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Edward Heaton

Edward Heaton
Edward Heaton
Family Law Principal Associate
Phone: 44 (0)113 388 8453
Email: edward.heaton@mills-reeve.com
Office: Leeds


What can you do for me?

Divorce is a daunting prospect. I can help you through it and provide you with clear advice so that you understand what lies ahead and are able to start planning for the future.

Having worked for a number of years at a top London firm before moving to Mills & Reeve (one of the leading family law teams nationally) in 2008, I have experience of dealing with many different issues arising on divorce, whether they are of a complex financial nature or relate to children. I provide pragmatic and commercial advice, identifying what it is truly of concern to you.

What makes you different from other divorce lawyers?

I see it as my job to guide people through what is undoubtedly a very difficult period. There are a number of ways in which people can deal with divorce and I help them to choose the one that is right for them, taking into account what is important to them.

I am an active member of Resolution (an association of family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes) and am chair of the Regional Committee.

I am a trained collaborative lawyer. Collaborative law is a method of dispute resolution based on discussion, cooperation and understanding – an approach that I strongly support.

I am also a trained family mediator and am able, therefore, to facilitate discussions between family members, enabling them to explore ways of resolving disputes in a calm and supportive environment outside of any court process. 

What do your clients say about you?

“Ed’s professional conduct, clarity of thought and excellent responsiveness … made [the divorce] process proceed without additional emotional stress … After such a positive experience, I would certainly recommend … Ed … to family, friends and colleagues.”

What involvement do you have in the local Leeds community?

As a collaborative lawyer, I am active both in Leeds and York, and sit on the CFL North committee, charged with raising awareness of the collaborative process and its benefits and organising an annual conference for 100 or so like-minded professionals. As I have said before, I also chair the regional Resolution committee.

What else should I know about you?

I am committed to exploring ways of making the divorce process less of an ordeal for the people involved and for the family as a whole.

I have had a significant number of articles published in professional journals, including The Law Society Gazette, Family Law Journal, New Law Journal and Resolution Review, and I currently co-author the monthly Finance and Divorce update in Family Law Weekly.

I have been consistently recognised as a “Prominent Figure” in family law in the CityWealth Leaders List since 2012. The 2013 list referred to me being "strong intellectually and incisive". It also referred to my "calm authority" and to me being "highly regarded by clients and professional colleagues alike".

I am recognised as a "star associate” in the 2016 Chambers UK legal directory with, according to sources, "great gravitas to [my] personality and a steady, calming attitude". I was recognised as an “associate to watch" in the 2015 directory, in which I was praised for my "sensible and intellectual way of approaching cases" and my dedication to clients.

I am also referred to in the 2015 Legal 500 legal directory as being recommended by clients.