Our People

Stephen | Thorntons Solicitors

Stephen Thornton Managing Partner

Stephen trained in a traditional well respected Manchester firm and having spent several years dealing with private client work in the Manchester region Stephen elected to join one of Shrewsbury’s largest practices for whom he developed a thriving private client department. In 2007 Stephen started Thorntons Solicitors which has continued to expand yearly and is now recognised as one of the leading non-contentious firms in the region.

Having established the practice Stephen is dedicated to providing comprehensive wills, trust, probate and elderly client legal advice to a broad range of clients, all of whom are treated with professionalism and understanding.

Like his colleague, Joanne Parsons, Stephen enjoys dining out and socialising and whole heartedly supports her desire to run a marathon!

Wills and Inheritance Tax Planning
Trusts and taxation
Probate and estate administration
Powers of attorney and the Court of Protection
Nursing home fee planning
Residential and Commercial Property

Email: stephen@thorntonslegal.com

David Shepherd | Thorntons Solicitors

David Shepherd Partner

A 1st class honours law graduate from Birmingham University David joined Thorntons Solicitors in 2011 having acted as the head of the residential property team of a large provincial firm for a number of years.

A family man, David has an active interest in various sports.

Armed with a keen sense of humour, many years of practical experience in the residential property field and a strong belief in the importance of communication with both clients and other professionals to ease the stress involved in property transactions David encourages the Firm’s staff to adopt a practical and proactive approach to the conveyancing process.

House sales and purchases
Sales and purchases of land
Leasehold property
New build properties
Transfers of equity

Email: david@thorntonslegal.com

David Lucas | Thorntons Solicitors

David Lucas Partner

David specialises in Commercial Property and he has acted for a wide variety of property clients, including a number of major national retailers.

David has many years expertise in property management work including advising in relation to landlord and tenant issues; property investment and portfolio work including acquisition and disposal of standing investments and completed developments. He also provides support work on corporate transactions of all types and carries out secured lending work for a number of financial institutions. He advises occupiers, developers and investors, both on a local and national level.

Retail Landlord and Tenant advice
General Landlord and Tenant advice
Acquisitions and disposals
Property management and portfolio work
Development and investment work
Corporate support
Secured lending

Shops and Retail Property
Factories Workshops and Industrial Property
Brownfield Sites and Development property
Residential Development sites
Agricultural Land and Estates

Email: davidlucas@thorntonslegal.com

Joanne Parsons | Thorntons Solicitors

Joanne Parsons Solicitor

Joanne joined Thorntons as a residential conveyancing solicitor in November 2014. Prior to this Joanne had been a partner in a national firm where she headed up the residential conveyancing department.

Joanne qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has dealt primarily with residential property since that time.

Joanne specialises in:

Estate development and subsequent plot sales
Equity release
Leasehold property
Shared freehold property
Sales of part

Joanne has an extensive knowledge of the local market in Shropshire where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Joanne also has a wealth of experience dealing with London properties in particular leasehold and shared freehold properties.

Outside of work Joanne enjoys eating out in the many good restaurants that Shrewsbury has to offer, as well as trying to be a keen runner! Her aim is to one day complete a full marathon having successfully completed the Shrewsbury half marathon in June 2014.

Email: joanne@thorntonslegal.com

Gina Leighton-Jones | Thorntons Solicitors

Gina Leighton-Jones Solicitor

Gina has specialised in company and commercial law since qualifying with a large and well respected local firm in 2007 and has acted for a variety of owner managed businesses on a wide range of matters. Following the rapid expansion of our Wills, Trusts and Probate department, Gina is now also undertaking private client work with Stephen Thornton as she has always had a particular interest in this area. Like her colleagues Joanne and Stephen she loves dining out and also enjoys reading, walking and shopping.

