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 of 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 has successfully negotiated multi-million-pound settlements on behalf of her clients. She has also previously served 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 specialising in this area of law.
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 caseworker 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.
Lydia was born on the Wirral; she was educated at Upton Hall before completing her English and History degree at The University of Liverpool followed by her post-graduate in Law at the College of Law, Chester.
Lydia qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and has worked exclusively in Medical Negligence ever since. Lydia is experienced in all aspects of medical negligence claims to include but not limited to brain injury, paediatrics, oncology and gynaecology.
Lydia gained Law Society Clinical Negligence accreditation in 2019 which recognises her expertise in the field. She has also been recognised by APIL as a Senior Litigator since 2018.
In her spare time, Lydia loves to be with her 2 young children. She loves to go walking, cycling and camping with them in the great outdoors. When she gets the chance she also loves running and baking sweet treats for her family.
Sam was born in Liverpool and educated at Holly Lodge Girls School, before graduating from the University of Liverpool with an honours degree in Law (LLB).
After working as a Personal Injury and civil litigation caseworker for 5 years, Sam continued her professional education at Chester College of Law, gaining a distinction in the Legal Practice Course. She completed her training contract and qualified as a solicitor in 2014.
Sam has over 10 years of experience of dealing with Personal Injury claims. She joined the team in February 2019.
In her spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with her young family. On the rare occasion she gets 5 minutes peace and quiet, she likes to escape with a good book, preferably by a pool, in the sun!
Emma was educated at Upton Hall before completing her Classical Civilisations degree at The University of Liverpool followed by her Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Professional Course and Law degree at the College of Law in Chester.
Over the years, Emma has worked in a number of legal fields for both Claimant and Defendant firms, including many years in Medical Negligence, however, since qualifying as a solicitor in 2016 she has worked solely within Medical Negligence.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys reading, films and the theatre.
Fellow Chartered Legal Executive
Amy was born in Chester and attended The University of Chester where she gained a degree in History and Archaeology. Upon completion of her degree, she took a role as a receptionist at a law firm in Chester and later as a Legal Secretary in Clinical Negligence. From there Amy began a CILEx course to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive, working as a Paralegal specialising in Clinical Negligence along the way. Amy qualified as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2018 and continues to work exclusively for victims of medical negligence.
Amy has previously been on the Committee for the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division as a Publicity Representative and has more recently been recognised as an APIL approved Litigator.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading and drinking coffee!
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.
Joy was raised in Liverpool went to Archbishop Blanch School, after which went to Bankfield Community College to complete a Legal Secretarial course. She started working as a legal secretary in the field of personal injury in 2002. Joy continued her career working as a paralegal on clinical negligence claims in 2016 and she hasn’t looked back since!
Joy studied her CILEX qualification at the Liverpool Law Academy whilst working full time. She completed the academic stage of the qualification in 2019 and is now looking forward to becoming a fully-fledged Legal Executive in the near future.
Joy has a love for fur babies and in her spare time likes to read, listen to true crime podcasts or watch boxsets on Netflix!
Jen was born and educated in Bebington. She graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 with an honours degree in law (LLB) and then went on to obtain her master’s degree (LLM) in Law, Medicine, and Healthcare, also from the University of Liverpool, in 2017. Jen has been with us since July 2017 and in September 2018 she enrolled onto the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Chester.
In her spare time, Jen enjoys cooking – taking pride in her curry making skills, travelling and going to the gym.
Sophie was born in Chester and graduated from The University of Manchester with an honours degree in German and Chinese before going on to obtain a postgraduate diploma in law (GDL) and LLM Masters in Professional Legal Practice (LPC) at The University of Law, part of the College of Law in Chester. Sophie has been working with us since July 2017.
From what spare time she has, Sophie enjoys reading, watching international films, and of course, travelling when she can to practice her languages.