Our People 

Every member of Hall Brown Family Law has been handpicked from a top family law team with the aim of offering clients fantastic service, a no-nonsense approach and the best possible outcome. Each of our lawyers is a member of Resolution, an organisation committed to non-confrontational solutions to divorce, separation and other family law issues.

  Sam Hall  

Senior Partner

Sam is a founding partner of Hall Brown, an independently ranked leading expert and is listed as one of the top 10 family lawyers in the country.

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  James Brown  

Managing Partner

James is a founding partner of Hall Brown and is one of only a handful of family lawyers to represent a client in the Supreme Court.

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  Andrew Newbury  


Andrew is a Leading Expert who brings over 25 years of experience and has won multiple awards which recognise his skills and technical expertise.

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  Izzy Walsh  

Partner/Head of London

Izzy is the head of Hall Brown’s London office, a member of the British Russian Law Association, British Ukrainian Law Association and the International Bar Association.

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  Martin Loxley  


Martin is recognised as being a Leading Expert in Family Law and is well known for his empathy, accessibility and commitment to helping clients.

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  Alison Fernandes  

Partner/Head of Sheffield

Alison is the head of Hall Brown’s Sheffield office, has over 20 years’ experience and is ranked as Band 1 in Chambers & Partners and Tier 1 in Legal 500

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  Beth Wilkins  


Beth Wilkins has been a family lawyer for over 30 years, working for a large cross section of clients and is described as the “doyenne of family law”.

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  Mike Devlin  


Mike has specialised in the law relating to children for over 35 years and is ranked in the Legal 500’s top tier, having a reputation for finding positive solutions.

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  Catherine Bell  


Catherine advises on all aspects of family law, specialising in the financial complexities of divorce and acting for high net worth individuals

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  Claire Reid  


Claire is an expert in her field and has significant experience in dealing with complex financial settlements including companies, offshore assets and trusts.

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  Laura Guillon  

Partner/Head of Leeds

Laura specialises in financial remedy proceedings and gives concise, straightforward advice and seeks to ‘cut through the detail’. She speaks French fluently.

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  Katie Welton-Dillon  

Partner/Head of Children Family Law Team

Katie is known for her clear and structured approach, her meticulous preparation, her exceptional level of client care and is a well respected advocate.

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  Suzanne Smales  


Suzanne is an experienced family lawyer who since 1990 practised as a barrister amassing particular expertise in children’s law matters

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  Zoe Round  


Zoe has nearly 30 years’ experience and is particularly well known for representing high net worth clients and/or those with complex financial arrangements

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  Abigail Lowther  

Senior Associate Solicitor

Abigail eases clients through complex legal problems and deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in resolving high net worth financial disputes on divorce.

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  Alice Rogers  

Senior Associate Solicitor

Alice specialises in complex high value financial settlements, international and variation cases and private children law proceedings

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  Ellen Fell (Nee Walker)  

Senior Associate Solicitor

Ellen has a wealth of experience dealing with high value financial settlements, complex family trust structures and cases with an international element

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  Madelaine Hailey  

Senior Associate Solicitor

Maddy is a Resolution accredited expert in complex higher income financial remedies and cohabitation & TOLATA and advises on all aspects of private family law

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  Michelle Ashworth  

Senior Solicitor

Michelle’s approach is constructive, pragmatic and proactive; she prides herself on delivering a bespoke service for all clients, focusing on their individual needs

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  Melanie Kalina  

Senior Solicitor

Mel specialises in children law including Special Guardianship orders, adoption and child welfare issues and is a member of the Law Society Children Panel.

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  Sarah Hewitt  

Associate Solicitor

Sarah advises on all aspects of divorce and dissolution, high value complex financial settlements, child arrangement and cohabitation disputes.

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  Emma Dewhurst  

Associate Solicitor

Emma forms part of the children team in Manchester and London is committed to adopting an amicable and non-confrontational approach for her clients.

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  Judith Klyne  

Associate Solicitor and Mediator

Judith has experience dealing with cases including complex financial cases, pre/post-nups and has obtained invaluable exposure to tax planning and wills

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  Rachael Brownlee  

Associate Solicitor

Rachael advises and represents clients on all aspects of divorce and dissolution, financial settlements, child arrangement matters and cohabitation disputes.

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  Louise Butcher  

Associate Solicitor

Louise has a particular interest in private children cases with a specific skill in surrogacy law and experience in cases involving substance and alcohol misuse

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  Holly Cook  

Associate Solicitor

Holly has a wide range of experience in all aspects of family law including cases with assets and income of high value and complex children cases

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  Rachel Darrell  

Associate Solicitor

Rachel advises and represents clients on all aspects of divorce and dissolution, financial settlements, pre and post nuptial agreements and cohabitation disputes

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  Hannah Baddeley  


Hannah deals with all aspects of divorce and separation, financial settlements and child arrangements and strives to provide a first class service to all clients

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  Hannah Currie  


Hannah considers her approachability and communication skills to be her key qualities and understands that building a level of trust is essential

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  Rebekah King  


Rebekah qualified as a solicitor in August 2020 having secured an upper second class with honours in her LLB excelling in the Family Law module.

