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.

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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.

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  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 Solicitor

Claire 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 all areas of family law with emphasis on financial proceedings and international relocation of children.

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  Abigail Lowther  

Senior 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  

Senior 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  

Associate Solicitor

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

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  Ellen Walker  

Associate Solicitor

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

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  Melanie Kalina  

Senior Solicitor

Melanie specialises in children law including Special Guardianship orders, adoption and child welfare issues involving social services.

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  Judith Showman  


Judith has experience dealing with a wide variety of family matters, including complex financial remedy cases. She has also assisted in the drafting of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

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  Emma Godefroy  


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

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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 the 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 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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  Catherine Matthews  

Legal Secretary

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

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  Lisa Burgess  

Legal Secretary

Lisa joined Hall Brown in May 2018, having spent her whole career as a legal secretary; specialising in family law for the last 14 years.

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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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  Annelise Stephenson  

Accounts Executive

Annelise is a highly efficient, experienced and enthusiastic member of the team.

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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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  Sky Langwieser  


Sky strives to provide the best client care and support, whilst ensuring clients are happy and at ease with the legal process

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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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