Kevan Hankinson


Kevan Hankinson

I am a solicitor specialising in all aspects of family law, including divorce and separation, financial remedies, and children’s cases.  I provide careful and tailored advice, whether in regards to negotiation and resolution, or advocacy before the court.

I qualified in 1998 and joined Butcher & Barlow as a result of the merger with Salt Veeder. I am a Partner in the firm and the head of our Private Family Law Department. I am based in the Bury office.

I hold a number of accreditations, namely:

  • Resolution Accredited Specialist in Complex Financial Remedies and Children’s Law;
  • Member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel with specific expertise in Children, Financial and Domestic Violence matters; and
  • Member of the Law Society Children Panel (Child Representative) as an expert in public and private children’s law cases and the representation of children and adult parties.

I have acted in a number of high net worth divorces and important children cases, including in the High Court and Court of Appeal and more specifically I acted for one of the parties in the leading case on Special Guardianship namely R : S (Adoption or Special Guardianship Order) [2007] 1 FLR 819.

My entry in the Legal 500 directory of leading solicitors describes me as “patient” and as having “excellent knowledge and experience’ and I work always to provide sensible and practical advice in a friendly and approachable way.

I have a degree in English Literature and in my spare time I like to spend time with my family and enjoy walking in the hills locally and in the Lakes when I can get there.

Legal Insights by Kevan

Family Law Update: Separation and Lockdown

Lockdown and Remote Court hearings

An update from our Family Law Team

How Social Distancing is affecting the Family Courts

Representing Children – The Role of a Child in Court Cases

When Do I Get To See My Grandchild? – A Guide to “Grandparents Rights”

Specialist Areas

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Family Law
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Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection
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Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors


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What our clients say

The Legal 500 2021

Kevan Hankinson and his team are outstanding. His knowledge is incredible but, more than anything, he’s human and always goes the extra mile to ensure you are fully looked after

Many thanks for all your help. Everyone at Butcher & Barlow always seems so nice and friendly.

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