The Team


John Depner, Director and Solicitor

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One of the founding partners of the firm, John qualified as a Solicitor in 1987 and has acted exclusively for victims of accidents for over 25 years. He has vast experience in this specialist area of the law and has conducted many complex accident and medical negligence cases through to the Court of Appeal.

John currently deals with a wide range of cases from minor road accidents to the most difficult medical negligence claims. Away from work he enjoys all forms of motorsport and is a keen but inelegant skier. Having recently retired from running a private evening and weekend taxi service for his 4 daughters, he now hopes to devote more time to these activities.

John Depner, Director

Daniel Menell, Director and Chartered Legal Executive

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Daniel has worked in law since 1990 and since qualifying as a lawyer more than 20 years ago, has worked exclusively for claimants pursuing personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Although conducting a varied caseload, he specialises in higher value and complex claims and has particular expertise and interest in spinal and brain injury claims. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel. In the past year Daniel has conducted and successfully concluded claims worth a combined total of in excess of £18 million.


Daniel also has a burgeoning practice in Sports Law, having represented a number of former professional rugby players. He tends only to stop working intermittently during the winter months, when he can be found strapped to a snowboard on a slope which is far too steep for his ability, albeit with regular stops to attend to work emails. A former member of the GB Karate squad, and latterly running his own ju-jitsu club, with the odd triathlon here and there, Daniel refuses to succumb to being too middle aged any time soon.


“Diligent and committed, Daniel’s handling of claims of the utmost gravity and seriousness is peerless. Unphased by the rigours of litigation he keeps a cool, calm eye on unfolding developments and never lets it stray from the goal.” – Jacob Levy, Q.C.

Daniel Menell, Director

Peter Trotman, Director and Chartered Litigation Executive

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With a background in the insurance sector Peter has great experience in the negotiation of Personal Injury Claims.

Area of Work:

Road traffic accidents, public and employers liability matters to sports injuries and product liability claims.


Represented England at Pool at the European Championships, having played for Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire at County level, a keen snooker player and local league footballer.

Peter Trotman, Director

Case Handling Team

Amanda Brown, Case Handler

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Amanda specialises in personal injury claims arising from Public or Employers’ Liability, and road traffic accidents.
She has a background in finance and has worked in personal injury law on behalf of claimants for more than 5 years.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys cycling and running or going to the cinema. Amanda loves to travel and is always planning her next adventure!

Amanda Brown, Litigation Executive

Ryan Simmonds, Case Handler

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Ryan has a background in finance and has worked in personal injury law on behalf of claimants for more than 5 years.  His expertise in handling portal cases (the online system by which most cases worth up to £25,000 are handled) is second to none. With the benefit of his near photographic memory he expertly handles a mixed caseload involving road traffic accidents, accidents at work and public liability claims.


Ryan needs an entire room dedicated to his extensive music collection and when not working, he can usually be found at local music venues or festivals seeking out the next big band.  He enjoys travelling the country visiting different cities and their music venues and every summer, he’s guaranteed to be embracing the mud at Glastonbury! Ryan is also an avid film fan who spends many of his evenings making the most of his unlimited cinema pass.

Ryan Simmonds, Litigation Executive

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