Family mediation and divorce solicitor Southampton (Hampshire)
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Hazel Manktelow

Consultant, Solicitor & Mediator

Hazel Manktelow

Hazel is an expert family solicitor and mediator in Hampshire, and advises clients in Petersfield, Clanfield and the surrounding areas.

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A specialist in family law, Hazel has been a qualified mediator with Resolution since 2010 and specialises in finances following a relationship breakdown, whether by separation, divorce, or dissolution of civil partnership.

She has achieved recognised status against national standards set by National Family Mediation as an accredited mediator.

Hazel trained as a Child Inclusive Mediator in 2020 and is able to meet with children as part of the mediation process. Meeting with children is a privilege and is an area Hazel particularly enjoys. Parents have found that allowing their children to meet with Hazel has helped them to make important decisions about their children following their separation.

Hazel has recently trained as a Hybrid Mediator which involves a mix of family and civil mediation skills and is often useful for more complex matters or for couples with a higher level of conflict.

She is also a Professional Practice Consultant (PPC) and supports other mediators in their practices.

Hazel is recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2024 guide for her mediation skills: “Hazel is an excellent mediator who brings her warm personality and common sense attitude together with vast legal background experience to the mediation process. Clients are in a safe pair of hands with Hazel.” She is also described as “having carved out a real niche for herself dealing with armed forces pensions as well as a highly regarded mediation practice. She is brilliant at putting clients at ease and making sure they feel supported and listened to. Hazel will never fight anything unnecessarily and is entirely committed to resolving situations amicably.”

A Recommended Lawyer in the 2023 Legal 500 directory, the commentary included: “Hazel Manktelow has a sensitive yet pragmatic approach. She gives down-to-earth advice and her clients like her. She doesn’t inflame the situation and works well with solicitors on the other side to resolve matters collaboratively and cost-effectively. Her knowledge of pensions, in particular, is great.” Hazel was also been recognised as a Leading Mediator in the same edition “Hazel is an excellent and skilful mediator offering a warm and empathetic manner.”

Having qualified as a solicitor in 2003, Hazel spent two years practicing at a well-known firm in East Sussex before relocating to West Sussex where she joined a growing firm based in Midhurst. She was appointed Head of the Family Department there in 2013 and relocated to Petersfield, where she established herself as one of the leading family solicitors in the Hampshire area. Hazel is a former colleague of members of the Family Law Partners team.

In addition to her expertise in mediation and financial issues, Hazel has a particular specialism in dealing with cases where there has been domestic abuse and is often approached by those who have experienced such a situation who welcome her sensitive, understanding approach.

Hazel also has experience in dealing with military pensions, in particular naval and armed forces which are complex and require specialist knowledge.

Outside of work Hazel enjoys reading and travel. For her honeymoon she trekked the Inca Trail in Peru and while her young family prevent adventures on that scale (at least for the time being), she enjoys exploring the countryside in the meantime.

Hazel volunteered a school governor for 8 years in two different local schools. She has now trained to be a mentor for The Girls Network, a charity which aims to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities. Hazel also play darts for a local ladies team and has even managed to score the elusive 180 on one occasion!

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