One big happy family merger


Simpson Millar LLP has merged with one of Yorkshire’s oldest family law firms as they seek to establish the region’s leading family law department.

McAras Merge with Simpson Millar

Launched in 1984 by Bob McAra, the firm became widely recognised as one of Yorkshire’s pre-eminent family and matrimonial advisers to individuals and couples. Bob’s wife Judith joined McAras in 1988 – bringing with her extensive expertise in divorce finance and issues regarding contact and the residence of children.

“We have been considering a merger for some time but it had to be the right fit. Often at a difficult time in their life, our clients expect the highest level of service and a personable approach from a solicitor who genuinely cares about them. That is what we found at Simpson Millar,” said Bob McAra who has been a family lawyer for more than 30 years and launched the business in 1984.

Emma Pearmaine joined Simpson Millar as head of Family Law in 2010. Keen to expand the department to serve growing demand, she has been the driving force behind the merger and the launch of a dedicated mediation service for families earlier this year.

“Family law is a key area of growth for Simpson Millar. It is a practice area which demands sensitivity, experience and a real focus on helping couples arrive at a viable compromise that works for everyone," said Emma. She added: “Bob and Judith are two of the region’s most experienced family law practitioners and I am delighted that they and their team agreed to join Simpson Millar. Our clients will benefit hugely from their expertise.”

The merger has seen all the firm’s 17 employees join Simpson Millar. The firm's family Law team will continue to service clients from McAras' Park Place offices in Leeds.

Peter Watson, managing partner of Simpson Millar said: “We are always interested in joining forces with firms that share our approach to client service. McAras is not only well recognised for its extensive family law expertise but for caring and going the extra mile for clients; offering couples honest and practical advice that helps them move on. Those are values we share and the foundation for how we want to grow the Family Law department.”

Picture attached (l-r): Bob McAra, Emma Pearmaine, Judith McAra

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