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The family law practice at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is the 'firm of choice for this type of work in East Yorkshire'. The team is often instructed in complex financial issues arising from divorce, involving cross-border elements, and additionally offers family mediation and arbitration; deals with children matters under private law; and represents clients in cohabitation claims, including in TLATA proceedings The 'very knowledgeable' Richard Hoare heads the private client team and is recommended for his 'calm and assured manner' in handling financial claims on separation or divorce. Other key names include Adele Wilkinson, who has a strong family mediation practice, Sally-Anne Neal, and new addition, paralegal Debbie Gibbons, who has over 15 years of family law experience.

'One of Yorkshire’s leading family law firms', Irwin Mitchell  has a 'formidable presence in Sheffield'. The 'highly capable' and 'good value for money' team handles the full spectrum of family mattes and has particular expertise representing high-net-worth individuals in financial cases which often incorporate businesses with private equity investment and large property portfolios. Zoe Round and Alison Fernandes have taken over as joint practice heads from 'star practitioner' Martin Loxley who remains at the practice as a consultant and arbitrator. Round is instructed in financial matters and children cases, while Fernandes, who is 'down to earth but disarmingly bright', focuses on financial settlement claims, with a specialism for non-matrimonial, pre-acquired and inherited wealth issues. The 'exceptional' Maisie Huynh was recently promoted to associate and is praised for being 'very prompt, knowledgeable and supportive'.

The highly regarded family team at Taylor & Emmet LLP , headed by Michaela Heathcote, handles the full range of matters, from financial and matrimonial issues to sensitive matters involving children. Heathcote, alongside Lucy Rodgers focuses predominantly on negotiating financial remedies in complex separation and divorce matters, often for high net worth individuals. The practice also acts in legal aid matters. On the childcare side, Pat Wotherspoon   represents parents, children, other family members, and occasionally local authorities, in care proceedings, private child law and adoption. Associate and mediator Fay Bunting  is also recommended.

The family law practice at Gosschalks is frequently instructed in financial and property matters arising from separation and divorce proceedings, children matters and pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. The practice is headed up by Mark Reeves and additionally includes Richard Perry and Sue Dunne. The team has recently advise on high value matters, concerning up to £7m of assets. The department offers mediation services, both in arranging financial remedies and in child law cases.

Howells handles the full spectrum of matrimonial work and children law matters. Alyson Siddal is 'hugely experienced but always still keen to learn', and heads the department which benefits from individuals based across Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. Siddall is regularly instructed in complex financial arrangements and has additional expertise in private children matters and collaborative law. Sharon Lockwood is another key name to note for financial work, while Sarah Walker and Doug Leach are highlighted for childcare matters.

Rollits LLP's family law practice focuses on financial remedy matters, including those involving corporate interests, farming aspects and trusts. Dispute resolution partner Sheridan Ball heads the team and advises on divorce and separation cases for high-net-worth individuals with significant overseas assets across several jurisdictions. The group has also acted for clients in Child Arrangement Order proceedings. Associate Alison Benson left the practice.

Described by one clients as 'a go-to firm in the Doncaster region', Taylor Bracewell 'offers sensible, practical advice'. The practice handles complex finance and children matters at court and is also known for collaborative law work. The team handles divorce proceedings and financial remedy cases, often involving company interests and pensions. It is also instructed to draft pre-marital and post-marital agreements. Former practice head Alison Kitchman joined Switalskis Solicitors' Doncaster office.

The 'professional but empathetic' family group at Graysons Solicitors offer 'an exceptionally good service' boasting 'incredibly swift responses' and 'candid and extremely appropriate advice'. The team handles the full range of family matters, including divorce, separation, finances, injunctions and children cases. Practice head Bradie Pell  attracts praise for being 'approachable, professional, kind and super-efficient'. Highlighted for her 'robust, sensible and honest advice' solicitor Nicola Cancellara is another key name to note.

HLW Keeble Hawson's 'strong and well-established' family team has particular experience advising high net worth individuals on divorce and financial remedy matters, as well as TOTAL proceedings. The group is led by the 'down to earth, very bright and sensible' Vanessa Fox in the Sheffield office, and includes the Doncaster-based Antony Ball. Ball and Fox are highlighted as 'organised, professional and committed' and are both collaboratively trained.

The 'outstanding' family law practice at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited attracts praise for 'offering a good value for the high quality service' that is 'efficient and timely'. It is regularly instructed in complex divorce and separation proceedings, requiring advice on the division of often high value and varied assets. The 'extremely calm, patient and sympathetic' Lindsey Canning heads up the team and is singled out as 'an exceptionally good financial remedies practitioner'. Another key name to note is the 'personable, approachable and supportive' associate Alison Gaddes, who handles financial remedy matters as well as complex children act proceedings.

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