Left to Right – Joe Ailion, Jo-Anna Jellings and Cara Nutall.

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Further expansion for Simpson Millar Family Law team with triple hire in Manchester

Leading national consumer law firm Simpson Millar has announced the appointment of Cara Nuttall as a new Family Law Partner in a move which furthers the firm’s ambitious expansion plans for 2021.

Cara is joined by experienced Senior Associate, Jo-Anna Jellings and Solicitor, Joe Ailion.

Joining from Manchester-based solicitors JMW, Cara and her team specialise in domestic and international surrogacy, international abduction, and complex children issues such as parental alienation, domestic and international relocation, physical abuse and coercive control and cases involving extended family members.

Together, the team regularly appears in the High Court and comes with a string of ground-breaking reported cases to its name.

Cara is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the North West by the prestigious legal directory the Legal 500. She has practised family law exclusively since 2006; representing clients all over the country and abroad, assisted by Jo-Anna and Joe, who both come with their own following.

Cara’s arrival at Simpson Millar marks the 10th new addition to the team since the start of the year and follows a string of ‘strategic appointments’ for the firm’s Family Law team, which is working to bolster its national network of ‘top-quality lawyers’ and its private client offering across the country.

The move forms part of Simpson Millar’s ambitions to ‘open’ up the law to make it easier for people to get legal help and support when they need it.

Commenting on the expansion David Lister, Partner and National Head of the department said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Cara, Jo-Anna and Joe to the team.

“Their experience and expertise in some of the most complex and emerging areas of family law is unrivalled, and the addition of a modern families arm represents our commitment to opening up the law to all family types.

“How families are formed has evolved so much and the law needs to move faster to catch up. Cara has been at the forefront of that campaign for many years now and with lawyers as technically brilliant and ambitious as Jo-Anna and Joseph are, I’m excited to see just how far they can go with our support.

“Our collective aim is to be the people-centred legal solution provider of choice and when we talk about people, we really do mean everyone.

“We want to make the law less complicated and to open up the process of separation and family breakdown, but also support those who are choosing or have no other option but to start their families in different ways.

“What’s really exciting is that Cara’s team could have had their pick of firms and they chose us.”

Cara, who will be based out of Simpson Millar’s Manchester and London offices, added: “I feel very excited to be joining David and the team. Simpson Millar is certainly a forward-thinking firm, and I am delighted to be able to continue the work they have been doing to be inclusive and diverse.

“In family law it is important that we do not just focus on the traditional family model, but on recognising the range of family units and the different challenges they face. We have shown we can offer the right legal services at important times in our clients’ lives and push boundaries to change the face of family law.

“I am delighted to be part of the Family Law team’s rapid expansion and look forward to being part of a national network of top-quality lawyers at Simpson Millar.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Hannah Butler .

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