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Justine Osmotherley


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Justine is rated highly across the sector and described as "passionate and wonderfully focused on client needs." (Chambers UK)

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Justine heads up the private client teams at Clarion.  She is also one of Leeds and West Yorkshire’s leading family lawyers, dealing with all aspects of family law, with particular expertise in high net worth divorce cases.  

Her expertise in this area is demonstrated by her inclusion in the 2019 Spear’s 500 – Europe’s most respected guide to the top private client advisors, wealth managers, lawyers and service providers for high net worth individuals. This puts Justine among the UK’s best and most experienced client-facing lawyers for wealthy business owners and their families.”

Justine is ranked Band 1 and named Yorkshire's Leading Individuals for family and matrimonial law in both Chambers and Legal 500.

“For many people, coming to talk to a family lawyer about their personal, intimate relationship problems can be daunting. I recognise this and am frequently complemented on my straightforward, no-nonsense approach. I also am very aware that family issues, more often than not, mean a time of great sadness, frustration and anger. My role is to work with clients to find the right answers, in the right way for them.

“A Resolution accredited specialist in the areas of domestic abuse and advanced financial provision, I am a trained collaborative lawyer and a member of the Law Society Family Panel, committed to dealing with all matters in as non-confrontational and amicable way as possible. In my experience this achieves the best results. Sadly, there are cases where court proceedings are inevitable and I have no hesitation in bringing to bear the full weight of my experience and expertise on behalf of my client.

“With an excellent reputation in the market place and individually ranked in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, my day to day work involves dealing with separating couples; be it a cohabitating relationship, civil partnership or marriage and resolving the financial matters that arise from the breakdown of that relationship. This often also involves contact arrangements for children and, on occasions, domestic violence issues. I also spend a great deal of time in wealth management; drafting pre and post marital agreements and cohabitation agreements for those embarking on a relationship. I frequently give seminars on this topic and recognise the sensitivities of this situation.

“I am in the really fortunate position of absolutely loving my job and the differences each day and each client brings. There is nothing more fulfilling than resolving a matter for a client who, despite the sadness of the situation, is delighted with the outcome.”

Career Path

1993 - Sheffield Hallam University - Awarded Honours Law Degree
1994 - Leeds Metropolitan University - Legal Practice Course
1996 - Qualified with award winning commercial law firm and headed private client team
2008 - Joined Clarion
2010 - Clarion - Partner

Sources regard her to be 'an exceptionally good lawyer who is very constructive'.

Chambers UK 2019

The 'highly skilled' Justine Osmotherley heads the practice and attracts praise for being 'utmost professional, whilst remaining sensitive and understanding of the situation.'

Legal 500 2018

Justine is highly recommended for her constructive approach and being sensible in resolution.

Chambers UK 2018

From the outset Justine put me at ease with regard to her extensive knowledge of the subject and her practical approach to highlighting potential issues and avoiding conflict. This was particularly important in what can be a traumatic and emotional process. In the collaborative process, whilst I always felt Justine was fully representing my best interests, Justine was able to portray this in a way that considered the overall situation from both sides. This clearly helped the process reach a conclusion in a fair and efficient manner, which has also played a key part in helping life return to normal. Justine acts in a professional but friendly and sympathetic manner, spending time understanding the relevant circumstances and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others.

Mr W, Bradford

I instructed Justine Osmotherley to take over my case from previous solicitors. My case was complex dealing with third parties and the SFO. From the first phone call Justine gave me the confidence to fight my corner which I felt I did not receive before. She listened to me about all my concerns without thinking them to be irrelevant. Justine dealt with all parties in a professional and business like way. Her paperwork was highly regarded in the High Court making our Counsel’s work a lot easier. She accompanied me to London giving me great emotional support I needed when meeting with my barrister regarding my case. I felt that during the last five years, I could ring her with any query no matter how trivial and Justine would explain the legal aspects without any hesitation. It was the best decision I ever made to ring Justine. I will always be forever grateful to her for all her dedicated work for me and my four children

Mrs W, Leeds