By: 19 June 2019
Keebles to host memorial celebration for former head of family law

Keebles is hosting a memorial celebration on 21 June to remember Vanessa Fox, the firm’s former head of family law, who recently passed away following a long illness.

A committed and highly skilled family lawyer who is lauded in the latest Legal 500 Guide for being efficient, caring and robust, and for her passion for collaboration, Vanessa led the family law department since 1991.

Vanessa’s valuable contribution to, and passion for, family law over more than three decades extended to the wider legal community where her many achievements included increasing membership and collaboration as chair of South Yorkshire Resolution from 2013 to 2017.

Vanessa was held in high esteem by her colleagues and peers, who are invited to attend the informal celebration, which commences at 3pm at Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield.

Michele Wightman, who leads the private client department at Keebles, said: “As well as her exceptional ability it was Vanessa’s kindness and empathy for her clients that set her apart. Her passing leaves a big hole in the South Yorkshire legal community.”

Keebles partner Paul Trudgill, who has known and worked with Vanessa for 26 years, said: “Vanessa’s enormous contribution to the firm speaks for itself, and while everyone will have their own memory of her, what I will remember is her wit, charm and glorious eccentricity.”

“Vanessa left an indelible impression on everyone she met or worked with—and we all miss her greatly. We would like to welcome all those who knew and worked with Vanessa over the years to join us to celebrate her life and career.”

For information on the Vanessa Fox Memorial Service, contact or call 0114 290 6355.