Jo Hawkins is a qualified family arbitrator. Arbitration is a fast developing area of dispute resolution as the Court system is overstretched and underfunded. The difference with arbitration is that you jointly decide on whom you would like to instruct as an arbitrator, and then the arbitrator acts in the place of the Judge. Jo is trained to act as a family arbitrator in relation to finances or property and can do so either by way of conventional hearings or by way of a written award. Like a Judge, the arbitrator will ensure that all of the relevant facts are gathered, will timetable a process for this to occur and then will, ultimately, give a binding ruling known as an award which will be incorporated into an Order of the Court. Jo is not able to deal with divorce or children issues but can deal with all matters relating to finances.
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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