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.
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.
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)
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