Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP is strengthening the services it offers to South Yorkshire families by expanding its team of childcare specialists. The firm has appointed James Gascoigne, an experienced solicitor with Children Law Accreditation, qualifying him to act for parents, family, foster carers and children themselves. James joins Taylor&Emmet from the Rotherham branch of Howells Solicitors and will be handling all types of childcare cases, from care proceedings to advice about adoption and social services involvement before a matter reaches court. He has specialised in childcare law for three years, after handling wider matrimonial matters since qualification. He said: “I am enthused by Taylor&Emmet’s desire to increase its childcare services and its commitment to helping local people from all walks of life. The family department has an excellent reputation and having worked with a couple of its highly regarded solicitors previously, I am looking forward to becoming part of this ambitious, friendly team.” Taylor&Emmet is ranked in tier one for family law by industry commentators, The Legal 500, who in last year’s guide commented it is, for some, the “best firm in Sheffield for family law.” Michaela Heathcote, head of Taylor&Emmet’s family department, added: “It is a pleasure to welcome James to the firm. He has a real passion for this niche area of law and great empathy for the children and relatives caught up in very difficult and often distressing situations. Demand for our services is high and we are investing heavily in staff and infrastructure to ensure we can continue to provide the care and consideration for which we are renowned.” For more information about Taylor&Emmet’s childcare services, telephone (0114) 218 4000, visit www.tayloremmet.co.uk or follow the firm on Twitter, @tayloremmet.