Meet The Partners
MSB Solicitors Liverpool
Emma CareyEmma Carey - Managing Partner

Emma is a graduate of Liverpool University. She joined MSB in 1999 as a Trainee and qualified in June 2000.
Emma is the firms Managing Partner and is responsible for the implementation and delivery of the firm’s business strategy.
She was formerly head of the firm’s family department and prides herself on having developed one of the North Wests leading award winning family departments.
Emma sits on the Law Societies Family Committee and Access to Justice Committee.
Emma is the Trustee of the Anthony Walker Foundation and is committed to ensuring that MSB and other businesses in the city take their social responsibilities seriously.
Outside of work Emma enjoys travelling, India being a particular favourite destination.
Emma is the firms Legal Compliance Office for legal practice (COLP).

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Sean SextonSean Sexton - Senior Partner

Sean graduated from Durham University and qualified as a Solicitor in 1984. He was one of the founding partners of MSB.

He has extensive experience in the field of criminal defence work and specialises in the area of criminal fraud prosecutions. Sean is a member of the Fraud Panel signifying an exceptional degree of competence and experience in this complex area of law.

In September 2013, Sean was recognised as one of the top 50 Irish lawyers practicing in Britain by the Irish Post.

Away from the office Sean enjoys supporting Everton Football Club and playing golf.

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Mark Forman Mark Forman - Partner

Mark attended Birmingham University from where he obtained a law degree, LLB Hons 2:1 and qualified as a Solicitor in 1994. Amongst others Mark worked in the commercial team at national firm Weightmans. He then set up his own firm with Neil Kelly and then joined MSB.
Mark heads up the business services department proving legal advice to businesses. Mark and his team advise on corporate structures, investments, acquisitions and disposals; national and international commercial contracts; commercial litigation commercial, property litigation and dispute resolution; post death estate disputes; intellectual property licensing and contentious and non-contentious employment.
Mark has 20 years legal expertise in advising businesses upon all non-contentious and contentious commercial issues and always provides practical advise.
Outside of work Mark's time is spent with his wife and family and in supporting Liverpool FC.

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Neil Kelly Neil Kelly - Partner

Neil qualified as a Solicitor in 1989.

Neil acts for many private companies, family businesses and entrepreneurs providing advice on all aspects corporate work including sales and disposals, corporate finance and shareholder and joint venture arrangements. He joined MSB in September 2010 and has advised clients for over 20 years having trained and spent many years working as a partner in the corporate department at Weightmans and latterly at the commercial law firm CFK Legal.

Away from the office his interests are running, music and Everton Football Club

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Tracey QuirkTracey Quirk - Partner

Tracey undertook her training contract with MSB and qualified as a Solicitor in June 2004. Tracey became an Associate Solicitor in June 2006 after only 2 years of qualifying and was made a Partner in 2008.

Tracey is the Head of our Residential Conveyancing department and supervises the other solicitors and fee earners
within the department. Tracey has built a strong relationship with both local and national home builders and is recommended to buyers of new build properties across the north west.

Tracey has been involved in many local networking groups including the BNI and was vice chair of the Association of Women Solicitors.

Tracey lives in Liverpool with her husband and son Joseph. What little time Tracey has free she spends with her family and enjoys travelling to sunnier climes!

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Joanne DaltonJo Dalton - Partner (Non Lawyer) & Practice Manager

Following an enjoyable 12 years in accounts at EAD Solicitors, I decided that I wished to invest more of my energies into Practice Management and was delighted when the opportunity arose at MSB.

As well as overseeing the day to day running of our offices, I continue to be responsible for the firm’s legal and management accounts whilst also ensuring quality standards, that go beyond mere compliance, in training, professional ethics, health & safety issues and personnel development.

This has been demonstrated by the implementation of a central IT structure in which I have incorporated the use of cutting-edge case management and digital dictation platforms to both benefit our clients and our growing staff.

