Carol is a solicitor, working with Stephen Hopwood in the Family Department on all family law matters, and she is one of the first points of contact in terms of client care. Carol has an excellent knowledge of all areas of Family Law, and in particular Children and Domestic Abuse issues.
Carol has a particular strength and sensitivity in representing victims of domestic abuse, which is reinforced by the work she undertakes with domestic abuse agencies in the local area.
Previously a teacher of secondary science, Carol returned to Hull University to complete a law degree in 2008, shortly after her own divorce. Carol graduated from the University of Hull in 2011 with an upper second class honours degree in Law. She was awarded a place on the Law Society Bursary and Diversity Access Scheme in 2011, and went on to receive a commendation from the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, York, in 2012. Carol joined McCormicks in the summer of 2012, and began her Training Contract in December 2014. She completed this in May 2016.
What People Say...
“Both Stephen Hopwood and Carol Hancock have been very supportive over the last 16 months and have guided me carefully through this very long and at times gruelling process. Carol spent the day with me at the final Hearing and kept me calm and focused, which was a "mission" in itself as the stress is phenomenal during the Hearings.” - Family/Matrimonial Client
"I would just like to say a really big thank you to Stephen and Carol. I found them really easy to talk to and understanding with my situation which I wasn't finding easy. They gave me the best advice and listened to me which is what I needed. Thank you - I would highly recommend." - Family/Matrimonial Client
"Carol was fantastic and put me at ease. I couldn't have asked for better." - Criminal Client - Police Station
"I was able to speak freely and easily. No improvement needed. Job done to a very very high standard." - Criminal Client - Police Station
"The first time I spoke to Carol, I instantly felt relieved and had a clearer understanding of where I stood and where I could go from here. She was reassuring, knowledgeable and friendly whilst remaining professional. I felt at ease and comfortable with her handling my case. Ultimately, the end result was everything that I could have hoped for. I cannot thank Carol and Stephen enough for how they have helped me and would highly recommend them, however complex the situation may be." - Family/Matrimonial Client
"Thank you - all of Stephen and Carol's hard work is very much appreciated." - Family/Matrimonial Client
"The family law team at McCormicks is headed by senior associate Stephen Hopwood and regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals and their families on a range of matters concerning matrimonial finance and children law. Recent work includes acting for the vulnerable wife of a high-profile entrepreneur in a settlement involving substantial business and other assets, and acting in high-value divorce and ancillary relief proceedings involving farming assets and assets held in trust. In an illustration of the firm’s track record in children law matters, for which Carol Hancock is highly regarded, it recently acted for a father in Children Act proceedings in which the firm succeeded in obtaining a Child Arrangements Order enabling the children to live with their father." - Legal 500
"McCormicks fields specialists in finance, domestic abuse and children law matters, and prides itself on the early settlement of cases by its effective negotiators. Newly promoted partner and group head Stephen Hopwood is highly regarded in the region and associate Carol Hancock is an expert in children and domestic abuse cases." - Legal 500