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We are here to offer you specialist advice on separation, divorce and remarriage later in life. Meet our team of experts to provide you with a tailor made service to assist you. At GLC we have experienced lawyers who are specialists in this area of law.

At GLC we offer Mediation Services.

You can email us to make a self-referral for mediation or your Solicitor can refer you.

Our qualified mediators are experienced in helping you and your spouse to discuss all issues relating to your separation. This can include helping you to reach an agreement about a Divorce or Judicial Separation, housing arrangements, pensions and other finances.

If we are advising you and representing you in your Divorce we might ask you to consider mediation and we would refer you a mediator, whilst we hold your hand in the background and advise you through the process.

To get a case to Court, a couple have to have attended a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). The mediator will use this opportunity to explain to each spouse about how mediation can help them resolve issues. The mediator will also explain how mediation works and will also assess if your case is suitable for mediation. If it is, the mediator will set up a joint meeting. The mediator will then assist you in trying to reach a mutual settlement. This takes work and compromise on both sides and can be really difficult for both. However, if successful it is worth it. It takes far less time, and costs far less money.

If Mediation is not successful or if you are assessed as unsuitable for mediation then you can make an application to the Court and ask a Judge to impose a financial settlement.


We believe in making access to the right advice as simple as possible. Often, we can make a real difference in a single or planned series of phone advice sessions from as little as £75. Call today to speak to our enquiry team for a free initial consultation.

Our Team

Emma Pearmaine

Emma Pearmaine

Managing Director
Emma Pearmaine is a family and matrimonial specialist. For almost 20 years, she has represented clients in divorce and children cases. She has particular niche expertise in matrimonial cases involving challenging business, pension, maintenance and other finance issues....
Vicky Meds

Vicky Medd

Vicky Medd is a family solicitor with over 20 years experience.  She is an accredited specialist with Resolution and has a lot of experience of financial relief, and child disputes.  Vicky was also recently involved in one of the first family arbitration cases in the country and has a lot of experience in dealing with cases as expeditiously as possible, whilst achieving the best outcomes for clients....
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Kate Hames

Kate joined the Family and Matrimonial Department at Ridley & Hall Solicitors in 2020. Having graduated with a degree in Law from Northumbria University, Kate spent over 12 years working for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service in Leeds, developing her legal knowledge and acumen within both their criminal and family law departments....

Emma Hopkins Jones

Emma joined Ridley & Hall as a Partner in September 2020. Emma is an experienced family law specialist, practising in all areas of private family law. Emma’s expertise in financial issues on separation, and in particular cases involving unmarried couples, was recognised in the Legal 500 2017....
Shelley Harper

Shelley Harper

Shelley joined Ridley & Hall Solicitors in 2020 and is a Solicitor in our family department having qualified in 2018. Shelley completed her Law Degree at Sheffield Hallam University and continued her studies at BPP University Law School in Leeds....
Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts

Karen Roberts has well over 20 years practice experience as a Family Solicitor and has a warm, and approachable style. She undertakes all areas of Family Law work, representing individuals facing difficult children’s issues, domestic abuse concerns and divorces/separations involving the resolution of financial issues. She represents parents and grandparents in care proceedings brought by the Local Authority and where family and children’s placements have broken down. ...

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