As a reflection of these standards set, and maintained, I was delighted to see this vision recognised by way of receiving the prestigious Lexcel accreditation in 2009. This was further complemented by being elevated to Partner (non-lawyer) status as of 01 March 2010.

None of this could have happened, I doubt, were it not for the recuperation and inspiration allowed by occasionally taking the air whilst walking in The Lake District or languishing in foreign climes with my husband Keith.

Joanne is the firms Legal Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA).

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Eamonn SextonÉamonn Sexton - Partner (Non Lawyer) Mediator

Éamonn practises within the field of Civil Litigation but primarily in those actions involving both injury and loss, be it for the Claimant or a Defendant.

Although based at our City Office in St. Paul’s Square, Liverpool, he is happy to meet clients at our other offices, to advise on the merits of each individual case.

He will explain our role in the process and establish at the outset what your objectives are, the likely time-frame to achieve those ends and the funding options open to you.

Éamonn  is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and an accredited Mediator.

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Paula MansfieldPaula 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 and a Partner in 2011. Paula has a wealth of experience of all family matters involving the breakdown of a marriage and has advised on pre-nuptial and post 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 and on disputes involving property and children matters.

Paula is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

Paula is also an accredited Resolution specialist in the areas of Advanced Financial Provision and Emergency Procedures in Financial Remedy proceedings. . 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.

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Brad Armstrong Brad Armstrong - Partner

worked as part of Commercial Property team at commercial law firm, Cassell Moore. He was also previously the Head of Commercial Department at another local firm in the City.

Brad is experienced in a broad range of Commercial Property work. He acts for both Landlords and Tenants in all types of commercial lease transactions as well as for Investors and Developers on the acquisition and disposal of property; property finance transactions; joint ventures; option & overage agreements; easements and planning agreements.

He has particular experience in the Healthcare sector and regularly advises individuals and corporates on all aspects of practice acquisitions and disposals; partnership agreements; expense sharing agreements; franchising and joint venture agreements.

Away from the office, Brad enjoys spending time with his young family. He also enjoys a round of golf having recently founded an active golf society.

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Paul Gallagher Paul Gallagher - Partner (Non Lawyer) & Head of Crown Court Litigation

Paul heads the Crown Court department. He joined MSB when it was founded in 1988 and has been an accredited police station representative since the inception of that scheme in 1996.  Paul predominantly represents clients in serious crime cases ranging from murder to drug importation conspiracies and the like. Paul takes particular pride in winning cases in the police station. The majority of his clients are never charged with any offence, such is his ability to make sound judgment calls under pressure. When clients are charged, his preparation of cases is outstanding. He has a particular expertise in telephone cell site evidence,often turning the  prosecution interpretation of such  evidence on its head.

He has also successfully appealed many Security Industry Authorities licence (SIA) matters for his extensive client base in the Security industry.

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Nicola HarrisNicola Harris (nee) Wordley - Partner

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.

Resolution accredited specialist for Private law Children cases and Domestic Violence .
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.

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Emma PalmerEmma Palmer - Partner

Emma is an associate solicitor in the family department having joined MSB in 2007. Emma graduated from University of Leicester and undertook her LPC through College of Law, Chester.
Emma undertakes work in both financial remedy proceedings on divorce and children matters with experience and expertise in undertaking cases with an international element. Having completed a masters degree with her research dissertation on 'The Human Rights Act in the context of care proceedings', Emma understands the need to protect clients from human rights breaches throughout their case. Emma's clients appreciate her understanding nature and dedication to achieving the best possible outcome.
Emma is on the Law Society’s Children Panel which evidences an expertise in children cases, regularly representing parents, grandparents and children in private law cases and those involving social services.
Emma is also a Resolution accredited specialist in child abduction and domestic abuse cases, demonstrating a high level of expertise and experience in these areas.
Emma is a member of a number of associations including the Association of Women's Solicitors and Women's Aid.

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Hayley CatherallHayley Catherall - Partner

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.

Outside of work Hayley enjoys walking and travel, together with socialising with her large family and friends.

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