Our people

Elizabeth Bruce – Director

liz-bruceLiz joined The Family Law Practice in October 2015 as a Director, she was previously Head of the Divorce and Finance team for a national law firm within their Bristol office and prior to that worked in Cheltenham with Rickerbys LLP.

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T: 0117 989 7970



Bessie Hanson – Senior Associate

Bessie joined The Family Law Practice in January 2017 as an Associate Solicitor, being promoted to Senior Associate in May 2018.

Since qualification as a Solicitor in 2008 she has exclusively practiced family law at a local Bristol firm. Bessie specialises in all issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship, including divorce, resolution of financial claims and arrangements for the children.

Bessie is a member of Resolution; she is committed to adopting a constructive and solution focused approach.

T: 0117 989 7963



anna-heenanAnna Heenan – Consultant

Anna is a Family Law Solicitor and the firm’s Professional Skills Lawyer (‘PSL’). Anna qualified in 2011 at Burges Salmon and then spent periods with both Mills & Reeve and Gregg Latchams before joining The Family Law Practice in December 2015.

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T: 0117 925 9539


Sharon Mahmood – Director

sharon-mahmood, associate solicitor at the family law practiceSharon Mahmood joined The Family Law Practice in July 2013. Since qualification, Sharon has specialised exclusively in family law. Sharon sits on the committee for Bristol Resolution and has written various articles for Family Law, she is also an occasional lecturer on the Legal Practice Course.

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T: 0117 989 7965

T: 0203 370 2881



Ashley Palminteri – Director

Ashley Palminteri, solicitor, mediator and collaborative lawyerThe Family Law Practice is led by Ashley Palminteri, a qualified solicitor, mediator and collaborative lawyer. Ashley is a Resolution accredited specialist and specialises in resolving complex and high net worth financial disputes and private law children work.

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T: 0117 989 7960

T: 0203 370 2880



Emma Roche – Legal Assistant

emma rocheEmma joined The Family Law Practice as a Legal Assistant in June 2016. Emma is a trainee Legal Executive aiming to complete her CILEX qualification. She has already completed her Diploma in Law and Practice and gained a distinction in both Family and Family Practice.

Emma assists the solicitors within the firm and is regularly involved supporting clients and attending court with Counsel.

T: 0117 989 7961



Clare Whitt – Counsellor

clare-whittClare is a professional counsellor, registered with BACP and works from The Practice Rooms in Clifton.

We recognise that in difficult times, it is not always easy or practical to confide in family and friends about the challenges we face. Counselling offers a safe, neutral and confidential space to discuss and explore your concerns, thoughts and feelings.

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