Meet the Directors
Louise GarnerSolicitor, BA (HONS)
Louise qualified in 1985 and joined Otten Penna in October 2000. Louise has beena 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. Specialising in domestic violence work, Louise undertakes all aspects of children law including care proceedings, adoption and Special Guardianship.
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
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).
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.
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 Paralegal
Louise brings a wealth of experience to the Otten Penna Mental Health team.