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Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 1

The social housing team at Osbornes is led by William Ford, a ‘standout‘ expert in all aspects of social housing who is ‘involved in cutting-edge cases in the higher courts as well as invaluable frontline work'. Ford is particularly notable in community care matters and its crossover with housing law, an area which is a growing specialism for the team. The team has demonstrable experience in advising clients on issues involving vulnerable clients who have claims against local authorities and housing associations. Senior associate Edward Taylor is dedicated to acting for disadvantaged individuals, particularly those who are homeless and individuals with mental health problems. The group has developed expertise in several specialist areas, such as advising EU nationals on their legal status and bringing challenges in asylum age assessment cases. Senior associate Alex McMahon has experience running Equality Act and human rights defences.

Practice head(s):

William Ford

Other key lawyers:

Edward Taylor; Alex McMahon; Muna Adam; Adele Pinkett


‘A large, experienced, and capable team with in-depth knowledge covering the entirety of housing and homelessness law, together with adjacent areas such as welfare benefits and community care.’

‘Will Ford is hands down one of the best housing lawyers out there. Clever, pragmatic, good with clients, reasonable with opponents, incredibly knowledgable and, as a result, extremely effective. His knowledge of welfare benefits and EU law, which is virtually unparalleled in the sector, as well as community care law, complements his housing and homelessness practice so as to make him truly unique.’

‘The social housing team at Osbornes is exceptional. The solicitors are highly competent, professional, and committed. It is pleasure to be instructed by them.’

‘Will Ford is a highly respected practitioner who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of housing law. He is extremely intelligent and very hard-working. He is involved in cutting-edge cases in the higher courts as well as invaluable frontline work and brings the same focus and dedication to both. Edward Taylor is also a brilliant and committed solicitor who is well-respected in this field.’

‘There are some incredibly committed and knowledgable lawyers, such as Will Ford. Their mix of private client work and legal aid means that legally aided clients are (unusually) able to access a professional and top-flight law firm and get treated with real respect.’

‘Will Ford is a stand-out expert and is incredibly dedicated to the field.’

‘Modern practice headed by Will Ford who has developed an excellent team. Able to take on the most difficult cases at short notice and prepare excellent electronic paperwork for the courts. Noted for a number of high-profile appellant cases in the last couple of years.’

‘Will Ford is a great lawyer who effortlessly takes on the most complex of cases and get excellent results for his clients. Adele Pinkett is excellent in dealing with vulnerable clients and equality act cases.’

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

The clinical negligence team at Osbornes is much lauded for its ability to ‘represent the diverse range of London-based clients’; as an example, the firm places particular emphasis on work for Eastern European clients, especially where a language barrier has had an impact on medical care. Stephanie Prior ‘leads the team with real experience and commitment to her clients’ – with 10 years of experience as a registered general nurse, she is well placed to support clients through complex and sensitive claims. Ben Posford is a noted specialist in spinal injuries and cauda equina claims, while Jodi Newton, who made partner in June 2023, has specific expertise regarding birth negligence cases, including those which involve cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy injuries.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Prior

Other key lawyers:

Jodi Newton; Nicholas Leahy; Ben Posford; Robert Aylott


‘A joy to work with and always 100% client focused at all times.’

‘Hard working, approachable, good knowledge of clinical negligence and clients’ specific conditions. Stephanie Prior leads a strong and competent team.’

‘Stephanie Prior leads the team with real experience and commitment to her clients. Able to spot a good case early on and see it through to conclusion. Jodi Newton is knowledgeable and well regarded.’ 

‘Osbornes has a skilled team of solicitors advising clients on a wide range of clinical negligence matters. The firm merit recognition for the complexity of their work, as a boutique discipline within a multi-disciplinary firm.’

‘Nicholas Leahy empathises very well with his clients. He runs his cases efficiently, effectively and can communicate diligently in difficult circumstances.’

