A Shropshire law firm, which have offices in Oswestry, has welcomed a new partner to its commercial and agricultural property team as it bids a fond farewell to two long-serving partners who are retiring.

Highly-experienced commercial property lawyer, Matthew Bowering, has joined Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, whilst Andrew Evans will retire at the end of April.

Neil Lorimer, who stepped down as head of personal injury last year but continued with the firm as a partner, will also retire in April.

Dawn Humphries is now head of the personal injury department, and John Merry, head of employment, will replace Andrew Evans as the firm’s senior partner.

Brian Evans, Lanyon Bowdler’s managing partner, said Andrew and Neil had together clocked up nearly 70 years of service with the firm.

He said: “Andrew and Neil are among the very few partners who have been at the firm longer than I have. Neil joined the firm in 1987 as an ‘articled clerk’ as trainee solicitors were called back then, with Andrew joining shortly after in 1989.

“Andrew is very well-known as a commercial property specialist, and has been the firm’s senior partner since May 2015.

“Neil is a nationally-renowned, award-winning, expert in personal injury cases, and led the firm’s personal injury department for 17 years until stepping down in May 2021, when Dawn Humphries became head of the department.

“We will all miss Andrew and Neil, and wish them every happiness in their well-earned retirement.”

Of John Merry’s appointment as senior partner, Brian added: “John is the head of our employment team and will be celebrating his 25th anniversary with the firm later this year.

“He is extremely knowledgeable and highly respected, so we are delighted he has been made senior partner.”

Head of commercial and agricultural property at Lanyon Bowdler, Praveen Chaudhari, said Matthew Bowering would be a real asset to the firm.

“Matthew is a highly-experienced and well-respected commercial property lawyer, having been a partner at Hatchers for a number of years prior to joining us here at Lanyon Bowdler,” Praveen said.

“He has extensive experience in providing practical and professional advice on commercial and agricultural property related issues, and I am delighted to welcome him to the team.

“The commercial property sector continues to be very busy in Shropshire, and demand is high for property of all types.

“Matthew’s experience of dealing with a wide range of property transactions over many years will be of great benefit to our growing client base.”

For assistance with any legal matters, contact Lanyon Bowdler on 0800 652 3371 or visit the website at www.lblaw.co.uk