Meet the Directors

  • Otten Penna Team: Louise Garner, Solicitor. Law Society Children Panel, Advanced Family Panel

    Louise Garner

    Solicitor, 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.

  • Otten Penna Team: Simon Saunders, Solicitor. Law Society Children Panel, Law Society Family Panel

    Simon Saunders

    Solictor, 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.

  • Otten Penna Team: Vicky Wright, Solicitor. Resolution Member, Accredited Specialist in Finance and Children

    Vicky Wright

    Solicitor, 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.

  • Otten Penna Team: Caz Shaw, Practice Manager

    Caz Shaw

    Practice 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

  • Otten Penna Team: Ruth Edwards, Solicitor. Mental Health, LPA, Mental Health Panel.

    Ruth Edwards

    BSc (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).

  • Otten Penna Team: Susan Cragg, Solicitor, Mental Health Specialists Panel.

    Susan Cragg

    Consultant, BA (Hons)

    After 25 years with Otten Penna, Sue continues to work with the team as a Consultant.

  • Otten Penna Team: Fay Acklam, Associate Solicitor (LLM), Mental Health Panel.

    Fay Acklam

    Associate 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 Cockitt, Solicitor at Otten Penna specialising in Children's Law

    Gemma Cockitt


    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 Smith, Mental Health Paralegal

    Louise Smith

    Mental Health Paralegal

    Louise brings a wealth of experience to the Otten Penna Mental Health team.