Julian Hawkhead is Stowe Family Law’s Senior Partner and is based in the Leeds office. Having graduated in Law from Leicester University and the College of Law in York, Julian commenced his training contract in 1999, working with Marilyn Stowe when she was a senior partner in the firm Grahame Stowe Bateson. He subsequently followed her to become a founding partner of Stowe Family Law LLP upon its establishment in 2007 and Senior Partner in February 2017.
Julian oversees all legal aspects of the firm including legal strategy, compliance, and client care.
With a broad spectrum of expertise in family law, Julian Hawkhead is a Resolution-accredited specialist in both Complex Financial and Property Matters and European and International Family Law. He is also known for his work with cases involving financial arrangements on behalf of high net worth clients, often with a corporate or trust element. He also undertakes a lot of work in cases where his clients are resident in foreign jurisdictions where he works closely with solicitors located in those countries.
Julian Hawkhead is appreciated for his sensible and commercial approach to cases. He is noted for his ability to negotiate effectively, bringing calm and common sense to the most contentious of disputes, or litigating directly and cost-effectively when appropriate.
Julian is a trained collaborative lawyer and the skills that he brings to the negotiating table have brought him recognition in Chambers and Partners as ”…constructive and committed to resolving matters in the best interests of his clients.”
Although the majority of Julian’s cases are based in the family courts across England and Wales he has advised clients living in jurisdictions throughout Europe, the far East, the United Arab Emirates and the US.
Julian specialises in complicated cases involving international assets and disputes. Chambers and Partners for 2017 claim that “He is held in high esteem by peers, who recognise him as sensible, of good judgement and hugely experienced.”
“Eighteen months ago I was in a state of shock having to cope with the sudden, unexpected end of my 35 year marriage. From the onset Stowe Family Law represented by Julian Hawkhead, helped me to face the harrowing task of dismantling and rebuilding my life, with confidence. Julian’s professional yet sensitive approach to all our communications whether by email or in person eased my anxieties. Most of all Julian listened to me. He appreciated fully the non-confrontational way in which I wished to conduct my divorce and strove to achieve a fair and satisfactory result. I am indebted to Julian and Stowe Family Law for handling my divorce and I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to anyone else.” Mrs R
“I do not plan to get divorced ever again but if I do, I would call Stowe Family Law First. The solicitor assigned to my case was extremely knowledgeable and thorough. By the time we went to court my case was well prepared. I was guided through the process with great patience by experts who know what they are doing.”