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Our people

Jones Myers approachable, highly experienced family law specialists will steer and support you through all your relationship breakdown problems including the process, finance, and children’s issues.


Richard Peaker


Richard has vast experience in divorce and separation cases and is an expert in complex financial disputes.

“Richard Peaker is one of the foremost family lawyers in the North without question. He has enormous experience, very able client care skills and excellent instincts."
Chambers and Partners, 2023

Kate Banerjee


Head of the Children Team, Kate has over 25 years' experience dealing exclusively with issues relating to all aspects of children law.

“Her knowledge is second to none... Her sensitive but firm approach is invaluable when dealing with the issues that she does, recognising the importance of family life."
Legal 500, 2024

Andrew Fox

Partner & Barrister

Andrew is ‘in house’ counsel where his practice encompasses all aspects of family law.

A collaboratively trained lawyer, Andrew has a reputation for being firm but fair and getting to the heart of a problem efficiently and with excellent judgement.

Nicki Mitchell


With over 25 years’ experience in family law, Nicki specialises in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown - and particularly complex cases involving family businesses, multiple properties, and complicated pension arrangements.

“She has a natural empathy towards clients who are experiencing an often difficult and contentious period in their lives."
Legal 500, 2022

Elizabeth Bell


Elizabeth’s expertise spans wide-ranging financial disputes. Her track record includes complicated, high value cases involving company structures and trusts.

“Always gave clear advice and incredibly honest. Would recommend time and time again."
Jones Myers Client, 2023

Anthony Parrish


Anthony’s extensive experience in family law spans over two decades during which time he has developed specialisms in matters relating to childen law.

“He deals with his lay clients and other professionals in a case with absolute courtesy but never loses sight of his own objective and the need to promote and develop that."
Legal 500

Julie Simpson

Senior Solicitor

Julie’s extensive expertise spans three decades in all aspects of Public Law for children and young adults - representing children directly and through their Guardians as well as parents, other relatives and foster carers.

“Julie’s standard of work is outstanding. Julie is extremely thorough, meticulous, organised, and reliable."
CAFCASS Children’s Guardian

Rosanna Hyett


Rosanna is experienced in divorce, separation and the financial issues resulting from relationship breakdown.

Rosanna advises clients through the divorce process and is respected for her inclusive, efficient and thorough approach.

Jane Bolton


Jane joined the Children Department in 2016 as a specialist in child care law and children’s matters and represents parents, grandparents, children and local authorities in proceedings.

Jane is fully accredited by the Law Society Children Panel, a widely recognised professional standard for demonstrating experience and expertise in this sensitive area.

Laura Walsh


Laura's expertise covers all aspects of child care law and children matters, representing parents, grandparents, children and local authorities in proceedings.

Laura is well regarded for her down to earth and pragmatic advice. Clients like her caring approach in this complex and difficult area of law.

Lisa Russell


Lisa’s expertise spans over thirteen years and covers all aspects of children law, representing clients in the High Court, County Court and Family Proceedings Court.

A Law Society Children Panel member since 2011, Lisa is valued by her clients for her empathetic manner and sensible approach.

Meggie Chan


Meggie has 12 years’ experience in family law and is a member of our internationally acclaimed Children Department based in our Leeds office.

Specialising in care proceedings, she represents children, parents and extended family members.

Becky Vine


Becky, the newest member of our acclaimed Financial Remedies Team, is experienced in areas of relationship break down including divorce and separation.

Clients commend Becky for her conscientious and friendly approach along with her commitment to providing a practical, efficient and tailored approach to resolving issues.

Lindsey Cross


Lindsey is a Family Law Solicitor based in our Leeds office.

Lindsey has extensive experience in divorce and the financial aspects of relationship breakdown relating to both married and unmarried couples.

Harriet Holmes


Harriet assists our specialist family lawyers at our York office.

Harriet provides much valued support to the wider team in complex cases involving family businesses, multiple properties and complicated pension arrangements.

Clients appreciate her warmth and ability to quickly understand what they need.

Anna Sutcliffe

Senior Legal Advisor

Anna is a Senior Legal Advisor based in our York office. Anna’s extensive expertise has seen her work exclusively in family law since 1995.

She specialises in divorce and separation and related financial arrangements along with cohabitation disputes and private law children disputes.

Lisa Brown

Legal Executive

Lisa has trained in all aspects of family law including divorce and relationship breakdown, continually building on her expertise for the last 20 years.

She specialises in residence and contact disputes and child-care work for private clients – and for clients from the public sector.

Lisa Stephenson


Lisa supports colleagues on key issues including residence and contact, child abduction and child protection.

An efficient and committed team member, Lisa prides herself on developing strong working relationships with colleagues, clients and barristers.

Lauren Warford


Lauren supports her Children Team colleagues on issues relating to residence and contact, child abduction and child protection.

Lauren is a valued team member assisting senior solicitors with legal research, liaising with clients, courts and barristers.

Brittany Dyer


Brittany is a member of our esteemed Children’s Department which delivers every aspect of public and private children law. Based in our Harrogate office, Brittany works in areas of children law including residence, contact and child protection.

Clients value her supportive and understanding approach to delivering the best outcome for their individual situation.

Lynne Richards

Legal Assistant

With three decades of expertise in family law, Lynne is a valued member of the team at Jones Myers York office based in the heart of the city.

Clients consistently praise and appreciate Lynne’s empathetic and supportive approach along with her commitment to achieving the best possible solutions for their individual case.

Emma Weatherill

Legal Assistant

Emma, a long-standing and valued member of Jones Myers, has extensive expertise in family law.

Working out of our Leeds city centre headquarters and our Harrogate town centre offices, Emma’s two decades of experience in family law.

Paula Simpson

Legal Assistant

Jones Myers reputation as highly regarded, specialist family law firm with a friendly and inclusive working environment attracted Paula to join the firm in 1998.

Paula draws on her well-honed organisational skills and administration experience in family law to support the practice’s award-winning Financial Remedies and Children’s teams.

Corrinne Sinclair

Legal Assistant

Based at our Leeds headquarters, Corrinne has a wealth of experience in the legal sector where she has worked in administrative and secretarial roles since the age of sixteen.

Corrinne supports our specialist family lawyers in wide-ranging aspects and liaises with clients, both face-to-face and on the telephone.

Gill Perry

Legal Administration Assistant

Gill joined Jones Myers in 2005 and supports the firm’s internationally acclaimed Children’s Team.

Gill is responsible for client liaison, drafting legal applications and assisting with the induction and training of new team members.

Deborah Phillips

Office Manager

A long-standing member of our committed team, Deborah’s wide-ranging responsibilities include facilities and IT management for our three offices alongside her role as senior cashier.

Deborah’s role spans liaising with clients, partners and suppliers and additional finance related issues.

Lindsay Deane

Legal Cashier

Lindsay had previously gained 15 years’ experience as a Legal Cashier before joining Jones Myers in November 2022.

Based at our Leeds headquarters, she enjoys her role in our Finance Department which includes assisting and supporting our specialist family lawyers with finances queries.