What is collaborative law?
The collaborative process allows you the opportunity to resolve disputes between you and your partner without the need to go to court.
All negotiations take place during face-to-face meetings between you, your partner and your respective collaborative lawyers.
You will commit to the process at the beginning by signing an agreement to negotiate a settlement without going to court.
Once settlement is reached, then your collaborative lawyers can convert this into a legally binding form whether court order or separation agreement, which is acceptable to both you and your partner.
What are the benefits?
The difference is both of you and your respective collaborative lawyers work together as a team to create shared and lasting solutions, not just the best for both of you, but for the family as a whole.
Your respective lawyers offer advice, guidance and support in the development of shared solutions through the face-to-face meetings. Your respective lawyers also have responsibility for managing the process to ensure everyone keeps on track.
Is the collaborative process right for me?
If you think you might be interested in this alternative method of dispute resolution, we can offer an initial consultation with us to talk things through. We will outline the range of options for you, including the collaborative process and explain the implications of each and the use of other professionals as appropriate in the collaborative process.
How can we help?
We have several collaborative lawyers within our family team, with extensive experience in using alternative dispute resolution. We are recommended in legal directories, including Chambers and The Legal 500 and many of our team are members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Our hourly rates are competitive, offering value for money.
Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.
Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association) is an association of family solicitors committed to promoting a non-confrontational approach to conflict resolution.resolution.org.uk
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
IACP is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict. IACP serves members, influences the collaborative community, and benefits the public. We are committed to fostering professional excellence in conflict resolution through Collaborative Practice. We do this by protecting the essentials of Collaborative Practice, expanding Collaborative Practice worldwide, and providing a central resource for education, networking and standards of practice.www.collaborativepractice.com