Potter Rees Dolan promotes four to partner

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Serious injury firm Potter Rees Dolan has promoted four of its senior solicitors to partner.

The promotions follow the Manchester-based firm’s clinical negligence team moving to its own office in Deansgate.

Potter Rees Dolan has promoted Richard Edwards and Nicola Mepstead, both solicitors within the personal injury team, along with Ruth Wright, head of Court of Protection, and Peter Renshaw, a welfare benefits solicitor.

They join existing partners Hugh Potter, Rachel Rees, Helen Dolan, Alison Hartley, Helen Shaw, Jeanne Evans, Gary Herbert, Gill Edwards and Lesley Herbertson.

Edwards deals with unusual, complicated and high-value personal injury litigation, including bringing claims for those who have suffered brain, orthopaedic and amputation injuries, as well as occupational stress.

Mepstead has been with the firm since 2006 and predominantly deals with brain injury cases of various degrees, from catastrophic to the more subtle but nevertheless devastating injuries caused by both accidents and assaults.

Wright has 13 years of experience of acting as a professional Court of Protection deputy and as a trustee for both children and adults.

She specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence claims after qualifying in 1991 before moving over to Court of Protection work. She works closely with solicitors dealing with personal injury claims and provides expert reports for claimants and defendants.

Renshaw has always had an interest in disability and equality rights, which stems from family circumstances and led to him becoming a solicitor.

He has worked predominantly in the public and charitable sectors in the social welfare law field prior to his appointment at Potter Rees Dolan in 2003.

Following the firm’s growth over the past 12 months, the clinical negligence team at Potter Rees Dolan, led by Helen Dolan, has recently relocated to a new, modern office space of its own at No 2 Commercial Street in Deansgate.

The newly refurbished 3,321-square foot office is close to its main headquarters at number 12 Commercial Street and will allow for further expansion in the future.

Dolan commented: “This has been a particularly exciting year for the firm, after recently celebrating a record year of settlements for our clients—£114 million total damages—as well as our 21st birthday, we can now announce that we have appointed four senior solicitors to partner and we have acquired fantastic new office space at No 2 Commercial Street.”

“The firm has grown from just 2 to 53 staff since its beginnings—with the clinical negligence team now six strong, having grown exponentially over recent years. I am proud of where we have got to as a firm and we look forward to further growth and success for our clients over the coming years.”

Pictured: Richard Edwards (top left), Ruth Wright (top right), Peter Renshaw (bottom left) and Nicola Mepstead (bottom right)
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