It has been nearly two weeks now since we attended the Northern Lights Conference in York which concluded our Collaborative Law Awareness week.
For me, it was my first CFL North conference and I had no idea what to expect. My colleagues had been going to them for years and had highly recommended the event. Over 75 collaborative professionals from across the North, and even a couple from the South, were due to descend on the Park Hotel in York for an eight hour training day.
The event opened with a talk from Andrew Pearce, a trained psychologist and a personal and professional development coach. He started by getting everyone involved in an exercise which involved blindfolds and weird and wonderful shapes. A group of around 20 people were selected to sit in a circle with each of them being provided with a shape. The only information they were told was that there were two pieces missing and they could only ask the organizer one question “what colour am I?” The purpose of the game was to communicate with one another and work as a team to solve the problem. It was a brilliant start to the morning and was the hot topic of conversation for the rest of the day.
After a brief coffee break we were then split into different workshops. Each workshop focused on a different element of the collaborative process, from the psychological side of the process to how we can increase the number of collaborative cases. The event was then concluded with a questions and answers workshop….. and of course a well-deserved glass of wine!
With over 75 collaborative professionals attending, there was a whole room full of knowledge and experience. It was a chance for everyone to share their own experiences and pick up helpful tips along the way. I walked away with a few new ideas and felt truly inspired!
The event only happens once a year but I will definitely be returning next year.
Written by Danielle Day of Berwins Solicitors.