Meet the Directors
Louise GarnerSolicitor, BA (HONS)
Louise qualified in 1985 and joined Otten Penna in October 2000. Louise has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 1988, a member of the Family Law panel since its inception and became a member of the Advanced Family Law Panel in 2002. Louise undertakes all aspects of children law including care proceedings, adoption and Special Guardianship, as well as dealing with clients subject to Domestic Violence. In 2018 Louise was granted Higher Rights to advocate in the High Court and continues to undertake more complex cases, now being able to conduct all the advocacy, regardless of the level of court.
Simon SaundersSolictor, BA (Hons)
Simon qualified in 1992 and joined Otten Penna in 2002. Simon is a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and The Law Society Children Panel and undertakes all aspectsof children law including care proceedings, adoption and Special Guardianship.
Vicky WrightSolicitor, LLB (Hons)
After completing her degree, Vicky took the legal practice course at Sheffield University and qualified in 1997. Vicky relocated back to Manchester and joined Otten Penna in 2009. A member of Resolution and an accredited specialist in Finance and Children, Vicky undertakes all aspects of family law including financial matters arising from the breakdown of marriages and other relationships, divorce and children issues and domestic violence.
Caz ShawPractice Manager
Caz joined Otten Penna in 1991 and is responsible for management of the support and account staffas well as facilities and premises management.
Meet the Team
Susan CraggConsultant, BA (Hons)
After 25 years with Otten Penna, Sue continues to work with the team as a Consultant.
Fay AcklamAssociate Solicitor, LLM
Graduated from Hull University before taking the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York. Fay has recently completed her LLM in Mental Health Law at Northumbria University with a commendation. A Mental Health Panel Member since 2010 and qualified as a solicitor in 2012, Fay represents clients at Mental Health Tribunals, Hospital Managers Hearings and CPA’s in both acute and forensic hospitals. Fay is passionate about the rights of people detained under the Mental Health Act and the restrictions that are placed on people in the community.
Ruth EdwardsBSc (Hons), Mental Health and Lasting Power of Attorneys
After graduating from the University of Ulster, Ruth went on to do a postgrad diploma at Manchester University. Ruth completed the CPE conversion and LPC and qualified in 2000. A highly qualified and experienced lawyer and has been a Mental Health Panel member since 2001, Ruth also specialises in Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives (Living Wills).
Gemma is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in all areas of Children law including care proceedings, residence and contact disputes, and domestic violence injunctions. Gemma Joined Otten Penna in June 2018 having worked at Platt Halpern since 2005. Gemma graduated with a degree in law from Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in 2009
Louise SmithMental Health Solicitor
Louise joined Otten Penna in 2018. After graduating from the University of Oxford, she went on to complete the CPE conversion and the LPC at the College of Law and qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Louise has also recently completed an LLM in Healthcare Ethics and Law at the University of Manchester, graduating with distinction.
Louise specialises in Mental Health Law and has a particular interest in Mental Capacity.
Louise is an Accredited Member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel
ROBERTA ATKINSMental Health Caseworker
Roberta completed her Law Degree at Staffordshire University in 2010 and will be joining the mental health team in November working as a Mental health case worker