28 November 2016

Burges Salmon has hired two senior family lawyers in its family law and divorce team.

Alison Hawes will join Burges Salmon as a consultant in February 2017, having previously been a partner in the family law team at Irwin Mitchell, where she established and developed a team at the top of the market in Bristol and the South West. Prior to this, Alison was the head of TLT's specialist family team where she also had business development responsibility for its Private Business Group. She has been described in Legal 500 as “one of the most senior, able and respected solicitors on the circuit" and is ranked as a Star Individual in the Chambers UK Guide.

Alison’s experience encompasses all aspects of family law, in particular financial cases involving complex assets including businesses. She has a niche specialism in cohabitation law, especially Schedule 1 Children Act claims. Alison is a collaborative family lawyer and a member of both the Bristol POD and Resolution, sitting on the national Standards Committee.

Nicky Howarth joined Burges Salmon in November 2016 as a senior associate. Nicky specialises in all areas of family law including divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation, financial settlements (including those with complex trust issue, business issues, international issue and pensions) and children issues. Nicky was previously a lawyer in the family teams at Irwin Mitchell and TLT.

Nicky is recognised in Chambers UK as follows: "Nicky Howarth is extremely sharp, very fast with numbers and very decisive. She knows what she thinks and she knows what a court is likely to think as well."

Nicky commented: “I am really pleased to have the opportunity to join the family law and divorce team at Burges Salmon, where I’ll be working with some of the UK’s top practitioners on a variety of complex matters.”

Burges Salmon’s family law and divorce team provides advice to clients both before marriage or living together and on separation or divorce. Its lawyers advise on the legal and financial implications of marriage, separation and divorce, cohabitation, civil partnership dissolution and arrangements for children.

Sarah Hoskinson, head of the family law and divorce team at Burges Salmon, said: “We are looking to enhance our strong reputation in the South West market and in Alison and Nicky we have two highly experienced family law practitioners who will help us do exactly that. We look forward to welcoming them to the firm and seeing them help us deliver the best mix of advice, service and value to clients.”

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