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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP stands out for its expertise in financial issues arising from divorce alongside experience in pre-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, private children law work, cohabitation issues and inheritance claims. Richard Hoare heads up the team and is a family arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, and Adele Wilkinson handles financial and private children's cases.

Practice head(s):Richard Hoare

Other key lawyers:Adele Wilkinson


'The team at Andrew Jackson provides an all-round fantastic service for its clients. It has both great local knowledge but also a professional outlook comparable to that of firms in London or other major cities'.

'Andrew Jackson is a very cohesive firm with a sound and broad spectrum of knowledge. It has access to good advice and is very fair, honest and realistic with its expectations. All matters are dealt with quickly, efficiently and accurately'.

'The practice is very professional but with an emphasis on a caring human approach'.

'Richard Hoare is very experienced and has a well-deserved reputation for sensible expert advice'.

'Associate Oliver Hall is very impressive. He is a young but compassionate solicitor, enthusiastic and easy to talk to with a great sense of humour - a quality that should be mandatory for a family law solicitor! He supports clients through difficult personal circumstances and provides them with the best possible outcome'.

Irwin Mitchell focuses on high-net-worth financial and divorce cases, often with national and international aspects and additional complexities including family businesses, private equity elements and property portfolios. The team also draws upon the firm's national private wealth strength to handle wealth protection matters, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation agreements. Zoe Round and Alison Fernandes jointly lead the practice; both are noted for their high-value financial case expertise, Round is experienced in same-sex marriage issues and Fernandes handles matters involving pre-marital wealth and trust assets.

Practice head(s):Zoe Round; Alison Fernandes


'The Irwin Mitchell family team in Sheffield is a very efficient and friendly team, which offers extremely good advice across the board'.

'Irwin Mitchell Sheffield offers the professionalism and service of a large corporate organisation, but also continues to be warm and approachable'.

'The team's breadth of family knowledge and expertise is matched by the resources to deliver a quality service in a timely manner. It has the ability to deal with complex and high-value financial cases and private children matters proactively and effectively, and isn't phased by anything unusual or extraordinary'.

'Zoe Round is approachable, pragmatic and straight-talking. Clients value her competence and common sense to get the job done. She is fair and balanced in her search for solutions and always goes the extra mile to add value'.

'Alison Fernandes is a partner who is up there with the very best the firm has produced over the years. She is positive, practical and solution focused, and provides realistic outcomes and time frames in a very pleasant, respectful and collaborative manner'.

Work highlights

  • Handling an international children case in which there were several contested interlocutory applications.
  • Acting for an individual in a high-net-worth finance case involving a maintenance pending suit application compromised from capital.
  • Representing an individual in a cross-jurisdictional finance case, securing matrimonial assets and maintenance that is currently secured in Dubai.
  • Handling a complex application for a change of residence.
  • Acting in a cross-border finance cases involving a complex trust property.

Taylor & Emmet LLP divides its practice into three distinct teams; the matrimonial, childcare and mediation groups. With traditional strength in matrimonial work, the childcare group has seen recent expansion and the firm recently relaunched it mediation service as well as securing a legal aid contract for family mediation. The group is based across the firm's Sheffield and Rotherham offices. Michaela Heathcote leads the department and is also a collaborative lawyer, and Lucy Rodgers handles the firm's legal aid contracts.

Practice head(s):Michaela Heathcote

Other key lawyers:Lucy Rodgers


'Micheala Heathcote is recommended by her clients without hesitation'.

'The team at Taylor & Emmet provides excellent advice in a personable way'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a television personality in a divorce and financial settlement conducted using collaborative family law.
  • Assisted a cohabitee in a seven-year relationship with a separation involving a dependent child and assets over £5m.
  • Acting for an individual in financial remedy proceedings in which a professional trustee and third party joined as intervenors.
  • Handling complex child arrangements involving foreign jurisidictions, and Hague and European conventions.
  • Handling the relocation of children out of the jurisdiction.

Gosschalks' practice is led by Mark Reeves and handles the full spectrum of family law issues including matrimonial work, children issues, cohabitation matters and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The group also has legal aid capabilities, fields collaboratively trained practitioners and handles family litigation and mediation.

