Julie was born in Birkenhead and educated in Holywell, North Wales. She graduated from Keele University in 1986 with BA Hons and continued her professional training at Chester Law College.
She has over 20 years experience as a lawyer specialising in claims involving complex injuries caused by accidents and medical negligence. Having been a partner at an established Wirral law firm Julie left to set up Graystons Solicitors in 2000. She leads a friendly accessible team of dedicated and specialist lawyers.
Julie is an AVMA panel member and a senior litigator with APIL and has successfully negotiated multi million pound settlements on behalf of her clients. She has also been appointed as Secretary of a specialist society of Clinical Negligence Lawyers (SCIL) who are all concerned to protect the interests of people affected ensuring that people are properly represented by firms specilaising in this area of law.
Richard is a local boy from literally down the road. He was born on the Wirral and after four years studying in Leeds was drawn back to the area and hasn’t looked back.
He studied at Wirral Grammar School, which was where his passion for law developed and his hatred for Rugby began. Richard graduated with honours from Leeds in 2006 where he read law. He was accepted on to the legal practice course at BPP Law School where he was awarded a distinction for personal injury and clinical negligence modules.
Prior to joining the team at Graystons Solicitors where he completed his solicitor training contract, he worked as a voluntary advisor at the Citizens Advice Bureau, covering Birkenhead, Wallasey and Rock Ferry.
Richard has been a volunteer for the AVMA helpline, a charity that advises people about possible claims.
In his spare time Richard wears a red and white scarf, occupying a seat opposite the "normal one", Jurgen Klopp, in the centenary stand at Anfield. He also enjoys live music, photography and is fanatical about world cinema. He travels whenever he gets the chance and was fortunate to spend several months backpacking around Japan sampling blow fish and sake. That said, Richard never grows tired of exploring England’s real ales.
Bethan grew up in Cheltenham where she was educated at Pates Grammar School. She graduated from Liverpool University in 2005 with an honours degree in law (LLB) and continued her professional education at Chester College of Law, gaining distinctions in her personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law modules. In 2008 Bethan gained a Masters degree (LLM) in Law, Medicine and Healthcare from Liverpool University. She gained a Commendation for her dissertation which considered the difficulties encountered by individuals seeking redress after negligent medical treatment.
Bethan worked as an Employment law case worker before completing her solicitor’s training contract with Graystons in 2012. Bethan has a particular interest in acting for clients in relation to Coroner's proceedings and has attended Inquests to represent families who have lost a loved one.
In her spare time Bethan can usually be found at the gym or enjoying a good boxset. She lives on the Wirral and enjoys horse riding, reading and travelling whenever time permits.
Ruth was born, raised and lives locally in Bebington.
She went to Wirral Grammar School for girls, where she enjoyed athletics and politics. Ruth graduated from Liverpool John Moores University and has a B.A. Hons in Criminology, gaining a distinction in her dissertation on "Corporate Crime in the Pharmaceutical Industry".
Ruth then went on to study at the Law Academy, completing her level 6 qualification within 1 year. She achieved a distinction in Tort Law, Criminal Law and Employment Law. Following her graduation, Ruth was asked to join the CILEX committee for the Liverpool area.
In her spare time Ruth likes to keep fit by playing women’s rugby for Birkenhead Park, and taking part in distance and running events to raise money for a local charity. She enjoys reading, learning languages and attempting stargazing. Ruth loves to travel and continues to support the orphanage she visited in Kenya in 2011.
Nicky was born and educated on the Wirral, she graduated from Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University) in 1987 with an LLB(Hons) and continued her professional education at Chester Law College.
She has over 20 years’ experience as a partner in a major litigation practice defending professional negligence and catastrophic personal injury claims. Nicky joined the team in April 2016.
In her spare time Nicky enjoys adventures with her family, running and yoga.