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Mayumi Hawkes


Direct Dial: (020) 3328 1606


Areas of Practice

Mayumi covers all areas of civil litigation and corporate work. Having worked in the property industry in London, she has a particular interest in matters involving real property, landlord and tenant disputes (commercial and residential) and commercial and residential acquisition of assets. She also enjoys dealing with problems relating to Insolvency and Commercial disputes, and various aspects in Employment Law. Her corporate work covers corporate/commercial contracts, contract disputes, HR advice and employment disputes, general corporate governance compliance advice, and corporate insolvency.

Mayumi leads our Japan Desk and provide legal services to our clients who may prefer additional supports in Japanese language. Her main areas of practice are:



Acting for various corporate establishments based in the UK and in Japan, Mayumi advised them in their compliance with the UK law, commercial contract negotiation and drafting, commercial dispute resolution.

Insolvency/Debt recovery (Corporate & Individual)

Corporate and individual insolvency. Mayumi, who worked as a credit controller in a UK company before embarking on a solicitor’s career, has a long and successful record of collecting debts (including judgment debts) in the jurisdiction of England and Wales. She is also keen to advise on risk management in corporate debt collection and run seminars on the debt recovery and insolvency.


Acting for employers and employees in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has recently made a successful appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and settled the matter to the appellant’s satisfaction. She has settled various disputes arising from employment situation before reaching tribunal’s final hearing, she also enjoys bringing successful claims before employment tribunals. She also advises on employment issues connected to transfer of business assets, and advises on and drafts contracts and handbooks.

Property/Property Disputes

All forms of property-related disputes including commercial and residential landlord and tenant, TLATA claims, boundary disputes, lease covenant (including rent review provisions), and property transfer.


She was born in Japan and came to the UK in the 1990s. After 12 years of non-legal careers in Japan and in the UK, Mayumi retrained and qualified as a solicitor in London. In addition to Japanese she also has working knowledge of Spanish and French, which she uses only in her probono activities. She is a member of the Japan Society and one of the committee members of the British Japanese Law Association.


Mayumi enjoys country-walking, yoga and playing music.