Mediation is a process whereby a couple meet with an independent mediator who may or may not be legally trained. Mediators help couples,who are separating to decide how to resolve issues arising as a result of the ending of their relationship.
Mediation is not a form of counselling or a way to help a couple get back together. You and your former partner will meet with your mediator to discuss issues that you wish to resolve. These maybe financial, relating to children or indeed anything else which may arise as a consequence of the separation. The number of mediation sessions will depend upon your needs and requirements.
Mediation is not necessarily a cheap fix. Both parties if discussing financial issues will still need to provide full financial disclosure and most people will also need to use a lawyer for advice during the process as the mediator is not able to provide legal advice nor draft any final agreement.
The practice is delighted to share with you the news that The Legal 500 has noted Hawkins Family Law as a “Leading Firm” for the second year running and as being best known for handling high-value financial remedy cases. Key names include Jo Hawkins (who has “a wealth of experience”’), Annabel Hayward, who provides “sound and pragmatic advice”, and Loraine Davenport. The Legal 500, 2016.
Hawkins Family Law’s “exemplary“ team is ‘very good on pre-nuptial agreements and with high-net-worth clients’. Jo Hawkins has ‘strong experience and a commercial approach’; Loraine Davenport ‘fights her clients’ corner, but knows when it is in a client’s interests to settle’; and Annabel Hayward is ‘a pragmatic lawyer with a cool head’. The Legal 500, 2015.
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Hawkins Family Law are pleased to share with you that they have been quoted in the Chambers Guides UK 2016 as a “well-regarded family law boutique, notably active on ancillary relief and children matters. Ability to provide alternative dispute resolution options with mediation and arbitration experience.”