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We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.


Our Commercial, Residential and Agricultural Property teams have the expertise to help you deal with the opportunities and challenges of the freehold and leasehold real estate market. We have substantial depth of experience of the property world and its demands which gives us the crucial ability to help you achieve your aims.

Resolving Disputes

Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Carmelita Ardren

Head of Family, Children and Divorce

Ellie Foster

Legal Director

Joanna Lofthouse

Senior Associate

Claire Hunter


Lucy Westmoreland

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

Disputes, however they arise, can be time consuming and stressful and this is particularly the case where a marriage or relationship has broken down.  An acrimonious divorce can be damaging not just to the couple concerned but also to their children, extended family and support network.  Anything that can be done to ease the situation and promote construction discussions is worth considering.

Most people going through a divorce or separation wish to avoid going to court if at all possible. The good news is that in many cases court is a last resort and there are many other options for couples to explore to discuss and resolve their differences.

At Raworths, we are committed to, wherever possible, adopting a non-confrontational approach to dealing with relationship breakdown, and to encouraging couples to look at what is best for the family as a whole. All our specialist family lawyers are members of Resolution and follow its Code of Conduct to help clients in this way. Carmelita Ardren is also both a Resolution Advanced Accredited Specialist in Complex Financial affairs and Private Children Matters and the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel.

For more details about the alternatives to court please click on the links to the left or contact a member of Raworths family law team.

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