Jones Myers shares expertise with next generation of family lawyers

Jones Myers shares expertise with next generation of family lawyers

Jones Myers experts have shared insights with students from Leeds Beckett University into how collaborative family law and mediation can assist divorcing couples.

Consultant Norman Taylor and partner Nicki Mitchell, who is also a trained mediator, explained how the processes can help to avoid costly, traumatic and public litigation in court and put particular emphasis on the interests of any children involved.

The session, which took place at the Leeds office of Jones Myers, which also has bases in Harrogate and York, received positive feedback from students.

Commenting on the session, Emily Hughes said: “It was very insightful to see a genuine, no nonsense view of what it is to be a family law solicitor. We could not have had nicer or more approachable people leading the session.”

Tailer Punton commented: “I am grateful to Jones Myers for allowing us to find out more about collaborative family law and the process of mediation. So, thank you to you all, the insight has encouraged me to go even further in my legal aspirations.”

Fellow student Sian Thurkettle added: “As a law student we don’t really get the opportunity to talk to solicitors and I would say that the session offered me a wealth of knowledge in regard to life in the family sector.”

“Not only did it provide me with helpful advice but also an opportunity to work with in the group and look at examples of situations we may deal with. Giving a more realistic idea of what day to day life would entail. I believe this has been a useful stepping stone in seeing where I want to be in the future.”

Taylor, whose involvement with Leeds Beckett University and mentoring students spans several years, said: “Aligned with the firm’s ethos of helping to mentor and develop the next generation, it’s rewarding to receive such upbeat feedback and help students with their aspirations and careers.”

Mitchell added: “It was a pleasure to spend time with young people at the start of their legal career.  Their enthusiasm and interest gave us a real boost.”

Pictured: Norman Taylor and Nicki Mitchell with Leeds Beckett University students
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