Stephen is a specialist family lawyer and heads the McCormicks Family Department, 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.
Stephen joined the firm after seven years as a Senior Solicitor in a large specialist Family Law Practice.
Stephen specialises in all aspects of Family work, with a focus on finance and children. He is equally specialist in resolving normal family breakdowns and those with complex elements such as trusts and international elements.
Stephen is very committed to client care and very interested in each case, no matter how large or small.
Stephen is a member of Resolution.
Stephen is the Treasurer of the Harrogate & District Law Society.
What People Say...
“McCormicks continues to advise high profile clients on a diverse range of complex family matters, frequently involving offshore jurisdictions." - Legal 500
“Its lawyers are widely considered to be ‘experienced and skillful; they are able to provide clients with sympathetic yet entirely realistic advice.’” - Chambers UK
“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 can only admire Stephen’s calm but methodical approach, reassuring me that all was well, especially when I was feeling a little " wobbly" about things. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and I always had confidence in his decisions. His support was fantastic throughout the build up to and 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
"I just wanted to say thanks for the way you handled everything for me. I appreciate that you were efficient and minimised my costs wherever possible, but still provided a very valuable service." - 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
"I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your assistance. Your wise counsel and calmness throughout made the process that much more bearable and the outcome cause for celebration." - Family/Matrimonial Client
"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