Our team

Collectively, our team has unparalleled experience in all aspects of Family Law. Meet our knowledgable, award-winning team below.

Andrew Meehan

Andrew Meehan

Managing Director & Solicitor

Andrew is the founder and driving force behind Harrogate Family Law. An experienced divorce and family lawyer, he worked for many years as a family law solicitor in a large, award-winning national firm before establishing Harrogate Family Law.
Andrew is praised in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 for being ‘very thorough in his handling of cases, and a good listener to boot’, with a long track record of advice in complex divorce proceedings.

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His expertise

Andrew is recognised as one of the region’s leading matrimonial/family solicitors. He is singled out for praise year after year by the prestigious Chambers legal directory, including being named by Chambers as the region’s leading specialist solicitor in family law since 2013. Andrew is also recognised by the Legal 500 directory as a leading solicitor, with one client describing him as being “extremely kind and understanding“.

His approach

Andrew is a past regional chairman of Resolution and is committed to resolving cases out of court where possible. He is also experienced in identifying cases that require litigation. He is specially trained in Collaborative Law. Andrew is also the only solicitor in Harrogate accredited as a Resolution specialist in the maximum three areas of family law.

His particular specialisms are:

  • Complex divorce and finance cases
  • Complex and high net worth cases
  • Emergency injunctions in financial and property matters
  • Domestic abuse cases

His reputation

Andrew is a widely published author and is frequently asked to write for the leading family law publications as well as for the wider print media on family law issues and important developments in the law.

His technical ability and cut to the chase approach make him stand out.

– Chambers legal directory 2016 edition.

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Carol Jessop

Carol Jessop

Partner & Chartered Legal Executive

Carol qualified as Legal Executive in 1994. She was one of the first family lawyers to be accredited as a Family Law Specialist by Resolution in 2000. She has been involved in Resolution at national level since 2009 sitting on the Standards Committee which is responsible for promoting standards and good practice within the family law profession.
She has 28 years’ experience in family law previously working for large regional law firms in York and Grimsby.

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What she can do for you

Carol is a highly experienced family lawyer and is accredited by Resolution in:

  • Complex financial cases following divorce
  • Cohabitation Law

Carol can help whether resolving the children and financial arrangements at the end of a relationship or formalising an agreement at the outset. She can also help with protecting assets and personal protection.

Her approach

As a committed member of Resolution Carol is dedicated to helping clients resolve family law issues constructively and with dignity. She will endeavour to resolve the arrangements outside of the Court process but can identify when litigation is needed and will conduct that litigation effectively to achieve the best results.

She look at the issues from all angles and will provide you with all the options available to enable informed decisions to be made about your future. She will be by your side to help achieve the best for you and your family.

What has been said about Carol’s approach:

Please do not under estimate the diligence and perseverance … accomplished in ensuring my divorce was settled to my satisfaction. Forever grateful.

I am grateful for the kindness and understanding shown throughout.

Simply excellent

Emma Doughty

Emma Doughty

Solicitor

Emma graduated with a first class Law degree from York University with the best marks in her year, before completing her training in York at a regional law firm. She then joined us upon qualifying as a solicitor.

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What can she do for you?

Emma helps and advises married and unmarried clients who are going through a separation with resolving their financial arrangements and arrangements for any children. She is particularly interested in helping clients to protect their assets prior to relationship breakdown and advises on cohabitation, pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Emma is an integral part of the Harrogate Family Law Team and assists both partners with a full range of complex and high value cases and deals with less complex cases herself.

Her approach

Emma is known for her straightforward advice and ability to find practical solutions that meet her clients’ needs. She approaches matters sensitively, with a view to resolving them quickly and as amicably as possible.

Laura Mounsey

Laura Mounsey

Trainee Solicitor

Laura enjoyed a highly successful academic career at Durham University from where she graduated and also received the David Brookes Memorial Prize for her dissertation on domestic violence.
Laura was also awarded the prestigious Cohen Scholarship from BPP Law School where she has recently completed her studies for her Legal Practice Course.

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Her approach

Laura is a bright, positive and robust character, which traits she allies with her personal warmth and friendliness that quickly wins the trust of her clients. Her commitment and ability to think critically when supporting the caseload of our three solicitors is based on Laura’s intellectual strength, ability and understanding.

Laura works diligently on legal research, preparation of legal documents and assists in case-handling to make sure that your case is handled with the utmost care and attention to achieve a positive result.