New Family Law firm in Abingdon

Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP is a new niche family practice opening on 3rd September 2018 in prestigious new offices in the centre of Abingdon. The three founding partners, Emily Boardman, Ruth Hawkins and Irena Osborne, were previously at Turpin & Miller LLP.

The firm will offer legal advice and representation and mediators who are also practising solicitors.

The partners and consultants all have established reputations for particular specialisms and many of them appear in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. At Turpin & Miller LLP the family department, led by Emily, Ruth and Irena, won ‘Family Law Department of the Year’ in 2013 at the Jordan’s Family Law Awards.

Our ethos is based on a strong commitment to support individuals in some of the most difficult and emotional circumstances of their lives: divorce and separation; disputes over children; involvement with social services, and domestic abuse. We have particularly expertise and sensitivity in dealing with some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Each of our clients has their own needs and we tailor our legal advice and packages to each situation. Some clients want to do everything themselves, except appear in court; while some want a full service and representation throughout their process.

We offer competitive private rates, fixed fees where appropriate and legal aid for eligible cases and clients.

As individuals Emily and Ruth are both listed as notable practitioners in Chambers & Partners.

Emily specializes particularly in representing parents in litigation brought by a local authority as a result of allegations of serious injury, sexual abuse or death. She also has a private adoption practice.

Ruth also represents parents, children and extended family members in care proceedings and linked matters such as wardship. She is regularly appointed by CAFCASS to act for children in both care proceedings brought by the local authority, and occasionally within private law disputes, generally between their parents. Ruth is also our family mediator.

Irena’s particular interest is in international family law and care proceedings with an international element. She is the only Slovene speaking care lawyer in the UK.

The partners bring with them three consultant solicitors: Helen Bishop, Nel (Helen) Grimbleby and Claire Hardy.

Helen deals with divorce, separation, financial settlements, private children law and pre-nuptial agreements. She is the author of ‘Jack’ – an illustrated fiction book to help children deal with the issues that arise out of parental separation.

Nel also deals with divorce, separation, financial settlements, private children law and pre-nuptial agreements; as well as domestic abuse. She co-founded a local domestic abuse charity to support victims and has worked with a perpetrators programme.

Claire undertakes work in all aspects of family law and she too has volunteered with domestic abuse charities.

All our solicitors are members of Resolution – a national membership organization that promotes a non-confrontational, constructive approach to family law.

We are delighted to be launching our new business in Abingdon, but we are not losing sight of the fact that we have reputations throughout Oxfordshire and Berkshire and beyond. We will be maintaining our links in Oxford and Reading and Newbury and can be flexible about seeing clients from outside of the Abingdon area.

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