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 practising 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 and since has grown from strength to strength and has an ‘exemplary team’ with Jo at the helm. Hawkins Family Law is “described as a Boutique Family Law firm that punches above its weight” by the Chambers and Partners Guides 2019 this year celebrates 18 years of business.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Resolution, Milton Keynes Collaborative pod, Milton Keynes Resolution committee.
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Hawkins Family Law fields 'a very professional team that delivers a high-class service and has strength-in-depth from senior to junior level'. Managing director and team head Jo Hawkins provides 'clear and accurate advice and moral support through often testing times for her clients; she focuses on deriving the best long-term outcome for her client and other parties'. The practice has particular strength financial matters, including divorce and ToLATA proceedings. Other key figures include Loraine Davenport, who has strong collaborative law expertise and handles complex children cases and high-net-worth ancillary relief matters; Annabel Hayward, who focuses on complex financial provision and co-habitation matters; and Stacey St Clair.
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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, including assisting with the handling of assets abroad. 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.
An impressed client says: "The team's personal service and individual care is a great asset,"adding that the lawyers are "always available to assist and understand the occasional need for immediate advice and guidance, providing a very reassuring service."
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