‘Stephanie Prior and her colleagues are deeply versed in clinical negligence and the workings of English hospitals, trusts and medical practitioners. They are able to handle all clinical negligence claims including the very biggest catastrophic brain injury claims.’

‘Osbornes has a diverse staff of solicitors and paralegals and is thereby able to represent the diverse range of London-based clients – often in their own language.’

‘Jodi Newton is passionate about her work and is a really creative lawyer, always trying to find practical and innovative solutions to problems encountered, whilst keeping the clients central to everything she does.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

Osbornes‘highly respected‘ personal injury team is experienced in a range of complex, high-value claims, with notable strength in acting for European clients for whom English is not a first language. The team is co-led by head of personal injury Sophie Davies, who has a notable specialism in catastrophic lower limb injuries; head of catastrophic injury Ben Posford, who has particular experience regarding spinal cord and brain injuries, and fatalities; head of child abuse Stephanie Prior, who also oversees the firm’s clinical negligence department; head of cycling Sam Collard, who acts as the main contact for the London Cycling Campaign; and head of major trauma Rob Aylott, who is known for his work on amputation claims. Associate solicitor Andrew Middlehurst has particular expertise regarding the law relating to e-scooters. Laura Swaine and Nicola Hall are also recommended, along with managing partner Stuart Kightley.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Davies; Ben Posford; Stephanie Prior; Sam Collard; Rob Aylott

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Kightley; Laura Swaine; Nicola Hall; Magdalena Knez; Andrew Middlehurst; Patricia McCaffrey


‘This is an excellent PI team doing a broad range of PI work. They are a team who are highly respected in the PI sector. Their team includes bright, hard-working solicitors dedicated to achieving successful outcomes for their clients from partner level to paralegal. Their client care is exceptional. They are always well prepared.’

‘Sophie Davies is outstanding. She takes on tough cases and pushes them to a successful conclusion. She is particularly adept at dealing with challenging claims by European nationals who have suffered serious injuries in the UK.’

‘Ben Posford is an intellectual powerhouse, loved by his clients and feared by his opponents.’

‘Rob Aylott is an extremely talented lawyer dealing with cases of the utmost severity. He is very knowledgeable, tactically astute and an excellent negotiator.’

‘Sam Collard develops good client relationships and manages their expectations. He is extremely thorough in each case he is involved in.’

‘Andrew Middlehurst is superbly diligent and responsive, with a combination of genuine empathy and drive to get the best results for his clients: highly recommended, particularly on cyclist claims.’

‘Nicola Hall is thorough and shows real attention to detail. She is personable and straightforward and consequently her clients trust and respect her.’

‘Laura Swaine is a very able solicitor who handles her own caseload as well as assisting on the most serious of cases. Extremely efficient and knowledgeable.’

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Lisa Pepper, Bridget Thompson, Lauren Hall, Andrew Watson, David Leadercramer and Mark Freedman are Resolution trained lawyer mediators that can be found at Osbornes. Pepper and Thompson are also accredited mediators. Pepper, in particular, has a busy mediation practice – she undertakes Skype and Shuttle mediations as well face to face mediations. In addition, she is experienced in running private ADRs and receives a steady flow of referrals from other professionals (such as barristers and solicitors) as well as previous clients.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Pepper


‘Lisa Pepper- she has a great combination of skills. She is empathetic, approachable and calm, and has good legal judgment. She inspires confidence and trust’.

‘Lisa Pepper is an outstanding mediator. She gets results in very difficult cases. She works extremely hard to get a good outcome for clients who mediate with her and always brings her professional experience to bear in an appropriate way’.

‘Lisa Pepper is robust, competent and knowledgeable and is always keen to try and help parties settle without intervention of the court’.

‘I am confident that Lisa will do her utmost to try and settle matters so that both parties walk away feeling satisfied that they have managed to reach a fair outcome with the assistance of a professional mediator’.

