July 13th, 2018
With advances constantly being made in science, fears of Artificial Intelligence (AI) replacing people may be the stuff of films and/or nightmares but there is a possibility that AI may start being used more in the legal sector. There is concern that this may reduce the need for solicitors and this worry was explored in the Law Gazette article, 'Set free your robo-lawyer'. This article mentions a study by the Law Society which shows that the adoption of AI could lead to 20% fewer jobs in the sector in the next 20 years.
Whilst this does seem partially possible in areas such as contract law, where many contracts have common threads and some, at times are virtually identical, I do not think this will become a real danger in the area of family law.
It is essential to realise that every single case in family law is different. You could have 10 families which, while appearing to be the same with say, a mum, dad and 2 children, Dad working and mum staying at home to look after the children, will still have their own unique circumstances and their own intricacies that must be taken into consideration if a relationship breaks down. Divorce may take place, financial aspects of the relationship may need to be resolved, or matters involving children such as contact may need to be addressed.
At Hawkins Family Law we ensure that every single matter is dealt with on an individual basis so that every type of family and their individual circumstances are considered when a family relationship breaks down. Your family and your circumstances are unique and we offer a highly specialised individual service to assist you at this very difficult time in your life.
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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.
Hawkins Family Law fields 'a very professional team that delivers a high-class service and has strength-in-depth from senior to junior level'. Managing director and team head Jo Hawkins provides 'clear and accurate advice and moral support through often testing times for her clients; she focuses on deriving the best long-term outcome for her client and other parties'. The practice has particular strength financial matters, including divorce and ToLATA proceedings. Other key figures include Loraine Davenport, who has strong collaborative law expertise and handles complex children cases and high-net-worth ancillary relief matters; Annabel Hayward, who focuses on complex financial provision and co-habitation matters; and Stacey St Clair.
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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, including assisting with the handling of assets abroad. 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.
An impressed client says: "The team's personal service and individual care is a great asset,"adding that the lawyers are "always available to assist and understand the occasional need for immediate advice and guidance, providing a very reassuring service."
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