Ruth Hawkins

Ruth Hawkins is a founding partner of Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP.

Ruth is an experienced family solicitor, having qualified in 1997, and has been a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel since 2005, which means that she specialises in childcare and private children law, and complex children litigation, and is able to represent children in court proceedings, as well as parents and family members.

Accreditation Children Law

Ruth also became a family mediator in 2012 and mediates in all areas of family disputes including children and financial disputes, and has recently qualified as a child inclusive mediator.

Ruth specialises in acting for parents and family members, grandparents and aunts and uncles, as well as children (via their Guardians) in court proceedings including care proceedings, private law disputes, adoption and wardship.

As well as being a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, Ruth is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children and Resolution and the Family Mediators Association. Ruth is also a Family Law Panel member  through Only Mums/Only Dads and provides assistance through that scheme and is also a regular contributor to their publications.

Ruth is a Trustee of Abingdon Carousel, the Children’s Centre in Abingdon, and is a passionate advocate for community services, especially for those more vulnerable members of the community.

She is rated in Chambers & Partners in Band 2 as someone who “comes highly recommended for her private and publicly funded practice involving children issues, with sources commending her courteous and efficient manner”, and is considered to be “sensible, pragmatic and a good person to work with – she really chivvys everything along.” She focuses her practice on children work, and has particular expertise in mediation. “She has a flexible, imaginative approach to mediation.”

Chambers notes “She is unfailingly calm, patient and courteous. She is supportive of her clients, but manages expectations well. She applies common sense, wisdom and pragmatism in equal measure and her non-combative but authoritative style is highly effective.”
Ruth prides herself in acting for her clients in a humane, compassionate way, and is well regarded for her problem-solving approach.


Read what clients say:

This is the first time I’ve ever had to deal with solicitors and court but very quickly I became comfortable and felt like I was properly being heard and that is due to Ruth being very fair, understanding, hard working and going above and beyond to get the job done.

“Ruth Hawkins’ calm, considerate approach – always putting the children’s interests first – has helped me to navigate extremely complex circumstances in the best possible way.”

‘Ruth possesses a winning combination of fierce intelligence and great sensitivity which she applies to all her cases. She invests herself fully in her clients. They are lucky to have her on their side!’ (Barrister)

‘Ruth has extensive experience in children proceedings and her expertise is underpinned by an empathetic but realistic approach. Her cases are always extremely well prepared, and she is willing to go the extra mile for her clients. I have no hesitation in recommending her and do so frequently.’ (Barrister)

‘Ruth has represented me several times in the last 15 years; she is extremely professional and has always treated me with respect, understanding and compassion.’

“Ruth regularly gives me advice which is prompt, comprehensive and reliable in language which makes sense. Her advocacy in Court is skilled, authoritative and reassuring.”

“You’ve both been really helpful and supportive through all this, and it was a great relief to have somebody on my side. We’re hoping to put all this behind us as far as possible and concentrate on working with the new social worker. It will be a real relief to be able to get things back on track without court hanging over us.
Many thanks again for your work.” (SE – client)

“If you’re looking for a firm that’s ethical and dedicated to your case then look no further. BH&O gave me incredible support as I went through what 35 year tenure judge said was their most complex, and achieved success not just for me but for my children.” ON, June 2022


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Reported cases and articles:

Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne articles:

Parenting through separation – a new guide for separating parents

July 29, 2021

If you are a parent thinking about divorce or separation, one of your biggest worries is likely to b


101 Questions Answered When Separating With Children

June 07, 2021

Boardman Hawkins & Osborne have decided to provide our clients, prospective clients, and anyone


Mental health awareness week

May 12, 2021

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This last 15 months, during the pandemic, most of us have


Co-parenting tips.

March 10, 2021

Regardless of whether you are married, divorced, or separated, co-parenting is never easy when you a


International Women’s Day 2021

March 08, 2021

International women’s day this year must for many working women take on a greater significance? Mo


Christmas cheer – especially this year!

December 18, 2020

The team at BH&O have been working harder than ever throughout this year but still had time to d


Family mediation – working together to resolve your family issues.

December 02, 2020

With the court process, the court or Judges decide these things. There are often long delays, and ca


Kinship care: What order do I need?

October 16, 2020

At BH&O, we know what a great job many grandparents, aunts and uncles and relatives are doing in


Grandparents Day: 6th October

October 01, 2020

Grandparents Day approaches this weekend and this year, it must surely take on a greater significanc


3 Ock Street; the home of BH&O

September 24, 2020

When we formed this firm just over two years ago, whilst we set out to establish a modern, innovativ


Separation and parenting through the pandemic: key questions answered

July 14, 2020

Irena and I are delighted to have contributed to this new book, a supplement to last year’s 101 qu


How should I talk to my child about Covid-19?

March 20, 2020

Top tips to help parents. Much of this is based on an article published last week by UNICEF Australi


Family Mediation Week – Busting some myths!

January 21, 2020

Family Mediation Week has come around again. But what is family mediation? Put simply, it’s a way


Kinship care week

October 07, 2019

5th to 11th October is Kinship Care week.  At BH&O, we know what a great job many grandpare


BH&O supporting
Happy Even After: a play about domestic abuse

October 04, 2019

Last night BH&O sponsored the launch of a new play written by local play-write Gaye Poole, Happy


BH&O – a young firm, in touch with our heritage!

September 17, 2019

When Emily, Irena and I started planning this firm, we wanted to create a modern thinking innovative


Great Legal Bake Off

February 27, 2019

Boardman Hawkins & Osborne are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Great Legal Bake Off


101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children

February 01, 2019

Ruth Hawkins has contributed to this New Book 101 Questions Answered About Separating with


Family Mediation Week

January 21, 2019

This week (21st January) is Family Mediation Week. It is designed to highlight and raise awareness o


What happens to the wider family when parents separate?

January 10, 2019

It’s that time of year when families come together, and grandparents and aunts and uncles get to s


Paying it forward…. or giving back to clients and our community.

December 14, 2018

We’ve now been open for three months. It’s been a very busy period, which Emily has already writ


Tips for managing Christmas for separated parents

November 12, 2018

Co-written by: Ruth Hawkins, Solicitor & Mediator, Partner and Helen Bishop, Consultant Solicito


A crying shame…?

October 25, 2018

By Ruth Hawkins A report published this week by the Children’s Commissioner for England, sugge


Civil Partnerships for all!

October 25, 2018

By Ruth Hawkins As has been reported in the media, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced th


New guidelines for difficult family disputes: tackling parental alienation.

September 13, 2018

When parents separate, arrangements for their children, can be hard to agree. It can be particularly