- 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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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 really just wanted to express my gratitude for all your hard work and the excellent level of care and compassion you showed toward me during what was and still is a difficult time for me.

After being served with messy divorce proceedings I was disgruntled with the “A N Others” legal advice that I was receiving. The spiralling costs and indecisive advice at such an early date in proceedings prompted me to change solicitors. A colleague recommended Simpson Millar to me and I have been more that impressed with the service that I have been given. I did not require daily / weekly updates, I just needed the matter resolved in the professional way I was accustomed. Emma Pearmaine was new to the firm at the time of appointment, and her previous reputation more than exceeded my expectations. She was excellent in dealing with the matters at hand from start to finish and straight to the point – with no punches. The divorce went to a final court hearing and it was reassuring to know that she was at the end of the phone and had on a number of occasions given instant advice when needed. You will not regret appointing Emma to get you through your divorce settlement – I didn’t!

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