South Downs Surrey, Sussex
South Downs Surrey, Sussex
 

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca founded her firm in 2007 together with Claire Webb, then known as Mediation Now.  She has been a family lawyer for more than 25 years and is absolutely committed to providing a sympathetic and approachable attitude to resolving problems during what are almost always emotional and stressful times. She promotes non-court options wherever possible and strongly believes that this is the best outcome for a family, and that court proceedings should only be a matter of last resort.  As a public speaker, she talks to family law professionals, the public and educators to raise awareness of the options already available and about the ways in which understanding of relationships and the family justice system can be improved.

Rebecca is an accredited Family Mediation Council mediator, offering various ways to mediate to fit a variety of circumstances.


As a collaboratively trained family solicitor, Rebecca has a caseload of files involving property, finance and Children Act matters. She will always try and work in partnership with her clients and only encourages respectful communication with other professionals involved. To avoid the cost and delays of court, Rebecca can offer neutral evaluations for cases and private financial opinions. She is an arbitrator in child related cases and has qualified as a parenting coordinator and a family law supervisor.

 

Claire and Rebecca also support other mediators and help trainee mediators achieve accredited status by providing them with practice and practical tips for their portfolios.


Rebecca sits on Resolution’s Legal Aid Committee, the Litigants in Person Committee and the Mediation Working Group and is a trainer for the Mediation Foundation Course run by it.  She is also a member of the Family Mediation Council’s Legal Aid Committee.


Claire and Rebecca have successfully bid for government and private funding at various stages to help them develop and run their child and communications centred courses and are currently running a programme in conjunction with three local authorities looking at kinship to be evaluated in due course.  They run a successful course helping parents understand the impact of separation on their children and improve their co-parenting communication.


As trainers, Claire and Rebecca write and facilitate courses together on all aspects of reducing confrontation and improving outcomes in family law.


When Rebecca is not at work, she loves being in the countryside with her family and dog. She also enjoys reading, cooking and a glass of wine by the fire.

 

Tel:         02392 481183

Email:      rebecca@familysolutionsnow.co.uk

Website:  www.familysolutionsnow.co.uk 

 

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