Sarah has joined the team at Hawkins Family Law – a firm described as “a very professional team that delivers a high-class service and has strength-in-depth from senior to junior level" by the Legal 500 (2019) in May 2018 - as an Assistant Solicitor. Sarah’s route to Family Law is a slightly unusual one in that, for many years, she specialised in business disputes as a commercial litigator before becoming a family solicitor.
Sarah spent several years with Blake Lapthorn (Oxford) before moving to Shoosmiths (Milton Keynes) in 2013. Her career in commercial litigation has been broad and varied, encompassing areas such as pensions, insolvency, property and asset finance. Sarah has experience in representing clients at all levels of the court system, from the county courts before both District and Circuit Judges right up to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She is also an accomplished advocate and presentational speaker.
Sarah moved into the family law arena in May 2017 and is passionate about helping clients work towards their goals as quickly and cost effectively as possible. She does, however, fully appreciate that legal advice cannot be given in a vacuum, particularly in this area of law, and is always eager to refer clients to the Independent Counselling Consultant, Emma Chamberlain (who is also based at Hawkins Family Law).
Sarah is an adept advocate but she always explores alternative ways of resolving matters before proceedings are issued. Ideally, Sarah prefers to look to more collaborative and inventive ways of resolving differences. This includes exploring options such as collaborative law, round table meetings, arbitration and mediation with her clients rather than simply issuing proceedings. She believes that finding a solution by agreement outside of court brings many benefits - a family often finds it easier to rebuild post separation if litigation has been avoided. Sarah is an active member of the Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.
Sarah’s wealth of experience in the commercial and corporate arena means that she has a particular understanding of the issues involving family businesses, senior executives and pension related issues.
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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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