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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

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....

Melanie Hartley

Partner
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

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....

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

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

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....

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