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Carlos Lopez

Partner - Head of Clinical Negligence

Carlos Lopez

Partner - Head of Clinical Negligence

Carlos Lopez is a partner and head of the Clinical Negligence Department – a department that undertakes all types of negligence claims against individual medical practitioners and institutions.

Carlos is a specialist senior clinical negligence practitioner, with over 26 years experience in clinical negligence work, who has acted for thousands of clients since qualification in 1995, dealing with a vast array of clinical negligence work, including cases of maximum severity, such as brain injury, spinal injury, oncology misdiagnosis and delayed treatment and birth injury claims.

Carlos is dual qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor and is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, in recognition of his specialist expertise in this area of law. Additionally, Carlos is one of the few practitioners in the North West to hold dual accreditation, also being a member of the Law Society Personal Injury panel.

Due to his experience in the field of medical negligence, Carlos is also an Assessor for the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, and is responsible for assessing solicitors who wish to become specialist practitioners.

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Sarah Smith

Senior Associate Solicitor

Sarah Smith

Senior Associate Solicitor

Sarah Smith is an Senior Associate Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence Claims Team having joined in November 2021.

Sarah was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 having obtained an LLB in Law and Italian at the University of Cardiff, and attending The College of Law, York.

With more than 21 years’ experience, Sarah takes pride in treating her clients with empathy and compassion at a time of extreme upset and uncertainty. She believes it is essential to build strong working relationships from the outset. She also strives to maximise compensation on behalf of clients and ensures that claims are dealt with efficiently.

Sarah was noted as a recommended lawyer for clinical negligence in the North West in the 2024 Legal 500 rankings.

Away from work, Sarah spends time with her family. She enjoys cooking and keeping fit.

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Elaine Meehan

Senior Associate Solicitor

Elaine Meehan

Senior Associate Solicitor

You never know when you start out where a career will take you. This has been the experience of Elaine Meehan, who joins the firm as a Senior Associate in May 2024.

Elaine is an English graduate who intended to be a teacher but decided in training that it was not for her. She completed a shortened course for graduates nursing qualification in 1982 in Sheffield. Thereafter she worked for 18 years as a nurse, predominantly in operating theatres and intensive care. In 1990 Elaine moved to the community as a health visitor working with 0-5 year- olds and their families and encountering challenges in safeguarding and child protection, and the many problems which can arise in fractured family relationships. It was during this stage of her career in the mid-1990’s that she was exposed to the workings of the judicial system, mainly in the family courts and the magistrates’ courts. This kindled an interest in law, and at the age of 40 Elaine went back to college and completed post graduate qualifications in law. She was admitted to the roll of solicitors in August 2003.

Elaine has worked exclusively in the areas of clinical negligence and health regulatory work since qualification. She has had the benefit of seeing both sides of the fence in acting for both claimant and defendant clients, the latter often finding themselves under the scrutiny of The General Medical Council. She prides herself on her ability to take a reasoned, balanced view and is careful to manage her clients’ expectations. Clinical Negligence is a notoriously complex area of the law and many potential claims won’t succeed. However, for those which she can see have real prospects of success Elaine will fight ferociously to secure justice and appropriate compensation for her clients.

Outside of work Elaine loves spending time with her 4- year -old twin grandsons, her retired-surgeon husband and her cockapoo, Ted, who demands cuddles, treats and walks. She loves to travel, with her most recent adventure having taken her to Antarctica, where the scenery is spectacular, and penguins are plentiful. Whilst there, Elaine took the Polar Plunge into the icy waters, and has the badge to prove it!

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Daniel Hatton

Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Daniel Hatton

Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Daniel Hatton is a Senior Litigation Executive in the Clinical Negligence department, Daniel became a Chartered Legal Executive in 2018 and has been handling clinical negligence cases since 2014.

Daniel deals with a wide variety of cases which range in both complexity and value. Daniel has handled cases which have been valued up to £2 million and has also been involved in cases subject to a Group Litigation Order. Daniel has also been involved in the handling of the largescale vaginal mesh claims following the TVT and TVT-O procedures carried out on women in the UK.

Daniel chose a career in clinical negligence as he believes that people deserve compensation when they are let down by those people trust and hold in such high regard. He understands that the claims process can be difficult and confusing. He will make every effort to simplify the process as he is keen to ensure clients are fully involved in their claim.

