- Director of Family Services

Emma Pearmaine - Director of Family Services - Leeds
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Based in: Leeds


Family Law


Emma has built up a wealth of experience in family law including divorce law, ancillary relief and child matters. Emma joined Simpson Millar LLP as a Partner and Head of the Family Law Team in April 2010 and was made Director of Family Legal Services in February 2015. Prior to joining she worked as a Partner at Chadwick Lawrence, managing the family department. She qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and then as a collaborative lawyer in 2007.

Emma was recently awarded "Lawyer of the Year 2014" in the Modern Law Magazine Awards for her contribution to the success of the family practice as evidenced by strong management and leadership.

Quoted in Chambers and Partners 2017 as follows: A specialist in domestic violence cases, ancillary relief and private children law, Emma Pearmaine co-leads the department. She wins acclaim for her calm approach and ability to navigate through complex points of law. A recent client enthuses: "I would recommend her to anyone!"

Emma is recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016 for her work in the family law sector. Clients recommend Emma Pearmaine.


Emma is a member of Law Society's Family Law and Family Law Advanced, Children Law and Ancillary Relief Panels, as well as Resolution – First for Family Law. Emma qualified as a mediator in December 2011 is also a member of the Family Court's Unions Group, and an Trustee for CAADV (Corporate Alliance against Domestic Violence).

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I instructed Emma Pearmaine to help me with my very difficult divorce. I found her to be professional and efficient. Her advice throughout the process was not only completely in my best interest but was also sympathetic to the difficulty of the divorce. I would highly recommend her talents to help anyone who is looking for a very good divorce lawyer.

Emma quickly grasped an unusual and complex long running issue. She offered calm knowledgeable advice and planning at every stage of a very involved court process lasting over a year. After each meeting with Emma, I felt more positive of a good outcome and was reassured by her confident approach in what was a very stressful and emotive case. After a successful final hearing and owing to Emma’s team’s hard work I have obtained a life changing court order to secure my children’s financial future. Ending six years of financial struggle and frustration with a father who was avoiding his responsibility and running circles around the CSA and its tribunal process. Thank you Emma for helping us to resolve a horrible and stressful situation. My family can now move on with our lives.

I initially chose to visit Emma Pearmaine in order to ask for advice regarding my problematic marriage and my decision to exit such. There was not, nor has there been, any pressure put upon me to " get on with it!". It was extremely important to me that I could trust opinions and advice offered to me, I was able to plan ahead and I felt in control. Emma's approach and understanding of my particular situation has been totally professional and supportive to the nth degree! I think that one of her strengths is that Emma sees you as a person with faults, weaknesses and strengths we are all capable of displaying, and she is willing and has the patience to work with them. Emma also has an extensive wealth of experience and has an efficient team in her department. Further afield, the network of support she has access to in the areas which inevitably overlap issues around divorce is phenomenal. Emma's ability to foresee problems and read a situation is a skill which comes into it's own.

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