‘Lisa Pepper at Osbornes is hugely approachable. She is calm, clients always praise her. Underneath her calm and approachable exterior is an excellent legal brain. She puts clients at ease and creates an atmosphere in her mediations which foster an excellent environment to settle cases’.

‘Osbornes has a strong family team which offers full service family work. Lisa Pepper is a brilliant mediator’.

‘Lisa Pepper – one of the best mediators around, whose very reasonable rates don’t reflect her excellent client base (those in the arts and entertainment world)’.

‘Just outside Central London a cracking and cost effective Family team. Equally good at children and finance, and litigation and mediation the stand out mediator is Lisa Pepper’.

Private client > Family Tier 2

Osbornes has incredible strength in depth across every area of family law, from public law children and child abduction proceedings, through to adoption and surrogacy, and private client work’. Areas of expertise for the group span from unravelling complicated trusts and handling pre-acquired wealth, to Children Act proceedings and advising on the financial provision for children. Mark FreedmanLisa Pepper, newly promoted partner Maria Kitsiou, and Lauren Hall, who joined the firm from Russell-Cooke LLP in April 2023, all jointly head the department. The practice has considerable strength in adoption and fertility matters through the highly regarded Naomi Angell. Joanne Wescott frequently handles complex and high-profile cases, while associate Diana Bastow has a broad range of experience in financial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Freedman; Lisa Pepper; Maria Kitsiou; Lauren Hall

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Westcott; Diana Bastow; Jonathan Jonas; Naomi Angell; Andrew Watson; Simone McGrath; Bridget Thompson; Lauren Hall; Tom Trim; Claire Andrews


‘Maria Kitsiou is an excellent solicitor; she is extremely bright, but also kind and diligent to clients with vulnerabilities.’

‘Osbornes has one of the strongest family law teams in the business with a very wide range of experience and seniority, from some of the biggest names in family law like Naomi Angell, to the some very talented newly qualified members of the team. They are uniquely placed to cater for every avenue of family legal difficulty, whether financial or children.’

‘Mark Freedman is something of a visionary when it comes to his experiences with high-net-worth divorces; a strategist who considers case theory from the beginning and maps the path to settlement. He is the perfect cocktail of wit, experience and intelligence’.’

‘In financial work, Andrew Watson is astonishing. He does not give up and has an uncanny ability to be correct in his advice. Clients love the fact that he advises at the outset. I would want Andy to be fighting my corner in any contested case.’

 ‘Simone McGrath is incredible in complex cross-border cases and has been involved in many of the leading cases. Lauren Hall has a wonderfully empathetic manner with her clients and never posts a foot wrong. Finally, Naomi Angell is the fount of all knowledge on adoption and surrogacy cases. She is a lawyer to whom judges defer.’

‘Lisa Pepper is a great go-to solicitor for anyone wanting quick and appropriate advice. As a qualified mediator, Lisa will consider all types of ADR and will adopt these unless court proceedings is the only realistic option. Lisa is well-known amongst family lawyers and so she is able to access a large network of ADR resources.’

‘Bridget Thompson and Mark Freedman are big hitters with a huge amount of experience, realism, and exceptional client management skills. Tom Trim is brilliant; he reads absolutely everything, is wonderfully down to earth with clients and always available.’

‘Joanne Wescott is a class act who is loved by clients, and respected by opponents and colleagues alike. Just who you want on your side if you need a family lawyer. I have recommended her personally to friends and loved ones. A formidable intellect, fantastic judgement, and a genuine care for her clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in a case regarding covid-19 vaccinations in private law proceedings.
  • Acting for a client in a long running child abduction case involving the return of a child to Ukraine.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Osbornes has a ‘strong private client department’ and ‘the firm seems to be going from strength to strength’. Practice head, Jan Atkinson , is best known for her court appointments as the independent administrator of disputed estates. The nimble team acts for a broad range of high-net-worth individuals and families on a variety of complex estate and trust litigation. Other key clients include trustees, personal representatives and charities. Elspeth Neilson is adept at handling complex estate administrations where there are assets in other jurisdictions. Senior associate, Katie De Swarte, also acts in contentious Court of Protection cases.

