Rivka Hawley

Rivka Hawley

Managing Partner

“The people that work here are at the heart of it. If we weren’t such hard working professionals, who didn’t have such solid relationships both with each other as well as with clients and business partners, I don’t think we’d be the firm we are today.”

Rivka is a founding partner of Travlaw, having set up the firm in 2003 with Stephen Mason. Rivka is wholly devoted to advising the travel and leisure industry and offers a modern dynamic and forward thinking approach to legal services and client care.

Rivka has been in travel all her career, and her experience embodies the firm’s practical ethos.

During her career, Rivka has dealt with high profile personal injury claims, Court of Appeal cases, illness outbreaks, catastrophic injuries and cross border litigation. She has excellent judgment regarding which claims to fight and is not afraid to pursue difficult defences where appropriate. Rivka notably acted on Arfilli v Starwood Hotels establishing that the American corporation was responsible for failings in hotels using its brands even though the hotels were separately owned.

Rivka now takes on the role of Managing Partner, dealing with finance, business development, recruitment and managing and marketing the firm. She continues to enjoy an enviable relationship with her clients. She is 100% committed to the firm and dedicated to seeing it expand and develop without losing its individuality and “professional yet approachable ethos”.

Aside from her work with Travlaw, Rivka is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist!

Associate member of CILEX; ABTA Travel Industry Partner; Law Society Management Section; TATLA; ITT; PEOPIL, The Association of Women Travel Executives – former Partnerships Director. Rivka is a also a member of The National Council of Hypnotherapy.

My favourite place

Rome! The only European city I’ve visited that has something for everyone. There’s something charming about Rome’s culture that makes the organised chaos of the city just work!  Every time I visit Rome I’m in total awe of the history, the décor and the architecture, there are no high rise hotels, just wonderful traditional buildings which in my view, no other European city can compete with.  Add to this the food/wine and coffee, it’s hard to beat. No visit to Rome is complete without a spot of people watching in one of the many outdoor cafes or piazzas, followed by a walk around one of the beautiful lush green parks, a total contrast to the streets of the Forum or the dominating Coliseum.