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Emma Pearmaine

Managing Director
Department: Family & Matrimonial, Management
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Emma Pearmaine is our Managing Director, winner of the Yorkshire Law Awards Managing Partner of the Year Award 2020. Emma is very proud to have supported our people to win Yorkshire Law Awards Small Law Firm of the Year Award 2019 and to be shortlisted for the same award in 2020.

As a family and matrimonial specialist for over 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.

Emma joined Ridley & Hall as a Director in 2017. She started her career in Huddersfield and later moved to Leeds to work with clients nationally in her role as Director of Family Legal Services at Simpson Millar LLP. Emma is instructed by clients from across England and Wales.

As Trustee for the London based charity The Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence, Emma is considered to be a go to expert on domestic violence issues.

In 2018, Emma was shortlisted in the Forward Ladies National Awards 2018, Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in Yorkshire, North East and Scotland.

Chambers and Partners 2017 describes her as: “A specialist in domestic violence cases, ancillary relief and private children law. She wins acclaim for her calm approach and ability to navigate through complex points of law. A recent client enthuses: “I would recommend her to anyone!” “

Emma is recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 for her work in the family law sector.

Clients recommend Emma Pearmaine and she is seen regularly delivering speeches, as Family Law expert regularly giving seminars and training to charities, companies, police forces  and sector specialists. She can often be heard speaking on the radio and is much quoted in the press on this topic as she campaigns to raise awareness about domestic violence related issues.

In 2014 she won the Modern Lawyer ‘Lawyer of the Year’ Award.

She has been a member of the Multi Party Family Courts Parliamentary Group. Emma is also Immediate Past President of Leeds Law Society and member of their executive committee.

Emma is a key member of the Ridley & Hall management team. The Modern Law Award recognised her strong management and leadership ability resulting in the very rapid and expansive development of national Family Legal Services at Simpson Millar. She has brought all this experience and expertise to Ridley & Hall, working with her colleagues to develop all aspects of the business.

Emma is as interested in the development of legal process and services as she is in the delivery of them.

Emma is married and is the very proud mother of 2 sons. In her spare time she loves to be with her family and friends, she cooks up a storm in the kitchen, enjoys walking the dog in the countryside and loves curling up with a good book.

Family & Matrimonial, Management Team

Tracey Armitage

Tracey Armitage

Operations Manager,
Tracey is a highly experienced HR and Managerial Specialist and a Chartered member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)....

Anthony Elston

Finance Director
Anthony is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner in a national firm of accountants until 2011. He then joined a national consumer law firm as Finance Director and worked as part of the management team achieving significant growth organically and through acquisition, culminating in the sale of the firm in 2014 to a public company....

Kate  Hames

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 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....

Melanie Hartley

Melanie joined Ridley and Hall as a Partner in 2018 and works within the Family and Matrimonial Department. Melanie brings a diverse range of skills to the department that she developed during her previous employment as an Associate Solicitor at a large National Firm and the invaluable experience she gained whilst working more recently at a boutique law firm in Leeds City Centre....

Emma Hopkins Jones

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....

Victoria Jones

Trainee Solicitor
Victoria achieved a First Class M Law (Exempting) degree at Northumbria University. Whilst at university, Victoria was a student adviser at Northumbria University’s Student Law Office, providing detailed legal advice to members of the public under solicitor supervision. Prior to commencing her final year at University, Victoria completed a short internship working with a law firm in Singapore....
Vicky Medd

Vicky Medd

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....

Themer Slimane

Marketing Manager
Themer joined Ridley & Hall in 2017 as a Marketing & Business Development intern. He was appointed Marketing Manager in 2018 and his role consists of managing the online and offline marketing of the firm. He works closely with the Managing Director Emma Pearmaine....

Loreena Walker

Associate Fellow Chartered Legal Executive
Loreena joined Ridley & Hall Solicitors in 2018, and is a Fellow Chartered Legal Executive in our family department. Loreena is also a member of Resolution a nationwide organisation dedicated to ensuring that family professionals deal with family disputes in a constructive manner....

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