Collaborative Law is not the same as mediation. Collaborative Law allows you to talk through the issues that you and your partner have at a series of meetings with you, your former partner and each of your collaboratively trained lawyers. The process enables you and your partner to control what is discussed and the speed of those discussions at a series of face to face meetings. It is possible to discuss any aspect of your relationship breakdown for example children issues, finances, the divorce or hug parathion agreement. You will have the opportunity to work with an independent financial advisor, family consultant, a child specialist or an accountant, who will provide you with specialist help if you need it. All these professionals will collectively make up your collaborative team. Additionally the collaborative process can be very effective in negotiating prenuptial agreements. The key thing to remember with the collaborative process is that you will be asked to sign an agreement confirming that you will not go to Court except when documents are agreed.
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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