All fee earners are trained to a high level in all areas of family law and are either a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel or the Resolution Accredited Panel. In addition individual fee earners have special areas of expertise which they have achieved Resolutionaccreditation. The areas of specialism’s we cover are :-
Private Finance Dispute
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 graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2004 with a Degree in Law with Honours 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.
Nicola is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel. Members have to show, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of family law.
Nicola is also an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. Members have to show, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of children law. Nicola can therefore undertake all aspects of representing children in both private law proceedings and care proceedings.
Nicola has a particular interest in child law, and can represent parents or guardians and children in relation to any court proceedings. Nicola also represents parents involved in pre proceedings involving the Local Authority.
Nicola has experience and a keen interest in child abduction matters and has represented parents whose children have been removed to Non Hague convention countries including Pakistan and Thailand.
Nicola also regularly undertakes work for victims of domestic violence and harassment, as well as finding time to provide free legal advice to members of the local community by attending Citizens Advice Bureau in Wavertree.
Outside of work Nicolas main interest is relaxing and socialising with her family and 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 MSB in May 2010, starting her Training Contract in September 2010.
Amelia qualified as a Solicitor in September 2012 and is currently enjoying her role in the Family Department.
Amelia undertakes work in all aspects of Family Law with a particular interest in matters involving children and domestic violence. Amelia has represented parents who have faced allegations of physical, emotional and sexual harm and clients appreciate her non-judgemental and sensitive approach.
In her free time Amelia enjoys spending time with family and socialising with friends.
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).
Wendy Eves - Solicitor
Profile coming soon.
Sarah Achilles - Solicitor
Sarah graduated from the University of Warwick in 2009 with degree in Law with Honours. She then went on to complete her legal practice course at The College of Law, Chester attaining her diploma in legal practice with distinction. Sarah completed her training contract at a local firm specialising in family law and has been working in this practice area for the past four years.
Sarah is now part of our family law team having qualified in April 2013. She specialises in all aspects of family practice and has a particular interest in matrimonial matters and the financial aspects of relationship breakdown. Sarah is active committee member of Young Resolution Merseyside and assists in promoting the Resolution Code of Practice with her peers.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys keeping active and is a keen horse rider. Sarah is also an acrobatic cheerleading coach having previously been a competitive gymnast.
Hayley Catherall - Associate
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.
Ian Sheridan - Trainee Solicitor
Ian joined MSB in March 2010 to specialise in the area of Payment Protection Insurance recovery.
Outside of work Ian is a keen footballer and currently plays for Welsh Premier League side Bala Town FC. Aside from football Ian has travelled around the U.S.A and South East Asia.
His training commenced September 2012.
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 Chair of CILEx Liverpool in March 2014 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.
Nicole Kerr - Legal Assistant
Nicole graduated from Hope University in 2010 with a BA (Hons) Degree in English Literature. She then went on to study the GDL at the University of Law, Chester which she completes this year. Nicole is due to attend John Moore’s University in September to study the LPC.
Nicole joined MSB in October 2012; she is the Legal Assistant to Emma Palmer and is starting her training contact with MSB in September 2014. Nicole has a particular interest in children matters and has had the opportunity to assist on many public and private law cases involving children; she has a particular interest in care proceedings and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for the client.
Originally from Belfast, Nicole has established strong links with the Irish community in Liverpool since moving here to study. In particular Nicole works closely with Irish Community Care, which is a charity based in Liverpool that offers assistance to the Irish and Irish traveller communities. Nicole is also a member of the Institute of Irish Studies and enjoys attending lectures and networking events organised by the institute.
In her spare time Nicole enjoys entertaining friends and family (especially her sister who has also settled in Liverpool after originally coming to study). She enjoys cooking and baking and is getting better with practice! She loves to read and attends a book club in the summer months when she has a break from studying.
Thomas Stockton - Legal Assistant
Thomas has been with MSB for 5 years and has an in-depth knowledge of Family Law. He has recently completed his Law Degree and is due to commence his training contract in September 2014 with a view to qualifying as a solicitor.
Away from the office Thomas enjoys travelling and socialising with his wide network of friends.
Melissa Taylor - Legal Assistant/Trainee Legal Executive
Melissa has been with MSB for over 6 years, working as a legal assistant in the Family Department. She has a wealth of experience dealing with clients and professionals, and attending court with Barristers and to support clients. Melissa has assisted on cases involving divorce, domestic violence, arrangements for children (residence/contact), child abduction and change of name
Melissa is known for her caring and sympathetic approach to clients, who value her support and understanding.
In order to progress her career, Melissa is training to become a Legal Executive with the Institute of Cilex Law Academy. She intends to qualify as a Legal Executive and continue developing her career to become a fee-earner in her own right
In her spare time, Melissa likes to (chat, shop, travel, jet ski, sunbath and do the garden!!)