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.

James Brown

  James Brown  


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
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  Sam Hall  


Sam is a founding partner of Hall Brown and is listed as one of the top 10 family lawyers in the country.

Meet Sam

  Andrew Newbury  


Andrew brings over 25 years of experience to this family law practice and is recognised for his technical expertise.

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  Beth Wilkins  


Beth Wilkins has been a family lawyer for over 30 years and is described as the “doyenne of family law”.

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  Claire Reid  

Senior Associate

Claire has significant experience in dealing with complex financial settlements including companies, offshore assets and trusts.

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  Laura Guillon  

Associate Solicitor

Laura specialises in all areas of family law with emphasis on financial proceedings and international relocation of children.

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  Abigail Lowther  

Associate Solicitor

Abigail deals with all aspects of family law, particularly resolving financial disputes on divorce for high net worth individuals.

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  Katie Dillon  

Associate Solicitor

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

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  Alice Couriel  


Alice trained with Sam and James and qualified in September 2015. She works on a variety of family law issues.

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  Emma Godefroy  


Emma qualified as a solicitor in July 2017 after completing her training contract at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester before joining Hall Brown Family Law in January 2018.

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  Ellen Walker  


Ellen has experience assisting on high value financial settlements, including cases on complex business assets.

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  Jo Wilson (nee McParland)  

Office Manager / Legal Secretary

Jo is a highly experienced office manager/legal secretary of 30 years who has specialised in family law for last 22 years.

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  Eve Butters  

PA and Legal Secretary

Eve has spent her career as a legal secretary and has specialised in family law for 17 years.

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  Hayley Flaherty  

Legal Secretary

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

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  Catherine Matthews  

Legal Secretary

Catherine’s familiarity with legal process allows her to support the legal team and clients with both confidence and the highest quality.

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  Margaret Cole  

Accounts Executive

Margaret has spent all of her working life in solicitors’ accounts and is highly experienced working in this field.

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  Kelly Stretton  

Office Assistant

Kelly joined the team in November 2017 and is a highly motivated and energetic administration assistant.

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  Gaynor Oatway  

Filing Clerk

Gaynor joined the firm in July 2017 as a part-time filing clerk/administrator despite having been a conveyancer throughout her legal career.

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  Stephanie Chen  


Stephanie completed the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Manchester in June and was called to the Bar in July 2016.

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  Sarah Garnett  


Sarah is highly motivated and has prior experience working in family law. She is familiar with all stages of the legal process.

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  Rebekah King  


Rebekah strives to provide the highest level of client support having joined the team in July 2017.

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