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Recognition for Domestic Abuse Law Expertise

Monday, May-27, 2024

Recognition for Domestic Abuse Law Expertise


Stephen Hopwood

Two Harrogate solicitors have become the first in North Yorkshire to be recognised for their expertise in working with survivors of domestic abuse.

Managing Partner Stephen Hopwood and Consultant Solicitor Carol Hancock, both of McCormicks Solicitors’ Family department are two of only three solicitors in Yorkshire and the Humber to be recommended by the Feminist Law Society.

Feminist Law Society compiles, manages and hosts the Survivor-Led Database of legal practitioners, whereby survivors recommend solicitors and barristers with whom they have had positive experiences while being represented in cases of domestic abuse. This database came into being after inspirational survivor and outstanding campaigner, Rachel Williams of Stand Up To Domestic Abuse, put out a call for assistance in making this national directory a reality.

Stephen Hopwood, who heads the Family department and is a specialist family lawyer, said: “We pride ourselves in having a friendly and understanding approach which helps guide clients through the legal issues and practical considerations that need to be addressed at a sensitive and emotional time.”


Carol Hancock

Carol Hancock creates insightful and highly accessible content via her YouTube Channel, The Survivor Diaries, based on her own experience of domestic abuse, and runs a successful Facebook group with the same name which has more than 1,000 members.

McCormicks Family Department is ranked as one of the leading Family/Matrimonial practices in the region by the leading independent guides to the profession, the Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

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