Gateley provides a specialist family law service with a team based in Manchester. Elizabeth Hassall heads up the family law team, assisted by Esther Edmondson and Joanne Radcliff.
Elizabeth specialises in high net worth divorce and co-habitee cases, frequently involving business and partnership assets as well as pension shares which clearly affect pre-existing pension arrangements. Tax is a frequent ingredient, particularly when transferring assets or having to sell assets in order to raise capital.
Elizabeth has increasingly advised on ‘before the event’ documents to include pre-nuptial and co-habitation agreements. The team also advises on private Children Act applications to include financial applications, residence, contact, parental responsibility and specific issue.
Our family team work closely with other professionals to include forensic accountants, financial advisers and banks. This often provides a possibility for referral work as well as a ‘united’ approach when attempting to think creatively in relation to settlement proposals. Elizabeth has developed a collaborative law practice which provides an alternative to the court routes when parties are separating.
Elizabeth is an Accredited Specialist of Resolution as well as a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

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Elizabeth specialises in divorce, cohabitation cases, pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, private Children Act applications and Collaborative Law

Elizabeth is tier one in the Chambers directory and recommended in Legal 500. She is one of the "leading lights" in the Greater Manchester Collaborative Family Law Group.


  • Gateley

    Head of Family Law
    2010 - Current
  • Halliwells LLP

    Head of Family Law
    2008 - 2010
  • Hill Dickinson LLP

    Head of Family Law
    1998 - 2008
    Hill Dickinson LLP


Elizabeth is an Accredited member of the Resolution Specialist panel and the Law Society Family Law Panel. Elizabeth is also a trained collaborative lawyer.

Interests and Hobbies

Elizabeth enjoys gardening (well weeding really!), swimming and travel.

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