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 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 specilaising in this area of law.
Richard was born on the Wirral and educated at Wirral Grammar School, before graduating from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in Law (LLB). He also completed a dissertation considering the rights afforded to whistleblowers within the NHS.
Richard’s professional education continued at Leeds BPP Law School, where he gained distinctions in personal injury and clinical negligence modules.
Following this, Richard worked as a Volunteer within the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, providing advice and support to those with employment, housing and benefit needs. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and now has over 10 years’ experience within the firm.
In his spare time, Richard wears a red and white scarf, occupying a seat opposite the “Normal One”, in the Kenny Dalglish Stand at Anfield. He also enjoys live music, photography and is fanatical about world cinema. He travels whenever he gets the chance but 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.
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 case worker 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 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!
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.
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 honour’s degree in German and Chinese, and is currently enrolled on the Graduate Diploma in Law postgraduate course 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.