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Meet the Team

Shane joined the business as a trainee solicitor in 1995, qualifying in 1997 and eventually becoming Partner, Director and now CEO. He specialises in all forms of personal injury including all aspects of industrial disease.

Shane Hensman​


Catherine joined Cordus Law in November 2020 having previously worked for some of the UK’s leading Claimant and Defendant firms. Catherine has an extensive knowledge of all aspects of civil litigation with a particular expertise in personal injury and complex litigation. Catherine leads the Operations for the Industrial Disease department and was appointed as a company Director in April 2022.

Catherine Clayson

Operations Director

John is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in commercial insurance for over 30 years. He was Group Financial Director and de facto CEO of a large provincial insurance broker and financial services group for much of that time. As well as being Finance Director of Cordus Law, John has a number of Non- Executive Directorships in the insurance sector.

John Steele

Finance Director

Colin joined Cordus Law in March 2021. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and after 36 years with accountancy firm PKF Cooper Parry, he now acts as a Non-Executive Director for a number of professional service businesses. 24 years as a PKF Cooper Parry Partner included 9 years as Chairman and 6 as a Board Member - working with a wide variety of privately owned businesses.

Colin Shaw


Ansar qualified as a Solicitor in 2018 while working for one of the country’s largest industrial disease practices in Cheshire. He provides straightforward and easy to understand legal advice without confusing clients with jargon. Ansar gained his legal qualifications from Nottingham Law School and has been acting for claimants since 2014 in both pre-litigation and post-litigation industrial disease claims.

Ansar Anwar


Samina joined Cordus Law in March 2022. She has been working in law since 2010 having graduated with a Law degree and gained her post graduate qualifications in Leeds. Samina has practiced in various areas of law including personal injury, civil litigation, immigration, and debt recovery, including landlord and tenant agreements and disputes.

Samina Haque


Umair is an experienced Solicitor who has been representing claimant’s predominantly in industrial deafness claims over the course of 9 years. Previously, he has worked with industry leaders in this field and has gained key skills which are essential for handling claims of such nature.

Umair Virk


James joined Cordus Law in January 2023 with nine years previous experience restoring companies, particularly for the purposes of personal injury claims. In his spare time, James enjoys reading and watching rugby league.

James Ausobsky

Company Restorations Specialist

In 2011, Nikita graduated from the University of Hull with a 2:1 degree in Law. Nikita joined the company upon graduation and in 2020 qualified as a Legal Executive. Away from the office, Nikita is kept busy by her young family and pet dog Cooper but, when time permits, she enjoys the outdoors and playing sports; namely netball, golf, and skiing.

Nikita Hill

Legal Executive

Olivia graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012 with a degree in Law. She joined the firm in 2013 and assists clients with progressing their industrial disease claims. Olivia deals with a pre-litigated case load.

Olivia Clark


David studied law at Leeds Met University and graduated in 2011, completing the Legal Practice Course in 2012. David worked and trained in industrial disease at Roberts Jackson Solicitors and qualified as a solicitor in 2015. Spells thereafter with Weightmans dealing with defendant industrial disease matters and clinical negligence cases and Browne Jacobson followed before joining Cordus Law in September 2023 to handle industrial disease claims. Away from work David is kept busy by his two young children.

David Nicholson


Sara joined Cordus Law in 2022 having specialised in EL/PL and ID work for the previous 12 years. She is experienced in litigation in both fast-track and multi-track work. Sara enjoys reading, food and travel.

Sara Williamson-Bradbury

Litigation Executive

Wendy is an experienced case handler who joined the company in 2003. She specialises in noise claims induced hearing loss claims, but also has experience handling claims in other areas of personal injury.

Wendy Wallace

Litigation Executive

Matthew is an experienced case handler specialising in Industrial Disease claims including claims for Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome and a range of other conditions. Matthew has a wealth of Fast Track and Multi Track Litigation experience and also has experience in other areas of Law including Professional Negligence and Commercial Litigation.

Matthew Barlow

Litigation Executive

Richard joined Cordus Law in February 2024, having previously worked at a top 50 law firm headquartered in Bolton. Richard has more than 11 years’ experience of handling NIHL and tinnitus claims, acting for both Claimant ‘s and Defendant’s over that period. Most recently, Richard handled military deafness claims on behalf of the MOD, prior to joining the firm. Outside of work, Richard is a passionate supporter of Bolton Wanderers FC and is also kept busy by his two young daughters.

Richard Bates

Litigation Executive

Emma has worked at Cordus Law since 2003, specialising in industrial disease on behalf of claimants.

Emma Shepherd


Bethany came to the firm in March 2020 where she started as a personal injury secretary, having previously been a secretary in a medical setting. Bethany has since gained experience in industrial disease claims and has been working as a fee earner since January 2021 running her own industrial deafness caseload.

Bethany Hinchcliffe


Following her graduation from Newcastle University with a degree in English Literature, Katie joined Cordus Law in 2017. Katie has worked exclusively in the noise induced hearing loss sector since joining Cordus Law and is currently training to become a qualified Solicitor.

Katie Hensman

Trainee Solicitor

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