Meet The Team

Our solicitors all specialise in a minimum of two areas of law. We feel that this offers you a broader depth of experience. This means that we can often offer you better solutions to your problems and can highlight issues that you may not have considered. Many of our existing clients have found this to be the case.

Jacqueline Emmerson, Family Law, Wills, Probate, Lasting Power of Attorney and Court of Protection
Law Team of The Year - Private Client Law Team of The Year - Private Client

Jacqueline Emmerson - Managing Director

Jacqueline specialises in all aspects of family law including divorce and dissolution, separation, issues relating to contact between children and their parents and other relatives. Jacqueline also deals with financial settlements which can include houses, pensions and business assets. She acts for many business owners.

In addition Jacqueline deals with; Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney, Court of Protection and Probate matters. Her team was short listed for the national Law Society Excellence Awards in 2015 for their expertise in private client work.

Jacqueline is a finalist in the Northern Law Awards 2016. This is in respect of the Law Practice Management Award in recognition of her work in building up Excellence in Client Service, the Culture of Emmersons Solicitors and growing the business during the recession.

With over 25 years experience as a solicitor, Jacqueline has covered most issues that will arise in her areas of law. She is regularly called upon by the local press and radio stations to provide commentary. She gives lectures to North East charities so that their volunteers can understand in more depth the help that their clients need. She is the Honorary Solicitor for SSAFA in the Newcastle area.

Jacqueline trained at Ward Hadaway, she was one of the first and youngest members of the Law Society's specialist Family Law Panel. She is a member of Resolution and a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer.

In her spare time she likes to cycle, swim and spend time with her husband and three children. She also helps to lead children's interactive services at her local church.

Specialist Areas:Family Law, Wills, Probate, Lasting Power of Attorney and Court of Protection.

Located at: Newcastle Office (Gosforth) and Sunderland Office


Michael Robinson, Criminal Law, Prison Law and Motoring and Haulage Law. Law Team of The Year - Private Client

Michael Robinson - Director

Michael is a specialist criminal lawyer with Higher Rights of Audience, meaning that he can represent you not only in the Magistrates Court but also the Crown Court. He has over 22 years of experience in the area of Criminal Law. He is renowned for being an excellent advocate.

Michael has built up a loyal following of clients in respect of his successes in Motoring and Haulage Law. He has helped many of Emmersons Solicitors clients to keep their driving licence and thus has helped them to retain their jobs and often their businesses. Michael is the Motoring Expert of the North.

Michael has also received recommendations from lawyers, accountants and other professionals in respect of White Collar Crime, Fraud and Proceeds of Crime Act matters. He has a very analytical approach when dealing with the financial complexities of such cases.

Michael was educated at Queens University Belfast and Northumbria University. He trained at Eversheds Solicitors. He has designed and presented lectures for Northumbria Police Force, he undertook national research on behalf of the Law Society and he has also lectured to the staff at the Legal Aid Agency.

Other than his family, Michael's main passion is rugby, rugby and rugby.

Specialist Areas: Criminal Law, Prison Law and Motoring and Haulage Law, White Collar Crime and Regulatoray Law.

Located at: Newcastle Office (Gosforth) and Sunderland Office


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Tracey Hammond

The Law Society Excellence Awards 2017

Tracey Hammond - Solicitor (Head of Family Team)

Passionate and committed to her work, Tracey undertakes Family and Private Client Law. She is a member of Solicitors For The Elderly, having passed the Solicitors For The Elderly exams meaning that organisation is willing to signpost work to her. Tracey’s experience in these areas covers literally hundreds of cases in assisting her clients to the best possible outcomes.
Tracey prides herself on explaining every step of the legal process in easy to understand language so that her clients can make informed and best choices for their individual circumstances. Tracey is well liked by our staff and clients, she is a strong leader training our Family and Private Client Teams in both Newcastle and Sunderland as well as offering support to all team members.

Tracey receives a large amount of her work by way of recommendation. She particularly enjoys dealing with older clients. She has recently become a Dementia Friend thus giving her a greater understanding of what our clients and their families are dealing with.

Tracey studied at Exeter University and The College of Law, Guilford. She has travelled extensively in Europe following her family members who were professional musicians. Did you know that Tracey even played with the Halle Orchestra. Tracey's life has always revolved around animals mainly dogs and also ponies when she was younger.

Specialist Areas: Family Law, Private Client, Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection cases

Located at: Sunderland Office and Newcastle (Gosforth) Office

Rona Samuel, Family Lawyer

Rona Samuel- Collaborative Family Lawyer

Rona is a very accomplished Family Lawer with over twenty years of experience in Family and Divorce Law. For many years Rona worked in Hexham and built up a substantial following of clients in the Tyne Valley. She is a trained Family Collaborative Lawyer, her main aim is to help her clients avoid costly and stressful court proceedings. However, should it be necessary to issue or respond to court proceeding, you will find that Rona is a tough negotiator. Rona specialises in all areas of Family Law from straightforward cases to Complex High Net Worth Financial Matters. Her cases often involve business assets, pensions, trusts and property portfolios. She also deals with all matters relating to Arrangements for Children, also known as Custody and Access.

