By Peter Jones, Jones Myers founder

The Government has recently released figures highlighting a 5% drop in divorce rates from 2016-2017 which, on the surface, is welcome news.

However, confirming a sustained decline in the number of people divorcing requires comparing and contrasting several years of statistics to understand the true picture.

Key findings of the report include unreasonable behaviour remaining the most common cause for both opposite sex and same sex couples splitting up. (more…)

Our Leeds and Harrogate niche family law firm has appointed a highly experienced family law solicitor to join our growing Harrogate team.

Rachel Baul’s specialisms include high net worth financial cases involving business and trust assets in the UK and overseas. (more…)


We’ve retained our joint Top Tier position in the Legal 500 guide for over two decades with the latest edition applauding our firm as a ‘well known and strong family law practice’.

Reinforcing our unique ethos, approach and expertise, Legal 500 UK 2018-2019 describes us as ‘strong in handling both complex divorce proceedings and children related matters, including those with international elements.’ (more…)

Sunday’s will never be the same again for Jones Myers solicitor, Liz Bell, who undertook an ambitious 100 mile cycle challenge in relentless rain and winds to boost funds for Bowel Cancer UK.

Liz and her husband Julian set the wheels in motion for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 event – a gruelling stretch from London to Surrey. Despite the adverse weather conditions, they successfully completed the course within the specified 8.5 hour time. (more…)

We wanted to share the news that our niche family law practice – which has offices in Leeds, Harrogate and North London – has been shortlisted in high-profile legal awards.

Judges in The Yorkshire Legal Awards shortlisted our firm in the Family Law category  based on criteria which included demonstrating a strong track record, making an impact and being acknowledged by our clients.     (more…)

Peter Jones, one of the country’s leading divorce lawyers, is involved in Resolution’s campaign to promote the importance of accreditation. Here is an insight into his career and why he champions best practice.

Why did you set up Jones Myers as a specialist law practice in Leeds in 1992?

My passion for family law and a gut feeling that it was the right time to introduce it as a specialism. I strongly believed the days of “all rounders” was over and solicitors needed to accept they could not advise across increasingly complex developments in wide-ranging areas of law. Having always practiced in Leeds, I considered it to be the commercial centre of the North East which would enable me to develop the firm to its full potential. (more…)

Polly Coram, solicitor with Jones Myers wills and trust department

To minimise legal costs, many parents who want to leave their estate to their children entrust its administration to friends and family instead of appointing a legal advisor.

A question we are frequently asked is, what will happen to the inheritance if a child passes away before the parent?    (more…)

Jones Myers team


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, email or tweet us @helpwithdivorce

Our talented team of family lawyers are frequently invited to share their expertise and present at conferences and forums.

The latest invitation saw Norman Taylor, a champion of collaborative law which helps to keep divorce out of court and preserve privacy, co-present on its benefits at the West Yorkshire Family Justice Forum. (more…)

We are delighted to have retained our Tier 1 ranking in the Chambers 2018 Guide for Leeds, Bradford and surrounding areas – where we have more leading experts in family law listed than any other firm of our kind.

The UK Guide, Chambers 2018 describes our practice 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.”