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 Thornton

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: David Lucas

Gina | Thorntons Solicitors

Gina Leighton-Jones Partner

Gina has specialised in company and commercial law since qualifying with a large and well respected local firm in 2007.
Following the rapid expansion of our Private Client Department
Gina joined Thorntons in 2015 to work alongside Stephen Thornton, having always had a particular interest in this area of law.

Her specialities:
Wills and Inheritance Tax Planning
Probate and Estate Administration
Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection
Business and company sales / acquisitions
Shareholders Agreements / Partnership Agreements
Articles of Association
Acting for management companies

Email: Gina Leighton-Jones

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 Parsons

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 Hand

Adam | Thorntons Solicitors

Adam Biggs Associate Legal Executive

Adam joined Thorntons in July 2011. 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 Biggs

Emily | Thorntons Solicitors

Emily Parker Conveyancer

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 (now retired) and Adam Biggs in the Residential Team.
Emily is now in the final stages of completing her qualification to become a Licensed Conveyancer.

Emily works within the residential department focusing on a variety of conveyancing matters and specialises in the following:-

Residential sale and purchase transactions
Help to buy transactions
Freehold and Leasehold property
New build properties

Email: Emily Parker

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 Potts

Eileen | Thorntons Solicitors

Eileen Verdee 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 Verdee

Ellie | Thorntons Solicitors

Ellie Arnold Legal Assistant

Ellie originally joined Thorntons Solicitors in February 2012 as a receptionist. After competing her Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration she joined Adam Biggs to assist him in the residential conveyancing department. She is now working through the Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice.

Email: Eleanor Arnold

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 Brooke

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 Davies

Matthew | Thorntons Solicitors

Matthew Byron Assistant Conveyancer

Matthew joined Thorntons Solicitors November 2016.
Prior to this Matthew studied for a Law Degree at the University of Chester he graduated in 2014.
He then studied for a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (LPC) and graduated in 2015.
He was admitted as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive Lawyers (CILEX) – March 2018.

He is assistant to Emily Parker.
His future ambition is to become a solicitor.
When not studying Matthew likes playing his guitar, listening to music and socialising with family & friends.

Email: Matthew Byron

Sophie | Thorntons Solicitors

Sophie Draycott Secretary

Sophie joined Thorntons Solicitors in May 2016 as a receptionist.
She has nearly finished her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration and is now secretary to James Hand and David Lucas in the residential and commercial property department.

Email: Sophie Draycott

Charlotte | Thorntons Solicitors

Charlotte Turner Receptionist

Charlotte joined Thorntons Solicitors in February 2018 as a receptionist, she is now working her way through her Business Administration Level 2 apprenticeship.

Email: Charlotte Turner

Ben | Thorntons Solicitors

Ben Morrey Receptionist

Ben joined Thorntons Solicitors in November 2017 as a receptionist, he is now working his way through his Business Administration level 2 apprenticeship.

Email: Ben Morrey

Sadie | Thorntons Solicitors

Sadie Bowen Secretary

Sadie joined Thorntons Solicitors in October 2016 and works part time as secretary to Gina Leighton-Jones in the Wills and Probate Department.

Email: Sadie Bowen