About Us

Who we are

We are expert solicitors who offer an unparalleled and very personal service to victims of accidents or medical errors. Our service is unique, our approach ethical, and our clients are at the heart of everything we do.


Our firm was founded in 1985 and has specialised in helping those who have suffered personal injury and medical negligence ever since. We continue to fight for the rights of those who need our help. Although we deal with a broad range of cases and promise to deal with every client on a one to one and personal level, no matter the value of their claim, our niche passion and expertise is to help those who have suffered serious or life changing injury.

What We Do

We are authorised personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors fully regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). We are not a Case Management Company.

Why is this important?

The SRA imposes and enforces the highest of standards in professional conduct for solicitors. We are obliged to hold top tier insurance cover for everything we do.

Meet The Team

Our staff are the lifeblood of our firm. Our staff retention levels reflect the family feel of our firm. The law constantly evolves, and all staff, whatever level of experience, are obliged to undertake ongoing training and development to supplement their skills and ensure that you, our clients, receive the best possible service.

Daniel Menell, Director

Daniel has worked in law since 1990 and since qualifying as a lawyer more than 20 years ago, has worked exclusively for claimants pursuing personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Although conducting a varied caseload, he specialises in higher value and complex claims and has particular expertise and interest in spinal and brain injury claims. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. In the past year Daniel has conducted and successfully concluded claims worth a combined total of in excess of £18 million. Daniel also has a burgeoning practice in Sports Law, having represented a number of former professional rugby players. He tends only to stop working intermittently during the winter months, when he can be found strapped to a snowboard on a slope which is far too steep for his ability, albeit with regular stops to attend to work emails. A former member of the GB Karate squad, and latterly running his own ju-jitsu club, with the odd triathlon here and there, Daniel refuses to succumb to being too middle aged any time soon.

“Diligent and committed, Daniel’s handling of claims of the utmost gravity and seriousness is peerless. Unphased by the rigours of litigation he keeps a cool, calm eye on unfolding developments and never lets it stray from the goal.” – Jacob Levy, Q.C.

John Depner, Director
One of the founding partners of the firm, John qualified as a Solicitor in 1987 and has acted exclusively for victims of accidents for over 25 years. He has vast experience in this specialist area of the law and has conducted many complex accident and medical negligence cases through to the Court of Appeal. He currently deals with a wide range of cases from minor road accidents to the most difficult medical negligence claims. Away from work he enjoys all forms of motorsport and is a keen but inelegant skier. Having recently retired from running a private evening and weekend taxi service for his 4 daughters, he now hopes to devote more time to these activities.

Dr. Anthony Barton, Consultant

Anthony works as a consultant with Bespoke. He is a medically qualified solicitor and also previously sat as an assistant coroner in London. His practice areas include medical law, clinical negligence, and product liability involving pharmaceutical products and medical devices. He has acted in multiparty class actions. He has advised and represented clients in coroners’ inquests involving health and safety, and medical matters. He has written widely on many aspects of medical law; he is joint editor of the leading text “Clinical Negligence” (Fifth Edition). Anthony has ready access to senior clinicians whom he can consult. Anthony’s dual qualification as a medic and lawyer means that we are able to advise potential clients as to the merits of their clinical negligence inquiry promptly.

Peter Trotman, Senior Lawyer

Pete is a hugely experienced Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives with many years of litigation experience in a broad range of claims from road accident, employers’ and public liability, Ministry of Defence, Product Liability, Holiday Claims, and most other types of cases. He acts for those whose claims are modest in value right through to claims worth well into 6 figures. In what spare time he is allowed, Pete plays pool and football, supports Liverpool FC and enjoys cycling and walking the hills with his cocker spaniel.

Ryan Simmonds, Case Handler

Ryan has a background in finance and has worked in personal injury law on behalf of claimants for more than 5 years.  His expertise in handling portal cases (the online system by which most cases worth up to £25,000 are handled) is second to none. With the benefit of his near photographic memory he expertly handles a mixed caseload involving road traffic accidents, accidents at work and public liability claims. Ryan needs an entire room dedicated to his extensive music collection and when not working, he can usually be found at local music venues or festivals seeking out the next big band.  He enjoys travelling the country visiting different cities and their music venues and every summer, he’s guaranteed to be embracing the mud at Glastonbury! Ryan is also an avid film fan who spends many of his evenings making the most of his unlimited cinema pass.

Amanda Brown, Case Handler

Amanda specialises in personal injury claims arising from Public or Employers’ Liability, and road traffic accidents. 

Maria Hayward, PA.

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