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Consumer Claims Litigation Department

This team help thousands of people with a range of consumer claims.

Ryan Postlethwaite

Head of Consumer Claims Litigation

Ryan Postlethwaite

Head of Consumer Claims Litigation

Ryan Postlethwaite joined Express Solicitors in August 2013 and is head of our Consumer Claims Litigation Team specialising in housing disrepair and tenancy deposit cases.

Ryan started in our new client team, before quickly being promoted to the role of Litigation Executive and then Trainee Solicitor in September 2014. Ryan qualified as a Solicitor in September 2016.

Ryan enjoys advocacy and attained his higher rights of audience in 2016, allowing him to practise as a Solicitor Advocate. He believes that court advocacy is an extremely important skill that can often make or break a case and he relishes the opportunity to put persuasive arguments before judges on behalf of his clients.
Ryan has advised Express solicitors on a number of high value transactions and has astute commercial awareness. When acting for clients in housing disrepair and tenancy deposit claims, this allows him to stay one step ahead of Defendants and provide excellent tactical advice in relation to their claim.

Ryan has a particular interest in enforcement of debts and tries to think outside of the box when trying to recover debts on behalf of clients. He says “winning a case and obtaining an order that someone must pay you compensation is only half the battle. Where a person or company is uninsured, actually recovering money can be extremely difficult. Every single attempt at enforcing a court order is individual and particular regard must be had in relation to the person that owes the debt. In disputes involving landlords, a particularly important tool to employ can be that of applying for a charging order over a property owned by the landlord.

This can give rise to a possession order which would allow a client to take possession of the property and sell it to satisfy the debt.

In relation to tenancy deposit claims, Ryan notes that “the requirement for deposits to be protected is there to protect tenants who have assured short hold tenancies and ensure that they have redress at the end of a tenancy should landlords not return a deposit.

Unfortunately too many landlords fail to properly protect a deposit and this rightly gives tenants access to a compensatory scheme which we at Express Solicitors are able to advise on.”

Ryan strongly believes that too many people have to live in extremely poor and potentially dangerous conditions due to landlords failing to adequately maintain the properties in which tenants live. Despite tenants reporting problems to landlords, issues are often left unresolved for long periods of time. Fortunately a housing disrepair claim can be brought in these circumstances and tenants can recover compensation for the conditions they have had to endure, and landlords can be forced to make repairs that are needed to the property.

Ryan and his extremely knowledgeable team are able to offer advice in relation to these issues.

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Robert McKenna

Trainee Solicitor

Robert McKenna

Trainee Solicitor

I am currently a Trainee Solicitor in the Consumer Claims Litigation Department. I completed my Law degree, master’s in criminal justice and LPC at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

In August 2018 I joined Express Solicitors in the New Client Team, after joining OL/PL I became Ryan Postlethwaite’s litigation assistant. We have worked on cases such as: Equality Act, slips and trips, food poisoning, defective product, dog bite and non-PI/ small claims matters. During this period, I undertook a broad range of advocacy: applications for pre-action disclosure, Infant approval hearings, penal notice applications, alternative dispute resolution hearings, mediation appointments, allocation hearings and small claims trials. I continue to develop my legal skills and communication skills and professional relationships with clients.

In March 2020 I began my training contract, during this period I have taken a proactive role with my client care skills, presenting options to clients in clear understandable manner that avoids complex medical and legal terminology, advising of the next steps in their case, developing good working relationships, being approachable and managing client expectations.

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Ryan Postlethwaite

Head of Consumer Claims Litigation

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Ryan Postlethwaite joined Express Solicitors in August 2013 and is head of our Consumer Claims Litigation Team specialising in housing disrepair and tenancy deposit cases.

Ryan started in our new client team, before quickly being promoted to the role of Litigation Executive and then Trainee Solicitor in September 2014. Ryan qualified as a Solicitor in September 2016.

Ryan enjoys advocacy and attained his higher rights of audience in 2016, allowing him to practise as a Solicitor Advocate. He believes that court advocacy is an extremely important skill that can often make or break a case and he relishes the opportunity to put persuasive arguments before judges on behalf of his clients.
Ryan has advised Express solicitors on a number of high value transactions and has astute commercial awareness. When acting for clients in housing disrepair and tenancy deposit claims, this allows him to stay one step ahead of Defendants and provide excellent tactical advice in relation to their claim.

Ryan has a particular interest in enforcement of debts and tries to think outside of the box when trying to recover debts on behalf of clients. He says “winning a case and obtaining an order that someone must pay you compensation is only half the battle. Where a person or company is uninsured, actually recovering money can be extremely difficult. Every single attempt at enforcing a court order is individual and particular regard must be had in relation to the person that owes the debt. In disputes involving landlords, a particularly important tool to employ can be that of applying for a charging order over a property owned by the landlord.

This can give rise to a possession order which would allow a client to take possession of the property and sell it to satisfy the debt.

In relation to tenancy deposit claims, Ryan notes that “the requirement for deposits to be protected is there to protect tenants who have assured short hold tenancies and ensure that they have redress at the end of a tenancy should landlords not return a deposit.

Unfortunately too many landlords fail to properly protect a deposit and this rightly gives tenants access to a compensatory scheme which we at Express Solicitors are able to advise on.”

Ryan strongly believes that too many people have to live in extremely poor and potentially dangerous conditions due to landlords failing to adequately maintain the properties in which tenants live. Despite tenants reporting problems to landlords, issues are often left unresolved for long periods of time. Fortunately a housing disrepair claim can be brought in these circumstances and tenants can recover compensation for the conditions they have had to endure, and landlords can be forced to make repairs that are needed to the property.

Ryan and his extremely knowledgeable team are able to offer advice in relation to these issues.

Robert McKenna

Trainee Solicitor

READ BIO

I am currently a Trainee Solicitor in the Consumer Claims Litigation Department. I completed my Law degree, master’s in criminal justice and LPC at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

In August 2018 I joined Express Solicitors in the New Client Team, after joining OL/PL I became Ryan Postlethwaite’s litigation assistant. We have worked on cases such as: Equality Act, slips and trips, food poisoning, defective product, dog bite and non-PI/ small claims matters. During this period, I undertook a broad range of advocacy: applications for pre-action disclosure, Infant approval hearings, penal notice applications, alternative dispute resolution hearings, mediation appointments, allocation hearings and small claims trials. I continue to develop my legal skills and communication skills and professional relationships with clients.

In March 2020 I began my training contract, during this period I have taken a proactive role with my client care skills, presenting options to clients in clear understandable manner that avoids complex medical and legal terminology, advising of the next steps in their case, developing good working relationships, being approachable and managing client expectations.