Our team

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

Andrew Meehan

Andrew Meehan

Managing Director & Solicitor

How can I help you?

My expertise is in:

  • Dealing with difficult spouses, including narcissists
  • Finding hidden assets and income
  • Solving complex divorce cases involving assets of £1m+
  • Divorces involving one or more of the following: businesses, pensions, properties, trusts and/or high incomes
  • Acting for, and against, company directors
  • Negotiating firmly and standing up for my clients so you get what you’re entitled to
  • Getting a fair split of assets and income

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Why should you meet with me?

I am:

  • Easy to talk to
  • Caring and understanding
  • Will really stand up for you and fight your corner
  • Great with financial details, so you don’t have to be
  • Highly experienced
  • Have a fantastic reputation and get great results

Why family law?

My parents are divorced, as am I, so I know exactly what you’re going through.

My father was a solicitor, so I gained loads of exposure to family law at a young age before looking to specialise in it when at university and then at law school.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2001 before setting up Harrogate Family Law in 2010. I saw a real need for a truly expert law firm dealing only with family law.

I love to help people who first come to see me at a very low point in their life. I take real pleasure in guiding them through the process and seeing the transformation in them. At the end of their case, they are empowered and excited about their future.

I am lucky to manage a team of first-rate lawyers who really love what they do. They all genuinely want to help people through difficult times and achieve a good outcome.

What do others say about me?

I am top-ranked each year by the Chambers Legal Directory as a leading family law solicitor. Some recent comments are:

  • Well reputed for his experience in advising high net worth individuals…pragmatic and sensible”. (2018 edition)
  • His “technical ability and cut to the chase approach make him stand out“. (2016 edition)
  • 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.” (2016 edition)
  • “A force to be reckoned with” (2015 edition)

I am also recommended by the other guide to the legal profession, the Legal 500. Recent comments about me are:

  • Very thorough in [his] handling of cases, and a good listener to boot”. (2017 edition)
  • “Has a long track record of advice in complex divorce proceedings“. (2017 edition)

What do others say about Harrogate Family Law?

The Legal 500 2017 edition says about us:

  • The best in Harrogate for financial proceedings arising from divorce”.
  • Clients single out the firm’s diligence in ‘leaving no stone unturned; its very quick response times, detailed knowledge and thorough approach amounts to a first-rate level of service’”.

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Carol Jessop

Carol Jessop

Partner & Chartered Legal Executive

How can I help you?

My expertise is in:

  • Helping married couples with assets of £1m+
  • Finding innovative but practical solutions to resolve complex financial arrangements
  • Resolving issues about child arrangements in ways which put the needs of the children and their welfare first
  • Dealing with property and financial disputes between unmarried couples
  • Helping married and unmarried couples protect their assets
  • Obtaining emergency orders to provide personal protection or prevent the removal of children

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Why should you meet with me?

I will:

  • Listen to you
  • Work with you to achieve what you want in the way you want
  • Care about you and your future
  • Be approachable, easy to talk to and I will give you easily understandable information without jargon
  • Do what I promise to do – you can place your trust in me
  • Do my utmost to get the best outcome for you

Why family law?

Over 30 years ago I took a job as an assistant to an excellent family lawyer.  I didn’t originally plan to be a family lawyer but I discovered my vocation.  I still find it as a rewarding as ever helping people through one of the worst periods in their life and helping them to start afresh with a secure future.

The way separation is handled causes a lasting impact and the approach of the lawyer and the support received makes a huge difference.  After seeing how devastating the impact of the wrong approach can be by other lawyers, I became a member of Resolution which is a national association of family law professionals committed to dealing with family issues in a constructive way.   I am now involved in the association at national level working to improve standards in family law.

What do my clients say about me?

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

A totally professional team and I can’t speak highly enough for Carol Jessop.  I deal with solicitors all of the time for my job and I am more than happy to let Harrogate Family Law handle my personal arrangements.”

