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
The Law Society Excellence Awards Winner 2020
Wearside Women in Business Awards 2019
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, and she was the proud winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Wearside Women in Business Awards in 2019. Her team won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards 2019. They have also been shortlisted twice in the National Law Society Awards.

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 for their expertise in private client work.

Jacqueline is a finalist in the Northern Law Awards. 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 30 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.
Motoring Law Expert of the North
Sunderland Echo Portfolio 2018 Business Awards Highly Commended 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 25 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


Linkedin: Linkedin: Michael Robinson

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

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)

Lee Gilder

Lee Gilder - Head of Commerical Property

Lee is a solicitor. He graduated in Law in 2013 and has worked as a lawyer since then. He has now brought his enthusiasm and skill set to Emmersons Solicitors where he has settled into our team very quickly. In his spare time Lee likes to run, he takes part in The Great North Run and has taken part in full marathons.

Specialist Areas: Law

Located at: Newcastle Office (Gosforth)

Felicity Nelson

Felicity Nelson - Lawyer

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

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 Tracey Hammond head of our Family Law Team.

Specialist Areas: Property Law and Family Law

Located at: Sunderland Office


Emily  Baker-Harrington

Emily Baker-Harrington - Lawyer

Emily is a Lawyer in our Private Client Department based in Sunderland. She graduated in Law from Sunderland University and has worked for us since graduation.

Located at: Sunderland Office


Andrew Hodgson Law Team of The Year - Private Client

Andrew Hodgson - Legal Assistant

Andrew graduated from Bristol University in 2018 and joined the Emmersons Team as a Legal Assistant.


Alison O'Donnell

Alison O'Donnell - Legal Assistant

Alison works in our Newcastle office having previously worked for a number of law firms. She currently assists our conveyancing team. Alison is extremely friendly and helpful to both our staff and our clients.

Located at: Newcastle (Gosforth) Office

Josh Cave

Josh Cave - Legal Assistant

Josh works as a Legal Assistant to our departments in Newcastle having previously worked at another firm in Newcastle. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his baby.

Located at: Newcastle (Gosforth) Office

Rida Maan

Rida Maan- Legal Assistant

Rida was previously employed at another legal firm in the North East She assists our legal team in our Newcastle office. She has a sunny disposition and is very welcoming to clients.

Located at: Newcastle (Gosforth) Office

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)


Rida Maan

Carlie Marriner- Legal Assistant Crime and Prison Law Departement

Carlie is based at our Sunderland office assisting our Criminal Team. She is a Law graduate.

Located at: Sunderland Office

Heather Nelson

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


Leigh Armour

Leigh Armour - Client Relationship Manager Sunderland

Leigh is our client relationship manager based at our Sunderland office. She is originally from Sunderland and spent many years working in London before returning to her home city. Leigh helps support our Crime Team as well as welcoming our clients at our office.

Located at: Sunderland Office


Elanor Bohill

Eleanor Bohill - Trainee Solicitor

Eleanor is a Lawyer based at our Sunderland office. She graduated from Sunderland university with a degree in law.

Located at: Sunderland Office


Emma Eley

Emma Eley - Lawyer

Emma is a lawyer based in our Newcastle office. She graduated from Northumbria university and previously worked at a large commercial firm in Newcastle. In her spare time Emma bakes the most extraordinary cakes.

Located at: Newcastle Office


Emma Eley

Jasmine Mann - Trainee Solicitor

Jasmine works in our Newcastle office. Jasmine graduated from Northumbria University and enjoys running.

Located at: Newcastle 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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