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.
As Head of our Property department, Alistair Millar is a specialist in all types of property matters. Since qualifying in 1996 he has acquired a wealth of experience in his field. Alistair is based at our Southwell office.
Alistair acts for private clients on residential property matters including sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers, as well as residential planning matters – from simple advice on particular applications to running planning appeals.
He also deals with commercial property covering the whole gamut from the preparation and negotiation of leases (both for landlord and tenants) to commercial acquisitions such as pubs, restaurants, shops, industrial units and warehouse as well as the acquisition and development of land for large-scale commercial projects.
Alistair is also Tallents’ agricultural law specialist, dealing with all aspects of farming law and specialist rural business issues; such as Riparian Rights. Alistair heads up the Agricultural Law department at Tallents.
Alistair is a Director of Alistair Millar Ltd, a Partner Company in Tallents.
We are grateful for the quality service and advice from Alistair; he worked independently and acted professionally; he replied to queries in a timely manner. He is reliable and an experienced solicitor who will be highly recommended.B&R, Southwell
Thank you very much for your kind clarification Alistair, you are a star! It puts minds at ease.Ms. RF, Newark
All I can say is a very big ‘thank you’ to you, Hedwig, Lynda and others for the hard work involved in finally dragging us across the finishing line after a couple of false starts and trip-ups along the way. We’re very happy with the service we’ve received from you throughout – the speed and tenacity with which you all work is exemplary. Although we now live away from Southwell, I will certainly get back in touch when we need any further legal work, as with current technology the distances involved are much less of an issue than in years gone by. Once again, many thanks, and best wishes.Mr & Mrs G, Gunthorpe
Many thanks for such a smooth process in selling our old property and buying our new home. You came highly recommended and now we know why. Now we’re ‘locals’ we might see you around!V & B O.
Wonderful, thank you! And thanks for your help and your efficiency throughout the whole process. It has made things much less stressful to feel it’s all being well taken care of, as we’ve heard such negative stories about other solicitors from friends and family. We will certainly be happy to recommend you and use you again should we need to!Ms. SH, Southwell
Just to thank you for all you have done to help me sell the house especially in the last week or two. I am most grateful.Ms. J.I., Southwell
We’d like to express our sincere thanks for dealing with the conveyance for us and acting with such speed.Mr & Mrs A., Farnsfield
We are grateful to you for your kind assistance. It was not an easy sale but you helped enormously.Mr J.B
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
Vili qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and joined Tallents Solicitors in Mansfield in April 2014, bringing a wealth of property experience with her. Vili was welcomed into the partnership in May 2016.
Commercial property law
Over the last few years, Vili has expanded her knowledge of the complex laws surrounding commercial property transactions to ensure she combines current legal experience with the ability to handle a full range of commercial property needs.
Her portfolio of commercial transactions has included: the sale and purchase of businesses, acting for landlords and tenants on leases, the sale and purchase of development sites.
Vili has extensive experience in dealing with Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), repossessions and auction properties.
Residential property law
As a property investor herself, Vili’s passion in property shows through in every transaction she undertakes. She aims to deliver a personal service, working closely with clients to achieve their goals and in their time frame.
Vili is a Director of Vili Chung Ltd, a Partner Company in Tallents.
Excellent service received from Vili Chung. I would definitely use your solicitors again.ED, Mansfield
Dear Vili, many thanks for completing of the purchase, fantastic news and a great relief. Your efforts in ironing out all of the anomalies, and finalising the purchase so quickly, are very much appreciated. We wouldn’t hesitate in using Tallents again, or recommending your service.N&N Williams, Mansfield
Vili is brilliant!DS, Mansfield
Dear Vili, thank you for your excellent work on my property. I am very pleased with the way you work was carried out.NG Iliffe, Mansfield
Thank you so much for your help Vili and thank you once again for doing such a great job for me last year.Ms. SL, Mansfield
Many thanks Vili, the service has been brilliantMs. I.S, Mansfield
Stephanie qualified as a solicitor in 2002. She is also an experienced Senior Litigator with Tallents and has been with the firm since 2012. She was welcomed into the Partnership in May 2018.
Personal and commercial dispute resolution
Her experience covers a wide range of personal and commercial dispute resolution, including: commercial and individual contract disputes, partnership and director / shareholder disputes (particularly in farming businesses) and property disputes, including boundary disputes and landlord and tenant matters. Stephanie is especially well regarded locally for her work on contentious trusts and probate matters. Stephanie works closely with litigator, Ross Pierrepont.
Stephanie can be contacted for advice on dispute resolution involving:
- General contract disputes
- Professional negligence claims
- Construction disputes
- Commercial and residential property disputes
- Possession claims
- Partnership and director disputes, particularly in farming businesses
- Debt recovery matters
- Landlord and tenant issues
- Contested wills, estates and trusts
Stephanie also has proven expertise in advising both employers and employees with regards to contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, such as: settlement agreements, unfair dismissal clams, disciplinary and grievance procedures, drafting contracts and staff handbooks, and advising on TUPE procedures.