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What is the Collaborative law process and how does it work?

What is the Collaborative law process and how does it work?

Collaborative Law is a fundamentally different way to resolve family disputes
  • No upsetting and expensive solicitors’ letters
  • No threat of court proceedings
  • No adversarial negotiations – pitching one person against the other
  • No stranger making the decisions about your future
  • No delays, unless they are planned and helpful
Instead We will work with you both independently and together to identify your shared interests and to make the exchange of any documentation and information required as efficient, cost effective and straight forward as possible, laying the way for negotiations and an agreed fair outcome.

You will receive your own legal advice and support from lawyers who are trained to work with one another and if you have children, with the focus firmly on them. The process revolves around a series of meetings and in between communications are usually conducted over the telephone.

Meetings are carefully planned so that the things you need to sort out can be discussed and negotiated face to face. Most cases will be settled with between two to five meetings depending on the complexity and the number of issues involved. Rather than dealing ‘through’ your solicitors, you work directly ‘with’ them, to reach the best solutions for you and your family.

Meetings will be either “four way” meetings – ie. the two of you and each of your lawyers. Or they will be “five way” meetings – ie. the two of you, your lawyers and a fifth neutral expert, who is brought into the meeting to advise on any particular aspect of your case that requires expert advice.

You decide on the outcome and settle matters with dignity and with the minimum of acrimony.

You control the timetable for meetings, the venue and those involved. Working with a fifth neutral/other professionals, such as a financial adviser or a family consultant, means you have a dedicated team to provide you with the best possible information, advice and support, and doing so in a way that helps keep misunderstanding and disputes to a minimum.

What are the benefits of Collaborative Family Law?

What are the benefits of Collaborative Family Law?

  • No nasty or upsetting solicitors’ letters
  • No threat of court hanging over you
  • Your children at the centre of the decisions you make
  • Full legal advice provided in an open and clear way
  • Negotiations and decisions made in face to face meetings
  • Cost effective support from lawyers and other experts, as and when needed

Who can use the Collaborative Family Law Process?

Who can use the Collaborative Family Law Process?

Anyone can, so long as you both use Collaboratively trained family lawyers.

We are a group based in East London and Essex but you don’t have to live in these areas to use our services. The lawyers in the group work at a number of law firms throughout London and Essex.

There are now Collaborative PODs all over the country as more and more people choose to Collaborate not litigate.

Click on the CONTACT US page to meet the team and to find out how easy it is to learn more.

What do you need for Collaborative Law to work for you?

What do you need for Collaborative Law to work for you?

  • a genuine desire to reach an agreement that is fair to the whole family; with children prioritised.
  • a willingness to disclose and share information and documents, fully and honestly,
  • skilled, trained solicitors and other professionals who are committed to working together in this way;
  • a commitment to reaching a solution without going to court.

Why haven’t you heard of Collaborative Law?

Why haven’t you heard of Collaborative Law?

Although the process is not new, not every family lawyer has the specialist training required to conduct the process.

An increasing number of clients who have used the Collaborative Law process have expressed higher levels of satisfaction at the end of their case.

Make sure you have the chance to choose the option that is right for you by speaking to a Collaboratively trained lawyer!

This way of doing things came over from the USA many years ago and is now firmly established as one of the preferred options for dispute resolution within the English family legal justice system.