The Team

Stephen Wright


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Stephen was a founding Partner in Wright and Lord Solicitors. He grew up and was educated in the Morecambe area until leaving to study for a law degree at Leicester and then his professional qualifications at Newcastle.

He returned to Morecambe to complete a training contract in a local firm of solicitors where he qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and later became a partner in 1995. He left to create a brand new practice in the town with Simon Lord in January 2001.

He has covered many different areas of law since becoming a solicitor. However, his main areas of work now are business and estate planning.

Stephen has lived in the Milnthorpe area for quite a number of years with his wife and two teenage children. He is an avid football fan, still thinks he can play a bit but is probably now better suited to golf.

Chris Gates


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Born and educated in Morecambe, Chris studied for a law degree in Manchester before completing his professional qualification in York.

Chris joined Wright & Lord in 2003 and became a Partner in 2008.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1998, Chris has specialised in family law. He is a member of the Law Society's Family Law Panel and Resolution, and has vast experience in all areas of family law, including divorce and separation, financial settlements and, pre-nuptial and living together agreements.

Over recent years Chris has also moved into Private Client work, which encompasses wills, estate planning, probate, trusts, powers of attorney and applications to the Court of Protection.

Living locally, Chris is married with two sons. He is a Governor at Dallam School, Milnthorpe and involved with Bolton le Sands Cricket Club, being on the committee and helping to run the junior teams.

Lynne Lord


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Lynne is the Practice Manager at Wright & Lord Solicitors with responsibility for client and business relations together with regulatory controls.

Educated at Arnold High School for Girls Blackpool, Lynne gained an honours degree in Law at King’s College, London. She qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and practised as a family law specialist for over 15 years before joining Wright & Lord in March 2001, shortly after its inception. She became a partner in October 2006.

Lynne is a sports fan, following a variety of sports, and is a member of Lancashire County Cricket Club. She enjoys art and the theatre, visiting Stratford-upon-Avon as often as possible to take in Royal Shakespeare Company productions.

Lynne’s late husband, Simon Lord, was a founding partner of the practice.

Zoe Riley


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Zoe joined Wright & Lord in September 2007. She is a Director for the firm and covers most areas of law, including corporate, commercial and conveyancing work. She also undertakes elderly client work including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and probate.

Educated at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Zoe obtained a First Class Honours degree in Law at Lancaster University in 2006, followed by her postgraduate degree in Law at the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 in which she obtained a ‘Distinction’ grade. She was awarded the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Law Society Prize in 2006 for her outstanding degree results.

Zoe is currently undertaking the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners’ diploma in relation to the administration of estates and trusts in order to further her expertise in this area.

Zoe enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and young son, as well as participating in dance and exercise classes.

Kay Murray


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Kay is a Consultant for Wright & Lord, solicitors. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in Trusts and Inheritance Tax Planning as well as Long Term Care.

With 20 years' experience behind her she has built up a sizeable bank of loyal clients who receive totally Independent Financial Advice for all their requirements.

Kay enjoys keeping fit and is an active member of Heysham Golf Club.

Dale Shimwell


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Dale was born and educated in the local area before gaining an Honours Degree in Forensic & Biomolecular Science at Liverpool John Moores University. He first worked at Wright and Lord for a number of years up to 2008 before qualifying as a Solicitor. Having gained an interest in law during his studies, he then completed a post-graduate diploma in Law.

This led to Dale becoming qualified as a Solicitor in November 2012. Dale initially specialised in private client work involving wills, lasting powers of attorney and the Court of Protection. He added to this what are now his well-established skills in residential conveyancing and ultimately, led his own conveyancing department.

In July 2017, Dale returned to Wright and Lord as an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer working within the Private Client and Conveyancing departments.

Being married with two children, Dale has a busy home life but still finds time to enjoy watching and playing football, walking in the Lake District and playing golf.

Phil Gardner

Conveyancing Manager

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Phil specialises in the conveyancing of domestic properties and also remortgaging, plus acting in the purchase and mortgaging of Buy to Let and investment properties. He also provides more general advice regarding tenancy agreements and planning matters.

He also specialises in preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney and general Trust and Probate matters.

Phil was educated at Morecambe Grammar School and has a Degree in Business Law from Coventry University. He started work in 1979 in a local Solicitors practice and moved to Wright & Lord in 2001. His knowledge of the area and local people is second to none.

Phil is married to a local teacher and enjoys music of all kinds and photography.

Sarah Robinson

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

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Sarah is a very experienced conveyancing and commercial legal assistant. Since joining the firm in 2006, she has rapidly progressed her practical and academic learning and is well on the way to qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive.

During that time she has worked as a member of a busy conveyancing team and more recently as personal legal assistant to Stephen Wright.

Sarah was born, raised and educated locally, attending Carnforth High and then Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking, walking her dog and spending time with family and friends.

Lauren Winder

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

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Lauren is a legal assistant heading towards qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive. Since being recruited by Wright & Lord from a specialist firm of solicitors in Preston in 2012, she has worked in various areas of the law. Lauren was born and raised in the local area and attended Dallam High School, Milnthorpe.

Out of work and when her continuing studies permit, Lauren enjoys travelling, spending times with her family and friends and all types of physical exercise – including a Total Warrior 10 mile challenge for charity!

Cheryl O'Neill

Legal Assistant

Cheryl is a vastly experienced legal assistant specialising in family and civil litigation. Having worked in solicitors’ practices since 1999, she joined Wright & Lord in 2003. Since then she has continued to develop her expertise working alongside one of the Directors, Chris Gates.

During her spare time, she enjoys travelling, eating out and spending time with her friends and family.

Natalie Goulding


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Natalie is an experienced Conveyancer dealing with all aspects of residential and investment properties including sales, purchases and mortgages.

Since 2002, after concluding her formal education at Heysham High School and Lancaster & Morecambe College, Natalie worked for a local solicitors practice in the areas of litigation and personal injury. She joined Wright & Lord Solicitors in 2009 and since then, has built on her legal experience and knowledge in the conveyancing sector. As a valuable member of the ever expanding conveyancing team Natalie has helped to develop the business and the friendly, personal client care that she and the company have become known for.

She lives locally and has a busy and rewarding domestic life with a husband and two young sons to look after. Natalie also enjoys cooking & reading in her spare time.