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Nyssa Crorie

Partner – Barrister – Head of Advocacy

Nyssa Crorie

Partner – Barrister – Head of Advocacy

Before joining Express, Nyssa spent just short of 6 years working as a vital cog in a small in-house advocacy team at a Defendant law firm. Whilst there she assisted with growing the same into a much larger Chambers-esque unit, and obtained her practising certificate along the way. In December 2016 Nyssa joined Express Solicitors as their first in-house Barrister, gaining vast experience in working on the opposite side of the table as well as achieving a promotion to Partner in September 2019. Nyssa is also Head of the Advocacy Team, which she has developed so as to meet the increasing demands of the ever-expanding business.

As is perhaps evident from the above, Nyssa has over a decade of experience in civil litigation (particularly personal injury, e.g. road traffic, EL, PL, OL, fraud, disease, catastrophic injury, etc) and costs. She is also regularly called upon to assist with all manner of complex procedural disputes.

Nyssa prides herself on her fiercely conscientious work ethic and personable personality. She strives to make a difference by working to make life easier for file handlers when problems arise, offering a calm and reassuring approach whilst trying to resolve matters to the best possible outcome. She enjoys being the fresh pair of eyes that can often bring a new perspective on a case.

Nyssa receives excellent feedback from the lay clients she represents at court, who recognise her efforts to put them at ease and guide them seamlessly through what could otherwise be a confusing and stressful experience.

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Garreth Duggan

Barrister

Garreth Duggan

Barrister

Garreth is an in-house Barrister who joined Express Solicitors in August 2021 and is part of our dedicated Advocacy department. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2007 and practised in general civil litigation, personal injury, crime, family and employment. This allowed Garreth to develop a wide-ranging and diverse practise which meant he was able to accept instructions on a wide variety of cases.

Garreth moved to England in 2015, and took up a fee earner role at a nationally recognised law firm dealing with personal injury files. Those years as a fee earner gave him a complete understanding of dealing with personal injury matters from a fee earning perspective. In 2018, Garreth was called to the Bar of England & Wales and was then conducting advocacy on a regular basis as well as keeping on top of his fee earning. At that time, he mostly dealt with Stage 3 hearings and application hearings as well as assisting other fee earners with issues. He really enjoys being that fresh pair of eyes and fully understands the daily ups and downs of file handling.

Garreth has spent the last 12 months at another law firm in an employed barrister role dealing with general civil litigation matters. He has conducted all types of hearings: CMCs, CCMCs, applications and trials, as well as drafting pleadings and assisting with the preparation of applications. Garreth is able to accept instructions across all practise areas covering all aspects of the case journey.

Garreth is dedicated to getting results and doing his utmost to assist all of our clients in any way that he can.

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Kieran Alker

Advocate

Kieran Alker

Advocate

In 2018 I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a first in Law (LLB). I then worked as a Graduate Paralegal for a year at a large solicitors firm, before then studying the BPTC full time at BPP Manchester. I obtained the grade of ‘Very Competent’ for this course and was also awarded the BPP Excellence Scholarship for my studies.

I have always been interested in law and once I began to study the subject at college, I realised just how much it affects every aspect of our lives and thus how important it is. I enjoy advocacy in particular because it’s where the stakes are highest and it requires you to think of the most persuasive way to set out a case so you can achieve a favourable outcome for the client.

Clients can be confident that if I am representing them, I will use a friendly and down-to-earth approach whilst working tirelessly to try to achieve the best possible outcome for their case.

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Leah Davies

Advocate

Leah Davies

Advocate

Leah attended The University of Manchester with the benefit of the Manchester Advantage Scholarship, which she was awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. She then attended The University of Law, where she completed her Graduate Diploma in Law. Following that, Leah attended BPP University, where she completed the Bar Professional Training Course, achieving the grade of Outstanding in exams for Examination-in-Chief and Cross-Examination. She is a member of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and was Called to the Bar in 2020.

Whilst studying for the Bar Professional Training Course, Leah worked closely with the Compliance Officer, Directors and Senior Partners at a law firm in Manchester. There, in her position as Auditor, she gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in personal injury and clinical negligence matters.

Following the completion of her studies, Leah accepted a role as Senior Advocate in a company providing services for people with complex health needs who required funding for their care. Leah was the preferred advocate for higher level appeals and often appeared before panels at NHS England.

Leah then began taking instructions as a County Court Advocate. In this role, she gained a wealth of experience in personal injury matters, as well as landlord and tenant disputes and commercial disputes.

Leah joined Express Solicitors in 2021. She is regularly praised for her personable manner and her straightforward and direct approach in presenting issues and solving problems.

