Jane Auty

Partner, Regional Head of Family Law


Jane joined Simpson Millar in 2015 and heads the team of Family Law and Divorce Solicitors in Leeds. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 and has practiced family law throughout her career.

Jane specialises in divorce finances and has extensive experience in guiding clients through all aspects of family breakdown. She has a strong reputation for dealing with complex high net worth financial cases where there is an overseas element, business assets, pensions, trust or a farming element.

She also helps draw up separation agreements, intended to give couples financial certainty before and after a divorce.

Jane has considerable experience in resolving relationship breakdown from all types of families, including unmarried couples, same sex relationships and inter-family relationship.

She is skilled in drafting and negotiating prenup and postnuptial agreement settlements.

Jane provides practical legal advice, and prefers to negotiate settlements wherever possible. Her aim is to find creative, amicable and constructive outcomes for her clients. She has a conciliatory but firm approach with a keen focus on resolving disputes in the most cost effective manner. 

Jane strongly believes the first route to settlement should be by way of attempting to achieve an amicable resolution but equally has a wealth of experience in taking matters through the court system when a more structure approach is necessary. 

Having trained as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2006, Jane is a passionate advocate of the process. Jane is a member of Dovetail, a collaborative law group, and is committed to promoting a non-confrontational and cost-effective solution for her clients.

Jane is a member of Resolution and sits on the West and North Yorkshire Resolution committee. She is actively campaigning for policy change in family law and as a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group has presented a paper arguing for the introduction of a ‘no-fault’ divorce law.

Jane runs a mentoring scheme with students interested in a career in law and runs a free legal advice clinic at the Simpson Millar offices each Tuesday morning.

Interests outside of work

Jane is a long-standing (and often long-suffering) season ticket holder at Leeds United. She has a great love of music and regularly attends the new Leeds arena.

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