Julian Hawkhead

Senior Partner

Julian Hawkhead is the firm’s Senior Partner and based in our Yorkshire offices. Julian joined as a trainee in 1999, became a partner of Stowe Family Law in 2007 and the Senior Partner in February 2017.

Areas of Expertise
  • Child Maintenance
  • Civil Partnerships
  • Cohabiting Couples
  • Collaboration
  • Divorce
  • Financial Settlements
  • Freezing Injunctions
  • International Family Law
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Resolution Accredited
  • Resolution Member
  • Separation Agreements
Stowe Testimonials


He has advised and represented clients in the process of divorce, clients who have not been married and those who have entered into civil partnerships.

Julian’s specialty is cases involving substantial income and capital, both in this country and abroad, as well as complex financial, business, and trust structures. He regularly drafts pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements for high net worth individuals.

Julian is a specialist accredited member of Resolution in Advanced Financial Provision and International Family Law issues. He is also a trained collaborative lawyer whose reputation for adopting a collaborative approach to reaching settlements for his clients is highly rated and recognised in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. He is also well regarded by his clients for his strategic approach to court proceedings.

Training & employment experience

He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Leicester University, where he studied Law.  His career has spanned nearly two decades and throughout that time he has specialised in family law. Julian was, and continues to be, an instrumental part in the firm’s expansion from a single office in Harrogate to its ever-growing national network.


Julian’s first objective is always to understand what his client wants to achieve. This understanding will enable him to advise on the routes to take to achieve those objectives. His approach is to take a fair but firm approach to solving the problems that exist whilst never losing sight of the human dimensions and the emotional complexities that are involved.


“He is held in high esteem by peers, who recognise him as sensible, of good judgement and hugely experienced” – Chambers

Outside of work

A keen musician, Julian plays the violin and a variety of other instruments. Married with two teenage children, on the occasions he has some spare time he gets out on his bike or enjoys playing or watching tennis.

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Posts by Julian Hawkhead
Divorce April 15th 2019

Habitual Residence v Residence: What is required and do we have clarity at last?

The family courts in England and Wales are renowned for being a popular destination for wealthy and warring international couples. ...

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Are you married to an emotional bully?

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Lost sense of self: When a narcissist meets an echoist…

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