1st Oct 2019

Building the best team to achieve a brighter future

Berwins’ Family team is proud to specialise in collaborative family law and support separating clients to move forward in a constructive way. Marking Collaborative Family Law Week 2019, Trainee Solicitor Chris Langford explores teamwork and the way it plays an important role in the process.  


American author Kenneth H Blanchard famously said that “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – a truth which came to life for me recently when, at Berwins we had an internal office move.

Each department swapping floors and moving rooms to accommodate our growing teams. A significant undertaking. It is a testament to our facilities team that other departments left our office and old desks on Friday afternoon and came into the office Monday morning with our new desks set up so we could hit the ground running for the week.

The team had set themselves a clear goal. Allow members from other departments to leave their old desk on Friday and return on Monday at their new desk with minimal fuss. The goal was emphatically smashed.

Notwithstanding, they were prepared to dig in and work the weekend, I mention this in a blog on teamwork as it shows the key qualities for teamwork: -

  • The team adopted a clear goal and timescale from the outset;
  • Clear roles for everyone helping were identified; and
  • The work was done co-ordinated and in good spirits.

Effective teamwork doesn’t happen overnight, it takes strong relationships built over time.  Once built however, the perks are fruitful. Companies that communicate effectively are around 4.5x more likely to retain the top employees. A further survey showed that 86% of employees and executives cite lack of communication & collaboration for workplace failures.

When it comes to collaborative practice, teamwork and collaboration much more than buzzwords or the subject of snappy soundbites which have no real conviction or meaning behind them.

When a separating couple goes down the collaborative route for their separation, they are agreeing to enter a process which is marked by teamwork. That means teamwork with and between legal representatives. Just as a client must work in one accord with their family lawyer to work towards the end of the separation process, so lawyers on both sides must work together. Collaborative family lawyers make a commitment at the start of the process to work constructively towards a brighter future without resorting to litigation.  

Difficult though it can seem at the outset of a divorce process, it also means teamwork between the separating couple. Agreeing to work together to reach the best shared outcome, helps to both reduce the hurt which can come from a potentially bruising process, but it also helps to maintain future relationships – something which is essential when children are involved.

Teamwork can be tough but, whether we’re moving furniture or making significant changes in our lives, it is often at the heart of the best outcomes.


Berwins' dedicated and friendly team is here to help. If you have a matter you would like to discuss with the team, please get in touch by calling (01423) 509000 or use our contact form online and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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