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
01242 707 437
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.
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.
John 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.
John Depner, Director
01242 707 414
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.
She has a background in finance and has worked in personal injury law on behalf of claimants for more than 5 years.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys cycling and running or going to the cinema. Amanda loves to travel and is always planning her next adventure!
Maria Hayward, PA.
Maria has 17 years’ experience assisting lawyers with their caseload.
She has a friendly and efficient manner with clients and is often the first point of contact with clients to gather further case information.
In her spare time she enjoys walking her German Shepherd in the countryside.