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  Mollie Van Geest  


Mollie is committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive and cost-effective manner outside of the court setting where appropriate and possible

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  Jodi Ford  


Jodi joined the team in July 2018 having completed her law degree at BPP whilst simultaneously working full time. She also sits on the Fostering Panel.

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  Matthew Hodgson  


Matthew completed his LPC and Masters in Legal Studies at the University of Law in Bristol in July 2019, achieving a distinction in both

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  Hayley Jetson  


Hayley advises on fraud litigation in the family context, surrogacy, Hague applications and securing equal parental rights for same sex partners.

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  Emma Whitehead  

Trainee Solicitor

Emma joined Hall Brown in September 2020 after recently graduating with a first class honours degree in Law from Durham University.

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  Sky Langwieser  


Sky provides the best client care and support whilst ensuring clients are happy and at ease and is currently also simultaneously studying at the University of Law

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  Rachel Cocker  


Rachel graduated with a first class honours degree in Law from the University of Manchester prior to joining Hall Brown in February 2020

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  Edward Davison  


Edward endeavours to provide the best advice and support for his clients, whilst ensuring they are comfortable with the legal process.

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  Heidi Molloy  


Heidi graduated with a 2.1 in Politics from the University of Leeds and is currently studying the GDL at the University of Law

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  Savannah Davies  


Savannah achieved a first class in her undergraduate at the University of Manchester in Theology, Philosophy and Ethics before joining Hall Brown in October 2021

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  Jacob Quested Khan  


Jacob graduated with a degree in French and achieved an MA in Law, including a Distinction in a family law dissertation before joining Hall Brown in October 2021

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  Eleanor Scott  


Eleanor joined the firm in June 2022, having graduated with a Law degree from Oxford University and was an ambassador for Oxford Women in Law,

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  Rebekah Fender  


Rebekah graduated from The University of Manchester with a first class degree in Sociology and Criminology and has completed her GDL at the University of Law.

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  Jo Wilson  

Senior Office Manager

Jo is a highly experienced award winning office manager/PA with over 30 years’ experience and who has specialised in family law for over 25 years

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  Eve Fitzpatrick  

Legal Secretary/Assistant Office Manager (Manchester)

Eve has spent her career as a legal secretary and has specialised in family law for 21 years meaning she is familiar with all stages of the legal process.

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  Hayley Flaherty  

Legal Secretary

Hayley has worked for a number of family solicitors at varying levels for 13 years and has also successfully achieved her CILEX qualification.

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  Cathy Matthews  

Legal Secretary

Catherine’s knowledge and expertise of family law legal process allows her to provide support with both confidence and with the highest quality.

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  Lisa Le Boutillier  

Legal Secretary

Lisa is a highly experienced legal secretary, having spent her whole career in law and specialising in family law for the last 15 years.

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  Jessie Watkins  

Legal Secretary/Office Manager (London)

Jessie joined Hall Brown in February 2019 and has over five year’s family law experience and is highly efficient to help clients to the best of her ability

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  Gillian Sadler  

Legal Secretary

Gill has worked in the legal sector since 1989, working for a family law solicitors and then within a court of protection firm before joining Hall Brown in April 2019.

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Zoe Barker

  Zoe Barker  

Legal Secretary/Office Manager (Sheffield)

Zoe began her family law career back in 1990 and her experience and knowledge of the legal process enables her to perform at the highest level.

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  Sidney Hagan  

Legal Secretary/Office Manager (Leeds)

Sidney is a highly experienced legal secretary having spent her entire working life of 30 years in law and has developed a strong passion for Family Law

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  Margaret Cole  

Accounts Executive

Margaret is a highly experienced accounts executive having spent her whole working life in solicitors’ accounts and works to the highest standard.

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  Annelise Stephenson  

Accounts Executive

Annelise has worked in the legal sector since 2008 and is a highly efficient, experienced and enthusiastic member of the team.

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  Georgia King  

Accounts Executive

Georgia joined Hall Brown in March 2020 and is a hardworking, positive and driven individual who thrives in a busy office Environment.

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  Victoria Beever  

Archiving and Office Administrator

Victoria joined the team in October 2020. She thrives in an office environment and prides herself on her efficiency and proactiveness.

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  Paige-Louise Waller  

Junior Legal Secretary and Office Administrator

Paige is a highly motivated individual who works hard to ensure the support she provides enables her colleagues to carry out their roles to the highest standard.

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