Meet some of our People Team

We know moving jobs is a hassle, we’re a friendly, discreet bunch and we’ll guide you through the hiring, offer and onboarding process quickly and pain-free. Whether you’re keeping an eye on potential roles, want salary advice or you’re actively looking, drop us a line for a confidential chat with no obligations.

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Oliver Beckett
Head of Talent Acquisition

Hey, I’m Oliver, let’s be honest, finding a new job can be a hassle and a bit of a pain, my role is to make that experience as comfortable and straightforward as possible.

My team’s main goal is to find great people a great place to work here at Stowe. You may come to understand that we do hiring slightly differently at Stowe, it’s a more pleasant, relaxed process that at the heart of it has what you want out of your career and what we know works at Stowe.

We know that recruitment processes are generally pretty dated and impersonal, so often, we find really talented people and then find the right place they’ll fit into our firm.

If you’d like an informal chat about careers, food, falling off bikes or Meg my Labrador you can text or Whatsapp me on 07809 724590, or email me, [email protected]

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Charlie Elsworth
Talent Business Partner – London, South East, Midlands, South West and Wales

Hi, I’m Charlie, I know that speaking to a recruiter feels uneasy, I don’t take that lightly, so I enjoy personal recruitment processes. If we speak, you probably won’t realise I’m a recruiter, I’m a real person and I spend my days chatting to other real people with personalities who might be ready to push their careers a little further.

We want to work with people that aren’t generic gears in a machine that can fit in a predetermined slot. Let’s have a chat, you’ll get to know how we’re different.

I love talking about careers, food, coffee or Ralph, my labradoodle, you can text or whatsapp me on 07719422590 or email me on [email protected]

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Mark Blackwell
Talent Advisor – Yorkshire, North East and North West

Hi, I’m Mark, I enjoy spending most of my days on the phone chatting with people, talking about their career, what they want from it, how they’ll achieve it and helping them understand their value.

Deciding to speak to another business or firm can be a huge decision, I make it a personal and comfortable experience, whether you progress into a recruitment process with us, or not.

If you fancy a chat about careers, sport, Herbie my cat or DIY projects that never end, send me a text on 07517 994844 or an email on [email protected]

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Jo Veal
People and Culture Advisor, Yorkshire, North East and North West

Hey, I’m Jo, I’m the People & Culture Advisor and support our teams across Yorkshire, North West and the North East. I look after our HR systems and I’m also responsible for paying everyone, so people are generally doubly nice to me!

I’m based in Yorkshire, but split my time across the office and home. When I’m not working I’m enjoying time with my kids and renovating our house.

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Jade Cox
People & Culture Advisor, London, South East, South West and Midlands

Hi, I’m Jade, I’m a People and Culture Advisor and I’m responsible for onboarding new and returning colleagues to Stowe. I guide new joiners through their notice period, organise their first few weeks and I’m one of the first friendly faces you’ll see on your first day.

I’m also responsible for our “Wellness at Stowe” working group which is led by our colleagues who are trained Mental Health Champions, and I support our teams in the Midlands, South West, South East and London.

When not working I’m spending time with my family, watching my step-son play football on weekends and trying to squeeze in a couple of camping tips each year.

Meet some of our Leadership Team

Our leadership team continue to build a culture with people and innovation at the heart of decisions which fuel our growth.

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Ken Fowlie

I’m Stowe’s Chairman. I have overall responsibility for the firm’s operations and performance.  I’ve been with the firm for 3 years and before that I was a senior leader in another consumer-servicing UK law firm. I have been a lawyer for more than 25 years.

Day-to-day I work with the other members of our Exec team on the shape of Stowe’s strategy and on executing our plans as we strive to create a modern law firm that is great for clients and colleagues.

I’m married with two teenage children, living in London.  In my spare time, I enjoy most sports and at the moment I’m learning to row (which is harder than it looks).

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Morna Bunce
Chief People Officer

More often known as Chief Problem Solver, I have been with Stowe for over 18 years when I began my career in the firm’s accounts team. A member of the Executive Team I am responsible for setting the People Strategy to not only make Stowe a great place to work but to support the firm’s exciting growth plans. I also lead the Talent and People & Culture Teams who are here to help and support colleagues at every stage of their career here at Stowe. Passionate about people and culture, I have a particular interest in promoting well-being through sustainable working practices.

When I’m not running around the office, I can be spotted out running with a local club where I’m a run leader, or running round after my little boy (when he’s not running rings around me!).

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Julian Hawkhead
Senior Partner

I’m Stowe’s Senior Partner and I’ve been with the firm for over 20 years representing clients across the country and internationally, and leading our team of lawyers.

My role primarily is to lead our legal operations. As the leading family law firm we’ve developed a way of working that embraces technology, involves working more closely as teams to share our collective knowledge in more effective ways, and provide clients a better level of service and better value, making the most effective use of all the resources and talent we have within the firm.

Outside of work I play the violin and a variety of other instruments. I’m married with two teenage children; on the occasions I have some spare time I love to get out on my bike and playing or watching tennis.

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Rachel Roberts
Regional Director, Yorkshire, North West and North East

I joined Stowe as a Trainee and qualified in 2004. I’m now Regional Director for the North, leading teams in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East.