Practice head(s):Mark Reeves

Howells fields one of the largest family law practices in the region across its three South Yorkshire offices, which handle the full range of family and children law including divorce and separation, financial cases, civil partnerships, domestic abuse matters, care proceedings and adoption work. The firm also recently added a mediation and collaborative law department. Group head Alyson Siddall focuses on high-value financial work, Sarah Walker leads the children team and specialises in complex care proceedings, and matrimonial specialist Sharon Lockwood leads the Rotherham-based group.

Practice head(s):Alyson Siddall

Other key lawyers:Sarah Walker; Sharon Lockwood


'Howells has a well-established and reliable family law practice throughout the South Yorkshire region. The group has a particularly good reputation for childcare work but also fields some good solicitors specialising in financial remedy and TOLATA work'.

'Alyson Siddall is a very experienced matrimonial lawyer who is personable and approachable in addition to being an excellent solicitor'.

Keebles handles the full range of family issues locally and nationally including children matters, financial relief work, unmarried family issues and collaborative work. Senior associate and Doncaster team head Antony Ball specialises in TOLATA issues, schedule 1 applications and high-net-worth divorces.

Practice head(s):Antony Ball


'The team is extremely committed and will go the extra mile to ensure that the client's case is presented in the strongest way possible but will also give robust and realistic advice'.

'Antony Ball and associate Rebecca Crofts stand out as extremely capable and compassionate advocates'.

Rollits LLP focuses on matrimonial finance work and regularly handles matters involving complex corporate arrangements, farming partnerships, inherited wealth and trust issues. The practice also fields three accredited mediators and has expanded is expertise in complex private children cases. Sheridan Ball heads up the department and primarily focuses on financial disputes and negotiating pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Practice head(s):Sheridan Ball


'Sheridan Ball is a safe pair of hands and a highly experienced mediator'.

Graysons Solicitors' client base primarily spans the South Yorkshire region, while the firm also attracts some national and international instructions. The group handles all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, finances, injunctions and children matters. Newly promoted partner Bradie Pell leads the team and also advises on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, cohabitation agreements and TOLATA cases.

Practice head(s):Bradie Pell


'Graysons provides high-quality advice and always ensures each and every client is treated like an individual'.

'The team is extremely professional and gets a good grasp on the details of a case from the start'.

'The group has strong advocates who routinely think outside the box when searching for options for clients. It is compassionate and empathetic at the same time and reaches clients at all different levels'.

The team at Switalskis Solicitors expanded its South Yorkshire offering during 2018 with Alison Kitchman joining the firm's Doncaster office from Keebles and former Banner Jones Solicitors partner Toby Netting coming on board as Sheffield head of family law. The practice handles divorce, finance and children law matters; Kitchman is collaboratively trained, and Netting is an accredited specialist with resolution for children matters, pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and domestic violence issues.

Practice head(s):Alison Kitchman

Other key lawyers:Toby Netting


'Alison Kitchman is sensible, warm, good and makes sure clients feel comfortable knowing they will be well looked after'.

At Taylor Bracewell, senior solicitor Sharon McKie joined from Atherton Godfrey Solicitors in mid-2018 to head up the family practice following Alison Kitchman's departure to Switalskis Solicitors. The team assists with all issues arising from couple separations including divorce, trust of land act applications, children matters and asset protection; McKie has a particular focus on financial disputes.

Practice head(s):Sharon McKie

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited focuses on divorce and separation matters, and has recently seen an increase in work relating to pre-nuptial agreements and financial arrangements from divorce. The group also handles cohabitation issues, civil partnerships, grandparent's rights, name changes and unmarried couple work. Lindsey Canning leads the team and has expertise in issues involving incorporated companies and trust funds.

Practice head(s):Lindsey Canning


'Wake Smith fields a fantastic and caring team which understands the client's needs and make a very stressful period in their life bearable'.

'The team provides an outstanding service. Everything is well explained, well organised, and clearly and quickly communicated. The team works extremely well together, like a well-oiled machine'.

'Lindsey Canning provides an excellent service for her clients who are always well advised. She is easy to deal with, always clear and has a very sensible, constructive approach to her client's problems'.

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