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Hopkin Murray Beskine Hopkin Murray Beskine was established by Barbara Hopkin, Valerie Murray and Sarah Beskine in 1993. We have continued to grow since and now have four directors and a team of solicitors and support staff. The directors are Sarah Beskine (founding partner) and Lesley Curtis (who became a partner in 2006) together with Rebekah Carrier and Ann Bevington.

Our firm is recommended in the Legal 500 guide and our housing team is recommended in the Chambers UK guide. Our solicitors are also recommended in the Good Lawyer Guide. Our family team is praised in the Legal 500 2021 guide for being "hugely knowledgeable and extremely skilled" and for offering "great service at realistic fee levels".

Sarah Beskine is recognised as a specialist in the field of family law and is consulted by clients seeking divorce, separation and with conflicts regarding children's disputes, both domestic and international.Sarah is one of the select few lawyers who are referred work by the Lord Chancellor's International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU).
Highlights

read more › As an established solicitors' firm, the qualities we offer are integrity, professionalism, independence, personal service and high-quality client care. We are committed to providing a specialist service to you. Many of our clients require urgent assistance and we aim to provide an appointment as quickly as necessary. If we are not able to see you we will refer you to another firm of solicitors. We recognise that going to Court is stressful, time consuming and costly. We are committed to providing a service that is as cost effective as possible while ensuring that your interests are protected.

read more › We recognise that many clients who approach us for help with a problem may require both legal and practical help with a matter not covered by us. To ensure that our clients can be referred to an organistion that can assist them we have created an innovative online referral diary system called Nellbooker. This diary enables us to make and receive referrals from other solicitors and agencies across a broad spectrum from the non-legal referrals to specialist legal advice. This system has been recognised as outstanding and Hopkin Murray Beskine has been shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence Award (Social Responsibility) 2008.

read more › Sarah Beskine, one of the founding partners of Hopkin Murray Beskine, qualified as a solicitor in 1989. She has extensive experience in all fields of family law. Sarah acts for clients in divorce, and for separating partners including civil partnerships. She advises and represents on all aspects of financial disputes, and disagreements regarding the future care of children, following the breakdown of a relationship. Based in Finsbury Park, the hourly rates of the firm are highly competitive. She receives numerous referrals from past clients who pass her name to family and friends, from other lawyers and professionals, and in response to her reputation wider in the field.

read more › Barbara Hopkin was one of the founding partners of Hopkin Murray Beskine and is now a consultant at the firm. She has been a solicitor for 30 years and a long term member of the specialist Children Panel. Her expertise is primarily representing children or their parents in care proceedings brought by social services. She has worked on cases involving a range of issues from neglect, domestic violence and substance abuse to High Court issues of non-accidental injury, infant death or baby shaking syndrome.

read more › Lesley Curtis is a director of Hopkin Murray Beskine and a solicitor dealing with all aspects of housing and related social welfare law. She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and specialises in housing and public law. Lesley has a particular interest in disrepair and property litigation. She is developing the commercial department and also represents landlords in connection with both commercial and residential property. In addition Lesley is part of the management team at Hopkin Murray Beskine. She is also involved in the innovative online diary referral system called Nellbooker.

read more › Ann Bevington is a solicitor and a director of Hopkin Murray Beskine. She qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and specialises in housing and public law. Ann has a broad housing law practice and has particular expertise in disrepair claims, unlawful eviction claims and possession proceedings. She acts in homelessness cases including judicial review claims and county court appeals. She also provides representation in anti-social behaviour cases. Ann acts for tenants and leaseholders in a range of residential tenancy and leasehold disputes, including service charge cases and "shared ownership" lease disputes.

read more › Celene studied law at the London School of Economics (University of London) and then trained with Winstanley Burgess where she dealt with all aspects of human rights law. She chose to specialise as a family lawyer and joined Hopkin Murray Beskine's family team in 2003. Celene has conduct of a range of cases including care proceedings, contact and residence disputes and in cases where there are issues of domestic violence. She has a particular interest and expertise in representing parents with mental health difficulties particularly new mothers experiencing post natal depression.

read more › Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has a long established family law practice, with a breadth of knowledge reaching across all areas of family law, as well as strong and effective advocacy skills. Helen specialises in the law relating to children and is an experienced member of the Law Society's children panel. She acts for parents in cases where they cannot agree as to the future arrangements for their children after separation or divorce. She acts for children and parents in care proceedings, including the most complex cases where there have been alleged non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse or concurrent criminal proceedings.

