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

Licensed Conveyancer

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 a local legal practice to embark on her career in the law. She quickly progressed to Legal Secretary and then, during a series of appointments all within the locality, to Conveyancing Assistant.

In her spare time Leanne enjoys spending time with her young family, taking walks in the countryside with the family dog, socialising, and live music.

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Catherine Johnston

Legal Assistant

Catherine has lived in the local area all her life. After she finished secondary school, she attended Lancaster University, studying law and achieving her degree in 2014.

Catherine joined Baines Bagguley Penhale in April 2021. Since then, she has further developed her skills and knowledge of Family Law and Private Client and has quickly become an important member of both teams. She is keen to cover both of these aspects of law as her career moves forward.

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Helen Robinson

Conveyancing Assistant

Helen has worked for firms locally throughout her career and joined BBP as a Conveyancing Assistant in September 2022, qualifying as a Conveyancing Technician in May 2023.  Helen has her sights firmly set on qualification as a Licenced Conveyancer and is now embarked on further training to this end.

Helen’s love of animals, which she shares with her daughter, is now indulged in looking after their two horses, Blue and Lola. She enjoys spending any spare time relaxing with her husband and daughter.

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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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Olivia Hodgson LLB (Hons) LLM


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 Garstang where she began to develop an interest in Private Client work.

Olivia joined the Private Client team at Baines Bagguley Penhale in March 2016 to work alongside Director and Head of Department, Richard Bagguley. Since joining us she has qualified as a solicitor in April 2021.

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