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Leading Manchester lawyer returns to Chester as new Head of Family
January 2019

One of the best known Family Lawyers in the North West has joined Chester law firm, Jolliffe & Co LLP as Head of their Family Law team. Elizabeth Hassall returns to Chester from Manchester where she was running her own city centre boutique firm.

Elizabeth joins with over 30 years of experience as a Family Law Solicitor. She is returning to her roots as she is a farmer’s daughter born in Malpas, South Cheshire. Elizabeth undertook her Law Society exams in Guildford before settling in Chester where she developed her reputation at Hill Dickinson for 11 years and thereafter in Manchester as Head of Family for Top 50 Law Firms Halliwells and Gateley LLP.

Elizabeth chaired the Greater Manchester Collaborative Law Group in 2014 before establishing her own family law practice in 2015. She is an Accredited Specialist of Resolution (a specialist family law body). Elizabeth is listed as a “leading individual” in family law in the North West by both of the principle legal directories – Legal 500 and Chambers UK. Legal 500 describe Elizabeth as “professional and sensitive.

She deals with things calmly and firmly and is a very polished Solicitor and an excellent tactician. She is also an excellent negotiator.” In Chambers UK she is referred to as “maintaining her longstanding reputation for family law. Her extensive expertise encompasses pre-nuptial agreements and high value divorces.” She earns praise for “knowing exactly what she is doing”. Elizabeth specialises in the financial aspects either on a breakdown of a marriage or a cohabiting relationship frequently involving business or complex asset structures. She also has extensive experience in pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, often working with a client’s accountant and financial advisors.

She says; “Clients contact me at what is one of the most difficult and distressing times of their lives. My experience and knowledge of family law must come with an understanding of the emotional needs of clients, their children and frequently their extended families.” She adds; “There is so much change in family law at present with an end to no-fault divorce being proposed, the introduction of civil partnerships for heterosexual couples and the joys of Brexit which will impact upon this area of law.”

Elizabeth is an Advocate of Dispute Resolution having trained specifically as a Collaborative Lawyer and enjoys negotiating wherever possible around a table. She has worked with high profile international sports and business people which has included jurisdictional issues with assets overseas. Elizabeth joins an established team, Helen Davies and Chelsey Bayliss are 8 and 5 years qualified respectively.

Together they are able to provide expertise on all aspects of Family Law including (Private) children and Cohabitation advice. Simon Williams, Managing Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial at Jolliffes said; “We attract high quality work and clients in all areas of business. We pride ourselves on our level of service, quality of expertise and experience. Elizabeth’s appointment is further evidence of our commitment to building a strong and talented team for growth and helping to deliver the firm’s ambitions as a Tier One Legal 200 law firm.”

Elizabeth was named “Cheshire woman in business” by Trinity Mirror which recognised her outstanding and inspirational contribution as a local businesswoman to both her business and the wider community at the Cheshire Business Awards in 2006. Elizabeth lives near Malpas and combines interests in gardening, travel and swimming.

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