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Welcome to Hopkin Murray Beskine

Hopkin Murray Beskine was established by Barbara Hopkin, Valerie Murray and Sarah Beskine in 1993. We have continued to grow since and now have four directors and a team of solicitors and support staff. The directors are Sarah Beskine (founding partner) and  Lesley Curtis (who became a partner in 2006) together with Rebekah Carrier and Ann Bevington.

We have a strong team of solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals and support staff. We have been awarded Lexcel accreditation, recognising our high management standards.

Our firm is recommended in the Legal 500 guide and our housing team is recommended in the Chambers UK guide. Our solicitors are also recommended in the Good Lawyer Guide. Our family team is praised in the Legal 500 2021 guide for being “hugely knowledgeable and extremely skilled” and for offering “great service at realistic fee levels”.

Sarah Beskine is recognised as a specialist in the field of family law and is consulted by clients seeking divorce, separation and with conflicts regarding children’s disputes, both domestic and international. Sarah is one of the select few lawyers who are referred work by the Lord Chancellor’s International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU). Sarah is also qualified as a mediator and collaborative lawyer, and can where suitable, work directly with children in mediation.

Lesley Curtis was appointed by the Legal Aid Agency to assess the quality of other housing lawyers’ work because of her exceptional expertise in the field of housing and property litigation. Having a reputation for conducting all levels of property litigation with tenacity, flair and legal prowess, Lesley receives and welcome referrals from lay clients, as well as experts and professionals.

Rebekah Carrier specialises in public and housing law and has an outstanding reputation in her field. She frequently acts in public interest cases including complex judicial review cases and proceedings in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights and has a particular specialism in housing-related public law challenges. Rebekah has acted in a number of cases relating to welfare benefits reform and cases involving discrimination in local authority’s allocation schemes.

Ann Bevington also specialises in housing and public law. Ann has expertise both in complex housing cases and in judicial review, from the County Court to the Supreme Court, meaning she is very well placed to provide comprehensive and holistic advice and representation. She has an excellent reputation for her work defending possession proceedings and acting in unlawful eviction cases and disrepair claims, and frequently advises in homeless cases.

Barbara Hopkin is now a consultant with the firm. She is renowned within the profession for her commitment and extensive experience in all aspects of children and family work, and specialises in all levels of court representation including the High Court. 

We provide specialist advice and representation to a high standard at competitive rates tailored to our clients’ needs, including ‘no win no fee’ (CFA), where appropriate.

The firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (registration number 590673).



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