Neil Anderton Family & Landlord & Tenant and Employment Law View Profile
Neil Anderton – Family & Landlord & Tenant and Employment Law
Neil has lived and worked in Morecambe all his life and is committed to the area and proud of his local ties. After graduating from Warwick University Neil returned to Morecambe to begin a career in law.
Neil joined Ratcliffe & Bibby in 1987, becoming a director of the firm in 2004. Specialising in matrimonial work Neil excels when dealing with complex financial issues surrounding divorce. Neil also carries out general litigation work and provides advice on landlord and tenant issues.
In his younger days Neil was both a keen footballer and golfer, representing Morecambe Golf Club at Junior Level. Although Neil does not now play as much football as he would like he retains a strong interest in the sport and is a keen follower of Morecambe FC. Neil continues to “try” to recapture his youth on the golf course.
Sarah joined Ratcliffe and Bibby in December 1997 after completing her training contract in family law at another local firm.
Sarah is the head of our family department. She covers divorce and domestic violence but specialises in problems concerning Children. Sarah is an accredited member of the Resolution Panel (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association). She is also a member of the Law Societies Children Panel in Lancaster, a qualification which allows her to represent Children at Court. Sarah's extensive knowledge and experience enables her to confidently advise and guide her clients through what can be an extremely difficult period in their lives.
Outside of work Sarah enjoys keeping fit, recently running 2 half marathons to raise money for local charities. She also enjoys skiing, swimming and most other sports although mainly as a spectator!
Shaun Foreman Wills & Probate, Family Trusts and Court of Protection View Profile
Shaun Foreman – Wills & Probate, Family Trusts and Court of Protection
Shaun joined Ratcliffe & Bibby as a trainee solicitor in 2006 following the successful completion of the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester Law and a Degree in Law at Lancaster University.
Upon completion of his training contract in August 2008, as a qualified solicitor, Shaun has chosen to specialise in wills, the administration of estates, trust work and matters involving the Court of Protection. Shaun particularly enjoys advising clients on estate planning to maximise the protection of assets and the reduction of Inheritance Tax Liability.
Away from work Shaun's primary interest is Football which he enjoys both watching and playing (although continuous injuries have curtailed playing time of late). Shaun is an avid Manchester United fan but also enjoys playing golf and cooking.
Paul Anderton Business & Commercial and Residential Conveyancing View Profile
Paul Anderton – Business & Commercial and Residential Conveyancing
Paul was "born and bred" in Morecambe, attending Lancaster Road School then Morecambe Grammar School before gaining his B.A. law degree at the University of Lancashire.
During this time he was an active sportsman, captaining the junior section at Morecambe Golf Club and playing football for Morecambe F.C. reserves before moving to Chester to attain his Law Society final exams and then Nantwich to serve his Articles of Clerkship.
Paul returned to the area in 1984 and has since been a former partner with this firm and had his own legal practice between 2000 and 2013.
Paul is well connected locally having served 20 years as School Governer at Greatwood Primary School and 20 years as secretary to a local Scout group of which he is now Chairman.
Hannah McGranaghan Wills & Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection View Profile
Hannah McGranaghan – Wills & Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection
Hannah has lived locally all her life and attended Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, before studying an LLB Law Degree at Edge Hill University. Following this she completed the Legal Practice Course at Liverpool John Moores University, obtaining distinction level.
Hannah joined Ratcliffe and Bibby in June 2012 working in the Family Department and commenced her Training Contract in January 2013, initially in the Family Department before moving to the Private Client Department. Following her qualification as a Solicitor in 2014, Hannah now focuses on Wills and Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Orders.
Hannah partakes weekly in Zumba classes and swimming. She also enjoying spending time with family and socialising with friends.
Oliver McNamara Wills & Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection View Profile
Oliver McNamara – Wills & Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection
Oliver grew up locally in Heysham, attending school at Ripley St. Thomas before moving to Newcastle to study law at Northumbria University. During his four years in Newcastle, he successfully completed a masters level law degree and the Legal Practice Course.
On completion of his degree and following a short spell working at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Oliver gained two years invaluable experience working for city centre law firms in both Liverpool and Manchester. Oliver joined Ratcliffe & Bibby in May 2016 as a trainee solicitor working in the wills and probate department and is already settling well in to the role and extremely enthusiastic about his future at the firm.
Outside of work Oliver is a keen sportsman and in particular enjoys playing football, rugby, swimming and tennis. Oliver plays the piano and is now trying his hand at guitar and more recently harmonica, although he hopes his career at Ratcliffe & Bibby will prove more successful...
Daniel grew up in Manchester before moving up to Lancaster to study law at Lancaster University. After a brief spell back in Manchester whilst he undertook the Legal Practice Course and gained valuable experience in city centre and national law firms, Daniel returned to Lancaster to join Ratcliffe & Bibby as a Trainee Solicitor.
Following completion of his Training Contract Daniel joined our litigation department before moving into commercial law. Daniel still undertakes all forms of litigation from personal injury to debt recovery but has a particular interest in Landlord and Tenant disputes, additionally Daniel provides advice on a range of commercial matters from conveyancing and leases to business sales.
Outside of work Daniel is a keen Manchester City fan and enjoys both playing and watching cricket and golf. When not playing or watching sport Daniel can often be found in the kitchen making a mess and occasionally something edible.
Wendy Joined Ratcliffe & Bibby in September 2014 having moved to this area permanently two years ago. Having previously served in the military, working for the legal division of the Army, she decided to enter the legal profession and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate.
Wendy is a member of Resolution and covers all aspects of family law, specialising in divorce, domestic violence, private law children matters and public law and financial settlement. She also advocates on all her matters if required at court which provides continuity to the case for the client.
Wendy also advises people who wish to enter into pre nuptial and post nuptial agreements and deeds of separation.
In her free time she enjoys to play golf and hopes she will continue to improve her game, enjoys walking although an injury limits her distance and she enjoys watching nearly all sports.
Having worked for a local firm of solicitors for a number of years alongside Sarah Carr, Jenny joined Ratcliffe and Bibby in 1997. Jenny has worked with Sarah throughout her career gaining skills that enable her to assist and advise clients with their problems.
Jenny qualified as a para-legal in January 2009 with a qualification in all aspects of Family Law and is often the first port of call for clients seeking advice, taking initial information and thereafter assisting clients in ensuring their matter is dealt with satisfactorily. Jenny often prepares matters for court and attends with barristers when instructed.
Outside of work Jenny enjoys walking and spending time with her family.