Below are details of the friendly team of family law specialists and divorce solicitors who will look after your case at Barnes Family Law.
The team is led by Alison Barnes, Managing Partner of the Year 2015, as voted for by the attendees of the Yorkshire Legal Awards.
Alison Barnes – Solicitor / Director
I am 46 and I live with my partner, who is a police officer, and my two sons who are 20 and 10. I divorced 19 years ago but thankfully remain on good terms. My parents are a retired police officer and teacher, and now spend most of their time in France which is good for escaping to occasionally.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 but have over 20 years experience of the legal profession. Prior to that I had various jobs including Yellow Pages (regional sales) and working 12 hour night shifts on the factory floor in a plastic injection moulding factory. As the only female this was often challenging and always hard work!
I started Barnes Family Law in 2010 following a bout of swine flu and pneumonia that landed me in a coma and on a life support machine. I have not looked back and enjoy the different challenges every day brings. My objective from the start was to make sure all my clients received the level of service and client care that I felt they should have and, I hope, based on the feedback we get that we have achieved that.
My eldest son is just finishing his third year at University and plans to go on to be an Architect whilst my youngest son plans to be either a chef or a professional footballer. In what little spare time I have I enjoy skiing and riding motorbikes up trees!
Sally Clark – Solicitor / Director
I live with my fiancé, my two children who are 9 and 6 and my fiancé’s grown up children. We have a lively household! I understand the process of divorce and separation having gone through it myself. As such I am very aware of how challenging separation can be particularly where there are children involved. My personal experiences as well as my 13 years of legal experience as a solicitor and mediator equips me with skills to help both parties through the most challenging of times.
Before I became a lawyer and mediator I did a degree in mental health and spent my early 20’s working as a mental health nurse. I have significant experience of working with children and young people dealing with mental health issues, quite often precipitated by family breakdown. This experience has really assisted me in my work as a Child Inclusive Mediator, an area in which I specialise.
When I am not working or running after children I am a keen runner and love getting outdoors.
Anneka Howie – Facilities & Accounts Manager
I am 30 and up until 6 years ago I ran the family business with my father. I worked in a garage where I spent all day in overalls running the office but also in the workshop where I was a qualified MOT tester and worked as a mechanic. Unfortunately my father became seriously ill and the garage closed.
I met Alison who gave me a foot on the ladder to a whole new career and I have been with Barnes Family Law for 5 years now. I have used my existing office skills but also developed a whole new set which I hope to progress within Barnes Family Law.
I love my job and the people I work with. I get job satisfaction knowing we help people start a new chapter of their lives.
I love to ski and have a large family and close knit group of friends that keep me busy and happy.
Lesley Pugh – Legal Secretary
I am 47 years old and have worked as a Legal Secretary for 32 years, I have been with Barnes Family Law for nearly 3 years now. I am married to my second husband and have two children, a boy aged 18 and a girl aged 10. My son is heavily into rugby and I spend many a happy wet hour on the touchline watching him, and hopefully he will be going to university in September. My daughter loves swimming and is close to obtaining her gold award. She has also probably watched 1 million tutorials on the internet on how to do hair, make-up and nails. I do try to have my own activities as I like exercise classes but being a mum (especially the taxi bit) comes first.
On a daily basis I do general administration tasks, typing, answering the phones and keeping the files in good order.
I really enjoy working with the people I work with and the type of work we do. We work as an excellent Team.