In Milton Keynes local solicitors have set up an alternative process for clients to try and resolve issues in relation to finances. It is known as the fast track. The premise is that each party will have their own independent solicitor and that the solicitors and clients will meet for a series of round table meetings to try and resolve matters.
If that does not result in a conclusion then we have the support of the local judges at Milton Keynes County Court to proceed straight to a financial dispute resolution (FDR) hearing leapfrogging the first direction appointment and thereby trying to keep costs to a minimum.
The Fast Track process does require all parties to provide prompt and comprehensive disclosure of any financial matters and deal with any questions raised speedily.
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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