department also handles high-profile child abuse claims. The firm is an approved lawyer of Headway UK, The Brain Injury Group, The Spinal Injuries Association, The Limbless Association and RoadPeace.

Catastrophic injury: Led by recognised leading individual Ben Posford, the firm acts exclusively for claimants who have suffered life-changing injuries, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations and fatalities. Ben is a specialist in cauda equina syndrome and has a special interest in early rehabilitation for those have been seriously injured.

Medical negligence: Department is led by the highly regarded Stephanie Prior and specialises in serious injury cases with a particular interest in birth injuries. Can assist with all medical negligence claims from relatively minor injuries to catastrophic and life changing injuries such as spinal cord damage and brain injury. Lawyers are accredited by AvMA, The Law Society’s Clinical Negligence panel and the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers

Property: Residential and commercial sales and purchases, leasehold enfranchisement, licences to underlet, remortgages, auction purchases, transfers of equity, staircasing leases, lease variations and licences for alterations.

Property litigation: Landlord and tenant disputes, restrictive covenants, rights of way/easements and disputes concerning interpretation of leases. All aspects of housing law are handled, including homelessness, possession proceedings, disrepair, unlawful eviction and transfer applications.

Private client: Preparation of wills and probate administration by expert lawyers. Also specialise in disputed estates and intestacy, powers of attorney, trusts and Court of Protection.

Conveyancing Simon Nosworthysimon.nosworthy@osborneslaw.com
Family Bridget Thompsonbridget.thompson@osborneslaw.com
Housing William Fordwilliam.ford@osborneslaw.com
Property litigation Shilpa Mathuradasshilpa.mathuradas@osborneslaw.com
Commercial property Guy Osbornguy.osborn@osborneslaw.com
Medical negligence Stephanie Priorstephanie.prior@osborneslaw.com
Personal injury Stuart Kightleystuart.kightley@osborneslaw.com
Wills, trusts and probate Jan Atkinsonjan.atkinson@osborneslaw.com
Catastrophic injury Ben Posfordben.posford@osborneslaw.com
Family Mediation Lisa Pepperlisa.pepper@osborneslaw.com
Adoption & Surrogacy Naomi Angellnaomi.angell@osborneslaw.com
Child Abduction Simone McGrathsimone.mcgrath@osborneslaw.com
Claire Andrews photo Claire AndrewsAssociate solicitor
Naomi Angell  photo Naomi Angell Consultant solicitor specialising in domestic and international adoption, surrogacy, fertility law and…
Jan Atkinson  photo Jan Atkinson Partner and head of private client department. Jan specialises in wills, probate…
Robert Aylott photo Robert AylottPartner
Sam Collard  photo Sam Collard Partner
Sophie Davies  photo Sophie Davies Partner specialising in personal injury and has a wide ranging caseload. Sophie is…
Mark Freedman  photo Mark Freedman Mark is a partner in the family department and has been the…
Arjun Jethwa photo Arjun JethwaAssociate Solicitor
Stuart Kightley  photo Stuart Kightley Stuart is head of Osbornes’ personal injury department and the firm’s joint…
David Leadercramer photo David LeadercramerPartner
Nicholas Leahy photo Nicholas LeahySolicitor
Manjit Mandair photo Manjit MandairAssociate Solicitor
Shilpa Mathuradas  photo Shilpa Mathuradas Head of property litigation at Osbornes Law, Shilpa Mathuradas is an experienced…
Simone McGrath  photo Simone McGrath Consultant; expertise in children law, both domestic and international; child abduction specialist;…
Siobhan McIvor  photo Siobhan McIvor Siobhan was made a partner of the firm in January 2012 and…
Alex McMahon photo Alex McMahonAssociate Solicitor
Elspeth Neilson photo Elspeth NeilsonPartner
Jodi Newton  photo Jodi Newton Associate Solicitor
Simon Nosworthy  photo Simon Nosworthy Simon is partner and head of the residential property team at Osbornes.…
Guy Osborn  photo Guy Osborn Guy is the Head of the Commercial Property and Leasehold Reform departments…
Lisa Pepper  photo Lisa Pepper Partner specialising in family law including financial settlements on divorce (cases involving…
Ben Posford  photo Ben Posford Ben is head of catastrophic injuries as a partner at Osbornes, and…
Stephanie Prior  photo Stephanie Prior Stephanie is head of medical negligence at Osbornes, with a particular focus…
Sarah Scott photo Sarah ScottAssociate Solicitor
Edward Taylor photo Edward TaylorAssociate Solicitor
Bridget Thompson  photo Bridget Thompson Head of the family department at Osbornes, Bridget practices in all aspects…
Jenny Walsh  photo Jenny Walsh Partner
Andrew Watson  photo Andrew Watson Andrew specialises in family law. Originally employed as a non-practising barrister, he…
Joanne Wescott photo Joanne WescottPartner
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80
English (fluent)
Resolution Accredited with particular specialisms in Children Law and Private
Law Society Children Panel
The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
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