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Gareth Walkner

Solicitor

Gareth Walkner

Solicitor

Gareth Walkner is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor here at Express Solicitors. He joined the team in February 2023 after working within the clinical negligence legal industry in the North East, Yorkshire and North West for around 8 years.

Gareth initially studied Law at Nottingham Trent University and then went on to study his LPC at Leeds BPP Law School.

Gareth has always sought to be a Solicitor after studying law for one of his A Levels in his home town. He states the complexity and challenge in law has always fascinated him, and during his Training Contract he felt clinical negligence would be a suitable specialism to take.

Gareth has a mixture of both general clinical negligence experience alongside a specialism in cosmetic surgery negligence.

Gareth notes his goal is to make sure every client feels they are able to speak to him comfortably about their experiences so they feel they are supported every step of the way throughout their case. He notes that investigation and litigation can be very daunting so making sure he is approachable and understanding is a key part of his role.

Gareth now wishes to build his experience with more complex clinical negligence matters here at Express.

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Nadia Valentine

Trainee Solicitor

Nadia Valentine

Trainee Solicitor

Nadia Valentine is a Trainee Solicitor within the Clinical Negligence Department. She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021 with a 1st class degree in Law. She remained at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed the Legal Practice Course, graduating again in 2022 with a Distinction. Nadia joined Express Solicitors in November 2021 as a Litigation Assistant. She was promoted to Trainee Solicitor in September 2022.

Nadia is responsible for assisting solicitors within the clinical negligence department on many different cases, most of them high profile. What she loves best about working at Express Solicitors is the many clients she looks after. Nadia’s aim is to help progress each and every file she works on, taking into account each individual client’s circumstances. Nadia loves to talk to her clients and really get to know them. No two days are the same for her which makes the job for Nadia very interesting and engaging. Nadia is part of a fantastic and knowledgeable team who also care equally for their clients.

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Max Cosstick

Senior Litigation Executive

Max Cosstick

Senior Litigation Executive

Max has worked in the legal industry for almost a decade and has a background in both fast track and multi-track personal injury; including employers liability, public liability and clinical negligence.

Most recently Max was a manager at a small-medium sized law firm in Liverpool specialising in civil litigation; including private nuisance, commercial litigation, housing conditions claims, personal injury and clinical negligence.

Max moved to Express Solicitors to specialise in clinical negligence and gain experience in some higher value and more complex matters from the greatly experienced team here. Max believes his varied background and extensive litigation experience will make him an asset to the team here at Express.

Max graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in criminology and sociology in 2011 and is currently studying for the Solicitors. Qualification Exam, hoping to qualify in 2024.

Outside of work Max enjoys fitness, including Muay Thai boxing, strength training and running. Max is a trustee of a Muay Thai boxing gym on the Wirral, which is a registered charity, dedicated to promoting community participation in healthy recreation

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James Redgewell

Senior Litigation Executive

James Redgewell

Senior Litigation Executive

James is a Senior Litigation Executive in the Clinical Negligence Department having joined in November 2023. He has worked in the legal industry dealing exclusively with Clinical Negligence cases and multi-track Personal Injury work for some years now and has moved to Express Solicitors to further his career and gain further experience in high value and more complex cases.

James has extensive history dealing with challenging and difficult cases. He has history in dealing with cases relating to relating to delayed diagnosis of cancer, spinal injuries and has experience in working with birth injury cases. He has handled a wide variety of cases with some being valued up to £2.5 million.

James chose a career in clinical negligence as he wanted to work in an area of law that can assist others when they are let down by those that they trusted to help them when they needed it.

Outside of work, James enjoys rock climbing, bike riding and keeping up with current events.

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Lauren Taylor

Litigation Executive

Lauren Taylor

Litigation Executive

Lauren Taylor is a Litigation Executive in the Clinical Negligence Department at Express Solicitors, who joined in May 2021.

Lauren first became interested in law when she was studying at college. After obtaining a bachelors honours degree in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire, she decided to pursue a career in law.

Lauren’s experience for the past 5 years has been solely in clinical negligence on behalf of claimants. In 2018, Lauren decided to gain professional qualifications alongside working and began studying to become a CILEX Fellow.

Lauren has worked on low value, high value and complex cases including birth, orthopaedic, amputation, GPs, and gynaecology to name a few. However, Lauren have a lot of experience dealing with cases relating to insertion of mesh which has recently been in the media. She is experienced in dealing with both single defendants and multiple defendants and acting on behalf of deceased’s families.

