Meet The Team

Our experienced and dedicated legal team are committed to providing our clients with an efficient and professional service, in a friendly and down to earth manner.


Richard Bagguley LLB (Hons)


Richard is a Director and the head of Financial Compliance within the Firm.

Richard gained his Law degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne before moving to the local area to work in South Lakeland. After becoming a Partner in Pearson and Pearson he became the resident partner at their West End office in Morecambe before setting up on his own in 2000.

Richard is known for his caring and compassionate approach and brings a depth of knowledge and sound judgment to all matters.


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Nicola Codd LLB (Hons)


Nicola Codd is a director and the head of compliance with the firm.

Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 2007, after obtaining an Honours Degree in law.  She became a partner in The Penhale Practice and was subsequently influential in merging that practice with Baines Bagguley to form the current firm Baines Bagguley Penhale in 2012.

Nicola encourages clients to explore agreements that can properly deal with assets in the most advantageous and cost effective way to reach resolutions that may not be possible via the court process.

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Barbara Richardson LLB (Hons)

Specialist Family Solicitor

Originally from Preston, Barbara obtained her LLB (Hons) degree in Nottingham, attended Chester College of Law and completed her training in Carlisle, qualifying as a solicitor in 1995 dealing with family law and crime. She moved to work in Lancaster in 1997 where she developed her expertise in family law becoming a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation Scheme when it began in 1999.


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Ikram Dola LLB (Hons)

Assistant Solicitor

Ikram first joined us as a law student after having earned his law degree in 2008 from the University of Central Lancashire. He then worked outside of the legal profession to fund his Legal Practice Course before returning to continue his training with Baines Bagguley Penhale in 2011.

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Victoria Tyson LLB (Hons) LLM

Assistant Solicitor

After successfully completing her Law Degree from London Metropolitan University Vicky went on to gain her Masters Degree (LLM with Hons) at the Inns of Court School of Law in London and remained there to complete her Bar Vocational Course.  Vicky then decided to cross-qualify as a Solicitor and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in October 2011.

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Jenny Pearson

Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer

Jenny has gained a wealth of experience during over 28 years of working within the legal profession. Initially starting out as an office junior with Swainson, Son & Reynolds in 1990, she subsequently progressed to handling litigation and family matters as a fee-earner in 1994.

Jenny joined Richard Bagguley in 2001 as a paralegal and subsequently qualified as a Legal Executive in 2002 gaining Chartered status in June 2010.

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Jan Copestake

Probate Executive

Jan has worked within the legal profession almost her entire working life, starting with Gorton Penhale in the 1970’s.

She has developed a wealth of skills and experience within her chosen specialism of Private Client work. Jan has worked exclusively within Private Client law for over 20 years.

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Olivia Hodgson LLB (Hons) LLM

Trainee Solicitor

Olivia has lived locally in the Lancaster area all her life and obtained a Law Degree from Lancaster University in 2013.

Shortly after graduation she secured her first position in private practice with Thurnhill Solicitors in Garstang where she began to develop an interest in Private Client work.

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