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It’s celebration time as we mark 25 years as a niche family law practice which continues to go from strength to strength.

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Our highly experienced team at Jones Myers has opened a new office at Windsor House, Cornwall Road in Harrogate as we mark our 25-year anniversary.

The milestone for our specialist family law firm, which operates out of Leeds and London, is to accommodate an increase in instructions from our clients in North Yorkshire.

The move has been widely featured across print and broadcast media including The Yorkshire Post, The BusinessDesk, BusinessLink, Bdaily, the Harrogate Advertiser and Stray FM.

2017 has been a formative year for our practice, which was founded in Leeds by Peter Jones – one of the country’s leading family lawyers and a former national chairman of Resolution.

We are consistently ranked in a joint Top Tier position by the Legal 500 and Chambers guides for Leeds, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

Chambers 2018 describes us as, “A very strong firm – not just in finance but also in children cases.” It adds, “Expertise in dealing with financial remedy nuptial cases adds depth to their practice.”

The latest edition of the highly respected Legal 500 guide describes Jones Myers as “a family practice that is one of the best in the area” and attracts praise for our “sensible, expert, conciliatory advice that does what it says on the tin.”

Our clients are based regionally, nationally and internationally, and we have earned an enviable reputation working exclusively in divorce, separation, complex financial disputes, children issues and contested wills and estates.

Our team of experts, which include a Deputy District Judge, an experienced mediator, a family law arbitrator and our own in-house barrister, jointly combine 250 years of legal experience.

Our move to Harrogate follows the recent expansion of our highly respected children’s department who are regarded as leading experts in issues of residence, contact, relocation, child protection and international child abduction.

Peter Jones said: “The services we provide at our Harrogate office complement those at our Leeds and London locations. We are proud to be recognised as lawyers who look for solutions to problems and are acknowledged for supporting families and children. We advise and guide where possible on options which can avoid conflict and unnecessary costs.

“A big ‘thank you’ to our valued and talented team in what is a momentous year for the firm.”

For more information about any aspect of divorce or family law, call Jones Myers at our Leeds office on 0113 246 0055, our Harrogate office on 01423 276104, visit www.jonesmyers.co.uk, email info@jonesmyers.co.uk or tweet us @helpwithdivorce

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There has been a dramatic rise in the number of litigants in person – those representing themselves in divorce court hearings – to decide children’s best interests.

This is because litigants are trying to reduce costs following the government’s abolition, in 2013, of Legal Aid in private law children cases where agreement cannot be reached on finance, contact or residence.

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By Peter Jones, founder and partner

Could a landmark Supreme Court ruling allowing a woman to make a claim for financial support from her ex husband 20 years after their divorce open the floodgates for similar claims?

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by Norman Taylor, collaborative family lawyer

I was saddened but not surprised to read how one in seven employees revealed that relationship breakdowns have set productivity plummeting in their workplaces.

The findings of a Resolution survey which interviewed 4,000 adults online also highlighted that 9% of staff either had to leave their jobs as a result of divorce or separation from a cohabiting relationship – or knew a colleague who had done so. Six per cent of recipients said work colleagues had been off ill with the stress of a breakup – and 5% outlined how separation or divorce had reduced productivity.

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This week a survey conducted by the Independent newspaper and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has confirmed that our family courts have become a two-tier system – for those who can afford legal advice and those who cannot.

Figures reveal that nearly half of all parents fighting to gain access to their children are doing so without legal advice, which only emphasises the unfairness of the current system – particularly if one parent is represented by a solicitor and the other is not.

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By Fiona Kendall

On April 22, the family justice system had a major reboot to make it more streamlined and efficient. Many of the changes are concerned with how the courts that make up the system are re-organised and re-designated.

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Jones Myers has been instrumental in spearheading an innovative new service for separating couples who may otherwise struggle to pay for legal assistance. (more…)

By Martin Holdsworth

Where there’s a will there may well be a relative who feels that they have been unfairly cut out of an inheritance.

As a lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with disputes over the validity of a will, I have seen many reasons for challenging bequests – ranging from mental capacity issues through to allegations of fraud and forgery.

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The announcement that mediation centres aimed at helping couples to separate without the trauma of going to court are under threat – while the best part of £25 million in public funding to help such couples lies untouched – requires addressing as a priority.

Mediation is a highly effective way for both parties to discuss, agree and resolve issues and our impartial and experienced mediators at Jones Myers help couples to agree on all aspects of their separation. The approach avoids both parties taking a confrontational stance in a public court which could impact on any children involved in the proceedings. Mediation also gives the couple control over their separation as they are making the important decisions.

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