Pioneering collaborative family lawyer retires after 46 years

Pictured are Norman Taylor, centre, with Jones Myers directors Richard Peaker, left, and Andrew Fox 09 September 2021 All Images Copyright Paul David Drabble - All rights Reserved - Moral Rights Asserted -

Jones Myers family law expert Norman Taylor – who led the way in collaborative family law in Yorkshire – is stepping down after 46 years in the profession.

Practising family law exclusively for over a quarter of a century, Norman has tirelessly championed collaborative family law which avoids delays, stress and high costs associated with going to Court.

Norman’s commitment to developing the next generation of family lawyers has seen him involved in Leeds Beckett University’s Professional Mentoring Scheme since 2019. He has played a key role in facilitating the University’s Law School’s pro bono Law Clinic for students for the past three years.

Jones Myers director and partner Richard Peaker said: “Norman has been a valued member of our team since coming on board eleven years ago. He is highly respected among his colleagues and peers regionally and nationally for seeking innovative solutions to financial issues. We wish Norman a long and happy retirement.”

Norman added: “It has been a privilege to serve as a lawyer for over four decades and experience unprecedented legal and technological advancements including the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce over the course of my career.

“Jones Myers’ reputation for consistently delivering the best bespoke solutions for clients along with its exceptional client care and service attracted me to the top-ranking firm. I wish my colleagues and the practice every success as it continues to go from strength to strength.”

Jones Myers partner, Nicki Mitchell, a trained mediator and the first collaborative family lawyer in York, said it had been a privilege to have known and worked with Norman.

Nicki said: “Norman is a consummate professional whose vision, commitment to, and passion for collaborative family law has been tireless and outstanding. He will be sorely missed.”

Jones Myers, which has offices in Leeds, Harrogate and York, has consistently retained its top tier regional rankings in the Chambers and Legal 500 guides for over two decades.

The latest Legal 500 rankings praise the practice, which marks its 30th anniversary in 2022, as “the county’s premier niche practice law firm.”

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