Sean McNally

Partner & Solicitor - Joint Head of Family Department

Areas of Law:

All aspects of family law.

Route to Ellis Jones

Sean joined Ellis Jones in 1999 having spent his formative years as a family lawyer at a top London firm, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain.  With a young family, the lure of a better quality of life lead him to the South Coast.

Professional Associations & Qualifications

Sean is currently Chairman of Dorset Resolution (his second seat in this role) and is an experienced mediator and collaborative law practitioner, areas which are bound to find prominence in the years ahead in family law.   He is also trained to consult with children directly within mediation.

In addition to his wide ranging experience in high net worth financial cases, Sean is a recognised expert in cases involving disputes over children with an emphasis on relocation/leave to remove cases and International Child Abduction.   He has been a member of the Official Solicitors’ International Child Abduction and Contact Units Panel for many years.

Sean is ranked as a leading family lawyer in the South Coast by Chambers UK (a Client's Guide to Legal Profession). The current edition states:

"Sean is an experienced mediator and collaborative solicitor who is frequently called upon on for high net worth financial cases. He draws notable acclaim for his work in relation to disputes involving children and particularly issues concerning international child abductions."

Also, Sean is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer  by The Legal 500 (UK 2015) for his expertise in Family Law covering the whole of the South West of England and has been described  as "a very good technical solicitor."

Recent high profile cases

Sean has recently succeeded in the Court of Appeal on a variation of maintenance case which was reported in the law reports.   He has also recently succeeded in defending an internal relocation case involving two young children.  He enjoys the different disciplines required for financial cases and those involving children.

Outside work

Sean is married with three children (aged 6 to 16).  He is a passionate follower of football, is a season ticket holder at AFC Bournemouth and a regular attendee at the Emirates.   He enjoys tennis and swimming (having completed the pier to pier swim in Bournemouth) and loves any sport to do with water!


  • Sean is professional and very level headed. He gave me good advice and on several occasions stopped me making the wrong decisions about how to proceed. I would recommend Sean without reservation if you have a family law issue. Ms Simmons, Dorset
  • My experience with the firm has been highly positive. Sean McNally is a highly experienced family lawyer. His expertise and professional conduct have made a very emotive and difficult experience so much easier to deal with. Mr Knight, Dorset
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F: 01202 636207
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Office address:
Sandbourne House
302 Charminster Road

T: 01202 525333
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London Office:
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