It’s so important to know that your solicitor is up to the job. Some solicitors try to cover too many areas at once, compromising their service in all areas and not giving their clients the best legal representation. We take a more focused approach whereby each member of our team has one subject area. This disciplined approach means that your case will be handled by a true legal specialist, with the in-depth knowledge that can lead to better results in the long term. We’re committed to forging rewarding, long-term client relationships, so it’s our pleasure to introduce the members of our team:


Judith E. Abram LL.M - Director & Solicitor

Judith E. Abram LL.M - Director & Solicitor

Telephone: 01253 778231

Judith is Director & Head of the Clinical Negligence Department at PHH Solicitors. She deals with a broad spectrum of clients who have sustained injury arising out of medical accidents.

Judith has successfully represented clients throughout the UK who have sustained injury as a result of substandard medical treatment. She has consistently achieved excellent results for her clients and is dedicated to maximising the potential compensation available.

She has been practising in the area of Medical Negligence for over 20 years. Judith is approachable, caring, and compassionate.

She qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and has been with PHH Solicitors since 1997. She has a Masters Degree in Medical Law and Bioethics and has built up a reputation for a chosen specialism in Clinical Negligence and has dealt with a wide range of Clinical Negligence claims achieving success in the most complex and difficult cases.

Judith is also the Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA) of the Firm and is responsible for the Firm’s regulatory compliance processes. She is also responsible for the Firm's 'Lexcel Accreditation'. Lexcel is the Law Society's legal practice quality mark for Excellence in Legal Practice Management and Excellence in Client Care.

She is a Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), AVMA Member, SRA / Law Society Panel Member for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, and also a Law Society Panel Assessor.

Martin Shipway, B.A.(Hons) - Director & Solicitor.

Martin Shipway, B.A.(Hons) - Director & Solicitor.

Telephone: 01253 824216

Martin is the Head of the Family Department at the firm. He has considerable expertise in acting for clients in all aspects of family law including divorce, separation and pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes, child arrangement disputes and domestic violence injunctions.

Martin also specialises in the field of Employment Law. He acts for employees and employers in Employment Tribunal and County Court disputes. Martin’s areas of expertise include:

  • Unfair Dismissal and Constructive Dismissal.
  • Redundancy.
  • Discrimination.
  • Pay Claims.
  • Breach of Contract.
  • Restrictive Covenants.

Martin also advises on Chancery Disputes including contentious Probate and Inheritance Act claims. year admitted: 2005.

Education: Lancaster University and University of Central Lancashire.

Professional Associations: Resolution Accredited Specialist.

Employment: Martin joined the firm as a Trainee in 2003 and qualified in 2005. He became a Partner in 2009 and was appointed as Head of the Family Department in 2012.

Peter Jensen, LLB (Hons) - Director & Solicitor.

Peter Jensen, LLB (Hons) - Director & Solicitor.

Telephone 01253 778231

Peter has been a Solicitor for over 24 years. For the vast majority of those years, he has specialised in accident claims and clinical negligence. Peter has dealt with a full spectrum of claims, from the very modest, up to the high value claims.

After several years of working away from the Fylde Coast, Peter was delighted to have recently joined PHH Solicitors.

Accident claims, in recent years, have been subject to bad press and the false accusation that we are living in a ‘compensation culture’. Recent government reforms have favoured the insurance companies over the innocent victim. As a result of these reforms, many firms have employed unqualified staff to deal with personal injury cases, which in his view, has compromised the service that accident victims receive. This is something he feels passionately about, and the key to him joining PHH Solicitors is their philosophy of combining legal expertise, yet still dealing with the client as an individual.

If you have had an accident of any type, or been the victim of a medical mistake, please contact Peter for a no obligation free initial consultation. Peter will discuss with you all funding options for your claim, and can offer you a genuine no win no fee Agreement.

Peter enjoys running, cycling and fell walking.

Thomas Harrison, LLB (Hons) - Senior Solicitor.

Thomas Harrison, LLB (Hons) - Senior Solicitor.

Telephone 01253 824216

Thomas joined PHH Solicitors in 2007 following completion of his Law Degree at UCLAN in Preston. Thomas qualified in August 2010 having completed his Legal Practice Course and Training Contract and was offered the position of Assistant Solicitor. Thomas has recently been made a Senior Family Solicitor in PHH and works together with Martin Shipway in the Family Department.

Thomas practices primarily in divorce and separation work that includes financial settlements, child arrangements orders and family disputes. Thomas also represents parents in Care Proceedings and social services involvement with families.

Thomas is a member of the SRA/Law Society panel for Children. The Children Law Accreditation Scheme covers all types of children law work. Thomas has shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that he has and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of children law, be that in private practice or working for a local authority.

Thomas is a fan of sports and plays golf. Thomas is a committee member of the Blackpool & Fylde Law Society and runs the Blackpool & Fylde Law Society Golf Club.

Mel Hammond - Solicitor.

Mel Hammond - Solicitor.

Telephone 01253 824216

Mel joined the practice in 2017 to become head of our Conveyancing team. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2001, and has specialised in Residential Property Conveyancing and Litigation ever since.

With experience in acting for Property Traders and the Private Landlord sector buying portfolios of property at auction, unusual property transactions are her forte, and she prides herself on getting the legal work done with no fuss, no messing about - and for a fixed fee.

A real property enthusiast, she enjoys helping first time buyers through to "down-sizers" and recognises that no two transactions, and no two clients are alike. Her goal is to manage and control the stresses and delays that frequently occur in property chains to ensure that our clients achieve their property goals quickly and efficiently.

Mel enjoys her spare time in the great outdoors as often as possible - walking her Jack Russell dogs, running with her local club, and following the misfortunes of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

Helen Springthorpe - Solicitor.

Helen Springthorpe - Solicitor.

Telephone 01253 824216

Helen joined PHH Solicitors in 2017, to become the head of our Private Client Department. She has practised on the Fylde Coast and in Wyre since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2010.

Helen studied at Manchester University gaining an honours degree in Combined Studies and after a career break to have her family returned to the University of Central Lancashire to study Law.

Helen specialises in Private Client work, and has experience of Wills, Probate, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, and Court of Protection Work.

In her spare time Helen enjoys spending time with her family and baking.

Rachel Love, LLB (Hons) - Solicitor.

Rachel Love, LLB (Hons) - Solicitor.

Telephone 01253 778231

Rachel studied law at the Lancaster University and completed her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Manchester. Rachel joined PHH Solicitors in November 2013 as a Paralegal and was offered a Training Contract. Rachel qualified in November 2015 and was appointed Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence Department working with Judith Abram. Although Rachel’s experience is predominantly in Clinical Negligence, she has undertaken work in Personal Injury, Wills and Probate and Conveyancing.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends, she loves to cook and her bookshelf is full of recipe books with cuisines from around the world. Rachel enjoys Formula 1 and hopes to go and watch a race one day.

Jonathan Abram, BA (Hons) LLM - Solicitor.

Jonathan Abram, BA (Hons) LLM - Solicitor.

Telephone 01253 824216

Jonathan studied Law at the University of Central Lancashire, obtaining First Class honours. He also holds a Masters Degree in Legal Practice. Jonathan joined PHH Solicitors in 2015 as a paralegal, before acquiring a training contract in December of the same year. Jonathan recently qualified as a Solicitor and specialises in Private Client work including Administration of Estates, Lasting Powers of Attorney, and Wills. Jonathan also undertakes work in Clinical Negligence.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing football and spending time with his family and friends.