Elspeth Kinder

Partner and Head of Department

Elspeth Kinder

Partner and Head of Department Manchester Family

Elspeth joined JMW in May 2018 as a Partner and Joint Head of the Family Team.


Elspeth is recognised as a leader in her field by the legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for her experience in all aspects of the law relating to personal relationships:

Recommended in Legal 500 2017 as an ‘outstanding lawyer who quickly grasps all aspects of the case and offers clear advice’; in Chambers 2017 as being "very strategic, calm, reassuring, has great rapport with clients, and goes the extra mile"; and in Legal 500 2016 'the "energetic" Elspeth Kinder "manages to secure excellent outcomes for her clients".' Most recently Chambers 2019 describes her as a "calm and considered" practitioner. Others note that she "puts her clients first and works incredibly hard."

Elspeth's other reccomendations include: 

"Elspeth Kinder is a fantastic lawyer. She is clear and concise, understands the position very quickly in any given situation and is always on hand to give excellent advice." "She is able to create calm in a process that's not always calm. She has an empathetic nature but is also happy to fight her client's corner." Chambers and Partners 2022

"Elspeth Kinder has great empathy but also can be really clear and directive in situations that need it. She is my go to at JMW. Clients love her and she gives the right time and focus to each individual." The Legal 500 2022

"[Elspeth] is very good, she delivers quickly and her communication skills are fantastic," reports one source. Other interviewees say: "She will do all she can for the client and is a very good lawyer. She is very impressive and clients have complete confidence in her."  Chambers and Partners UK, 2021

Elspeth Kinder draws praise from interviews describing her as a "calm and considered" practitioner. Others note that she "puts her clients first and works incredibly hard." She acts on finance and separation matters as well as children-related disputes. Chambers and Partners UK, 2020

Joint head of the family team in Manchester, Elspeth Kinder specialises in matrimonial finance cases, particularly with regard to high net worth individuals and businesspeople. "Elspeth went above and beyond what I had expected," says an impressed client. "She fought my corner, planned my case appropriately and always explained things to me clearly, elaborating when necessary. She listened to me and made me feel like I was in control of my case at all times." Chambers and Partners UK, 2020

Practice co-head Elspeth Kinder is praised for her 'pragmatic, commercial approach' when handling complex cases and regularly advises clients on pre and post nuptial agreements. The Legal 500, 2019

Reported cases include:

HW v WW [2021] EWFC B20


Following her degree at the University of Leeds, Elspeth qualified as a Solicitor into Cobbetts’ Family Team in 2005. Working alongside David Pickering throughout her career, Elspeth transitioned with the Cobbetts’ Family Team to join national firm DWF LLP in 2007, where she was made a Partner in 2015. Elspeth and David were invited to join JMW in May 2018, moving their highly regarded Tier 1 Team to join the equally successful JMW Family Team to become the largest team in the region.


Elspeth lives in the Ribble Valley with her two young sons, where they enjoy an active social life with family and friends in their local community. Elspeth loves to enjoy walks in the Ribble Valley with her family and a good Sunday roast!

Elspeth can be seen discussing Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce on JMW's Inside Man.

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