Jo established the practice that has now evolved into Hawkins Family Law in 2001, which is now recognised both locally and nationally as a place to secure sensible and commercial advice across all aspects of family law. Jo has been recognised as a leading individual in the Legal 500 and has been practicing exclusively in family law since she qualified in 1992.
Jo specialises in complex financial matters where her pragmatic but commercial approach is best suited, and is passionate with providing clients with a choice of forum for resolution. Jo particularly enjoys the collaborative process as she believes that this enables the clients to become key players in determining their own solution. Jo is firmly client-focused and willing to go the extra mile for clients, which has resulted in her acting for a number of celebrities and high profile professionals both locally and nationally.
Jo settles the vast majority of her cases outside of the Court process, utilising her skills in collaborative work, mediation and round-table meetings. However, where cases have to go to work, she is a determined and effective litigator. Jo’s goal is to achieve the best outcome for her clients and to do so in a way that produces a fair and positive result for the family.
Jo believes that choice is key for clients and this is why the practice as a whole is able to offer mediation, collaborative law, arbitration, litigation and negotiated settlements.
Jo also acts on behalf of her clients in respect of private law children matters, whether they involve relocations, child arrangements as to where the child should live or how often they should see their other parent.
Jo trained at Taylor Vinters and Thompson and Co in Cambridge qualifying in 1992. She established the family department at J Garrard and Allen in Olney shortly after qualification and made Partner in 1994 where she continued to build and develop the practice.
Jo trained as a mediator with Resolution in 1996, a collaborative lawyer in 2007 and in 2013 became a family law arbitrator.
In 2001 Hawkins Family Law was established which has grown from strength to strength and has an ‘exemplary team’ with Jo at the helm. Hawkins Family Law is “a well regarded family law boutique” Chambers Guides 2015 - 2016 and has just celebrated 15 years of business and is now expanding further with two trainees joining the team.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Resolution, Milton Keynes Collaborative pod, Milton Keynes Resolution committee
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Hawkins Family Law is ‘an excellent family firm which goes the extra mile for its clients’, and the team is praised for its ‘well-honed communication skills and insightful advice’. Key areas of focus include high-value financial matters and divorce cases, and the recent arrival of Stacey St Clair has brought significant cross-border, international relocation and child abduction expertise to the group. Practice head Jo Hawkins is ‘an immensely good judge of character’ and ‘litigates firmly but fairly’. The other key figure is Loraine Davenport, who focuses on high net-worth ancillary relief.
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What the team is known for Boutique family law firm that punches above its weight in terms of high-value and complex matrimonial finance instructions relating to business assets, pensions and substantial property portfolios. Also represents clients in the negotiation of wealth protection agreements and private law childcare arrangements. Fields a team trained in collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution. Strengths “This is a boutique family law firm that goes the extra mile for their clients,” an interviewee affirms. The team is also praised for its meticulous approach, with clients saying: “They really fight for you. They are very thorough; there are no slip-ups”.
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