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Ian Gardner
Ian Gardner – Business & Commercial and Residential Conveyancing

Ian has lived locally all his life being born near Scorton attending Lancaster Royal Grammar School before going to Manchester University to study Law.

Ians first and indeed only job has been with Ratcliffe & Bibby who he joined in March 1975.
He was articled to Bill Ratcliffe at Morecambe and has worked in Morecambe throughout his career. Ian became a Partner (now a Director) in 1983. Ian specialises in private and commercial conveyancing and also carries out wills & probate work for many of his long standing clients.

In his younger days for relaxation Ian played badminton and represented Lancashire 2nd team and Lancaster. Now older Ian has plumped for the gentler pastime of golf and was Captain of Lansil Golf Club in 1985 before moving to Heysham Golf Club where he was Captain in 1997 and President in 2000-2 and again in 2010-2011.
Roy Drinkall
Roy Drinkall – Personal Injury, Litigation, Business & Commercial and Residential Conveyancing

Roy attended Garstang Secondary School leaving at 16 to pursue his first love Art. Roy attended Art College before deciding on a career change at which point he was offered a place to study Law at Manchester Polytechnic (formerly Manchester College of Commerce).

Upon completion of his professional exams Roy was offered a training contract at Ratcliffe & Bibby. Whilst at Ratcliffe & Bibby Roy developed a keen interest in personal injury matters and was one of the first Solicitors to be admitted to the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. Roy continues to specialise in personal injury and litigation matters whilst also managing a caseload of commercial and property related matters.

Roy discourages prejudice in all its forms and has had Articles published in The Times and FHM Magazine on the topic. Roy retains an interest and love of the Arts, in particular watercolours and installation art. His favourite band is Pink Floyd and favourite films include Mississippi Burning and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Neil Anderton
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 Car
Sarah Carr – Family & Children

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
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.
Jennie Summers
Jennie Summers – Family & Children

Jennie attended Bolton School and university in Manchester, before joining Ratcliffe & Bibby in 2010 following completion of the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York. Jennie qualified in June 2012 into the Family department, having completed her training contract with Ratcliffe & Bibby.

Working in the family department alongside Sarah Carr, Jennie deals with all aspects of children matters, separation & divorce, domestic violence and financial matters. Jennie attends upon clients and conducts her own advocacy in the Family Proceedings Courts and County Courts on a regular basis. Jennie is also a member of Resolution, Young Resolution, Manchester Young Solicitors Group and Child Concern.

Outside of work, she enjoys playing sports, going to the gym and travelling to sunnier climes.
Dale Shimwell
Dale Shimwell – Wills & Probate, Family Trusts and Court of Protection

Dale was educated locally and initially embarked on a degree in Forensic and Biological Science at Liverpool John Moores University. He decided on a career change and went on to complete his law conversion degree (CPE) and Legal Practice Course at the University of Central Lancashire. Having worked as a paralegal for a number of North West firms, Dale joined Ratcliffe & Bibby as a trainee solicitor in May 2011 and went on to qualify in November 2012.

Dale undertakes a variety of work but specialises in wills, probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Patricia Boyd
Patricia Boyd – Residential Conveyancing

Patricia has worked alongside Ian Gardner within our conveyancing department since 2002, having moved to the legal aspect of property transactions, following a sales background in an Estate Agency.

From Northern Ireland Patricia completed her law degree at the University of Glamorgan before heading north to Lancaster University where she gained an MSc. in European Environmental Regulation and Policy.

Patricia has since worked with a number of firms locally before moving to Ratcliffe & Bibby. Based at our Morecambe office, Patricia lives locally in Heysham. In her spare time Patricia enjoys travelling and spending time with family.
Hannah McGranaghan
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 with Shaun Foreman as her Training Principal. She carries out work in various areas of law but focuses mainly on Wills and Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection Orders and Conveyancing. Hannah will complete her Training Contact September 2014.

Hannah partakes weekly in Zumba classes and swimming. She also enjoying spending time with family and socialising with friends.
Alethea Gilmour
Alethea Gilmour – Residential Conveyancing

Alethea Gilmour joined Ratcliffe & Bibby in 2000. She works as a Personal Assistant to Roy Drinkall and covers all aspects both residential and commercial conveyancing.

Alethea went to Lancaster & Morecambe College and gained a BTEC National Diploma in Business & Finance. She worked at another local Firm of Solicitors for 6 years before joining Ratcliffe & Bibby.

Alethea lives in Morecambe and in her spare time enjoys playing darts, being part of a local team and attending dog shows and keep fit/dance classes.
Jenny Kinder
Jenny Knowles – Family & Children

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.
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