Irena Osborne, Ruth Hawkins and Emily Boardman

A new family law firm for Oxfordshire

Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP

On 3 September 2018 Emily Boardman, Ruth Hawkins and Irena Osborne are opening a new family law firm in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP (BH&O LLP) is a niche family practice offering legal advice, representation and mediators who are practicing solicitors. We have a strong commitment to supporting individuals in some of the most difficult circumstances of their lives: divorce and separation; disputes over children; involvement with social services and domestic abuse.

The partners of Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP have left a local firm, Turpin & Miller LLP, and set up separately in order to offer a more niche service to family clients. 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 and has maintained entries in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 over a number of years.

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 is our mediator and also represents children and extended family members in care proceedings and linked matters such as wardship.

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 approach to family law.


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