read more › Martin has a particular expertise in advising on all aspects of relationship breakdown with significant experience in matters where there are complex financial issues including properties, pensions, issues surrounding the preservation of assets and business assets as well as cases where there are more limited assets. He also advises on applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustee Act, pre and post nuptial settlements, separation agreements and co-habitation agreements. A trained mediator, Martin is also instructed at the legal advisor on family mediation agreements.

read more › Since qualification Rosie has specialised in housing and public law. Her practice includes defending possession proceedings, unlawful eviction and disrepair claims, homelessness cases, discrimination and judicial review. R (DA) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2019] UKSC 21 (challenge heard by the Supreme Court concerning the government's "benefit cap" policy, brought on behalf of several lone parent families with children below the age of two whose benefits were restricted).

read more › Sara specialises in public law children cases. She undertakes the majority of her own advocacy and represents parents, extended family members, children's guardians, and children. Sara deals with complex cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, alcohol and drug dependency and female genital mutilation (FGM). She regularly represents vulnerable clients with mental health or learning difficulties, as well as clients who require the use of an interpreter. Sara has also been instructed by the Official Solicitor in cases where her clients have been assessed as lacking capacity to conduct litigation independently.

read more › Molly graduated from the University of York in 2016 and completed her GDL in 2018 and the Legal Practice Course in 2020. She was a paralegal at Leigh Day, working on an employment group claim, before joining Hopkin Murray Beskine. Molly started in our family law team, assisting on domestic violence, child arrangements and international child abduction cases. She has since moved to the housing and public law team assisting with a range of cases including judicial review claims, damages claims under the Human Rights Act 1998 and possession, disrepair and homelessness cases.

read more › Our family lawyers comprise a director, Sarah Beskine and four solicitors, Celene Boatswain, Helen MacDonald, Martin Wolfenden and Avneet Panesar. Barbara Hopkin also continues as a consultant. We are supported by a team of trainee solicitors and paralegals. Our family lawyers have a wide range of experience in all fields of family law. A number of them are on specialist panels and all are members of Resolution or other panels including the Children Panel. Our family team is recommended in the Legal 500 guide 2021 which calls the team "hugely knowledgeable and extremely skilled", and includes praise for their "sensible, practical advice", "reassuring assistance" and "great service at realistic fee levels".

read more › Our family lawyers comprise a director, Sarah Beskine and four solicitors, Celene Boatswain, Helen MacDonald, Martin Wolfenden and Avneet Panesar. Barbara Hopkin also continues as a consultant. We are supported by a team of trainee solicitors and paralegals. Members of our family team have a wide range of experience in all fields of family law. A number of them are on specialist panels and all are members of Resolution or other panels including the Children Panel. Our family team is recommended in the Legal 500 guide 2021 which says that the team "combines a knowledge of the law with sensible, practical advice to provide reassuring assistance on what can often be very emotional issues relating to domestic violence and the protection of children".

read more › Our family lawyers comprise a director, Sarah Beskine and four solicitors, Celene Boatswain, Helen MacDonald, Martin Wolfenden and Avneet Panesar. Barbara Hopkin also continues as a consultant. We are supported by a team of trainee solicitors and paralegals. Members of our family team have a wide range of experience in all fields of family law, a number of them are on specialist panels and all are members of Resolution or other panels including the Children Panel. Our family team is recommended in the Legal 500 guide 2021 which says that the team "combines a knowledge of the law with sensible, practical advice to provide reassuring assistance".

read more › The children of international families have incredible advantages and opportunities. They will gain the culture, languages and experiences of their parents' background. However, breaking up brings an additional level of challenge because of the need to keep the connections and involvement alive with all the countries involved within the family. This is an added dimension that international families manage and which we are very experienced and able to assist with. The challenge might centre around one of you wanting to move to a different country on the break-up of the relationship.

read more › We act for families and individuals who are becoming parents in a wide range of circumstances. We act for clients who are applying for adoption orders and offer advice and representation along the way. We understand the stresses and tensions involved in going through the adoption process both until and after you are approved. We advise on all of this issues you will encounter, including matters such as an objection from the biological parents, their role and the way forward. If you are becoming a parent through assisted conception, you will probably already have talked with everyone involved.

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