Family and Divorce Staff

Photo of Emily Atkinson Emily Atkinson CILEX Paralegal
0151 239 1085
Photo of Hazel Bacon Hazel Bacon Solicitor / Head of Family Law
0151 239 1072

Hazel is our head of family law. With over 30 years of family law experience she has been an accredited specialist with Resolution in the areas of domestic abuse and child law since 2002.

Hazel represents both private and publicly funded clients and advises on all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, cohabitation, domestic violence, financial provision and matters involving children.

She is well known and highly regarded for her down to earth approach and commitment to the highest level of client service.

Photo of Rob Close Rob Close Trainee Solicitor
0151 239 1029

Rob joined the family department as a trainee solicitor in May 2022, having worked in family law as a paralegal in Merseyside for several years. Rob has a particular focus on children law, an area in which he regularly appears in court representing clients in cases concerning serious allegations of domestic abuse. Rob also regularly advises parents in relation to proceedings involving social services.

Alongside completion of his training contract, Rob is currently studying for a Masters degree in Law, with his dissertation focusing on the topic of parental alienation in family court proceedings.  Rob prides himself on his approachable and empathetic approach with clients.

Photo of Donna Dean Donna Dean Solicitor
0151 239 1083

Donna is a Solicitor within our family department. With over 20 years of family law experience she has been a member of the Family Law Panel and then the Advanced Family Law Panel since 2006.

Donna represents both private and publicly funded clients and advises on all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, cohabitation, domestic violence, financial provision and matters involving children.

She has represented clients in both the Family Proceedings Court and County Court.

She is well known and highly regarded for her sympathetic, understanding and approachable persona and is committed to the highest level of client service.

Photo of Shannon Gilboy Shannon Gilboy Trainee Solicitor
0151 239 1008

Shannon joined us a a paralegal in our family department in March 2021 She commenced her trainee solicitor contract in March 2022.

She is a first point of contact for new enquiries.

Photo of Emma Kidd Emma Kidd Clerk
0151 239 1140
Photo of Rebecca Manley Rebecca Manley Solicitor
0151 239 1131

Rebecca graduated with Honours in Law from the University of Liverpool in 2011. As part of her training she advised across all areas of law including civil litigation and criminal law, before qualifying as a solicitor in family law, where she found her passion. Since then, Rebecca has dealt with complex family law cases and advises on all areas including divorce and financial matters, as well as children law.

Rebecca has a particular interest in children law, where she has represented clients in cases involving child sexual abuse allegations, fabricated or induced illness and non-accidental injury cases, in all courts including the Court of Appeal. She is also regularly instructed by the Office of the Official Solicitor and has worked with Leading Counsel (QCs).

In recognition of her achievements as a senior lawyer, Rebecca gained Higher Rights of Audience in civil proceedings in 2014 and is accredited by the Law Society as a member of the Children Law scheme.

Rebecca prides herself on her honest and down to earth approach with clients.

Photo of Gayle McCoubrey Gayle McCoubrey Solicitor
0151 239 1084

Gayle is a solicitor in our family department.

She graduated from Liverpool John Moores with a Masters of Laws in 2019, and has since practised in family law.

Gayle represents both private and publicly funded clients and advises on all aspects of family law, including domestic abuse, divorce, private children matters and children matters involving the Local Authorities.

Photo of Kristy Shea Kristy Shea Paralegal
0151 239 1092

Kristy is currently on maternity leave.

Photo of Amanda Sime Amanda Sime Solicitor
0151 239 1130

Amanda graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016. Having practised in the field of personal injury law and following a year of travel, she returned to specialise in family law.

Amanda works mainly in connection with children cases and is studying for her Masters’ in this area of law. She completed her training contract with Canter Levin & Berg and was admitted as a solicitor in March 2022.

Amanda sits on the committee of the Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division (MJLD), as well as the Law Society Editorial, Access to Justice and Family sub-committees.