Our People - Manchester 

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  

Partner

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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  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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  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  

Senior Associate Solicitor

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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  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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  Katie Welton-Dillon  

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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  Ellen 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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  Naomi Rainey  

Senior Solicitor

Naomi has been a specialist family solicitor for over 10 years and gives clear, practical advice and works tirelessly to get the best results for her clients.

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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 forrms 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

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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  Hannah Baddeley  

Solicitor

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  

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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  Holly Cook  

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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  Jodi Ford  

Trainee Solicitor

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  

Trainee Solicitor

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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  Sky Langwieser  

Paralegal

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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  Rebekah Theistone  

Paralegal

Rebekah completed her degree at Surrey University and achieved a distinction in her LPC at Manchester University of Law and joined the firm in January 2019.

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  Rachel Cocker  

Paralegal

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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  Emma Whitehead  

Paralegal

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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  Jo Wilson  

Senior Office Manager

Jo is a highly experienced multi-award winning office manager/PA/legal secretary of over 30 years who has specialised in family law for over 25 years.

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  Eve Fitzpatrick  

PA and Legal Secretary

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 Burgess  

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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  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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  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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