Rona is one of only a handful of Matrimonial Specialists able to deal with the complexity of Farming Divorce and Agricultural Divorce. Having dealt with the same over an extended period. She understands that dealing with the family farm is a very complicated business which requires the use of both an expert lawyer and expertise in accountancy, taxation and trust work.

In her spare time, Rona likes to spend time with her family and visit sites of historical interest.

Specialist Areas: Family Lawyer

Located at: Sunderland Office and Newcastle (Gosforth) Office

Calvin Walker Trainee Solicitor Emmersons Solicitors Newcastle and Sunderland

Calvin Walker - Trainee Solicitor

Calvin grew up in Sunderland and attended St. Aidan's School. He graduated with First Class Honours from Northumbria University. Calvin's clients find him to be very approachable and supportive; he has obtained some excellent results for clients in relation to Child Custody cases and in respect of injunctions.

Specialist Areas: Trainee Solicitor

Located at: Sunderland Office

Stephen Donohue, Conveyancing Solicitor, Residential and Commercial

Stephen Donohue - Conveyancing Solicitor (Head of Conveyancing Department)

Emmersons Solicitors Conveyancing department has more than doubled its activity and turnover. It is known for offering a first class service with clients frequently rating the quality of service 10/10 and 11/10. The vast majority of Stephen's instructions come from either recommended or repeat business which is a testimony to his speed, accuracy, thoroughness and attention to detail.

Some would say that “Conveyancing is Conveyancing is Conveyancing”…Therefore it would seem a good idea to call five solicitors firms and choose the cheapest one. The real cost of conveyancing will only show itself if it goes wrong or something is overlooked. This is when all conveyancing firms are NOT the same.

Stephen studied at Durham University and worked in the North East region before joining Emmersons Solicitors.

Specialist Areas: Conveyancing Solicitor - Residential and Commercial Property work.

Located at: Newcastle Office (Gosforth)

Laura Dobson, Trainee Solicitor

Laura Dobson - Trainee Solicitor

Laura graduated with first class honours from The University of Northumbria in 2015. Originally from Bishop Auckland in County Durham, Laura now works out of our Newcastle, Gosforth office and lives in the city.

Laura is extremely interested in the work that she deals with. Laura represents and emphasises Emmersons Solicitors commitment to the development of only the very best of Lawyers. We are delighted to have her as part of our expanding team.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys going to the gym, keeping fit, cooking and baking at home.

Specialist Areas: Personal and Business Law

Located at: Newcastle Office (Gosforth)

Kathryn Musgrove Conveyancing and Family Law

Kathryn Musgrove - Trainee Solicitor

Kathryn is from South Sheilds and gained a degree in Law from Northumbria University. Kathryn joined Emmersons in late 2016, she is based at our Newcastle office and assists both the Conveyancing and Family Law Teams. She has proved to be a very fast learner, she is well organised and efficient. Kathryn has successfully passed her probationary period as a Paralegal and has now been promoted to Trainee Solicitor.

In her spare time Kathryn likes going to the gym and is a keen climber.

Specialist Areas: Personal Law

Located at: Newcastle (Gosforth) Office

Felicity Nelson

Felicity Nelson - Paralegal

Felicity is from Newcastle upon Tyne and gained a First Class Degree in Law from Northumbria University. Felicity began working for Emmersons in 2012 whilst still at University.

Felicity has been involved in dance and drama for a number of years both at school and University.

Specialist Areas: Personal Law

Located at: Newcastle (Gosforth) Office

Helaina Mawson Conveyancing and Family Law

Helaina Mawson - Legal Assistant

Helaina joined Emmersons recently as a Legal Assistant in our Family Law Team and is based at our Newcastle office. Helaina supports the work of Rona Samuel and Kathryn Musgrove.

Specialist Areas: Family Law

Located at: Newcastle (Gosforth) Office

Joanne Brown - Legal Assistant

Joanne Brown - Legal Assistant

Joanne has over 20 years experience as a Legal Assistant. She runs all of the administration for our conveyancing department. Joanne prides herself on giving detailed and fast quotes to our clients. You will find that if you instruct us to undertake your conveyancing matter, then Joanne will have a full information pack sent out to you either the same day or the next day at the latest.

Joanne also assists Helen Miller head of our Family Law Team.

Specialist Areas: Property Law and Family Law

Located at: Sunderland Office


Abbey Tyrell Family, Conveyancing, Wills Law Team of The Year - Private Client

Abbey Tyrell - Legal Assistant/Conveyancing Fee Earner

Abbey graduated in Criminology from Northumbria University and in July 2014, joined the Emmersons Team as a Legal Assistant.

Abbey has impressed us so much that she now runs her own Conveyancing cases. She receives fantastic feedback from clients, referrers and Estate Agents and is their the main point of contact at Emmersons.

Specialist Areas: Family, Conveyancing, Wills.

Located at: Newcastle Office (Gosforth)


Law Team of The Year - Private Client

Emma Tuckwood - Legal Assistant

Emma has a Masters in History from Newcastle University. She is a Legal Assistant supporting our Solicitors based in Newcastle. Having recently joined Emmersons Emma has settled in very well. She is extremely helpful and friendly to us and our clients as well as being very organised and thorough with her work.

