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Our Team

Ryan Cracknell

Managing Director


E: ryan.cracknell@cracknelllaw.com
T: +44 (0) 7508 441916

Ryan is a Commercial Solicitor with significant experience in negotiating  Commercial Contracts and drafting bespoke agreements. Ryan gained significant experience from working within the Commercial, IP & IT team of top 50 UK law firm Mills & Reeve from 2013 and prior to that, he worked at a leading East Anglian Law Firm.


Ryan has also undertaken a number of secondments to international businesses which has provided an insight into what is really important to clients when they receive legal advice. It is this insight that led to the creation of Cracknell Law.


In addition, Ryan has a strong academic background to reinforce his practical experience, obtaining a First Class Law Degree, a Distinction in his Masters in International Commercial Law and a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course.

James leads our Corporate team and is based in our Duxford & Cambridge office. James prides himself in using his technical knowhow in a practical way in order to get projects over the line quickly and cost-effectively. He thrives on building long-term, rather than transactional, relationships with clients and specialises in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholders arrangements across a number of sectors and with particular focus on technology businesses and commercial property.


Before joining Cracknell Law, James worked with Kemp Little and Fladgate in London and also spent some time in industry, working on contract automation and drafting technology at LexisNexis, a global legal technology business.


James has a Masters degree in IT and banking law and is a self-confessed Microsoft Excel geek!

James Wilkinson

Director & Head of Corporate


E: james.wilkinson@cracknelllaw.com
T: +44 (0) 7944 166180

Hannah Lawley

Senior Associate


E: hannah.lawley@cracknelllaw.com
T: +44 (0) 1603 339044

Hannah is a Senior Corporate Associate based in our Norwich Office. She has a wealth of experience in corporate transactions including private M&A work (both share and asset deals), IPOs, corporate restructuring, shareholder agreements and LLP agreements, investment work and general compliance and corporate governance advice. Hannah enjoys getting to know her clients and becoming a part of their team as the lifecycle of a business develops.


Before joining Cracknell Law, Hannah was a corporate lawyer at top 50 UK law firm Mills & Reeve LLP, where she was renowned for managing volume acquisition programmes.


Hannah has a law degree from the University of East Anglia, which included a year studying European Legal Systems at Uppsala University, Sweden.


If Hannah wasn’t a lawyer, she would try and find a way of making backpacking the world a full time job!

Ben is the firm’s Data Protection Director and is currently undertaking a training contract with Cracknell Law. Ben has a varied commercial background including working for global companies such as Johnson & Johnson.


Ben initially completed a degree in Politics and went on to do the Graduate Diploma in Law, a LLB and the Legal Practice Course. He is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and has completed the CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional) and the CIPM (Certified Information Privacy Manager) certifications.

Ben Seretny

Director & Trainee Solicitor


E: ben.seretny@cracknelllaw.com
T: +44 (0) 7757 678814

Claire Cracknell

Operations Director


E: claire.cracknell@cracknelllaw.com
T: +44 (0) 1603 339044




Claire joined Cracknell Law as our Operations Director in 2018. Claire is a highly qualified individual with experience in leading and managing teams along with planning, co-ordinating and hosting large scale events.


Claire gained a 2:1 BSc Hons degree from Warwick University before completing an English PGCE degree from Cambridge University.