Lewis qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and from 1991 was the family law partner in the firm he trained with. Having been founding chair of Woking Community Mediation Service, he recognised the benefits of alternatives to court litigation and trained as a specialist family Mediator in 1999, before accepting an invitation to join Hedleys, as the family law expert across what became a four-office Surrey firm. He subsequently joined Major Family Law in Spring 2016 as a consultant working on cases in the South East/Surrey as well as remotely for their North East clients.
Lewis practises in all areas of family law but has particular experience in matrimonial finance, including property, pension and family business issues. His skill at turning amicable agreements into binding settlements without damaging what can be a fragile peace between separating people is recognised by his colleagues as a particular strength. He also has experience of trans-national finance, multi-jurisdictional divorce and children cases. Lewis also advises on TOLATA claims between unmarried couples which can run concurrently with Schedule 1 proceedings.
As part of law reform, Lewis was invited to assist with the ongoing work of the Pension Advisory Group as an experienced family law practitioner and has been involved in a number of books on law, practice and precedent – his work finding its way into The Law Society’s “Family Finance Toolkit”. As an experienced solicitor, he has been involved with training and working as a consultant assessor with such institutions as the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILeX) who provide an alternative route to legal practice.
Lewis recognises that the “traditional” solicitor-client relationship of full representation does not suit all. Unlike some other solicitors, Lewis is willing to accept a limited retainer and with his considerable experience can just “do what is actually needed” as sometimes paying for a lawyer to do everything is not actually necessary, nor is it affordable. Lewis is happy to give paid advice to assist Litigants in Person with specific or unusual family law queries, draft necessary court documents and statements, give advice regarding proposals for settlement or offer a second-opinion or explanation, often for an agreed fee rather than the usual open-ended hourly rate.
Lewis is regarded by both his peers in the South East and his longstanding client base as being a straight-talking, perceptive Family Lawyer who adopts a pragmatic, yet principled approach in all family matters.
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Lewis is an extremely resourceful, dedicated and supportive divorce lawyer. He is thoughtful, insightful and was my rock when I needed him. You could not wish for better help.– Mrs E
I have known Lewis Hulatt in a professional capacity for some years and he understands the wider picture and our needs as a family. I found him sensitive to what would help me achieve our long-term goals and approachable. He showed himself to be flexible and I never felt pressured to use a legal sledge-hammer to crack a nut of a problem.– Mr H