Our key fee earners in the Department each specialise in a separate area.
Emma Carey who heads the Department specialises in Child Abduction and Care cases.
Paula Mansfield specialises in private client work, concentrating on Divorces and Ancillary Relief.
Nicola Harris (nee) Wordley specialises in all aspects of Children Proceedings, both Private and Public Law.
Hayley Catherall specialises in Co-Habitation Disputes and Domestic Violence issues.
Emma Palmer specialises in all Family Law.
Jane Sampson specialises in Children cases and in particular Care cases.
We have a Private Client Department as well as a Legal Aid Department and we hold a Legal Services Commission franchise which enables us to supply Legal Aid in Matrimonial cases.
At MSB Solicitors, our Family lawyers are members of The Law Society and Resolution specialist panels, so you can be assured that you are receiving expert specialist advice. Our family team panel members are:
Law Society Family Law Panel
Resolution Accredited Specialist in International Child Abduction and Domestic Violence
Law Society Family Law Panel
Resolution trained Collaborative Lawyer
Resolution Accredited Specialist in Emergency Procedures in Ancillary Relief and advanced financial provision
Law Society Children Panel
Law Society Children Panel
Nicola Harris (nee) Wordley
Law Society Family Law Panel
Resolution Accredited specialist in Domestic violence and Co-Habitation
For further information on the specialist panels that we are members of please see the links below:
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Meet The Team
Emma Carey - Partner & Head of Family Department
Emma Carey is a graduate of Liverpool University having lived in Liverpool all her life. Emma qualified as a Solicitor with the firm in June 2000 and is the head of the firm's family department. Emma became a Partner In June 2005.
She specialises in divorce, financial disputes, children issues including care proceedings, co-habitation disputes and she has a particular interest in domestic violence issues. Emma has dealt with a number of international children cases including child abduction. Emma's clients appreciate her caring and understanding approach.
Away from the office she enjoys socialising with her wide network of friends.
Paula Mansfield - Partner
Paula graduated from Hull University in 1995 and qualified as a Solicitor in April 2000 having graduated with a LLB(Hons) Degree. She joined the practice in October 2007 and was made an associate in March 2009. Paula has a wealth of experience of all family matters involving the breakdown of a marriage and has advised on pre-nuptial agreements and complex financial settlements.
In addition, Paula can deal with matters involving unmarried couples and civil partnerships and can provide advice as to whether a cohabitation contract would be appropriate at the commencement of a relationship or, following a cohabiting couple’s separation on disputes involving property or children matters.
Paula is an accredited member of the Family Law Panel.
Paula is also an accredited Resolution specialist in the areas of Advanced Financial Provision and Emergency Procedures in Ancillary Relief. Resolution is an organisation of over 5000 members of the legal profession who are committed to a non-confrontational approach to family matters. However, if matters cannot be resolved by negotiation then Paula is an experienced advocate in the family courts and will be pro active in ensuring a satisfactory outcome for her clients.
Paula is a collaborative lawyer. The aim of collaborative law is to resolve family disputes without going to court. Each person appoints their own lawyer but instead of conducting negotiations between you and your partner by letter or phone you meet together with your lawyers to work things out face to face.
In her spare time, Paula is a keen fitness fanatic and enjoys circuit training and running. In addition Paula enjoys the theatre, reading and travelling.
Nicola Harris (nee) Wordley - Associate Solicitor
Nicola or (Nikki as she is known to her clients and colleagues) graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2004 and joined MSB as a trainee solicitor in 2005. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 and is now an Associate Solicitor within the firm's matrimonial department.
Law Society Accreditations.....
Nikki is also an accredited member of the Law Societys Children Panel and can undertake all aspects of representing children in both private law proceedings and care proceedings.
Nikki has a particular interest in child law, including child abduction and also matters involving domestic violence and harassment.
Outside of work Nikki's main interest is relaxing and socialising with friends and travelling in order to facilitate her favourite hobby....scuba diving.
Emma Palmer - Associate Solicitor
Emma is a graduate of the University of Leicester and is a Solicitor in the firm's family department. Emma undertakes work in: divorce, children matters, financial matters and protection from domestic violence (non-molestation and occupation orders). Emma has a particular interest in care proceedings having completed a masters degree with her research dissertation on 'the Human Rights Act in the context of care proceedings'. Emma's clients appreciate her understanding nature and dedication to achieving the best possible outcome.
