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  • Overview

    Collaborative divorce is a process in which both parties sign up to a participation agreement confirming that they will deal with matters through open and direct negotiation without making an application to the Court. It is different to mediation as whilst a mediator is neutral and so cannot give either party legal advice, in collaborative family law you each have your own lawyer advising you and negotiating on your behalf. 

    A series of meetings takes place, attended by both parties and their legal representatives, where all issues can be discussed and negotiated. The same requirement to provide full financial disclosure exists within this process.

    Collaborative law can be used to resolve disputes in relation to financial matters or in relation to children, such as where they will live and spend time. It can be effective where parents wish to reach a resolution by agreement, with the children’s interests and needs being the priority. 

    If necessary, collaborative law experts can be instructed to advise both parties about issues such as tax, property valuations and pensions and the experts can be invited to attend the group meetings.

    Relationship breakdown will always inevitably involve financial and emotional costs. The aim of collaborative family law is to help minimise those costs. 

    Our Collaborative Lawyers

    There are four trained collaborative lawyers within our Family team, Joanna PrattKirstie LawDesmond O'Donnell and Helen Waite. We will discuss with you at your initial consultation whether your case is appropriate for collaborative law.

    Not every case is suitable; both parties must be committed to resolving their issues through negotiation without the involvement of the Court.

    For further information please contact one of the Family team.

    Client example

    We acted for a client with regard to their divorce and financial proceedings through collaborative law. Most of the parties’ assets were held in limited companies to which either or both of the parties were shareholders. The parties were clear that the company assets should not be sold as a result of the divorce and they hoped to sell the assets for a profit at a later date. Through negotiations, the parties were able to agree on a division of the company assets whilst preserving their shareholdings in the companies.  The parties sought financial advice to inform them on the effect of the division or restructuring of each company and this advice underpinned the agreement. 
     

      

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Sarah is professional, well-organised, and thorough in her work. I was impressed by the way in which she kept matters cool and polite when dealing with my ex-husband's solicitor, always focused on the task at hand and never engaging in power games.  The outcome of the divorce was very satisfying for me, I felt well-advised and supported by Sarah Keily and Emma Sumner, and it is most gratifying to be able to have such high quality legal service locally.

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Kirstie Law is 'absolutely committed to moving things along, getting a result and resolving cases,' Sources say: 'She is one of the most effective lawyers practising in this area. Her approach is wonderfully refreshing and straightforward.

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Their technical and experiential knowledge in divorce law and experience in presenting legal arguments at court are real strengths.

Client

The 'very personal' family team is 'always accessible' and 'very knowledgeable.'  

Client

They are sensible and realistic in their expectations, practical, tough and yet fair - they get good results.

Client

They are sensible and realistic in their expectations, practical, tough and yet fair - they get good results.

Client

They just led the way for me, steered the way for me through it...I didn't have to worry about anything they just were very proactive.

Client

I feel that the compassion and determination of Sarah gave me hope and a will to push through such a painful time. I felt very confident in her letters and phone contact. She also made me laugh, which was hard at the time.

Client

The most reassuring and professional service you could get. Everything felt real and true, no false hopes but always reality which is what you need through emotional times,

Client

I was kept fully informed of progress. I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. Any questions I asked were quickly dealt with.

Client

Very efficient and pleasant to deal with.

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Sarah came highly recommended via a family friend. I am based in the USA and was looking for an attorney that could handle a UK-based legal matter for me.

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