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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Alison Hawes

Work 0117 902 7754
Burges Salmon LLP

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Family law, with particular emphasis on complex assets and/or businesses. Specialism in cohabitation cases. Experienced in asset protection for families and businesses – post marital agreements etc. 


Former partner and head of team at TLT (18 years) and Irwin Mitchell (6 years).


Member of Resolution.


Attended The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis, Dorset; University of Warwick, University of the West of England.

London: Private client


Within: Family

The team at Burges Salmon LLP is led by Sarah Hoskinson who is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Hoskinson routinely deals with complex and often international divorces/financial remedy cases where there are substantial assets, income or corporate and trust issues to be considered. The team has a particular focus on asset protection and regularly advises on pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as complex international marital agreements. Alison Hawes is also recommended.

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South West: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

Alison Hawes - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Family

Burges Salmon LLP has expertise in negotiating financial settlements on relationship breakdown and divorce. The senior associates Nicky Howarth and Mary Gaskins deal with asset protection in case of divorce and draft domestic and cross-border pre- and post-martial agreements. The firm’s advice on family law incorporates tax and estate planning measures. Practice head Sarah Hoskinson specialises in in divorce law and handles corporate and trust issues as well as on the effect of divorce on the clients’ pension schemes. Alison Hawes has a particular expertise in financial settlement cases that involve issues regarding business assets.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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