Lauren prides herself on providing good customer care to her clients. She believes it is very important to build a rapport with a client from the outset. Lauren also prides herself on being able to emphasise with clients, understanding it can be a very worrying time and aims to put their mind at rest as much as possible.

Lauren really enjoy working in clinical negligence and could not imagine doing anything else. She loves working hard to get an outcome for a client that they deserve after being through such a difficult time.

A lot of Lauren’s spare time is taken up with studying for her professional qualifications, however when she does get time to herself, she likes going for walks along the canal or in the park with her dog. Lauren enjoys spending time with her friends and family; including watching live music, going out for meals, having a spa day and going on holidays. Lauren also like learning new skills; having previously completed a photography course in her spare time to enhance her skills.

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Demi Newlove

Litigation Executive

Demi Newlove

Litigation Executive

Demi is a young legal professional specialising in high-value and complex disputes. In previous employment, she assisted lead Partners in securing damages awards totaling £240 million with an average settlement amount of £1 million+. Having represented clients with injuries of the upmost severity, she understands it is essential that interim payments are secured, and rehabilitation is initiated at the very beginning of a client’s case to ensure the best chances of recovery.

Demi is dedicated to ensuring that her clients receive the best available advice, support, and guidance from the very outset of their claims. She derives satisfaction from securing the funds her clients need to ensure that they have the best possible quality of life following injury.

She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Future Leaders Team and a Neurodiversity in Law Champion, committed to leading the movement toward a more inclusive and diverse legal profession.

“Demi Newlove is incredibly helpful and efficient, not just with me but with the clients too. She has a good understanding of the client’s needs and adjusts her approach to suit their needs.” Chambers Insight Report 2022

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Georgia Lancaster

Litigation Assistant

Georgia Lancaster

Litigation Assistant

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Grace Kelly

Litigation Assistant

Grace Kelly

Litigation Assistant

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Charlotte Wallace

Litigation Assistant

Charlotte Wallace

Litigation Assistant

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Andrea Russell

PA to Carlos Lopez, Head of Clinical Negligence

Andrea Russell

PA to Carlos Lopez, Head of Clinical Negligence

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Elizabeth Higgins

Personal Assistant to Paul Cain

Elizabeth Higgins

Personal Assistant to Paul Cain

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Dena Steele

Personal Assistant

Dena Steele

Personal Assistant

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Angela Lawlor

Personal Assistant

Angela Lawlor

Personal Assistant

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Carlos Lopez

Partner - Head of Clinical Negligence

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Carlos Lopez is a partner and head of the Clinical Negligence Department – a department that undertakes all types of negligence claims against individual medical practitioners and institutions.

Carlos is a specialist senior clinical negligence practitioner, with over 26 years experience in clinical negligence work, who has acted for thousands of clients since qualification in 1995, dealing with a vast array of clinical negligence work, including cases of maximum severity, such as brain injury, spinal injury, oncology misdiagnosis and delayed treatment and birth injury claims.

Carlos is dual qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor and is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, in recognition of his specialist expertise in this area of law. Additionally, Carlos is one of the few practitioners in the North West to hold dual accreditation, also being a member of the Law Society Personal Injury panel.

Due to his experience in the field of medical negligence, Carlos is also an Assessor for the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, and is responsible for assessing solicitors who wish to become specialist practitioners.

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Sarah Smith

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Sarah Smith is an Senior Associate Solicitor in our Clinical Negligence Claims Team having joined in November 2021.

Sarah was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 having obtained an LLB in Law and Italian at the University of Cardiff, and attending The College of Law, York.

With more than 21 years’ experience, Sarah takes pride in treating her clients with empathy and compassion at a time of extreme upset and uncertainty. She believes it is essential to build strong working relationships from the outset. She also strives to maximise compensation on behalf of clients and ensures that claims are dealt with efficiently.

Sarah was noted as a recommended lawyer for clinical negligence in the North West in the 2024 Legal 500 rankings.

Away from work, Sarah spends time with her family. She enjoys cooking and keeping fit.

Elaine Meehan

Senior Associate Solicitor

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You never know when you start out where a career will take you. This has been the experience of Elaine Meehan, who joins the firm as a Senior Associate in May 2024.

