People: Medical Solicitors; Leeds Building Society; and more

A Yorkshire-based law firm which specialises in clinical negligence has added to its team with the recruitment of Legal 500 recognised solicitor, Lynsey Furley.

Having spent more than a decade supporting clients through clinical negligence claims, she takes the lead at Medical Solicitors’ Hull office which opened at The Deep Business Centre in September 2021.

Medical Solicitors Limited, which is based in Sheffield, was launched by Caroline Moore over 13 years ago and also has an office in York.

Initially Moore worked as a sole practitioner but owing to the success of Medical Solicitors the firm has now expanded to a team of nearly 30.

Moore said: “I am very pleased to be welcoming Lynsey to our team. She is a highly skilled, senior lawyer and she is clearly dedicated to helping vulnerable clients who have suffered negligence in their healthcare.

“People are having difficulty accessing healthcare and that’s leading to delays with diagnosis and treatment with the result that we are experiencing an increase in enquiries nationwide.

“We have to make sure we can meet that rising demand for our services and Lynsey’s appointment will give our lawyers more time to devote to individual clients and ensure we maintain our high level of client care.

The majority of Furley’s career has been spent working for a regional law firm in Hull.

Specialising in surgical errors and delays in diagnosis, she has previously secured six-figure settlements for her clients.

Furley said: “When I heard Medical Solicitors were opening an office in my local city of Hull, I was keen to join a firm that solely focuses on clinical negligence.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a great team and to continue to do what I am most passionate about – supporting my clients to obtain answers and compensation that will enable them to move on with their lives.”

She joins Amy Adkins, who previously worked in the same field with another law firm and moved to Medical Solicitors earlier this year.

Adkins gained a law degree from the University of Hull and completed her postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the College of Law in York.

She began her legal career in 2012, working in personal injury teams at firms in Hull and Goole, before moving into clinical negligence in 2014. She qualified as a solicitor in November 2018.


Leeds Building Society has appointed Kate Erb as director of operations and infrastructure.

She joins the Society with over 20 years’ experience in financial services, where she has broad general management experience and has led major change programmes.

Her wealth of knowledge in transformational change, operations and resilience further strengthens the senior transformation and operations team at Leeds Building Society.

Erb started her financial services career at Capital One after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

She has worked for organisations including Coles Insurance in Australia, Oakbrook Finance where she was chief operating officer, and most recently at start-up bank Aspinall Financial Services as chief operating officer.

She said: “In these first few weeks in role, as throughout the recruitment process, I have been thoroughly impressed with the culture, and the fact that the Society’s purpose is truly at the heart of all activity.

“Everything we are doing is working towards the aim of putting home ownership within reach of more people, generation after generation. I am thrilled to be able to mobilise teams to deliver against that.”

Rob Howse, chief operating officer at Leeds Building Society, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Kate to the Society.

“She’s already proven that she is a highly engaged and versatile leader, and she will be at the heart of our exciting transformation agenda that will equip our colleagues with the technology and tools to deliver on our purpose all while continuing to strengthen our resilience.”


Mirfield-based integrated agency, The Bigger Boat (TBB), has appointed four new recruits.

The business has recruited its first graphic design intern – Eve Molloy. Having previously undertaken work experience with the agency, she has now joined as graphic design intern on a day-a-week basis, alongside her university studies.

Meanwhile, digital marketing executive, and previous University of Huddersfield graduate Liam Hayward will bolster the team’s capabilities – specialising in paid advertising, search engine optimisation, and conversion rate optimisation.

Aiming to build upon his skills within the digital arena, he will be mentored by senior colleagues within the business with a view to progressing into a paid media manager role.

As a former project manager and PRINCE2 practitioner, account manager Liam Colgan will be a key contact for clients – organising and distributing workload to ensure timely outcomes for clients.

With significant experience in the music and hospitality industries, senior account manager Danny Oliver brings a strong digital skillset.

Responsible for ensuring clients achieve strategic and operational goals, he will drive activity while bringing added value – especially in his areas of specialism, which include marketing and management.

Managing director Andrew McCaul said: “It’s always exciting bringing new talent onboard – offering people the opportunity to take the next step in their careers is infinitely rewarding, and in our new recruits we see some really exciting potential.

“As a business we’re committed to creating an environment in which we nurture talent at all levels – not only is it crucial for the continued success of our business, but for the industry in general.

“We know we offer something special here at TBB and we’re keen to spread the word about our ability to provide long-term careers for people at all stages of their journey.”