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Fraser Dawbarns
PE30 1ES

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Fraser Dawbarns in Wisbech is known for ‘great communication, clear explanations and outstanding results‘. Key partner Neil John is ‘very experienced, very calm, and very successful at bringing claims to a satisfactory conclusion‘. One barrister remarks that ‘he is exactly the kind of solicitor I would want to have in my corner‘. He recently secured £250k for a teenage girl who suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull when she was hit by a car while crossing the road.

Practice head(s):

Neil John


‘They are available and respond to any requirements promptly and professionally.’

‘Although direct contact is easily available most of the transfer of instructions and associated materials is electronic. This allows convenient scrutiny of information when preparing cases. Any additional requirements are also responded to promptly.’

‘Financial and billing arrangements are straightforward and direct and responded to in a timely manner.’

‘I have a long-standing relationship with a solicitor at Fraser Dawbarns who has referred injury and negligence cases for a number of years. The instructions are appropriate and well considered relative to my professional role.’

‘Direct contact, e-contact or telephone is facilitated for effective communication and professional support if necessary. Personal contact is always professional, respectful and amenable.’

‘Neil John is the partner who instructs me. He is very experienced, very calm, and very successful at bringing claims to a satisfactory conclusion. If I was a client, he is exactly the kind of solicitor I would want to have in my corner.’

‘Great communication, clear explanations, outstanding results.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on a £250k settlement for a 15-year-old girl who suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull when she was hit by a car while crossing the road.
  • Acted for a man in his 20s, who was hit by a car; he appeared to have only minor physical symptoms but shortly afterwards suffered heart failure which resulted in the need for a heart transplant. We obtained a cardiologist report confirming that being hit by a car was a contributing factor to, but not the actual cause of, his heart failure and obtained a settlement of £110k.
  • Handling a range of workplace injury claims, including most recently obtaining a settlement of £40k for a factory worker who was required to work in a way that did not include adaption for a pre-existing back injury, aggravating the injury and resulting in a need for surgery.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Fraser Dawbarns have a growing workload which includes advising farmers on property transactions for farmers, as well as advising clients on diversification projects including wind, solar and battery. Lead partner Daniel Ball, who specialises in agriculture and estates work, handles property matters and renewable energy projects, a recent examples being the £1.5m sale of seven acres of land, with planning permission for a protein synthesising plant. The firm also handled the s106 work to procure planning permission for client Naylor Farms.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Ball


‘We have been working for many years and they recently assisted us on a multi-million pound project, working very well with global lawyers in the process.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a farm on the disposal of seven acres of land which had been awarded planning permission for a new protein synthesising factory in the town of Spalding.

Private client > Family Tier 3

Fraser Dawbarns has a prominent family law practice that serves West Norfolk and East Cambridgeshire. The team frequently handles high-value divorce and pre-nuptial agreements, complex children matters including guardianship orders, cohabitation agreements, and TOLATA applications. ‘Approachable and accessible‘ practice head and senior partner Deborah Allen in King’s Lynn focuses exclusively on the financial aspects of marriage and relationship breakdowns, and in particular matters involving family businesses and trusts. Senior associate Rebecca Woodley in Downham Market is ‘hugely experienced and gives calm, pragmatic and sensible advice'.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Allen

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Sims; Emma Stearman; Rebecca Woodley; Jackie Jessiman


‘Engaging the services of Deborah Allen was certainly the right decision as her experience and efficiency was well worth it.’

‘Deborah Allen was very approachable and accessible, even when she was on annual leave she took the time to look out for correspondence that needed attention. All of her team were always very attentive and dealt with all matters in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘Rebecca Woodley is hugely experienced and gives calm, pragmatic and sensible advice in family matters.’

‘Good personal service.’

‘Rebecca Woodley really cares about her clients.’

‘They are a well-respected firm in North Norfolk.’

‘ Deborah Allen and Rebecca Woodley have good reputations and are well respected.’

‘Jackie Jessiman is sensible, down-to-earth, and speaks the client’s language.’

Work highlights

  • Advised an East Anglian resident with multimillion-pound assets in UK, Dubai, and Singapore following the breakdown of a long marriage.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 4

Fraser Dawbarns‘s team has developed a capable dispute resolution practice in Wisbech, where practice head Neil John resides, and King’s Lynn, where associate Joshua Shuardson-Hipkin is the key contact. The practice is noted as being ‘pragmatic, responsive and very supportive of its clients’. Shuardson-Hipkin ‘brings a sophisticated, subtle and strategic approach to his cases’; he recently handled a complex commercial partnership dispute regarding substantial assets, involving the dissolution of said partnership following the death of one party.

Practice head(s):

Neil John

Other key lawyers:


‘The team are pragmatic, responsive and very supportive of their clients.’

‘Joshua Shuardson-Hipkin brings a sophisticated, subtle and strategic approach to his cases.’

‘The team quickly understand your aims and desired outcome and work efficiently and pragmatically to achieve it.’

‘Joshua Shuardson-Hipkin deals with everything in a pragmatic manner.’

Work highlights

  • Advised in a commercial partnership dispute involving the dissolution of the partnership following the death of one party which involved a substantial overseas property portfolio.
  • Advising a technology company whose rights to supply a piece of security equipment to an airport, and to benefit from the multi-million pound contract associated with it, are being challenged by another party who claim they were the original designers of the equipment.
  • Advising a client in the renewables sector on a dispute concerning the provisions of a loan agreement form a third party. The outcome of the dispute was critical for the implementation of a new wind turbine project.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Fraser Dawbarns has a growing contentious probate practice, and ACTAPS member and senior associate Janet Lane is rapidly building the team a strong local reputation.
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