Julia began her legal career in 1988 when she started work for a company in Shropshire as a legal secretary. After taking a career break to have a family, moving back to Milton Keynes and then while raising her 2 daughters, Julia decided to study a law degree, part time, with the Open University. After completing her degree in 2008 Julia then went on to take her Legal Practice Course (LPC), part time, with the College of Law in Bloomsbury, London.
While undertaking her LPC Julia became a member of Resolution and also spent several years volunteering at Milton Keynes Citizens Advice Bureau as a generalist adviser.
Shortly after receiving a commendation for her LPC, Julia took a position at a small firm in Northamptonshire for a short time before joining Hawkins Family Law in October 2011. Julia has now moved into the post of trainee solicitor, is training under the supervision of the Directors of Hawkins Family Law and aims to qualify as a solicitor in 2018.
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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