My focus is generally financial cases including cases involving substantial capital and income, both in this country and abroad, as well as complex financial, business and trust structures.

I’m an ambassador for Women in the Law, a non-profit women’s networking organisation designed to encourage, inspire and support the next generation of lawyers and women in business.

Outside of work, I’m married with young twins who keep me busy! I loves most forms of exercise and being outdoors. I’m also a keen cook and baker, and regularly test out my cakes on the other members of the Leeds office!

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Andrew Miller
Regional Director, London & South East

I’m a qualified lawyer, I originally practised as a barrister before becoming a solicitor and joining a leading City law firm.

Since then I’ve held a number of senior legal and management roles, over the past 20 years I’ve led professional services teams focused on delivering great quality results for clients. I’ve extensive management experience from senior roles with blue-chip companies, including Thomson Reuters and Aviva.

Outside work I enjoy running and cycling, typically participating in a number of triathlons and obstacle course races each year, as & when my ageing knees allow.

I also enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, as well as gardening and travelling to new and interesting destinations worldwide.

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Jemma Slavin
Regional Director, Midlands, South West & Wales

I qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 and have specialised in family law ever since. I joined Stowe back in 2018 to open the Bristol office and have since opened Bath, Cardiff and Exeter. In 2021 I progressed into a Regional Director position and currently lead legal teams across the Midlands, South West and Wales.

The types of cases I deal with are often heard in the High Court due to the value and complexity of the assets involved and/or an international element. I also advise on all aspects of private children law from disputes regarding child arrangements and financial claims to the relocation of children both within and outside of the jurisdiction of England and Wales.

Meet the People who make Stowe

Our teams up and down the country build the culture at Stowe, we’re here to help each other. Read on to learn more about their experiences at Stowe.

Amy Langford

I joined Stowe in March 2021 as a Senior Associate and in early 2022 I was promoted to Partner. I mainly work in Bristol and Exeter but as a team we serve clients across the Southwest & Wales.

Within a year I’ve been given the opportunity to lead and develop the Exeter Office which opened in January 2022. I’ve also been promoted to Partner within the team focusing on management.

I feel really fortune to work for Stowe, they want you to succeed and will give you the guidance and support to do this. I’ve never felt so valued in a firm and have managers really believe in you. Stowe is a national firm with lots of offices. By focusing on growth there is a lot of potential for promotion and to build on your skills.  I’m really looking forward to the next chapter of growing Exeter and the surrounding areas and working closely with our Managing Partner to make our team the best it can be.

Matt Taylor

I joined Stowe in October 2020 as a Senior Associate to set up the new Liverpool office. I had worked as family lawyer in a large law firm in Liverpool for the past five years and wanted to join a specialist family law firm where I could grow my own team.

Since that time, I’ve developed hugely, growing the Liverpool team to five people and establishing it as a key player in the city’s family law scene. I was promoted to a Team Leader Partner in May 2022 after taking part in Stowe’s in-house career development programme. The pace of change and appetite for growth, development and improvement for both employees and clients at Stowe is staggering. The firm has a real “can-do” attitude and encourages you to develop yourself and others. My role now has a large focus on helping junior lawyers to progress in their careers, which I absolutely love. This helps me, my colleagues, our clients and the firm.

Having joined Stowe throughout lockdown, I was struck by the ease with which the firm developed and maintained a supportive culture despite face-to-face contact being a rarity early on. That has led to a dynamic working policy that allows individuals to work in the best way for them – whether from home or an office and at hours that suit them and their lives. As a busy dad of two, this has been absolutely invaluable to me.

I’m excited about my future at Stowe and look forward to expanding my team further across Merseyside and beyond, developing the next generation of family lawyers.

Estella Newbold-Brown

I joined Stowe in May 2021 as a Senior Associate and within two months of joining, I was promoted to Head up a new office in Richmond.  Stowe were very responsive to my enthusiasm to progress; I joined a training programme to help me develop skills and assist me with my partnership application and in early 2022 I was promoted to Partner.

I’ve been aware of Stowe for years and watched as the firm grew, opened new offices and recruited new members of staff.  I was attracted to Stowe by their lovely laid back but professional approach and their passion to expand the firm.

They strive for work/life balance and are very considerate about mental wellbeing within the firm, working at Stowe you feel that they care about you as an individual.

Chantel Fenton

My name’s Chantel, I’m the Regional Team Leader for London and the South East managing a team of Legal Assistants that support solicitors across the region.  I provide support, leadership and guidance to the team while they focus on providing excellent client care to our clients and flawless support in all aspects of family law to the solicitors they support.

I joined Stowe’s London office in 2014 as a PA to a Senior Associate because I wanted to work exclusively in family law, at that time Stowe only had a handful of offices. A new office opening in Victoria in 2018 gave me the opportunity to apply for an office manager role, to support the set up and running of the Victoria office.

In 2020 during Covid whilst working from home I was successful in my application to manage and support a team of Legal Assistants across the region. Our Legal Assistants assist solicitors in all aspects of a case, they draft documents and letters, attend client and counsel meetings and meet their own individual targets.

Since joining Stowe there have been so many changes and the firm continues to grow bigger and better, the culture at Stowe is faultless.

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