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A force to be reckoned with… an impressive combination of technical competence and client care (Chambers UK 2015 (Andrew Meehan))


Harrogate Family Law maintains a leading position in the UK’s most prestigious legal guides and is widely recognised for its technical knowledge, legal skill and client care.


  • Legal 500

Since launching in 2010 Harrogate Family Law has consistently improved its ranking in the Legal 500, topping North Yorkshire’s league table for the past three years.

Founder Andrew Meehan and partner Ellie Foster have both been singled out for individual recommendation in its guide to the top firms and best family law solicitors in Yorkshire.


  • Chambers UK

Harrogate Family Law is recommended by Chambers UK as one of Yorkshire’s best firms for family law advice.

Andrew Meehan has been listed by Chambers UK as a leading specialist solicitor in family law for the past four years:

2013 – Praised for his personable manner and ability to put clients at ease, even when discussing difficult and emotional issues.
2014 – Noted for his “very calm and considered” approach with clients and “recognised by peers as a good technical lawyer”.
2015 – Described as a “force to be reckoned with” in the local market with an “impressive combination of technical competence and client care”.
2016 – Said that his “technical ability and cut to the chase approach make him stand out.” Another interviewee enthused: “I had a huge rapport with him. He really felt on my side and he brought passion to my case and gave me individual attention.”

Ellie Foster has also been listed by Chambers UK as being a leading family law expert in the region:

2015 – Praised as someone who can “see the strategy and the way forward”.
2016 – Described as someone who “… listened well and was comfortable in going with my preferred approach. She explained everything as to how things would pan out and helped me understand what I wanted to achieve.”


  • Resolution and Collaborative Law

Andrew Meehan and Ellie Foster are both specially trained in Collaborative Family Law and are committed, wherever possible, to resolving family law issues such as divorce, separation and the arrangements for children without the need to go to court.



Why do Legal Rankings Matter?

Lawyers regard these national league tables highly, but why should they matter to you?


  • A mark of quality

When you consider that many people have missed out on a share of their spouse’s pension pots in recent years due to oversights by family solicitors, it’s easy to see why it’s important to have some way of differentiating between solicitors and family law firms. If a lawyer is recommended in the legal directories, then they should “know their stuff”.


  • Independence

Chambers UK and the Legal 500 carry out exhaustive research (including speaking to former clients, competitors and barristers) to compile their recommended lists, which cover every area of law and each geographical region. No payment is required for lawyers or firms to be recommended.


  • Empathy and support

At Harrogate Family Law we’re On Your Side. We believe it’s important to have the best possible legal representation to support you through the difficult decisions that must be made during divorce and separation. Finding someone you can talk to openly and honestly is a very personal process. You need to feel that your solicitor has empathy towards you and your situation, whilst also being confident that they will be able to remain objective and demonstrate some distance as a professional.

Not only do we say we’re experts, but others do too. By choosing us based on our leading reputation, you can be certain that we have the knowledge and experience to confidently overcome all the legal hurdles that lie ahead.



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