Raworths: Is it worth paying for a private Financial Dispute Resolution?

Carmelita Ardren

Head of the Family unit and Solicitor

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I am mum to two high school age girls.
Originally from Durham, I have lived in Harrogate for almost 20 years and consider myself to possess essential “Yorkshire qualities”. I am a committed Collaborative lawyer, a member of the Collaborative Regional Committee and an Advanced member of the Law Society Family Law Panel.

In my spare time there is nothing better than a day walking in the Yorkshire hills.

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Ellie Foster

Legal Director

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I hail from the other side of the Pennines but having married a Yorkshireman somewhat inevitably settled in Yorkshire and have now lived here for many years. I specialise in all areas of family law and I have a particular interest in the treatment of pensions on divorce.  I’m a member of Resolution and a collaborative lawyer, committed to a sensible and constructive approach to resolving family law disputes.
My spare time usually involves running the family taxi service for my two children but I do play the bass clarinet in a local wind band and otherwise enjoy cooking and spending time with family.

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Jo Lofthouse

Senior Associate

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I am Harrogate born and bred, having attended Harrogate Ladies College and Rossett High School. In my spare time I ride off-road motorbikes and regularly compete both in the UK and abroad. When not throwing myself around a muddy course I am also a keen baker, and I am steadily learning Spanish. My special area of interest is in connection with financial issues surrounding separation and divorce, in particular where there are farming issues.

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Claire Hunter


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I am originally from Yorkshire having left to work in London for around ten years. I am now well and truly settled back into Yorkshire life.

I am a member of Resolution and specialise in all aspects of Family Law.

I have two young children aged 3 and 6 who keep me busy in my spare time. I also enjoy keeping fit, cooking and gardening.

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Lucy Westmoreland

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

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I have two daughters aged 6 and 10 who attend a local primary school and I am Harrogate through and through, having attended St Peter’s Primary School and Harrogate Grammar School. I am an Associate of CILEx and am currently partway through my studies to become a Chartered Legal Executive. I am a member of Resolution and assist in all aspects of Family Law.

In my spare time, when not ferrying my children to various activities, I play clarinet in a local band and also enjoy reading, walking and spending time with friends and family.

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