Jones Myers in the media spotlight as we further expand our children’s law expertise

A solicitor with a strong track record in family law and social care law is further enhancing the reputation of our children’s team at our niche family law firm.

Sasha Williams joins our department’s nine-strong team – which includes an ‘in house’ counsel – and attracts complex and varied casework in the UK and overseas. Her experience spans areas including residence, contact, immigration, asylum and domestic violence.

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Legal 500 recommends our niche family practice as ‘one of the best in the area’

Our standing as a leader in the field of family law is endorsed by the 2017 Legal 500 guide  which has once again awarded Jones Myers a joint Top Tier position for Leeds, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

The highly respected industry guide describes us as ‘a family practice that is one of the best in the area’ and attracts praise for our ‘sensible, expert, conciliatory advice that does what it says on the tin’.

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Dr Foster: a stark reminder why children should never be pawns in parents’ battles

The spotlight has fallen on youngsters who are caught in the explosive crossfire of warring parents following the volatile BBC melodrama, Doctor Foster.

The relentless and destructive behaviour of Tom’s divorced parents left the series on a cliffhanger, with the distraught 15 year old taking off on his own because all semblances of a normal family and school life had been stripped away.

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Will divorce exams become the latest Chinese export?

By Peter Jones, founder

Over the years China’s relentless manufacturing machine has seen us devouring it’s lengthy list of exports spanning textiles, toys, DVDs, body jewellery, mobile phones and food products.

So could the news that a Chinese married couple who were refused a divorce because they scored too highly on a judge’s relationship exam spark the introduction of similar tests in Britain to determine if those seeking a split really are incompatible? Continue reading

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Jones Myers steps up commitment to Alzheimer’s Society with Memory Walk

Jones Myers partners and lawyers were among hundreds of committed fundraisers who flocked to Harrogate’s Valley Gardens to help boost vital research to find a cure for dementia. Continue reading

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Why we’re cheering Lisa’s marathon effort for MS Society


There was much to celebrate this week after our plucky paralegal was among the 43,127 people who completed the iconic 2017 Great North Run.

Footsore Lisa Stephenson crossed the half marathon’s finish line in a very respectable two hours, 39 minutes and 46 seconds – just 20 minutes slower than her last challenge in 2012 and with less training.

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Why we’re putting our best foot forward for Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk

A team of partners and lawyers from Jones Myers is stepping out to support Harrogate’s Memory Walk which is boosting funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

This year over 110,000 people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will take part in similar events to raise over £9 million to help fund research for a cure for dementia and to fund services for people living with the disease. Continue reading

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Tell-tale signs and tips to help prevent your child being abducted

A call for more concerted action to prevent children in parental disputes being abducted overseas comes as yet more disturbing cases hit the headlines.

The stark reality is that around 1, 000 British children are taken abroad by the other parent without permission every year.

The appeal for a global campaign comes from the charity, Abducted Angels which raises funds for families to help them trace their children and bring them back. The organisation also enlists the voluntary services of social workers and counsellors to help rehabilitate abducted children. Continue reading

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Why naming and shaming adulterers is a great leap backwards

By Peter Jones, founder

The government’s new divorce form, aimed at making the process more user-friendly, is more likely to backfire by increasing conflict and lengthening the time a divorce takes.

The updated online form includes a space for those applying for a divorce to name who their spouse has committed adultery with. Once named, the third party is tied up in the court case, sent copies of the paperwork and given an opportunity to respond. Failure to reply can delay proceedings and rack up more costs. Continue reading

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Why the dinosaurs’ days are numbered in the current child support system

By Peter Jones, founder

A senior judge’s call for parents with valuable homes to be forced to pay more child support highlights a loophole in the system which is criticised as being unfair and does not put children’s interests first.

Since 2012, child maintenance payments have been based on income only, with assets not included in calculations by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), which decides the rate. This means that people can live off their capital, declare a low income and pay minimal child support.

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