Hereford firm of solicitors welcomes new legal specialists

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Lanyon Bowdler solicitors announce the expansion to their Hereford office team with the appointment of three new legal specialists in the first quarter of 2013.

Legal firm Lanyon Bowdler has extended its Hereford office with the appointment of three new law specialists during the first quarter of 2013, bringing a wealth of experience to residents across Mid Wales and Herefordshire.

New faces at the St Martin’s Street office include key member and partner Will Morse, one of the only full time employment law specialists in the area, who combines commercial and tactical awareness with a practical, hands-on style.

Joining the firm from Cheltenham practice Wilians, Will brings a wide range of experience together with recognition from the UK’s leading legal directory, The Legal 500. Partner and head of the employment law specialist John Merry said, “I am very pleased to welcome Will to the team, he is going to be a valuable addition.”

Suzanne Lowe, an experienced civil litigator with over twenty years’ experience, and agricultural specialist Douglas Godwin have also recently joined the practice.

Suzanne is a qualified civil and family mediator, and for six years was a part time lecturer on the LPC course at De Montfort University, teaching civil litigation and personal injury modules.

Senior partner at Lanyon Bowdler, Peter Flint, commented on Douglas Godwin’s appointment, stating, “There is no doubt Douglas’s experience and expertise will be a great asset, and will help to further develop our agricultural department.”

Douglas, who joins the firm at partner level, will lead the agricultural department, overseeing a wide range of agricultural and commercial property related matters, including sales and purchases, development agreement, and landlord and tenant matters.

These new additions to the team come at the perfect time, as the firm was reappointed as the National Farmers Union (NFU) panel solicitors for Herefordshire in 2012 and, subject to terms, members are able to take advantage of a 12.5 percent discount on legal fees relating to business activities.

The recent developments at Lanyon Bowdler have led to the firm adopting a refreshing approach on how they price work for their clients.

The partners and key fee earning staff recently took part in a week long training course with an internationally renowned expert, who has provided them with the skillset and tools to enable them to take a step back and understand what their clients really want.

After careful consideration and agreement as to the scope of the work involved, new clients will be presented with a menu of options. Choices will vary depending on the type of work, but many will include fixed fees and service level guarantees.

Managing partner David Battisby said: “We have made significant investments in this training, both financially and with our time. However, we don’t just sell time, we sell our experience, expertise, know-how and results, with the aim of offering a better service and transparency for the people of Herefordshire, Mid Wales and throughout the West Midlands.”

Lanyon Bowdler is one of Shropshire’s largest law firms with an office in the heart of Hereford. With 19 partners and in the region of 200 experienced staff. For more information visit

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