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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Leanne Whittle

Fee Earner

Leanne spent the first few years of her life in Blackburn but moved with her family to Morecambe when very young and has remained here since. She attended local schools and upon leaving, joined the local legal practice, Ratcliffe and Bibby, to embark on her career in the law. She quickly progressed to Legal Secretary and then, in the course of a series of appointments all within the locality, to Conveyancing Assistant.

In her spare time Leanne – when she isn’t studying! – enjoys spending time with her young family, taking walks in the countryside with the family dog, socialising, and live music.

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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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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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