Meet The Team

Helen Crockett

Helen Crockett is the Founder of this practice.

Following a social administrative degree at Leeds Metropolitan University, Helen attended the Law School and obtained a CPE in Law and thereafter completed her professional exams. She was articled at SR Dalton and Co. Helen was admitted to the roll of solicitors in January 1988 and then worked in private practice until 28th February 1991 when she set up her own practice Crockett & Co. The practice was initially based in Park Place in Leeds, and in September 1993, the practice relocated to the current site at 260 Harehills Lane, Leeds 9.

Helen specialises in Care Proceedings, in particular those involving serious injury to children, and also conducts some probate work. She is a member of the SRA Children Law Panel and the SRA Advanced Family Law Panel.

Helen has a wealth of experience in dealing with clients especially those who are vulnerable. She believes that this lies in her empathy and the extensive efforts she makes on behalf of clients. Helen will always fight for her clients. Helen has her own caseload and manages her assistant and trainee solicitors. She is always approachable and down to earth and makes efforts to see clients immediately, if possible.

She conducts most of her own advocacy, but also works closely with experienced Barristers to provide an all-round service for legal aid and privately paying clients.

Out of hours, Helen’s interests are swimming, cinema, reading, photography and visiting new places.

Amie Mayes

Amie completed her degree in Law with Criminology in 2007 from the University of Hull. She then completed her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York.

She worked for a Wakefield firm for four years where she completed her training contract, qualifying as a solicitor in October 2013.

Amie commenced employment at Crockett & Co in June 2014 and practices in all areas of family law, with a special interest in Care and Domestic Violence cases.

She currently works part-time.

Sophie Bentham

After gaining a degree and her Legal Practice Course at Huddersfield University, Sophie worked at several other law firms and ran her own case files.

Sophie joined Crockett & Co as a paralegal in January 2017 ,and was very quickly offered a training contract. She is due to qualify as a solicitor in April 2019.

Karen Griffin

Karen completed her degree in Geography and German at the University of Chester.  She then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Certificate at BPP Leeds.

Karen worked at a well-known firm in Bradford before joining us in December 2016, as a Paralegal.

She is currently a trainee Solicitor, due to qualify in January 2020, and deals with all types of Family Law cases.

Amy Martin

Amy is currently in the final year of her law degree at BPP, she then aims to do her Legal Practice Course and qualify as a Family Law solicitor.

Amy joined Crockett & Co in September 2018 as a part-time paralegal and assists our fee earners with their cases.

The Team

Our experienced Secretaries have a strong understanding of our legal system. They extensively assist our fee earning staff and enable cases to run smoothly, being responsible for typing of letters and statements, in addition to other administrative tasks.

Our valuable Receptionist is always there to meet and greet clients, and put them at ease when they arrive, in addition to managing the day to day diary system.

Our in house Accounts Team are always on hand to assist with any financial queries.

Michelle Beckwith

Business Development Manager and Practice Manager

Michelle re-joined the company in 2014, part time, after working for Crockett & Co several years previously. Michelle was brought on board to practice manage, including HR responsibilities and business development.

She uses her business developing skills to generate awareness of Crockett & Co's services in the community and to build links with other practices, who do not have a Family Law contract. We will be concentrating on working with those centres that have clients that need Family Law advice.

Michelle's goal is to see Crockett & Co go from strength to strength and achieve being a major legal player in the Family Law sector.


Drop in clinics Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm-4.30pm Free initial consultation for family legal advice with limited legal advice
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