October 25, 2022

Jones Myers family law founder retires after four decades

Peter Jones, the founder of niche family law firm Jones Myers, is set to retire after an outstanding career spanning 42 years.

Launching the firm in Leeds as a sole practitioner specialising in marital difficulties in 1992, Peter was among the country’s first family lawyers to set up a bespoke practice in that area of law. He soon attracted fellow family lawyers who shared his ethos in resolving relationship breakdowns in a non-confrontational and constructive way. 

A founder member and former national chair of Resolution, the national association of Family Lawyers which now has over 6,500 members, Peter also chaired its Accreditation Committee which remains at the forefront of developing high academic standards and promoting excellence in family law.  

Peter is consistently named as a leading practitioner in law guides who regard him as ‘A highly regarded stalwart of the sector,’ ‘One of the most long-standing experts here,’ and a ‘veteran in the family law sphere’. 

Appointed a Deputy District Judge, Peter served in that judicial capacity for 15 years, during which time he also lectured nationally in family law. He qualified in 2012 as one of the country’s first Family Law Arbitrators.

Peter is widely acknowledged and respected and outstanding family lawyer with an unwavering commitment to improving the Family Law profession and the standards of client care.

He said: “It has been a privilege to play a part in the evolution of family law since qualifying in 1980 and to have made a real difference to the lives of the valued clients.

“I am immensely proud of the development and expansion of Jones Myers and the consistently high quality of its constructive guidance and client support. The firm has a reputation for attracting the best family lawyers in its field and I am confident of the practice’s continued success as it goes from strength to strength.”   

Peter’s commitment to Resolution’s Code of Conduct and his high standards of support and advice for clients have been key to Jones Myers’ national reputation for delivering excellence.  

The practice has retained its Family Law Firm of the Year (North) title across 2020-2022 in the Family Law Awards. In 2021 Peter received two prestigious accolades for his outstanding lifetime contribution to the field of family justice which included Resolution’s coveted John Cornwell award.  

Jones Myers, which has offices in Leeds, York, and Harrogate, marks its 30th anniversary this year.

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