Going through any type of family crisis whether it be a separation, financial upheaval, child problem or divorce can be one of the most difficult and challenging things that can happen to a family. However mentally well prepared you may think you are there is always an element of pain. There is no such thing as an easy divorce or separation particularly where children or your future financial security are involved.
At Hawkins Family Law we strive to ensure that your concerns are our concerns. Clearly if there are children involved then the arrangements for them will be your priority. We believe that if at all possible it is far better if the parents remain on civil terms and certainly we will try and ensure that litigation is a last resort. This is why we believe that how an issue is resolved is so important.
Whilst mediation can help many couples not all people are the same. Choice of process is key. All of our solicitors are able to advise on what the best approach may be in terms of trying to find a resolution whether it be through mediation, using collaborative law, round table meetings, Arbitration or a more traditional approach. We acknowledge that when your family is in crisis it is not easy sometimes to even make a decision and believe very much that family law is different to other areas of the law. We have over the last 12 months worked very closely with a counsellor who is based at our offices and who works with a great deal of our clients to great effect endeavor helping our clients feel confident and comfortable with their decisions.
All of the lawyers at Hawkins Family Law are experienced in dealing exclusively with family law issues We do not practice in any other area of the law but have close links with lawyers who do and also accountants and financial advisers who can support our clients.
From a professional perspective we are thrilled to have been classified as a “Leading Firm” for a second year running in the 2016 Legal 500 and Chambers directories.
The practice is delighted to share with you the news that The Legal 500 has noted Hawkins Family Law as a “Leading Firm” for the second year running and as being best known for handling high-value financial remedy cases. Key names include Jo Hawkins (who has “a wealth of experience”’), Annabel Hayward, who provides “sound and pragmatic advice”, and Loraine Davenport. The Legal 500, 2016.
Hawkins Family Law’s “exemplary“ team is ‘very good on pre-nuptial agreements and with high-net-worth clients’. Jo Hawkins has ‘strong experience and a commercial approach’; Loraine Davenport ‘fights her clients’ corner, but knows when it is in a client’s interests to settle’; and Annabel Hayward is ‘a pragmatic lawyer with a cool head’. The Legal 500, 2015.
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Hawkins Family Law are pleased to share with you that they have been quoted in the Chambers Guides UK 2016 as a “well-regarded family law boutique, notably active on ancillary relief and children matters. Ability to provide alternative dispute resolution options with mediation and arbitration experience.”