Elaine is an English graduate who intended to be a teacher but decided in training that it was not for her. She completed a shortened course for graduates nursing qualification in 1982 in Sheffield. Thereafter she worked for 18 years as a nurse, predominantly in operating theatres and intensive care. In 1990 Elaine moved to the community as a health visitor working with 0-5 year- olds and their families and encountering challenges in safeguarding and child protection, and the many problems which can arise in fractured family relationships. It was during this stage of her career in the mid-1990’s that she was exposed to the workings of the judicial system, mainly in the family courts and the magistrates’ courts. This kindled an interest in law, and at the age of 40 Elaine went back to college and completed post graduate qualifications in law. She was admitted to the roll of solicitors in August 2003.

Elaine has worked exclusively in the areas of clinical negligence and health regulatory work since qualification. She has had the benefit of seeing both sides of the fence in acting for both claimant and defendant clients, the latter often finding themselves under the scrutiny of The General Medical Council. She prides herself on her ability to take a reasoned, balanced view and is careful to manage her clients’ expectations. Clinical Negligence is a notoriously complex area of the law and many potential claims won’t succeed. However, for those which she can see have real prospects of success Elaine will fight ferociously to secure justice and appropriate compensation for her clients.

Outside of work Elaine loves spending time with her 4- year -old twin grandsons, her retired-surgeon husband and her cockapoo, Ted, who demands cuddles, treats and walks. She loves to travel, with her most recent adventure having taken her to Antarctica, where the scenery is spectacular, and penguins are plentiful. Whilst there, Elaine took the Polar Plunge into the icy waters, and has the badge to prove it!

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Daniel Hatton

Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

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Daniel Hatton is a Senior Litigation Executive in the Clinical Negligence department, Daniel became a Chartered Legal Executive in 2018 and has been handling clinical negligence cases since 2014.

Daniel deals with a wide variety of cases which range in both complexity and value. Daniel has handled cases which have been valued up to £2 million and has also been involved in cases subject to a Group Litigation Order. Daniel has also been involved in the handling of the largescale vaginal mesh claims following the TVT and TVT-O procedures carried out on women in the UK.

Daniel chose a career in clinical negligence as he believes that people deserve compensation when they are let down by those people trust and hold in such high regard. He understands that the claims process can be difficult and confusing. He will make every effort to simplify the process as he is keen to ensure clients are fully involved in their claim.

Gareth Walkner

Solicitor

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Gareth Walkner is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor here at Express Solicitors. He joined the team in February 2023 after working within the clinical negligence legal industry in the North East, Yorkshire and North West for around 8 years.

Gareth initially studied Law at Nottingham Trent University and then went on to study his LPC at Leeds BPP Law School.

Gareth has always sought to be a Solicitor after studying law for one of his A Levels in his home town. He states the complexity and challenge in law has always fascinated him, and during his Training Contract he felt clinical negligence would be a suitable specialism to take.

Gareth has a mixture of both general clinical negligence experience alongside a specialism in cosmetic surgery negligence.

Gareth notes his goal is to make sure every client feels they are able to speak to him comfortably about their experiences so they feel they are supported every step of the way throughout their case. He notes that investigation and litigation can be very daunting so making sure he is approachable and understanding is a key part of his role.

Gareth now wishes to build his experience with more complex clinical negligence matters here at Express.

Nadia Valentine

Trainee Solicitor

READ BIO

Nadia Valentine is a Trainee Solicitor within the Clinical Negligence Department. She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021 with a 1st class degree in Law. She remained at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed the Legal Practice Course, graduating again in 2022 with a Distinction. Nadia joined Express Solicitors in November 2021 as a Litigation Assistant. She was promoted to Trainee Solicitor in September 2022.

Nadia is responsible for assisting solicitors within the clinical negligence department on many different cases, most of them high profile. What she loves best about working at Express Solicitors is the many clients she looks after. Nadia’s aim is to help progress each and every file she works on, taking into account each individual client’s circumstances. Nadia loves to talk to her clients and really get to know them. No two days are the same for her which makes the job for Nadia very interesting and engaging. Nadia is part of a fantastic and knowledgeable team who also care equally for their clients.

Max Cosstick

Senior Litigation Executive

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Max has worked in the legal industry for almost a decade and has a background in both fast track and multi-track personal injury; including employers liability, public liability and clinical negligence.

