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Meet the Team

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Sally Clark

Director

I live with my fiancé, my two children who are 9 and 6 and my fiancé's grown up children. We have a lively household! I understand the process of divorce and separation having gone through it myself. 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 13 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 20's 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 46 and I live with my partner, who is a police officer, and my two sons who are 20 and 10. I divorced 19 years ago but thankfully remain on good terms. My parents are a retired police officer and teacher, and now spend most of their time in France which is good for escaping to occasionally.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 but have over 20 years experience of the legal profession. Prior to that I had various jobs including Yellow Pages (regional sales) and working 12 hour night shifts on the factory floor in a plastic injection moulding factory. As the only female this was often challenging and always hard work!

I started Barnes Family Law in 2010 following a bout of swine flu and pneumonia that landed me in a coma and 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 they should have and, I hope, based on the feedback we get that we have achieved that.

My eldest son is just finishing his third year at University and plans to go on to be an Architect whilst my youngest son plans to be either a chef or a professional footballer. In what little spare time I have I enjoy skiing and riding motorbikes up trees!

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Jason Deacon

Chartered Legal Executive

I am 45, married and the proud father of our 3 year old daughter. I left school and began work as an office assistant at a high street practice in Leeds, then moved into their family department and began training as a family advisor.  I have therefore worked within the legal profession throughout my working life.

I qualified as a Legal Executive in 2000 and have experience and understanding of all types of family law matters. I am also a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Advanced Financial Provision, Children Law and Domestic Abuse.

I have always enjoyed physical activities, having regularly played football and undertaken a great deal of hiking in the UK and abroad.  I have not had enough time to do much of these activities though since I , perhaps foolishly, began playing golf about 5 years ago.  I have since discovered that it is one of the most rewarding sports to do whilst at the same time is definitely the most frustrating.

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Anneka Howie

Facilities & Accounts Manager

I am 30 and up until 6 years ago I ran the family business with my father. I worked in a garage where I spent all day in overalls running the office but also in the workshop where I was a qualified MOT tester and worked as a mechanic. Unfortunately my father became seriously ill and the garage closed.

I met Alison who gave me a foot on the ladder to a whole new career and I have been with Barnes Family Law for 5 years now. I have used my existing office skills but also developed a whole new set which I hope to progress within Barnes Family Law.

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

I love to ski and have a large family and close knit group of friends that keep me busy and happy.

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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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