Practice head(s):

Jan Atkinson

Other key lawyers:

Katie de Swarte; Elspeth Neilson


‘The contested estates team is strong with talented young women doing good quality work. Katie de Swarte and Elspeth Neilson are two individuals I work with and both are a pleasure to work with’.

‘Jan Atkinson is calm, sensible and a very talented lawyer. She is honest with clients and gets very good results for them’.

‘The right blend of experience from a leading partner who’s spent a career in this field to enthusiastic specialist nqs. I work most often with Katie de Swarte. Katie develops a good rapport with clients and is a good specialist estates litigator’.

‘Jan Atkinson is an excellent contentious probate solicitor, as well as an experienced private client lawyer. The combination of both skills is relatively rare but results in a formidable lawyer who is well able to take on the most complex of cases’.

‘Real client focus and commitment to the cause allied to superb analytical skills and great attention to detail. Katie de Swarte has a real passion to do her best for her clients and her best is very good indeed.’

‘I think this firm has excellent strength and depth in this area, for both contentious and non-contentious work, and they can hold their own against any other firm. Elspeth Nielson and Katie de Swarte especially as very capable solicitors that I enjoy working with’.

‘Katie De Swarte – she is very client-focused and attuned to their needs without being fearful of setting out where she perceives there may be weaknesses in their position’.

‘I have found them to be incredibly knowledgeable and pragmatic in settling claims for their clients’.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Osbornes is highly regarded for conducting judicial review challenges against local authorities and the SSHD, especially in regard to adverse age assessments for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors. The team is led by William Ford, who has brought numerous successful judicial review challenges on behalf of a wide range of claimants, including homeless applicants, care leavers, disabled persons, migrants subjected to a hostile environment, and social security claimants. Alex McMahon advises on issues concerning housing, community care, and asylum support, while senior associate Edward Taylor focuses on protecting the rights of children, regularly working with international charities to do so.

Practice head(s):

William Ford

Other key lawyers:


‘Osbornes provides a first-class service to clients, really advocating on their behalf.’

‘Osbornes are extremely knowledgeable and professional throughout.’ 

‘The team at Osbornes is very good.’

‘William Ford is the best housing and public law solicitor of his generation.’

‘Excellent public law firm, strongly dedicated to its vulnerable clients.’

‘Osbornes are one of the leading firms dealing with claims by unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors and age disputed young people. Their case preparation is heads above others I have seen in this field.’

‘Alex McMahon is brilliant with vulnerable clients and very thorough.’

‘Osbornes are a fantastic team who really stand out in the market in the fields of housing and social care. A friendly and approachable team who are shrewd litigators and adept at complex strategic claims.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

The ‘approachable, friendly and motivated’  team at Osbornes is led by Jan Atkinson. It receives a steady flow of instructions from high-net-worth individuals and families on an array of tax planning, wealth preservation, estate and succession planning issues. It also frequently advises on family governance matters. Clients include entrepreneurs, wealthy families and individuals.

Practice head(s):

Jan Atkinson


Other key lawyers:

Samantha Tayler; Jenny Walsh


‘An efficient firm which provides an excellent service at highly competitive charging rates’.

‘I have been a client of this firm for a number of years and been impressed by particular individuals, the care and thoughtfulness with which they have worked.  Jenny Walsh and Suzanna Baker’.

‘Working with Janet and Suzanna has always been a very smooth process. They render advice that is practical, often going beyond what was required of them and they respond very swiftly’.

‘Reliable and knowledgeable. They have always been very on top of things and given sound advice. Gives a sense of security when they are involved that matters will be dealt with efficiently’.

‘Suzanna Baker is very easy to work with. She has great knowledge on tricky areas and is practical and sensible’.

‘ Jan Atkinson  is very client-focused and responsive, and seems very much on top of both the relevant law and of the details of my matter’.

