Julian Hawkhead

Julian Hawkhead is Stowe Family Law’s Senior Partner and is based in our Leeds office.

The pros and cons of divorce centres

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June 23, 2015 0 comments

Family Law, divorce

Starting next month, HM Courts and Tribunals Service’s official rollout of eleven new ‘divorce centres’ around the country will begin. In practice, however, most of these centres have been operating across the country over the last year. These centres will endeavour to streamline the process of divorce. They will be staffed by legal advisors and…

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The paradigm shift in family law

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July 24, 2014 0 comments

relationships

Family lawyers are not known for coming up with sexy phrases but the “paradigm shift” has to be one of the best (certainly better than that trips off the tongue phrase “relationship generated disadvantage”). It evokes memories of that late 80s US TV show Quantum Leap where the hero jumped through time experiencing different eras…

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The rise of the lawyerless litigant

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July 9, 2014 1 comment

The Government’s decision to withdraw legal aid funding from most family cases has given rise to a huge increase in the number of lawyerless litigants, or ‘litigants in person’ – people acting, that is to say, without legal representation. The drive to push these litigants away from the court and into alternative means of dispute…

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Divorce and conflict by Julian Hawkhead

September 23, 2012 2 comments

Do the nation’s divorcees practice what they preach? That’s the question family lawyers across the country will be asking themselves today following publication of new research by national family law association Resolution. Findings from the survey, into national attitudes to divorce and separation, paint a picture of good intentions at variance with stereotypes of angry…

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