Business Sales and Acquisitions
Shareholders Agreements / Partnership Agreements
Articles of Association
Acting for Management Companies
General Commercial Contracts
Private Client, particularly Wills and Probate

Email: gina@thorntonslegal.com

James Hand | Thorntons Solicitors

James Hand Solicitor

James qualified as a lawyer in 2011 and has worked in the fields of commercial and residential property for a number of years. He has expertise in the following areas:

Landlord and Tenant advice
Acquisitions and disposals
Option Agreements
Agricultural Land and Estates
Shops and Retail Property
Residential Development sites
Secured lending
Transfers of Equity
Residential Property – Purchases, Sales and related matters

Email: james@thorntonslegal.com

Adam | Thorntons Solicitors

Adam Biggs Associate Legal Executive

Adam joined Thorntons in July 2011 to work with David Shepherd in expanding the residential team, having previously worked with David at his previous firm. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Legal Executives and has dealt with residential property matters for in excess of 10 years.

Adam deals with a range of residential property matters, in particular the purchase of new build properties. Adam is on the panel of recommended lawyers for various national house builders.

House sales and purchases
Help to buy transactions
Leasehold property
New build properties

Email: adam@thorntonslegal.com

Lucy | Thorntons Solicitors

Lucy Ann Dawson Conveyancing Executive

Lucy joined the residential property team at Thorntons in April 2014, having worked for a number of years with both David Shepherd and Adam Biggs at her previous firm. She has dealt with property transactions for well in excess of ten years and having specialised in Buy to Let Portfolio Investors for a large proportion of that time she is well practised in dealing with transactions for all Buyers and Sellers both efficiently and practically.

Lucy married in June and is due to commence maternity leave on 21st November 2014, she is looking forward to coming back to Thorntons with all the additional skills that mothering will teach her!

House sales and purchases
Help to buy transactions
Leasehold property
Right to Buy
Transfers of equity

Email: lucy@thorntonslegal.com

Emily | Thorntons Solicitors

Emily Parker Conveyancing Executive

Emily was born in Shrewsbury and was one of the first to join Thorntons Solicitors in September 2009. Quickly completing her Level 4 NVQ in Business and Administration she then went on to assist David Shepherd and Adam Biggs in the Residential Team and is working towards completing her qualification as a Licensed Conveyancer.

Emily now works alongside David Shepherd within the residential department focusing on a variety of conveyancing matters and continues her studies as a Licensed Conveyancer.

Email: emily@thorntonslegal.com

Davina | Thorntons Solicitors

Davina Potts Office Manager

Davina moved to the Shrewsbury area in 2003 and has worked as PA to Stephen Thornton since he started the firm of Thorntons Solicitors in March 2007. Davina deals with the secretarial and administration side of the Wills, Trusts and Probate department, together with residential conveyancing. She also deals with the day to day accounts and general office administration in her role as Office Manager.

Email: davina@thorntonslegal.com

Eileen | Thorntons Solicitors

Eileen Thornton Practice Accountant

Eileen has been with Thorntons Solicitors since the firm started in March 2007 and works alongside Davina Potts in dealing with the firm's accounting matters. Eileen is accounts trained and deals with the more intricate side of the firm’s accounting requirements.

Email: eileen@thorntonslegal.com

Ellie | Thorntons Solicitors

Ellie Arnold Legal Assistant

Ellie joined Thorntons Solicitors in February 2012 as a receptionist. She has almost completed her Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration and now assists Adam Biggs in the residential conveyancing department.

Email: eleanor@thorntonslegal.com

Rebecca | Thorntons Solicitors

Rebecca Brooke Secretary

Rebecca joined Thorntons Solicitors in July 2014 and works as secretary to David Lucas and James Hand in the Commercial Property department.

Email: rebecca@thorntonslegal.com

Claire | Thorntons Solicitors

Claire Davies Secretary

Claire joined Thorntons Solicitors in November 2014 and is assistant to Joanne Parsons in the residential property department.

Email: claire@thorntonslegal.com

Lauren | Thorntons Solicitors

Lauren Adderley Receptionist

Lauren joined Thorntons in February 2015 and is currently working her way through her Level 2 NVQ in Business and Administration.

Email: lauren@thorntonslegal.com

Phoebe | Thorntons Solicitors

Phoebe Young Receptionist

Phoebe joined Thorntons Solicitors in September 2015 as a receptionist and is currently working towards her Level 2 NVQ in Business and Administration.

Email: phoebe@thorntonslegal.com