- 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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Travel, cooking and spending time with my family.

collaborative family lawyer Modern Law Awards 2014 Winner - Lawyer of the YearThe Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms


I would like to thank you (Emma Pearmaine) for representing me during my divorce. I was very impressed with the excellent service I received, and found your positive and fair approach to my situation, both supportive and helpful during a difficult time. You took time to listen and advise me in a direct and informative way, and I would not hesitate to recommend your services to others.

My objective, was to protect my rights and time with my children and cement my position as a Dad, (which as far as I was concerned was in jeopardy) and set out a framework which reflected my time with the boys to date, and also something which will be acceptable and fair for both now and the future. We achieved all of that I'm happy to say.

As a mother with two small children, I felt overwhelmed when faced with divorce. Emma Pearmaine was recommended to me and I have not once regretted contacting her to guide me through the proceedings. Emma could identify with the dilemmas that I was facing, as she is a working mother herself. She listened carefully to what I was saying and gave me fair and accurate advice. Costs were an issue for me and Emma ensured that they were kept to an absolute minimum. I couldn’t have wished for better legal support. We concluded that the best way forward was to go through the mediation process using a third party solicitor. At each stage Emma explained what was expected of me and supported me throughout. The mediation session was held at a neutral location with both parties and the independent mediator. I was nervous that the day would be filled with confrontation, but was pleasantly surprised. Both parties had their own rooms in which to discuss the agreement and the mediator liaised between us. A satisfactory agreement was reached, largely due to Emma’s professional expertise. I can’t recommend Emma and her team highly enough.

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