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Kate Hames


Solicitor
Department: Family & Matrimonial

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.

As a well-practised solicitor, Kate’s wealth of experience in Family Law is complemented by her personable and compassionate approach to clients. She works diligently and proficiently alongside families and individuals to resolve a wide range of private family and matrimonial issues.

Outside of work Kate is a busy mum to three young children. She is an avid cook, loves countryside walks and regularly practises yoga. Kate also volunteers as Chair of Governors at Badsworth Church of England Junior & Infant School, supporting the school to ensure that all children receive the education they deserve.


Family & Matrimonial Team

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....
Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Partner
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. ...
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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