Emma is a member of a number of associations including the Association of Women's Solicitors and Women's Aid.
Jane Sampson - Solicitor
Jane Sampson is our specialist In House Advocate Solicitor with over 20 years experience in all aspects of Family Law specialising in Advocacy at all levels. She has been a member of the Child Care Panel for over 18 years providing representation for parents and children in the courts through this very stressful process. She also undertakes training for the Law Society for Child Care Panel Membership and regularly lectures for Liverpool Law Society in Family Law.
Amelia Williams - Solicitor
Amelia graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Chester in 2008.
Amelia worked as a Paralegal for 18 months before joining in May 2010, starting her Training Contract in September 2010.
Amelia is currently enjoying her role in the Matrimonial department.
In her free time Amelia enjoys spending time with family and socialising with friends.
Amelia qualified September 2012.
Phillipa Jones - Solicitor
Philippa (or Pippa as she is known to clients and colleagues) graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2006 and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in 2007. Philippa joined MSB in April 2008 working as a paralegal, commencing her training contract in September 2008.
Philippa is currently part of our Matrimonial department and has a particular interest in divorce and ancillary relief.
In her spare time Philippa enjoys socialising with friends and interior design. Philippa is also a committee member of the Association of Women's Solicitors (AWS).
Ian Sheridan - Trainee Solicitor
Ian joined MSB in March 2010 to specialise in the area of Payment Protection Insurance recovery. He is in the final year of his Law degree and plans to continue onto the LPC.
Outside of work Ian is a keen footballer and currently plays for Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton FC. Aside from football Ian has travelled around the U.S.A and South East Asia.
His training commenced September 2012.
Hayley Catherall - Legal Executive
Hayley qualified as a Legal Executive in 2000 and became a Fellow in 2002, having worked in Solicitor’s offices since leaving full-time education and in Family Law Departments since she was aged 20. Hayley has a wealth of experience in all aspects of Family Law, dealing with divorce and financial matters relating thereto, children matters; including residence and contact issues; to include children issues with social services involvement.
Hayley is an Accredited Resolution Specialist in the area of Co-habitation and can provide detailed advice with respect to unmarried relationship breakdown and with respect to the preparation of Co-habitation agreements.
Hayley is also an Accredited Resolution Specialist with respect to domestic violence and remains committed to assisting both men and women who have been victims of domestic violence.
Hayley prides herself on being approachable and caring by nature with a sensible approach to achieving the best possible outcome for her clients.
Stacey Roberts - Trainee Legal Executive
Whilst starting my career as an office junior, I joined MSB as a Secretary and was soon given keen encouragement to develop a broad range of legal skills to the extent that I successfully completed, part-time, a Paralegal Course and am currently in the 2nd year of my ILEX studies.
I have since been given the opportunity to assist Amelia Williams in our Family Department and with her guidance am enjoying an active involvement in a diverse range of cases.
My interests outside of work include the usual mundanity of socialising and the not so mundane art of theatrical and media make-up
Rebecca Butler - Trainee Legal Executive
Rebecca Butler is assistant to Emma Carey .
She has been with MSB for 6 years now and has an indepth knowledge of Family Law. Rebecca is currently studying ILEX with a view to qualifying as a solicitor . She is a valued member of the Family team and we are all proud at MSB to see how she has grown and developed .
Stephanie Houghton - Trainee Legal Executive
Stephanie is assistant to Paula Mansfield.
Stephanie joined the Family Team at MSB in January 2009 having worked within Family Law since the age of 17 and is presently continuing to study with CILEx at Level 6.
Outside of work, Stephanie takes part in various fundraising events for charity and has been involved with the CILEx Liverpool committee since July 2011.
Stephanie has continued to grow within the committee organising and hosting the annual CILEx balls and events, associated fundraising and establishing professional relationships within the Institute.
Stephanie was elected Vice Chair of CILEx Liverpool in March 2013 and is enthusiastic to take on more of a leading role to assist in the progression and expansion of the branch.
Stephanie’s other hobbies consist of long walks, cycling and various other outdoor activities.