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Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Department: Family & Matrimonial
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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

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Chloe  Flynn

Chloe joined Ridley & Hall Solicitors as a Trainee Solicitor in April 2022. Chloe completed training in Residential Property, Commercial Property and Care and Public before securing a newly qualified solicitor position in our Family and Matrimonial Department. Chloe joined the Family and Matrimonial team in July 2023 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2023....
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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 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....
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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....
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....
Ernestas Motiejunas

Ernestas Motiejunas

Ernie has practised family law since January 2021 (aside from a brief stint in conveyancing) and has been advising clients on all aspects of family law since. Ernie has worked on cases where serious domestic abuse has been a factor and has been successful in obtaining non-molestation orders, occupation orders as well as other injunctions against the other party. Ernie further has experience in advising on the validity of marriages, in particular, Islamic marriages, and has experience in making applications for declaration of validity of marriage. ...

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

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. ...