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Eduard Antanian

Avocate

Eduard Antanian

Avocate

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Cyra Wilkinson

Advocacy Clerk

Cyra Wilkinson

Advocacy Clerk

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Nyssa Crorie

Partner – Barrister – Head of Advocacy

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Before joining Express, Nyssa spent just short of 6 years working as a vital cog in a small in-house advocacy team at a Defendant law firm. Whilst there she assisted with growing the same into a much larger Chambers-esque unit, and obtained her practising certificate along the way. In December 2016 Nyssa joined Express Solicitors as their first in-house Barrister, gaining vast experience in working on the opposite side of the table as well as achieving a promotion to Partner in September 2019. Nyssa is also Head of the Advocacy Team, which she has developed so as to meet the increasing demands of the ever-expanding business.

As is perhaps evident from the above, Nyssa has over a decade of experience in civil litigation (particularly personal injury, e.g. road traffic, EL, PL, OL, fraud, disease, catastrophic injury, etc) and costs. She is also regularly called upon to assist with all manner of complex procedural disputes.

Nyssa prides herself on her fiercely conscientious work ethic and personable personality. She strives to make a difference by working to make life easier for file handlers when problems arise, offering a calm and reassuring approach whilst trying to resolve matters to the best possible outcome. She enjoys being the fresh pair of eyes that can often bring a new perspective on a case.

Nyssa receives excellent feedback from the lay clients she represents at court, who recognise her efforts to put them at ease and guide them seamlessly through what could otherwise be a confusing and stressful experience.

Garreth Duggan

Barrister

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Garreth is an in-house Barrister who joined Express Solicitors in August 2021 and is part of our dedicated Advocacy department. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2007 and practised in general civil litigation, personal injury, crime, family and employment. This allowed Garreth to develop a wide-ranging and diverse practise which meant he was able to accept instructions on a wide variety of cases.

Garreth moved to England in 2015, and took up a fee earner role at a nationally recognised law firm dealing with personal injury files. Those years as a fee earner gave him a complete understanding of dealing with personal injury matters from a fee earning perspective. In 2018, Garreth was called to the Bar of England & Wales and was then conducting advocacy on a regular basis as well as keeping on top of his fee earning. At that time, he mostly dealt with Stage 3 hearings and application hearings as well as assisting other fee earners with issues. He really enjoys being that fresh pair of eyes and fully understands the daily ups and downs of file handling.

Garreth has spent the last 12 months at another law firm in an employed barrister role dealing with general civil litigation matters. He has conducted all types of hearings: CMCs, CCMCs, applications and trials, as well as drafting pleadings and assisting with the preparation of applications. Garreth is able to accept instructions across all practise areas covering all aspects of the case journey.

Garreth is dedicated to getting results and doing his utmost to assist all of our clients in any way that he can.

Garreth Duggan in the news

Business Live. People on the move: 21 top North West appointments you should not miss

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Kieran Alker

Advocate

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In 2018 I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a first in Law (LLB). I then worked as a Graduate Paralegal for a year at a large solicitors firm, before then studying the BPTC full time at BPP Manchester. I obtained the grade of ‘Very Competent’ for this course and was also awarded the BPP Excellence Scholarship for my studies.

I have always been interested in law and once I began to study the subject at college, I realised just how much it affects every aspect of our lives and thus how important it is. I enjoy advocacy in particular because it’s where the stakes are highest and it requires you to think of the most persuasive way to set out a case so you can achieve a favourable outcome for the client.

Clients can be confident that if I am representing them, I will use a friendly and down-to-earth approach whilst working tirelessly to try to achieve the best possible outcome for their case.

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Leah Davies

Advocate

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Leah attended The University of Manchester with the benefit of the Manchester Advantage Scholarship, which she was awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. She then attended The University of Law, where she completed her Graduate Diploma in Law. Following that, Leah attended BPP University, where she completed the Bar Professional Training Course, achieving the grade of Outstanding in exams for Examination-in-Chief and Cross-Examination. She is a member of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and was Called to the Bar in 2020.

Whilst studying for the Bar Professional Training Course, Leah worked closely with the Compliance Officer, Directors and Senior Partners at a law firm in Manchester. There, in her position as Auditor, she gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in personal injury and clinical negligence matters.

Following the completion of her studies, Leah accepted a role as Senior Advocate in a company providing services for people with complex health needs who required funding for their care. Leah was the preferred advocate for higher level appeals and often appeared before panels at NHS England.

Leah then began taking instructions as a County Court Advocate. In this role, she gained a wealth of experience in personal injury matters, as well as landlord and tenant disputes and commercial disputes.

Leah joined Express Solicitors in 2021. She is regularly praised for her personable manner and her straightforward and direct approach in presenting issues and solving problems.

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Eduard Antanian

Avocate

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Cyra Wilkinson

Advocacy Clerk

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