If you are in dispute concerning any family matter and wish to avoid the delay and cost of the court procedure then collaborative law may be for you.
Each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and we meet together to try to work out a solution. Your lawyer will act in your interests throughout the process and will work with the other solicitor to try to reach an agreement. The meetings are normally carried out on first name terms and the agenda is set by you and your former partner although the lawyers will have suggestions to ensure that nothing is overlooked.
Collaborative law means that each side will sign an agreement that commits you to trying to resolve issues without going to Court. If no agreement can be reached your lawyer cannot represent you in Court.
If you wish to obtain more information concerning collaborative law please contact Mike Follis, Head of the Department on 0121 616 4450.