Staff Profile

Alyson Siddall
Partner and Head of the Family Department
Family Law Solicitor Alyson Siddall
0114 249 6659
Based at: Sheffield
Qualified: 1987
Joined Howells: 1988
Practice Area: Matrimonial
Memberships: Alyson is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in the areas of Children Law (Private) and Complex Financial Remedies

Alyson has worked exclusively in the area of Matrimonial Law since joining Howells 31 years ago. She has 33 years post qualification experience and specialises in the areas of Divorce and financial remedy, financial advice in cohabitation cases, pre and post nuptial agreements and private children proceedings. Furthermore, she is also a Resolution trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer.


“Very helpful through a difficult time. Alyson was an immense help through a protracted divorce compounded by the fact I was living and working overseas throughout. Alyson was able to make me feel comfortable in times I had doubts and always offered welcome pragmatic advice whilst still listening to my own feelings on the matter and how I would like to see the outcome. Her experience in this field is evident and gave me confidence that the matter was progressing as it should be and in a fair manner. She is supported by a great team and I would definitely recommend Alyson and her team to anyone who is going through a divorce. As a result I will be using Howells in the future for any legal work I may require such as will making or property purchase. Thanks to all for a great job.” July 2021

“Thank you so much for your help and advice during these proceedings. You have made a difficult time considerably easier particularly given my personal circumstances” July 2021

“Just wanted to say thank you for your great service provided through the whole divorce proceedings. You and your team were a pleasure to work with.” June 2021

“Divorce is never nice. When you are in the thick of it and cannot see the wood for the trees, you need people around you who are experienced, professional and also sympathetic to your needs. People who can guide you along the way. Alyson Siddall and her team were every bit of this. Nobody can prepare you for the stresses and anxiety most people going through a divorce will endure. Having a friendly, straight talking shoulder to cry on, with a clear path to an exit is key. Professional to the end, but equally a joy to talk things though with. Many thanks again Alyson. I hope I never go though another ordeal like this, but if I do, I know where to come.”  April 2021

Thanks for all your help with everything. It’s been a journey, but one I couldn’t have done without you.” – March, 2021

I can't praise Alyson Siddall and her team highly enough. They are meticulous, reassuring, and highly skilled, and have helped me through a very difficult time with professionalism and compassion. They are worth every penny I paid them.” – November, 2020

Many thanks for your support through all of this; I am so pleased I chose you” – October, 2020

“Thanks for your help throughout the whole process Alyson – you've been wonderful” – September, 2020

Alyson made me feel extremely comfortable, I was initially upset and nervous at the beginning at my first visit, as it is a stressful time going through a divorce, but I was made to feel at ease, and Alyson made me feel relaxed, she explained everything in detail what to expect through each stage of the divorce, so I came away feeling confident. I was very pleased with the service I received throughout my divorce. I was that pleased with Howells Solicitors, I am now using their conveyancing solicitors for the sale of my property. Thank you Alyson” – 2019

“You have an excellent reputation and I can see why. You made me feel much more positive and in control. ” – 2019

“You made a very difficult time for me bearable – I cannot thank you enough.” – 2019

“Your advice was top class and bang on.” – 2019

“You really know what you are doing, I would have no hesitation in recommending you to my friends or colleagues.” – 2019

“I am eternally grateful to you for obtaining the outcome that I wanted without pitching myself and my ex at each other’s throats.” – 2019

“Thank you for allowing us to divorce with dignity and respect. Your advice was brilliant and your patience very much appreciated. ” – 2019

“This has been a difficult period and your help advice and assistance throughout this period has been very much appreciated. What may be everyday business for you is very much an emotional journey and your attitude, helpfulness and style of communication has made the journey more tolerable, knowing someone is looking out for you and available to answer whims and what may appear silly questions.” – 2018

“Thank you for your prompt and helpful advice during the course of my Divorce Proceedings. This was a very difficult time in my life and guidance and timely responses were very much appreciated.” – 2018

“Thank you for all your hard work I couldn't have done it without you” – Ms L. J – 2016

“I am very happy to have chosen yourself and Howells to represent me. Thank you once more for your support, understanding and guidance through this difficult and delicate matter.” – Mr D. H, 2014

“Many, many thanks for all you help over the last two and a half years. It has been a very difficult time in my life, made less so by your being there.” – Mr S. T, 2013

Professional Recommendations

Legal 500

The Legal 500 2022 edition ranks Family as a top tier firm in Yorkshire and Humber, saying “Family head Alyson Siddall, matrimonial specialist Sharon Lockwood and children team head Sarah Walker are the key names at Howells Solicitors. Based in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley respectively, they oversea a team that is particularly well  known for high net worth cases with assets ranging from three to six million pounds.