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Meet the people who care

Experienced, hardworking solicitors on your side

We are a committed team of specialists, with a wealth of collective legal knowledge between us.

Our fields of practice complement each other, and we often work together. For example, in large clinical negligence claims, our property team may buy a house, and our experienced Court of Protection Deputies can be appointed if necessary.

We listen, and take pride in taking on matters other solicitors have shied away from.

Christine Iacopi

Christine Iacopi

Christine founded Iacopi Palmer Solicitors with Kevin Palmer in 2003 and has over thirty years’ experience as a solicitor. Her main areas of practice are medical negligence claims for claimants, solicitors’ negligence claims, and property law for local businesses, as well as general dispute resolution.

Christine is accredited by AvMA for her clinical negligence expertise, and sits regularly as a Deputy District Judge.

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Kevin founded Iacopi Palmer Solicitors in 2003 with Christine Iacopi and is the Managing Partner of the firm. Kevin graduated from Oxford University, and has over thirty years’ experience as a solicitor.

Kevin also has extensive experience with Court of Protection Deputyship. He has long standing relationships acting as a Deputy for a number of our clients who have recovered large compensation awards.

Liz Oaten

Liz Oaten

Liz has over twenty years’ experience in medical negligence claims, both for defendants and claimants. She has been involved in several cases which have set precedents and been reported in legal journals.

Liz is accredited by all three clinical negligence accreditation schemes. On top of this, she is an accredited mediator and an assessor for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers clinical negligence accreditation.

Liz holds a post graduate degree (LLM) in the legal aspects of medical practice. She has worked with a leading university, training in healthcare issues. She lectures other professionals on the conduct of clinical negligence claims.

Liz undertakes a range of medical negligence claims, including birth injury, brain injury, gynaecology, urology, neurosurgery and plastic surgery related claims.

Liz recently won a trial on liability in an ENT clinical negligence case involving a child, in Bristol County Court.

Diana Lyalle

Diana Lyalle

Diana is a state educated Oxford law graduate, with over twenty years’ experience in acting for claimants in medical negligence claims. She has been accredited by the Law Society for her clinical negligence expertise since 1998, and is an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Senior Litigator. Diana is an active member of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and the Bristol Medico-Legal Society.

Diana’s particular expertise lies in claims involving birth injury, brain injury, orthopaedic negligence, delayed diagnosis of cancer, and fatality, including advocacy at inquests. Diana’s more recent successes include what we believe was the first reported provisional damages claim for avoidable radical trachelectomy following delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer, which was reported in legal journals.

Beverley Bleasdale

Beverley Bleasdale

Beverley qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and specialises in both family law and mental health law. Beverley is a long standing member of the Law Society’s Mental Health accreditation scheme and has extensive experience of clients detained under the Mental Health Act. Beverley also has experience of Mental Capacity law including cases that require the intervention of the Court of Protection.

Beverley is also an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Scheme and represents clients in all aspects of family law.

Before dedicating her legal career to help those with mental health problems, Beverley worked as a trained mental Health Nurse.

Away from the office, Beverley volunteers with Samaritans and has been a volunteer for almost 25 years and currently holds a national senior role in the organisation. As a keen walker, Beverley leads walks in the Cotswolds for a local rambler’s group.

Adrian Fletcher

Adrian Fletcher

Born and raised in Gloucester, Adrian attended The Crypt School and then went to University at Southampton. He completed his legal education at Bristol Polytechnic and served Articles in Cheltenham. He qualified as a solicitor in 1978.

Shortly after qualification, he joined Franklin & Jones in Gloucester and became a partner in 1981, ultimately becoming managing and senior partner. Adrian joined us as a consultant in 2011.

He has considerable knowledge of the local area, which he puts to good use for the benefit of his conveyancing clients.

Out of the office, Adrian is a trustee of the James Hopkins Trust children’s charity. They offer practical help for severely disabled, life-threatened and life-limited young children.

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Laura Bater

Laura joined the firm in 2010 and qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Laura completed her training part-time whilst studying, during which she won an award for the best overall performance on her course.

Laura’s main areas of practice are clinical negligence and personal injury. She also practices in other areas of law, including wills, probate, powers of attorney, and deputyship.

Laura is also a committee member of Cheltenham and Gloucester Junior Lawyers’ Division.

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Emma Walker

Emma graduated in history from University of the West of England, before undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Law School in 2009. Emma then completed the Law Practice Course, achieving a commendation in May 2013.

Emma joined Iacopi Palmer in March 2014, following 5 years supporting the litigation department at a law firm in her native Derbyshire.  Her training included assistance on a successful clinical negligence liability trial, settlement of several very high value clinical negligence claims involving severe neurological injuries, domestic and commercial property transactions, and wills and probate work.  Emma qualified as a solicitor in September 2016.  Emma now practices mainly in clinical negligence, general civil litigation, wills and probate.

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Sarah Hume

Sarah has worked with Christine and Kevin for many years, and has been with Iacopi Palmer Solicitors since its early days. She supports Christine and Diana in the clinical negligence department.

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Mandy Jones

Mandy has worked with Iacopi Palmer Solicitors since 2005. Mandy has been working in property law for thirty years. She supports Adrian with property work, and with wills and probate matters.

Mandy was awarded a Level 4 Professional Higher Diploma in Law in 2005.

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Pat Hoskins

Pat has worked with Iacopi Palmer solicitors since 2006. She has wide ranging legal experience acquired over some twenty years. She supports Beverley with mental health and family work, and provides our reception service.







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Liz treated me as a person, I was shown empathy and I felt like a friend.

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Registered Office: Spinnaker House, Spinnaker Road, Gloucester, GL2 5FD

Iacopi Palmer Solicitors LLP is registered as a limited liability partnership in England and Wales: OC303927
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority No. 381100.