Berwins Solicitors

Sarah Smith

Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in 1996, practising in London until she relocated to North Yorkshire and joined Berwins in July 2008. Sarah became a Director on Berwins’ incorporation in 2009 and, in her role of Director of Personal Development ensures the harmonious running of the firm and that all staff maximize their development through training and regular appraisals. Sarah’s work area is family law; specialising in relationship breakdown for married couples, unmarried couples and Civil Partners.

Sarah is trained as a Collaborative Lawyer and is a member of Resolution. She brings a progressive and pragmatic approach to resolving family disputes. Her clients benefit from the good understanding she develops of each family’s particular circumstances and the solutions tailored to individual needs. Her specialism and experience have been recognised with membership of the Law Society’s family Panel and Accredited Specialist status from Resolution as well as contributing to the team’s recognition in the Legal 500. Sarah was designated a leader in her field by Chambers and Partners in 2010 and 2011.

Stephen Root

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1985 joining Myers & Co. He became a partner in that firm and later in Berwins after the merger of the two firms in 2002. He is now a Director specialising in family law, leading the Legal 500 recommended family team.

Stephen was one of the first members of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and is a member of Resolution, a Solicitors’ association dedicated to seeking constructive solutions to matrimonial issues. He is also one of the first accredited collaborative lawyers in Harrogate and heads the local collaborative group. He was designated by Chambers and Partners a leader in his field in 2010 and 2011. He gives training and presentations to groups such as CAB advisers and NYCC social workers on collaborative law. Stephen can often be heard commenting on family issues on the local radio station Stray FM. He has substantial experience in relation to farming businesses and having gained experience in a breadth of legal areas is able to bring a pragmatic approach to clients’ cases. He is also the company’s regulatory and compliance officer.

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