Educated in Zimbabwe and England, Mark Hawkins qualified in 1988 and joined Tallents in 1989. He is the Senior Partner at Tallents Solicitors and is based at the Mansfield office.
Mark has been a member of the Law Society’s Children panel since 1996. Mark also has extensive experience in divorce matters and related financial and contact disputes.
He understands that dealing with and agreeing care issues regarding children with your former partner when your relationship has broken down can be extremely difficult and emotional, but it’s vital that someone has the children’s best interests at heart – that’s where he can help you and your children. Mark will help you consider important custody issues, such as: working out which parent is best placed to continue caring for the children, what care arrangements will be most convenient for the children and how this transition can be handled to provide the most stability for the children involved. He can advise and provide representation on child custody, parenting plans, care proceedings, child arrangement orders (previously Contact and Residence), child maintenance, child abduction in the UK, adoption law and grandparent rights.
As a member of the Law Society’s Children panel, Mark will focus on supporting and protecting the legal rights of children, including:
- Working out custody arrangements for children following family relationship breakdowns
- Advising on Parental Responsibility Agreements
- Advising if children’s services / social services have become involved with your family
- Child protection, safety and wealfare and what to do when you think a child is at risk
- Adopting a child
- Your rights to see your children
- Child custody issues
- Representing children in the Magistrates and County Courts
You can rely on Mark to put the best interests of your children first, providing a proactive and professional family law and children law service to find the best solution for you all.
Mark has many years experience in Criminal Law and dealing with the criminal courts, from minor road traffic accidents to serious cases requiring disposal at the Crown Courts. He regularly contests cases in the Magistrates and County Court and has appeared in the High Court. He has been a Court Duty Solicitor since 1990 and the Mansfield office is an accredited provider of criminal defence services.
Mark is a Director of Mark Hawkins Ltd, a Partner Company in Tallents.
Mark’s clear and understandable advice really calmed me down during a stressful situation.
Utilising his years of experience and specialised skills in client representation, negotiation and problem-solving, Andrew works to shape a fair settlement for his clients. He also has expertise in dealing with the separation of cohabiting couples. Andrew is also a trained collaborative layer and can assist his clients in resolving all child matters in a dignified and respectful way for the benefit of the whole family.
“At a very emotional time, I always work hard to help my clients reach an agreement that is fair for both sides, and any children who might be involved. If I can help my clients understand each other’s needs and communicate effectively then we can often find a quicker and cheaper solution to costly court proceedings.”
Financial matters and divorce
Andrew has significant experience in dealing with financial matters upon divorce and separation, including matters involving complex issues, such as businesses, trusts and pensions.
Andrew’s Children law workload covers the broad range of family proceedings and all issues in respect of children, such as Child Arrangements.
As a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel Andrew is qualified to represent children in care proceedings and is a Resolution Accredited Family Law Specialist. Resolution members are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes with a non-confrontational approach to family problems.
Andrew is a Director of Andrew Stout Ltd, a Partner Company in Tallents.
Dear Andy, I shall highly recommend your services to any one I know who needs your services. Thank for your guidance and support that got me through this.MW, Newark
Hi Andy, we can’t thank you and your team enough what you have done for us. Always there and with plenty of empathy, it means so much for us. Thank you.TD & ID, Newark
Dear Andy, I wanted to take the opportunity to drop you a line and thank you for your work over the past few years that has enabled me to now ensure a better future for my daughter. There is no doubt that the past three years have been difficult for me personally and at times my emotions and feeling have been something that I have struggled to cope with. Your support and my having the knowledge you were with me on this journey has been a great comfort and reassuring along the way. Your secretaries, the two Catherines, who I have spoken to on many occasions, have carried out a huge amount of work behind the scenes and that is not unrecognised or forgotten by me. The hours of document preparation and other matters that have enabled us to achieve what we have achieved. I would be most appreciate if you would pass on my sincere gratitude and personal thanks to them for all their hard work and professionalism throughout.SA, Nottinghamshire
Andy, may I personally thank you for your professional conduct at the hearing on Thursday. You blew the barristers we had previously away and were far more professional in front of the judge. How you put the case forward and reaction to claims was outstanding.RC, Southwell
Emma graduated in 2018 from Northumbria University at Newcastle with a First Class Masters in Law Degree. She received various awards during her studies including the Family Law Award and Civil Rights in Practice Award for high academic performance.
She has always had a keen interest in family law and enjoys working within this department due to the variety in the work she undertakes and the sense of helping others in a time of need. She has primarily undertaken children law work thus far but she will be working on cases in relation to all aspects of family law respectively during her training.
Thereafter, Emma will be undertaking training in the conveyancing and wills and probate departments.
She is looking forward to managing her own files and building a positive rapport with clients.
Emma's Family Law colleagues offer free 30 minute family law consultations every Tuesday evening from 5-7pm at the Tallents Southwell office on Westgate.
Mathew qualified as a solicitor in 2012. He works within the Family Law department at Tallents Solicitors in Mansfield, specialising in Children Law. Mathew was accepted onto the Children Panel in August 2015 and has since represented children in numerous different cases. He has a keen interest to obtaining outcomes which are in the children’s best interests and ensuring they are safe and secure in the long term.
Mathew also has a particular passion in court advocacy.
Outside of work, Mathew enjoys most sports but has a particular interest in ice hockey and supports the Nottingham Panthers, who he has watched since he was very young. Mathew also enjoys playing golf and generally socialising with friends and family.
Mat practices in Children Law, both public and private with a particular interest and experience in public law children working for both for parents and children.
He represents clients in the single family court before Magistrates, District and Circuit Judges in all types of Family Law cases, from children law work, to injunctions and he also undertakes divorce and financial provision work.
Matt is my solicitor. Shout out to him for helping me get my baby back!!! So thankful. Been there since day 1 quite literally, giving me “dad chats” when I needed telling and things. It’s amazing how much he has done for me because if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be where I am. And shout out to everyone else there who just used to let me sit in the waiting area when I used to turn up hours before my appointment and offering me coffees and that. You are all amazing and I will be forever greatful for what you have done for me. On to a better life with my daughter now!!Tanaiya Howarth
Natasha currently works within the Family Law department at Mansfield and has done so since November 2017 before commencing her training contract with Tallents Solicitors in December 2019. She graduated in 2016 from Derby University with 2:1 law degree. She commenced a Legal Practice Course combined with a masters in September 2018 and is due to finish in June 2020.
Since graduating she has primarily done child protection law and private family law.
As a mum of four, Natasha has a keen interest in family law and enjoys working within this department due to the variety in the work she undertakes and the sense of helping others in a time of need. She has primarily undertaken children law work thus far but she will be working on cases in relation to all aspects of family law respectively during her training.