Most recently Max was a manager at a small-medium sized law firm in Liverpool specialising in civil litigation; including private nuisance, commercial litigation, housing conditions claims, personal injury and clinical negligence.

Max moved to Express Solicitors to specialise in clinical negligence and gain experience in some higher value and more complex matters from the greatly experienced team here. Max believes his varied background and extensive litigation experience will make him an asset to the team here at Express.

Max graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in criminology and sociology in 2011 and is currently studying for the Solicitors. Qualification Exam, hoping to qualify in 2024.

Outside of work Max enjoys fitness, including Muay Thai boxing, strength training and running. Max is a trustee of a Muay Thai boxing gym on the Wirral, which is a registered charity, dedicated to promoting community participation in healthy recreation

James Redgewell

Senior Litigation Executive

READ BIO

James is a Senior Litigation Executive in the Clinical Negligence Department having joined in November 2023. He has worked in the legal industry dealing exclusively with Clinical Negligence cases and multi-track Personal Injury work for some years now and has moved to Express Solicitors to further his career and gain further experience in high value and more complex cases.

James has extensive history dealing with challenging and difficult cases. He has history in dealing with cases relating to relating to delayed diagnosis of cancer, spinal injuries and has experience in working with birth injury cases. He has handled a wide variety of cases with some being valued up to £2.5 million.

James chose a career in clinical negligence as he wanted to work in an area of law that can assist others when they are let down by those that they trusted to help them when they needed it.

Outside of work, James enjoys rock climbing, bike riding and keeping up with current events.

Lauren Taylor

Litigation Executive

READ BIO

Lauren Taylor is a Litigation Executive in the Clinical Negligence Department at Express Solicitors, who joined in May 2021.

Lauren first became interested in law when she was studying at college. After obtaining a bachelors honours degree in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire, she decided to pursue a career in law.

Lauren’s experience for the past 5 years has been solely in clinical negligence on behalf of claimants. In 2018, Lauren decided to gain professional qualifications alongside working and began studying to become a CILEX Fellow.

Lauren has worked on low value, high value and complex cases including birth, orthopaedic, amputation, GPs, and gynaecology to name a few. However, Lauren have a lot of experience dealing with cases relating to insertion of mesh which has recently been in the media. She is experienced in dealing with both single defendants and multiple defendants and acting on behalf of deceased’s families.

Lauren prides herself on providing good customer care to her clients. She believes it is very important to build a rapport with a client from the outset. Lauren also prides herself on being able to emphasise with clients, understanding it can be a very worrying time and aims to put their mind at rest as much as possible.

Lauren really enjoy working in clinical negligence and could not imagine doing anything else. She loves working hard to get an outcome for a client that they deserve after being through such a difficult time.

A lot of Lauren’s spare time is taken up with studying for her professional qualifications, however when she does get time to herself, she likes going for walks along the canal or in the park with her dog. Lauren enjoys spending time with her friends and family; including watching live music, going out for meals, having a spa day and going on holidays. Lauren also like learning new skills; having previously completed a photography course in her spare time to enhance her skills.

Demi Newlove

Litigation Executive

READ BIO

Demi is a young legal professional specialising in high-value and complex disputes. In previous employment, she assisted lead Partners in securing damages awards totaling £240 million with an average settlement amount of £1 million+. Having represented clients with injuries of the upmost severity, she understands it is essential that interim payments are secured, and rehabilitation is initiated at the very beginning of a client’s case to ensure the best chances of recovery.

Demi is dedicated to ensuring that her clients receive the best available advice, support, and guidance from the very outset of their claims. She derives satisfaction from securing the funds her clients need to ensure that they have the best possible quality of life following injury.

She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Future Leaders Team and a Neurodiversity in Law Champion, committed to leading the movement toward a more inclusive and diverse legal profession.

“Demi Newlove is incredibly helpful and efficient, not just with me but with the clients too. She has a good understanding of the client’s needs and adjusts her approach to suit their needs.” Chambers Insight Report 2022

Georgia Lancaster

Litigation Assistant

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Grace Kelly

Litigation Assistant

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Charlotte Wallace

Litigation Assistant

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Andrea Russell

PA to Carlos Lopez, Head of Clinical Negligence

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Elizabeth Higgins

Personal Assistant to Paul Cain

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Dena Steele

Personal Assistant

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Angela Lawlor

Personal Assistant

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