In her spare time, she is very involved with dance.

Located at: Newcastle Office (Gosforth)


John Griffith, Prison Law – parole hearings and independent adjudications. Judicial Review applications. Criminal Law – magistrates’ court representation and representation at Police Station.Law Team of The Year - Private Client

John Griffith - Solicitor (Head of Prison Law)

John is the Prison Law Supervisor for Emmersons Solicitors. He is also a Criminal Law Solicitor. He has represented clients at hundreds of parole and adjudication hearings, with positive outcomes in the vast majority of cases. Has won Judicial Review cases which have resulted in changes in the law relating to prisoners.

John prides himself upon victories in cases other solicitors said were ‘unwinnable’ in the magistrates’ court.

John was successful in having his team short-listed for the Northern Law Awards under the category Crime and Regulatory.

John was educated at Royal Grammar School Newcastle and attended Leeds University and Northumbria University.

Like all of the staff in our Prison Law department John is very involved in Martial Arts.

Specialist Areas: Prison Law – parole hearings and independent adjudications. Judicial Review applications.
Criminal Law – magistrates’ court representation and representation at Police Station.

Located at: Sunderland and Newcastle Office (Gosforth)


Clark Robinson, Criminal Law, Prison Law Accredited Police Station Representative Road Traffic Offences Magistrate's Court Youth Court Crown Court - Serious Fraud and Confiscation Proceedings Criminal Appeals (including applications to CCRC)Law Team of The Year - Private Client

Clark Robinson - Graduate Legal Executive

Clark joined Emmersons Solicitors having graduated in Law and built up an enviable record of successful achievement in Criminal Law and Fraud. He prides himself on being supportive, accurate and speedy in the delivery of advice and service. Clark represents Emmersons clients at police stations.

In his spare time Clark boxes and plays football.

Specialist Areas: Criminal Law, Fraud.
Accredited Police Station Representative
Road Traffic Offences

Amber Hobson Legally Trained Assistant Emmersons Solicitors Newcastle

Amber Hobson - Legally Trained Assistant

Amber has a degree in Law from Hull University, a Masters in Law from Sunderland University and successfully passed the Bar Training Course at Nottingham Trent University. Amber is also an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University specialising in Criminal Litigation.

Amber works in our Crime/Motoring/Prison Law Department and is building up her portfolio of work in respect of White Collar Crime and Fraud, Regulatory Law and Proceeds of Crime Act/Confiscation cases.

In her spare time Amber likes song writing and performing; she plays acoustic guitar. She also enjoys rock climbing, cycling and is a keen writer of fiction.

Specialist Areas: Crime and White Collar Crime

Located at: Sunderland Office


Emma Weedy, Legal Assistant and Client Relations ManagerLaw Team of The Year - Private Client

Charlotte Burkert - Legal Assistant

Charlotte is a Legal Assistant supporting our Criminal Law Team. She currently studies Law at Sunderland University.

Specialist Areas: Legal Assistant in Criminal Law Department

Located at: Sunderland Office


Josh Hart Client Relationship Manager Emmersons Solicitors Sunderland

Josh Hart - Client Relationship Manager Sunderland

As the first point of contact at our Sunderland office, Josh is our Client Relations Manager as well as a legal assistant within the Criminal/Motoring Law Department which is headed by John Griffith. Having studied PPE at Oxford University and graduating with First Class Honours, we are fortunate to have a legally trained and aspiring Law Professional at the front-end of our clients’ journey. Josh values his role as Client Relations Manager very highly too; being the point of contact to assist in gathering feedback and liaising where necessary with, and behalf of, clients.

Josh has completed his Graduate Diploma in Law and will now begin the next step to become a solicitor. He also likes to cycle, run and swim having previously competed in triathlons. He is an active member of his local church.

Specialist Areas: Client Relationship Manager

Located at: Sunderland Office


Heather Nelson Client Relaationship Manager Emmersons Solicitors Newcastle

Heather Nelson - Client Relationship Manager Newcastle

As the first point of contact at our Newcastle office, Heather is our Client Relations Manager. Heather has a 25 year background in the banking sector. She undertakes work to support both the Conveyancing and Family/Private Client Departments. Heather is very organised and has set up numerous systems in respect of Deeds and Wills storage and archiving of all Newcastle files.

Heather is married with two adult daughters. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking/baking, walking and spending time with her family.

Specialist Areas:Conveyancing, Wills and Probate, Family Law

Located at: Newcastle (Gosforth) Office


Trevor Edgar, Accounts Manager, Accounts and Financial ManagementLaw Team of The Year - Private Client

Trevor Edgar - Accounts Manager

Trevor has over 20 years of experience in dealing with legal accounts. His background support is especially important to our conveyancing fee earners enabling them to produce financial information for clients on fast turn around property matters.

Trevor's knowledge of specialist solicitors accounts rules enables Emmersons Solicitors to be compliant with all requirements of Lexcel, The Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Law Society's Conveyancing Standard Quality Mark.

Specialist Areas: Accounts and Financial Management


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