What do others say about Harrogate Family Law?

The Legal 500 2017 edition says about us:

  • The best in Harrogate for financial proceedings arising from divorce”.
  • Clients single out the firm’s diligence in ‘leaving no stone unturned; its very quick response times, detailed knowledge and thorough approach amounts to a first-rate level of service’”.

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Emma Doughty

Emma Doughty

Solicitor

How can I help you?

My expertise is in:

  • Giving straightforward advice you can understand
  • Helping you understand fully the family’s financial situation, especially if you haven’t been involved with this before
  • Helping you plan for your future
  • Protecting you financially
  • Presenting a clear and firm case to get what you’re entitled to
  • Sorting out arrangements for children
  • Solving both complex and more straightforward divorce cases involving all levels of assets
  • Working with you to keep costs down

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Why should you meet with me?

I am:

  • Passionate about understanding what’s important to you
  • Thorough and good with detail
  • Supportive and will work with you to make the process as easy as possible
  • Used to dealing firmly with difficult individuals
  • Committed to getting back to you quickly and keeping you updated
  • Human! You can talk to me about anything that’s worrying you.

Why family law?

I have a real passion for helping people and I have always found that in my personal life people naturally turn to me for advice. I understand that, for many people, like going to the dentist the thought of going to see a solicitor can be nerve-wracking. It can be hard to talk about how you are feeling at an emotional time such as divorce, so I make sure people feel at ease and to help them take control of their future.

I enjoy working in an area of law where I can empower people by providing straightforward and concise advice that they can understand.

Everyone’s personal and financial situations are different, and I love the challenge of finding solutions that meet their individual goals.

What do my clients say about me?

“Emma has been tremendous and incredibly supportive throughout.”

“…impeccable client care and attention to detail. It is safe to assume that when I meet one of Emma’s clients they have already been given sound and realistic advice, in a sensitive manner if required. She is a joy to work with and very friendly too!”

“…very calm and professional manner which in turn resulted in a very positive outcome. [She] is an outstanding solicitor and is a credit to Harrogate Family Law. [She] supported me right throughout the process without waiver.”

“She helped explain the divorce process, what to expect and helped me to fairly deal with matters… [She was] always there to help.”

Why do others say about Harrogate Family Law?

The Legal 500 2017 edition says about us:

  • The best in Harrogate for financial proceedings arising from divorce”.
  • Clients single out the firm’s diligence in ‘leaving no stone unturned; its very quick response times, detailed knowledge and thorough approach amounts to a first-rate level of service’”.

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Laura Mounsey

Laura Mounsey

Trainee Solicitor

How can I help you?

My expertise is in:

  • Assisting Partners in divorce cases involving properties, trusts, businesses and pensions
  • Securing what you are entitled to if you separate or divorce
  • Protecting your assets and income if you are wanting to live with someone or get married
  • Resolving disputes about children

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Why should you meet with me?

I am:

  • A great listener
  • Positive
  • Robust to get you a fair outcome
  • Good at understanding your priorities
  • Clear so that things are as easy as possible
  • Keen to keep you in control

Why family law?

My parents divorced when I was a teenager. I understand, first-hand, what you might be worrying about. I have also seen how, with the right help, it gets better and that there is a future to look forward to.

I love being able to solve people’s problems. People want to be treated fairly, to have certainty and to move forwards. For me, that’s what family law is all about. It is an honour to get people through the difficulties so that they have peace of mind about the future.

What do others say about me?

I was awarded the Cohen and Career Guarantee Scholarship at BPP Law School. I was also recognised with a “Safe Pair of Hands” Award for my ability to help people.

Why do others say about Harrogate Family Law?

The Legal 500 2017 edition says about us:

  • The best in Harrogate for financial proceedings arising from divorce”.
  • Clients single out the firm’s diligence in ‘leaving no stone unturned; its very quick response times, detailed knowledge and thorough approach amounts to a first-rate level of service’”.

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