3rd Oct 2019

Nurturing positive messaging around collaborative family law

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, team leader Danielle Day looks at the positive messaging which can surround this work. 

Having been qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer for over three years and having had a number of successful collaborative cases, I am still surprised at how many lawyers do not scream this process from the rooftops as the best method to finalising divorce and separation.

Unfortunately, not all areas of the UK have an active group of collaborative lawyers and I still have many clients who come to me unaware that this is even an option. Unfortunately, I find that the decision is already taken once both parties have chosen their solicitor, and one of them is not trained in this area.  That lawyer is then reluctant to lose work and mention a process to their client that they cannot offer personally.  However, we all have a duty to highlight the choice of methods available to our clients and information on the collaborative process should be provided to everyone that may be suitable.

I have often had clients comment to me, at the end of the process, that they could not have wished for a better conclusion for their family and this process has made that all possible. It is lovely to see separating couples walk out of a meeting on talking terms and able to go for a coffee afterwards. Not something that can be said after an 18-month court battle.  Not every case is suitable for collaborative law, but a vast proportion of cases are and more solicitors/organisations should be pushing this process and highlighting the positives.

At Berwins, we are that passionate about the collaborative process that every member of our team is trained in Collaborative Law and are active members of the local collaborative POD in Harrogate.  More lawyers need to be trained in this area and lower the number of litigious divorces across the UK.

Ranked in industry guides Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, Danielle Day is Head of Family Law at Berwins. She specialises in cases or relationship breakdown and divorce involving complex financial issues.

Berwins' dedicated and friendly team is here to help. If you have a matter you would like to discuss with Danielle and 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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