‘A private client team offering a range of services to assist with private client matters including trust and probate services. A friendly approach with a keen eye for detail‘.

‘Samantha Tayler has been the key person for making a huge difference’.

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: The department is led by the highly regarded Stephanie Prior and specialises in serious injury cases with a particular interest in birth injuries. It 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 specialises in disputed estates and intestacy, powers of attorney, trusts and Court of Protection.

Department Name Email Telephone
Conveyancing Simon Nosworthy simon.nosworthy@osborneslaw.com
Family Bridget Thompson bridget.thompson@osborneslaw.com
Housing William Ford william.ford@osborneslaw.com
Property litigation Shilpa Mathuradas shilpa.mathuradas@osborneslaw.com
Commercial property Guy Osborn guy.osborn@osborneslaw.com
Medical negligence Stephanie Prior stephanie.prior@osborneslaw.com
Personal injury Stuart Kightley stuart.kightley@osborneslaw.com
Wills, trusts and probate Jan Atkinson jan.atkinson@osborneslaw.com
Catastrophic injury Ben Posford ben.posford@osborneslaw.com
Family Mediation Lisa Pepper lisa.pepper@osborneslaw.com
Adoption & Surrogacy Naomi Angell naomi.angell@osborneslaw.com
Child Abduction Simone McGrath simone.mcgrath@osborneslaw.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Claire Andrews photo Claire Andrews Partner
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 Aylott Partner
Diana Bastow photo Diana Bastow Associate Solicitor
Sam Collard photo Sam Collard Partner
Sophie Davies photo Sophie Davies Partner specialising in personal injury and has a wide ranging caseload. Sophie is…
Katie  De Swarte  photo Katie De Swarte Partner
William  Ford  photo William Ford Partner
Mark Freedman photo Mark Freedman Mark is a partner in the family department and has been the…
Lauren  Hall photo Lauren Hall Partner
Nicola  Hall  photo Nicola Hall Nicola Hall is an Associate Solicitor within the Personal Injury Department. She…
Arjun Jethwa photo Arjun Jethwa Associate Solicitor
Jonathan  Jonas  photo Jonathan Jonas Senior Associate
Stuart Kightley photo Stuart Kightley Stuart is head of Osbornes’ personal injury department and the firm’s joint…
Maria  Kitsiou  photo Maria Kitsiou Partner
Magdalena  Knez  photo Magdalena Knez Associate Solicitor
David Leadercramer photo David Leadercramer Partner
Nicholas Leahy photo Nicholas Leahy Solicitor
Shilpa Mathuradas photo Shilpa Mathuradas Head of property litigation at Osbornes Law, Shilpa Mathuradas is an experienced property…
Patricia McCaffrey photo Patricia McCaffrey Senior Associate
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 McMahon Associate Solicitor
Jessica  Moore  photo Jessica Moore Family Solicitor
Elspeth Neilson photo Elspeth Neilson Partner
Jodi Newton photo Jodi Newton Partner
Sarah Norman - Scott photo Sarah Norman - Scott 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 at Osbornes…
Lisa Pepper photo Lisa Pepper Partner specialising in family law including financial settlements on divorce (cases involving…
Ben Posford photo Ben Posford Ben Posford is head of catastrophic injuries and an equity partner at Osbornes, and…
Stephanie Prior photo Stephanie Prior Stephanie is head of medical negligence at Osbornes, with a particular focus…
Yael  Selig  photo Yael Selig Partner
Laura  Swaine  photo Laura Swaine Laura is a catastrophic injury Associate Solicitor specialising in both medium and…
Samantha  Tayler photo Samantha Tayler Senior Associate
Edward Taylor photo Edward Taylor Associate Solicitor
Bridget Thompson photo Bridget Thompson Head of the family department at Osbornes, Bridget practices in all aspects…
Tom  Trim  photo Tom Trim Solicitor
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 Wescott Partner
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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