There is a short description of collaborative Law, intended for people not familiar with the term,
A key organisation in this field
Resolution (previously known as the Solicitors Family Law Association)
has 6500 members all of whom are family lawyers
committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Their members follow a Code of Practice that
promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems and looks for solutions that consider the needs
of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children.
You can find a collaborative lawyer from their site
and you can find a mediator
------------------------Other organisations and firms, alphabetically-------------------
A City Law Firm have a section for
Family & Child Law and all their Family Solicitors are members of
the Resolution Panel. They handle an array of issues from pre-nuptial/civil partnership advice - divorce or dissolution -
surrogacy, fertility law, adoption to cohabitation separations, child orders and international financial remedy proceedings.
They offer free Thursday clinics for city professionals by appointment.
Accord Mediation Services of Eastbourne and London,
have been providing expert, professional family and civil services for over 20 years.
They Offer both online (skype) mediation and face to face services fully priced on the web site.
The site also contains lots of useful information for those using mediation services.
As they say, mediation is voluntary, and offers separating and divorcing couples the opportunity to resolve issues
arising from the break-down of their relationship and to make arrangements for their children, separation,
finances, property, debts and the future.
Alternative Family Law - Southwark, London,
a great deal of free information about family law including alternatives to litigation (including mediation
and collaborative law), divorce, financial issues (including complext financial cases), international family law, family law issues affecting
gay men and lesbians (including civil partnership and parenting) and issues about children and cohabitation.
The site provides information in German as well as English.
Amicable Divorce is a new site which has been created
by a group of solicitors in Worcester who practice either mediation or collaborative family law.
This is the first time that a group of Family Law ADR specialists have established a site that covers
the spectrum of available ADR in a geographically defined area. There is general information on mediation and
collaborative law as well as information on the individual firms and solicitors available in the area
for this type of work. The site also includes details of divorce coaches and (currently one) financial neutral.
bbl family law of Norwich, offer information on a wide range of
approaches to resolving relationship breakdown.
The partners of the firm are experienced litigators, mediators and skilled negotiators, and are actively involved
in developing new methods of resolving family breakdown.
Blanchards Law of London and Henley-on-Thames,
are mediators and collaboratively trained lawyers. They believe they can offer their clients more options and a more holistic service
than the conventional rush to court. They say that the essence of a good mediated or collaborated settlement is an independent arbitrator,
that the process is voluntary and confidential and that full financial disclosure is given. There is a good description of these topics
at barristers 1KBW provides a family-centered forum for reaching a solution which avoids a Court battle.
Parties and their lawyers agree at the outset that they will not litigate. If the process fails without
agreement, then the parties have to instruct different lawyers to represent them in Court.
Devon Family Solutions, based in Exeter and established in 1991,
is one of the largest agencies of its kind in the country and pioneered the Mediation movement.
It can assist couples from all over the region who are experiencing separation or divorce.
All mediators are selected and trained to recognized National and European standards and directly
accountable to a national body; FMA, SFLA or PDT. All are members of the UK College of Family Mediators (UKCFM).
Divorce Aid is a site run by
an independent group of professionals who volunteer their time to help people with divorce problems.
Advice is provided, by email, without any payment or promise
of further work. There is also a great deal of free information, attractively and helpfully presented,
on the site itself (and some attractive graphic designs to go with the sections).
They even operated a full service over Christmas!
They promote mediation and counselling and also promote collaborative law, as a new, more dignified, approach
Family Mediation Ireland (FMI) is a private client family mediation
service. FMI operate nationwide across the Republic of Ireland and use the co-mediation method for conducting
family mediations. Mediations are conducted with one male and one female mediator working with each couple in dispute.
Family mediation can be used to
Agree the terms of a Divorce or Legal Separation,
Resolve child maintenance, guardianship, custody or access arrangements,
Resolve a family dispute,
Divide property and assets by agreement,
Resolve inheritance/probate disputes,
Agree ongoing methods/means of communication between people in dispute,
Resolve passport or travel issues for children and
Resolve issues relating to the schooling of children.
Family Mediators Association
offers trained mediators to help all couples facing separation or divorce
to reach decisions about dealing with children, property and finance.
Family mediation is a voluntary process by which couples in dispute, particularly those going
through separation or divorce, are helped to deal with arrangements for their future.
