Our Directors

Stephen Wright
Stephen WrightDirector

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
Chris GatesDirector

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.

Zoe Riley
Zoe RileyDirector

Zoe joined Wright & Lord in September 2007. She is a Director for the firm and 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 a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners) having passed the STEP diploma in Trusts and Estates with distinction in 2017 and being accredited as one of the highest achieving students in the year.

Zoe enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and young son and daughter, as well as participating in and watching musical theatre.

Dale Shimwell
Dale ShimwellDirector

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.

Lynne Lord
Lynne LordDirector

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.

Our Team

Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinson Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

Since joining the firm in 2006, Sarah has rapidly progressed her practical and academic learning and is well on the way to qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive. She works alongside Stephen Wright in our commercial department and deals with all aspects of commercial law.

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
Lauren WinderDomestic and Commercial Property Lawyer

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!

Natalie Goulding
Natalie GouldingConveyancer

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.

Sue Backhouse
Sue BackhouseTrainee Chartered Legal Executive

Sue was born and raised in Morecambe, educated at Morecambe High School and has worked in Morecambe thoughout her career. Sue has specialised in wills, probate and elderly client services for over 12 years and, in 2010, qualified as a Paralegal in Wills, Probate and Estate Administration.

Outside of the office Sue enjoys walking the family dog, going to the theatre and spending time with my family and friends. Last year she and her 12 year old daughter completed the Moonlight Walk for St. John’s Hospice.

Chanel Hutton
Chanel HuttonAssociate Solicitor

Chanel joined Wright in Lord in 2016, working as a legal assistant, having just completed her law degree at Lancaster University. Chanel started her training contract with us in 2018 qualifying as a solicitor in May 2020.

Chanel currently works in the residential conveyancing department, although she has previous experience in the private client, family and litigation departments.

In her spare time, Chanel enjoys long walks with her dog, attending fitness classes at the gym and spending time with her family and friends.

Abigail Wilson
Abigail WilsonAssociate Solicitor
Kirstie Horne
Kirstie HorneLegal Assistant

Born and raised in Barrow in Furness, Kirstie worked for a local building society for 18 years before heading off to travel solo around Australia for a year.

She moved to Morecambe for love, and started working for Wright & Lord Financial Services in January 2008 at their new Bare office.  Kirstie then transferred to the legal side of the business in May 2009 at the Bare office and have remained there ever since!

In her spare time, Kirstie enjoys cooking, baking and reading and loves to holiday with her husband and with her oldest friends and their dogs.  She is desperately trying to persuade he husband to let her have a dog of her own!!

Tammy Fleming
Tammy FlemingLegal Assistant
Sophie Newell
Sophie NewellLegal Assistant

Born and raised in Lytham St Annes, Sophie joined Wright & Lord in 2019 and is the secretary to Natalie Goulding in the Conveyancing Department.  Sophie enjoys the conveyancing administration work very much and loves providing a service to people.  Sophie has a passion for all things equine and any spare time she has is given to her horse Bunty, a 4 year old Irish Cob.  Sophie spends as much time talking about her horse as people do talking about their kids!

Laura Musgrave
Laura MusgraveLegal Assistant
Jan Hirst
Jan HirstLegal Assistant
Chris Ward
Chris WardLegal Assistant
Linda Sheard
Linda SheardLegal Assistant

Linda joined Wright & Lord in August 2021.  Linda has worked previously in the legal profession but has recently returned after several years bringing up her family.  Linda works alongside Gillian assisting Chris Gates in the Civil Litigation department.  Linda is always very happy to help and assist wherever possible.

Linda spends her spare time with her friends and family, enjoying the great outdoors, gardening and fell walking.

Joy Monks
Joy MonksReceptionist

Originally from Stoke-on-Trent and having lived in various places and undertaken various roles, including dental assistant, complaints handler for a bus company and working in security at Gatwick Airport, Joy joined Wright & Lord in 2010 and thoroughly enjoys her position as a receptionist, speaking to and meeting clients.

In her spare time, Joy enjoys a busy social life, live music and going to the theatre and travelling as often as possible with her husband.

Gavin Hardy
Gavin HardyAdministration

Gavin joined the firm in 2016 having previously worked at Royal Mail for 18 years.  He has a variety of roles within the firm and provides assistance in all departments.

In his spare time, Gavin enjoys walking his two border terriers, watching sport and spending his holidays in Northumberland.

Julie Butterworth
Julie ButterworthLegal Assistant

Julie joined the firm in March 2021 primarily as a Wills draftsman having worked in local solicitors’ practices doing Wills and Probate.

Outside of the office, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dogs.   She also enjoys reading and reviews books by self-published authors for an international firm.

Kirsty Stone
Kirsty StoneLegal Assistant
Gillian Corris
Gillian CorrisLegal Assistant

Gillian joined Wright and Lord in March 2021 as a Legal Assistant, where she enjoys working alongside Chris Gates and Linda Sheard in our friendly Family and Civil Litigation Department.

Having gained many years secretarial experience working for local solicitors, she is always pleased to help and advise our clients.

In her spare time Gillian is a keen amateur gardener and also enjoys rambling in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

Janice Calvert
Janice CalvertLegal Assistant

Janice, originally from Ingleton and educated in Settle and Skipton, has worked in the Private Client sector of the legal profession for the past 20 years and joined the Bare Office team as a Receptionist and Legal Assistant in May 2021.

Janice enjoys looking after her garden, reading and is renowned for making real butter shortbread.

Rachel Binley
Rachel BinleyLegal Assistant

Rachel is originally from Rotherham and studied Music at Lancaster University.  After working for 16 years as a fundraiser at Lancaster, she fancied a complete career change and is loving it! 

Rachel enjoys having a go at new things, baking bread and going on adventures with her husband Fred and their two little girls.

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