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.

Meet Sam

  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.

Meet James

  Andrew Newbury  

Partner

Andrew is a Leading Expert who brings over 30 years of experience and has won multiple awards which recognise his skills and technical expertise.

Meet Andrew

  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.

Meet Izzy

  Martin Loxley  

Consultant

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

Meet Martin

  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  

Partner

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  

Partner

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  

Consultant

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  

Partner

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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  Zoe Round  

Consultant

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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  Andrew Breakwell  

Partner/Head of Birmingham

Andrew is a national figure in family law and a longstanding Resolution Accredited Specialist and trained Collaborative lawyer

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  Sarah Manning  

Partner/Head of Mediation

Sarah specialises in complex children and financial matters from mid to high-net-worth clients in both her capacity as a mediator and solicitor

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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

Meet Alice

  Ellen Fell  

Senior Associate Solicitor

Ellen assists on high value and complex financial settlements which often involve business assets, 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

Meet Madelaine

  Melanie Hadwin  

Senior Associate Solicitor

Melanie specialises in complex financial settlement cases and has a particular interest in wealth protection in the form of pre-nups/cohabitation agreements

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  Sarah Hewitt  

Senior Associate Solicitor

Sarah has experience of dealing with mid to high net worth cases, involving pensions, business assets, family trust structures and farming cases

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  Emma Dewhurst  

Senior Associate Solicitor

Emma specialises in complex child arrangement disputes, domestic and international relocation, abduction, domestic abuse, surrogacy and adoption

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  Michelle Ashworth  

Senior Solicitor and Professional Support Lawyer

Michelle’s brings her significant and valuable experience to the training and career development of junior team members

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  Melanie Kalina  

Senior Solicitor

Mel specialises in arrangements for children after separation, Special Guardianship orders, adoption and child welfare issues involving social services

Meet Melanie

  Emma Hubbard  

Senior Solicitor

Emma has particular expertise in private child arrangement cases and has built an excellent reputation for providing first class advice and representation

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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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  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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  Rebekah Edwards  

Associate Solicitor

Rebekah Edwards (nee King) deals with high value financial settlements with complex business structures, international elements or jurisdictional disputes

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  Michael Swanick  

Associate Solicitor

Michael brings his wide-ranging depth of experience including complex children cases where mental health and parental alienation issues are a factor

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  Bronwyn Warmington  

Associate Solicitor

Bronwyn goes the extra mile for her clients and offers valuable support alongside her straightforward advice every step of the way

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  Jodi Ford  

Associate Solicitor

Jodi specialises in cases involving children including relocation, abduction and domestic abuse. She also sits on the Fostering Panel.

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  Hannah Currie  

Associate Solicitor

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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  Hannah Pilling  

Associate Solicitor

Hannah also has a particular interest in company assets and helping clients achieve a financial settlement with their business interests in mind

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  Matthew Hodgson  

Solicitor

Matthew has significant experience working with Elite Athletes, particularly professional footballers, and prides himself on his discretion and professionalism

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  Emma Whitehead  

Solicitor

Emma has recently completed her training contact with Hall Brown and is now developing her expertise across divorce, finances and children matters

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  Allie Pitchford  

Solicitor

Allie advises and represents clients on all aspects of divorce and dissolution, financial settlements and child arrangement matters

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  Sky Langwieser  

Trainee Solicitor

Sky is studying the LPC whilst completing her Training Contract and assists senior fee earners in all aspects of divorce, financial remedy and children matters

Meet Sky

  Rachel Cocker  

Trainee Solicitor

Rachel is now completing her Training Contract having graduated with a first class honours degree in Law prior to joining Hall Brown in February 2020

Meet Rachel

  Savannah Davies  

Trainee Solicitor

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

Meet Savannah

  Rebekah Fender  

Trainee Solicitor

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.

Meet Rebekah

  Alexandra Marshall  

Trainee Solicitor

Alexandra achieved a First Class degree in International Relations at the University of Exeter and assists on a variety of areas of family law

Meet Alexandra

  Hannah Durkin  

Trainee Solicitor

Hannah joined the firm in September 2022 and brings her brings her experience and passion working as a paralegal, acting for high net worth individuals

Meet Hannah

  Kirsty McKenzie  

Trainee Legal Executive

Kirsty assists senior fee earners across all the firms’ offices in all aspects of divorce, financial remedy and children matters

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  Eleanor Scott  

Paralegal

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,

Meet Eleanor

  Anna Davies  

Paralegal

Anna joined the firm in May 2023 and brings her knowledge working as a paralegal specialising in the law relating to children

Meet Anna

  Megan Woodcock  

Paralegal

Megan achieved a first class degree in Law at Sheffield Hallam University and prides herself on her compassionate nature

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  Rosella Barnes  

Paralegal

Rosella assists in high net worth cases and complex financial remedy disputes and has also acted for vulnerable clients and victims of domestic abuse

Meet Rosella

  Skevi Theodorou  

Paralegal

Skevi assists senior solicitors in all areas of family law including high net worth individuals in complex financial remedy disputes

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  Chloe Taha  

Paralegal

Chloe joined the firm in March 2024 after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a Bachelor of Laws degree and also aims to begin studying the LPC

Meet Chloe

  Phoebe Gergely  

Paralegal

Phoebe joined Hall Brown in March 2024 and brings with her an empathetic and pragmatic approach as a result of working on mental health cases in serious injury law

Meet Phoebe

  Will Taylor  

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Will has 15 years’ experience in finance leadership roles in consumer-facing businesses and brings a personal and inclusive approach to financial management

Meet Will

  Jo Wilson  

Operations and Senior Office Manager

Jo is a highly experienced multi-award winning office manager/PA with over 35 years’ experience and has specialised in family law for over 30 years

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  Eve Fitzpatrick  

Secretarial Manager and Legal PA

Eve has spent her career as a legal secretary and has specialised in family law for 22 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 over 15 years and has also successfully achieved her CILEX qualification.

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  Cathy Matthews  

Legal Secretary

Catherine’s 15 year 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 18 years.

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  Jessie Watkins  

Office Manager/Legal Secretary (London)

Jessie joined in February 2019, has over 10 years’ family law experience and is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs.

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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  

Office Manager/Legal Secretary (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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  Kelly Patten (Thickett)  

Office Manager/Legal Secretary (Leeds)

Kelly has over 18 years of PA and Secretarial experience and enjoys coordinating a number of different projects and taking care of client relationships

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  Janice Anslow  

Office Manager/Legal Secretary (Birmingham)

Janice has extensive experience in family law and her knowledge of the process enables her to assist both our clients and team to provide the highest level of support

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  Joanne Snelling  

Legal Secretary/Office Administrator

Jo joined Hall Brown in March 2023 and has worked as a family law legal secretary for 39 years, giving her many years of experience and knowledge

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  Kate Buttery  

Mediation Co-Ordinator/Legal Secretary

Kate commenced her legal career in 2013 as a legal secretary whilst also assisting with mediation work and therefore has an overview of the mediation process

Meet Kate

  Annelise Stephenson  

Accounts Manager

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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