Family Mediation Choice is the site of Paul Holder,
an experienced family mediator available to help you reach agreement over child contact, finances and other practical issues, as a result of
relationship breakdown. He is skilled at diffusing conflict even when communication has broken down. He
covers Bristol and the South West.
The Family Law Company By Hartnell Chanot are Family Law Solicitors established in 1991 by
Norman Hartnell who has been practising Mediation since 1989. Norman also established the Devon Family Solutions
(see above) one of the first mediation consortiums in the country with a Legal Services Commission franchise
and over 20 mediators. The web site provides
extensive information on divorce, mediation, finance, childrens issues and all related topics. There are
particular sections for just-dads, just-mums, just-kids and just-grandparents. This is a very useful site
for people involved with a divorce.
Harbour Family Law of Bristol and Portishead, are specialist family Solicitors.
Principal Katy Zikking has specialised in Collaborative law since its introduction in 2005 and has seen the enormous benefits that
Collaborative practice can provide to individuals going through family difficulties.
Helplink Support Services is an Irish company providing low cost Mediation
online or by teleconferencing. This form of mediation allows persons or parties to engage in dispute resolution
from the comfort of their own homes or legal council's office which reduces time, costs and stress for all concerned.
Helplink Mediators work with Families, Organisations and Companies that have disputes or are in conflict.
Inspire Family Solicitors & Mediators Ltd is a niche
family firm based in central Salisbury. Inspire offers legally aided mediation.
Caroline Frost (Principal Solicitor) and Andrea Boutcher (Senior Solicitor)
are both Resolution trained Mediators and Collaborative Lawyers, offering
mediation and collaborative law in all areas of family law and relationship
dispute. Andrea can also consult directly with children in mediation and is
a Civil and Commercial Mediator accredited with ADR Group.
Intelligent Divorce is a site which helps people prepare
for divorce, in the sense of explaining what documents, papers and financial reports they have to produce. The service
helps the person wanting a divorce - or the couple wanting to do it co-operatively - to assemble the information
and can then provide an expert opinion from a specialist family barrister at a leading chambers. The service has been set up
by two family lawyers, James Roberts, a barrister at 1 Kings Bench Walk and Mahie Abey, Head of Family Law at Dawson Hart solicitors
in East Sussex. The user does not need to pay money to start with - the use of the forms and web site is free, but at the point
that they want to submit the information to the lawyers, a fee is payable. The cost for using the "solo service"
is £780 (inc VAT) while the co-operative service (for both parties) costs £1,630 (inc VAT). These are fixed fees
but external fees would also be payable - Court fees of £45 to lodge the financial order and £385 for the actual
divorce. There could also be valuation fees from financial experts (if needed).
Mediation East comes from solicitors
Bridge McFarland who have offices in Grimsby, Lincoln, Hull, Market Rasen,
Louth, Mablethorpe, Skegness and Doncaster. The Mediation East site has extensive information on Family Mediation -
what it is, how it works and how much it costs.
Winston Solicitors, based in Leeds,
are experienced in helping parties resolve all issues following a relationship breakdown.
As solicitors, they fully understand the technical and practical aspects of
family law and the legal system including financial issues.
Nationwide Family Mediation Service
is a leading provider of family mediation covering children, property and assets when separating or divorcing.
There are members of the nation wide grouping at many locations around the UK.
The firms deal with marital, common law and same sex partnership disputes,
help resolve disputes involving arrangements with children following a marriage or partnership breakdown,
and assist in reaching an agreement to resolve difficult situations without the need for court orders
Rothera Dowson with several locations in Nottingham, provide
a special site www.collaborativelawsolicitors.co.uk with
extensive information about collaborative divorce, child arrangments, financial & property and civil partner
dissolution, together with an extensive section of Frequently Asked Questions.
Staffordshire Collaborative Lawyers
are a group of like-minded, specialist, family lawyers with many years experience advising
clients on separation, divorce, children and financial matters and their implications.
Although they come from different law firms, they have all received special training in the
collaborative approach and now come together not only to help their clients but to further
general awareness of collaborative law.
They are all members of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Resolution, the specialist
association of family lawyers, and their collaborative work builds on the long-established Resolution
approach that family disputes should be dealt with in a constructive way designed to preserve people’s
dignity and to encourage agreements.
Walker Smith & Way provide a series
of information sheets (in pdf format) on collaborative law and related topics. The firm has offices in
Ashton-under-Lyne, Birmingham, Liverpool and London and also in Wrexham and Chester.