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Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts


Partner
Department: Family & Matrimonial

Karen Roberts has well over 20 years practice experience as a Family Solicitor and has a warm, and approachable style. She undertakes all areas of Family Law work, representing individuals facing difficult children’s issues, domestic abuse concerns and divorces/separations involving the resolution of financial issues. She represents parents and grandparents in care proceedings brought by the Local Authority and where family and children’s placements have broken down.

She has worked in proceedings in London, Birmingham, Oxford the Northeast and in more local court venues, in North, West and South Yorkshire. She has experience with cases progressing through the Magistrates Court, the County Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Karen is a member of Resolution and acquired Specialist Accreditation status in 2004 for each of Domestic Abuse, Private Law Children and Financial Provision. She has maintained this accreditation status.

Karen studied law in Leeds and then her postgraduate diploma at the College of Law in York. She qualified in 1998 and spent 20 years working for MKB Solicitors, in Barnsley. For the latter 17 years she was a Partner there. She joined Ridley and Hall, as Partner in January 2022. Between these two roles she worked for Eaton Smith, Huddersfield primarily focussing on Child Care work, whilst continuing to support clients facing all sorts of challenging issues arising from their separation.

Karen adopts an intuitive, sympathetic and client focussed approach, whilst respectfully and passionately representing clients, successfully challenging issues and persuading professionals and the courts to achieve fair outcomes.

Karen loves to spend time outdoors, taking countryside walks and running with her dog, who, as a lurcher, is much faster and far more graceful than she is! She loves to spend time with her family and friends, although she has, so far, resisted her sister’s campaign to join her in open water swimming. She is trying hard to take over the allotment plot that she and her husband tend, to make it a beautiful cutting flower bed rather than for vegetables. She loves to regularly escape, with a book or two, to the stunning mountains in Andalucía, Spain.

 

 


Family & Matrimonial Team

Kate  Hames

Solicitor
Kate joined the Family and Matrimonial Department at Ridley & Hall Solicitors in 2020. Having graduated with a degree in Law from Northumbria University, Kate spent over 12 years working for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service in Leeds, developing her legal knowledge and acumen within both their criminal and family law departments....
Shelley Harper

Shelley Harper

Solicitor
Shelley joined Ridley & Hall Solicitors in 2020 and is a Solicitor in our family department having qualified in 2018. Shelley completed her Law Degree at Sheffield Hallam University and continued her studies at BPP University Law School in Leeds....
Emma Hopkins Jones

Emma Hopkins Jones

Partner
Emma joined Ridley & Hall as a Partner in September 2020. Emma is an experienced family law specialist, practising in all areas of private family law. Emma’s expertise in financial issues on separation, and in particular cases involving unmarried couples, was recognised in the Legal 500 2017....
Vicky Medd

Vicky Medd

Partner
Vicky Medd is a family solicitor with over 20 years experience.  She is an accredited specialist with Resolution and has a lot of experience of financial relief, and child disputes.  Vicky was also recently involved in one of the first family arbitration cases in the country and has a lot of experience in dealing with cases as expeditiously as possible, whilst achieving the best outcomes for clients....
Jane Munden

Jane Munden

Partner
Jane Munden qualified as a Solicitor in 1994. She has well over 20 years experience in dealing with all aspects of Family Law....

Emma Pearmaine

Managing Director
Emma Pearmaine is a family and matrimonial specialist. For almost 20 years, she has represented clients in divorce and children cases. She has particular niche expertise in matrimonial cases involving challenging business, pension, maintenance and other finance issues....
Zuzanna Taithe

Zuzanna Taithe

Trainee Solicitor
Since August 2019, Zuza has worked as a Paralegal in Ridley & Hall Solicitors’ Residential and Commercial Property Teams and, subsequently, as a Legal Secretary in the Care and Public Team, having previous experience in the firm as a placement student. Zuza has been awarded a Training Contract at Ridley & Hall, which commenced in July 2021. ...

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