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Meet the Team

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Sally Clark

Director

I live with my fiancé, my two children, who are 10 and 7, and our cocker spaniel. I understand the process of divorce and separation having gone through it myself a number of years ago. As such I am very aware of how challenging separation can be particularly where there are children involved. My personal experiences, as well as my 15 years of legal experience as a solicitor and mediator, equips me with skills to help both parties through the most challenging of times.

Before I became a lawyer and mediator I did a degree in mental health and spent my early 20s working as a mental health nurse. I have significant experience of working with children and young people dealing with mental health issues, quite often precipitated by family breakdown. This experience has really assisted me in my work as a Child Inclusive Mediator, an area in which I specialise.

When I am not working or running after children I am a keen runner and love getting outdoors.

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Alison Barnes

Director

I am 48 and live with my partner who is a police officer. I divorced around 19 years ago but thankfully remain on good terms. I have two sons who are 22 and 12. My eldest is doing his Master’s Degree in Architecture, loves Huddersfield Town and plays semi-professional football. My youngest has just started high school and lives for his rugby, playing for both his school and a local team.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 but have over 22 years’ experience in family law. Prior to that I had various jobs including regional sales for Yellow Pages and working 12 hour night shifts on the factory floor of a plastic moulding factory. As the only female this was often challenging and always hard work.

I set up Barnes Family Law in 2010 following a bout of swine flu and pneumonia that landed me in a coma on a life support machine. I have not looked back and enjoy the different challenges every day brings. My objective from the start was to make sure all my clients received the level of service and client care that I felt should have and, I hope, based on the feedback we get we have achieved that.

When I am not at work or standing on the touchline watching the boys, I love skiing and riding motorbikes up trees!

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Anneka Howie

Facilities & Accounts Manager

I am 34 and up until 9 years ago I ran the family business alongside my father. I worked in the garage where I spent my days in overalls in the workshop but also managing the day to day running of the business. My father unfortunately became seriously ill and the garage closed.

I then met Alison who gave me a foot on the ladder to a whole new career and I have been here for over 8 years now. I used my existing office skills but also developed a whole new set which I have been given the freedom to develop and progress within the business.

I love my job and the great team of people I work with. I get job satisfaction knowing we help people start a new chapter of their lives.

I really enjoy skiing, traveling, plus I have a large family and close knit group of friends that keep me happy and out of mischief.

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Lesley Pugh

Legal Secretary

I am 50 years old and have worked as a Legal Secretary for 34 years. I have worked here for 6 years now. I am married to my second husband and have two children, a boy aged 21 and a girl aged 13.

My son is just about to finish the third year of his degree in Mathematics.

My daughter has for the past year been a member of The Anchormen, a troop of performers that travels around the country to Winter Guard UK Competitions.  (Google it, it’s amazing). Because it is so physically demanding we have now joined the gym together to keep active, fit and spend some time together.

On a daily basis I do general administration tasks, typing, answering the phones and keep the files in good order. I really enjoy working with the people I work with and the type of work we do. We work as an excellent team.

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Sharon Whitton

Legal Secretary

I am 41 years old and have been working here since January 2019. Prior to this I worked for a criminal defence firm as a legal secretary for almost 10 years. Moving from criminal defence in to family law was a huge change. The change has been made easy by the people I work with who are all friendly, helpful and fun to be around!

I have 2 children, both boys, aged 18 and 13 who are my life. They are very different characters. One loves football and the other is what can only be described as a gaming nerd.

When I’m not in work I love travelling. From sight seeing in cities around the world to relaxing beach breaks in the Caribbean, I’m not fussy!

My duties consist of typing, answering the phones, administration tasks, taking payments and any other tasks that require attention.

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Sara Walker

Legal Secretary

I am 51 years old and have worked as a secretary for 35 years in various sectors, the last three years being in Family Law. The best part of the job is meeting people, although we meet at a difficult time in their lives it is nice to see them come out the other side of the process as they enter a new phase in their lives.

I have been married for 30 years and we have two grown – up children, both girls. The eldest is an Accountant and the youngest is an Actuary. I also have an amazing 3 year old granddaughter who keeps us all on our toes.

My big passion is gardening and interior design which I find really relaxing after spending all week in an office. I also love travelling, not fussy as to where, as long as its sunny and warm.

My daily tasks involve typing, answering the phones, administration and keeping the files in good order.

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Divorce & Separation

We offer up-to-date legal expertise and a Divorce & Separation service you can both trust and rely on.

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Financial & Property

For any couple faced with separation, finances will be a difficult and hotly contested area of discussion.

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Arrangements for Children

We work sympathetically with both parents to avoid any unnecessary upset for the children involved.

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