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Margaret is a Resolution accredited specialist in the areas of financial assets including substantial assets cases, cohabitation and domestic violence. The substantial assets accreditation is held by approximately 30 solicitors in London.
She has over 25 years experience in dealing with a wide range of complex financial claims, particularly high net worth cases including those with an international element. She has considerable experience in private law children cases, residence, contact disputes and specific issue applications. Whilst being a tenacious but pragmatic negotiator, protecting her clients’ interests, Margaret also promotes the concept of resolving cases by agreement wherever possible. She trained as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2007 and is a co-founder of two collaborative practice groups. Prior to 2006 Margaret was a partner in a West Country firm and developed a holistic approach helping her family law clients with their wills and tax planning.
Margaret is also an accomplished lecturer to the legal profession in her specialist areas. Recent feedback included the comments “You knew the subject matter inside out and demonstrated such a clear vision” and “Margaret Hatwood exudes confidence and gravitas and is someone you want to listen to.”
Margaret now divides her time between family work and private client work undertaking the drafting of wills, administration of estates, drafting trust deeds.
Margaret was instrumental in working with Families need Fathers to pioneer a new online advice clinic to help their members. She is the immediate past Chair of Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) (London Region) where she was instrumental in developing a relationship with the charity Womankind Worldwide, raising funds for Zimbabwe Women’s Lawyers Association who strive to promote equality for all in the law in that country and have a special interest in helping the victims of domestic violence.
- Tenacious, fair, constructive, organised.
- Good technical lawyer but pragmatic.
- Eye for detail but does not get bogged down with detail.
- Establish rapport with clients.
- Will always go the extra mile.
- Legal 500 rated:-
“Constructive and friendly, and genuinely seems to care.”
- Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association)
- Resolution accredited specialist in finance assets, cohabitation and domestic violence
- Association of Women Solicitors (Past Chair)
- Collaborative Solutions pod
- Former National Panel Member of Legal Services Commission
- Family Law June 2013 Division of spoils
- New Law Journal March 2013 Setting aside consent orders (in two parts)
- New Law Journal September 2012 – Making a break (impact of Mansfield)
- Resolution “Modern Families” Grandparents (pub April 2012)
- Family Law May 2012 Is there discrimination in the family courts in England?
- Comment on Jones v Kernott December 2011 Family Law
- Family Law Journal “Cohabitation: moving on” June 2011
- Resolution Review “ ‘Til death do us part” March/April 2011
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