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The leading firm in Hull for family matters’, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s practice provides ‘very quick response times and invaluable advice’. The practice’s expertise covers pre- and post- nuptial agreements, often involving sizeable assets; financial issues stemming from divorce proceedings, including cases with an international element; private children law matters, including leave to remove cases and child abduction; and disputes over child maintenance. Richard Hoare heads the practice, which includes Adele Wilkinson, who is singled out for her ‘professionalism and knowledge of the law’, and Claire Ward, who is ‘friendly, professional and very calming’.

According to some, Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office has a family law practice that is ‘the strongest in the area’. Key figures include the ‘very experience and pragmaticMartin Loxley, who heads the national family team from the Sheffield office; Alison Fernandes, who regularly handles financial cases involving complex assets, often with a cross-border element; and Zoe Round, who is ‘straight-talking, efficient and pragmatic’. Loxley is noted for his track record in high-value financial provision cases involving substantial assets; his recent work includes acting in a case involving five properties, one in Italy, and a circa £2m pension provision.

For some, Taylor & Emmet LLP is ‘the best firm in Sheffield’ for family law, and its ‘pre-eminent’ team is ‘committed to getting the best results for clients’. The firm’s ability to offer legal aid to clients is ‘a big plus; it acts for clients across a broad spectrum of needs and income’. Dedicated childcare and matrimonial teams enable it to provide a holistic service to clients that encompasses divorce cases, care proceedings and protective injunctions arising from domestic abuse, among other matters. Michaela Heathcote heads the practice and ‘approaches her work with a rigorous intellect and profound empathy; she will pursue a line of questioning with needle-sharp focus and perseverance, yet has the good grace not to trumpet her superior abilities’. Other key figures include the ‘very personable, professional and knowledgeable’ Lucy Rodgers, who is praised for ‘handling cases with the utmost sensitivity and approaching difficult situations in a professional manner at all times’.

Gosschalks fields a ‘good-quality family team’ headed by the ‘very experienced’ Mark Reeves, who ‘gets to grips with the real issues in a case very quickly; his extensive experience makes him a natural choice for complicated matrimonial and Schedule 1 cases’. The practice acts for a number of private clients across Hull and East Yorkshire on complex financial disputes, including recent cases involving family assets amounting to £7m. The firm regularly handles pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements, as well as children law matters. Richard Perry and Sue Dunne are the other key figures in the team.

The sizeable family practice at Howells is regularly called upon to handle complex family and children law matters, and is also able to handle legal aid matters. Areas of expertise include financial remedy applications, public and private children work, and cohabitation agreements, with recent work including several cases involving child abuse and child abduction. Alyson Sidall heads the practice, which includes a number of Children Panel members and Resolution Accredited Specialist Panel members.

Rollits LLP’s family law team is headed by the ‘sensible, level-headed’ Sheridan Ball, who is ‘a very safe pair of hands; tenacious and diligent, she adopts the right tone in quite fraught situations’. Her team regularly handles financial remedy applications, often involving overseas assets, complex business structures and pensions, as well as children law matters, including cases involving domestic abuse.

Taylor Bracewell’s family practice is singled out for the ‘courteous and professional manner’ with which it treats its clients. Headed by Alison Kitchman (‘she conducts herself in a non-confrontational way and ensures she is working with her clients’ best interests at heart’), the practice handles a wide range of family matters, including issues arising from separation, divorce, ancillary relief, cohabitee disputes and civil partnerships, as well as public and private children law matters. Kitchman is particularly ‘highly regarded’ for her collaborative approach; recent work included acting for the husband in protracted ancillary relief proceedings, which ultimately resolved in the client’s favour.

Notwithstanding the departure of former team head Sandra Russell to Acclaimed Family Law, Graysons Solicitors attracts praise for its ‘extremely professional service and excellent interpersonal skills’. The practice acts for clients across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, as well as national and overseas clients, on a range of high-value and complex family law cases. Bradie Pell is singled out for her ‘flawless work ethic’, and Nicola Cancellara is ‘always accommodating, highly knowledgeable, empathetic and easy to talk to’.

HLW Keeble Hawson provides ‘high-quality, practical family law advice with a good range of alternative dispute resolution options; it is a natural choice when a collaborative family lawyer is needed’. Vanessa Fox heads the family law team in Sheffield and attracts praise for her ‘broad knowledge of finance and childcare, and for her passion for collaboration; she is efficient, caring and robust’. She is ably assisted by the ‘always approachable and pragmatic’ Antony Ball in Doncaster; together they bring more than 40 years of experience in family law matters. The practice is continuing to grow its collaborative workload, as well as focusing on high-value, complex contentious matrimonial matters and pre-nuptial agreements.

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s ‘extremely competent and hardworking’ family law practice is spread across its Leeds, York and Sheffield offices, giving it ‘a high profile in the Yorkshire area’. Standout figures in Sheffield include senior associate Leigh Green, and legal executives Paul Roebuck and Claire Room, all of whom are ‘very professional and approachable, good with clients and very thorough’. In addition to providing advice on divorce matters, financial settlements, civil partnerships and domestic abuse, the Sheffield team has also developed a strong reputation in childcare proceedings, where it acts for parents, guardians and local authorities throughout Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Headed by the ‘very approachable, extremely efficient, organised and diligent’ Lindsey Canning, Wake Smith Solicitors Limited’s family law practice attracts praise for its ‘empathetic and practical’ service and ‘exceptional value for money’. Canning has more than 25 years of experience handling complex financial proceedings and childcare matters for clients across the Yorkshire region. She is ably assisted by associate Alison Gaddes, who is singled out for her ‘professionalism and sensitivity; her ability to explain even the most complex aspects of the law to someone unfamiliar with it is invaluable’.

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