The collaborative law process allows you to avoid having to resolve your financial and children issues through the courts.  Instead, you select and instruct your own collaborative lawyer from a list of specialist trained solicitors.


The attractions of collaborative law are many.  Paperwork is kept to a minimum.  Meetings can be arranged at short notice and the business of your case is discussed around a table with the two clients and their specialist lawyers present.  Often, a negotiated settlement can cover issues which a Judge in a family court might not have the power or time to deal with.  For example, when dealing with the extended family, the collaborative process can think beyond the two clients.

The process is tailor-made to your needs.  Costs can be managed.  If non-lawyer experts are required, the process allows those experts to be brought into joint meetings to prepare paperwork which might help the process.


If an agreement is reached, it can be converted into a binding Court Order.  We call this a Consent Order and it has as much power as an order made after contested court proceedings.

The emphasis of the process is to allow you to deal with problems and difficulties in such a way that you can move on and yet retain a relationship with your partner/spouse which is vital, particularly if you are parents.

Our Code of Practice

Membership of Resolution commits family lawyers to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational way.

We believe that family law matters – of all kinds – should be dealt with in constructive way designed to preserve people’s dignity and to encourage agreements.

Members of Resolution are required to:

  • Conduct matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way
  • Avoid use of inflammatory language both written and spoken
  • Retain professional objectivity and respect for everyone involved
  • Take into account the long term consequences of actions and communications as well as the short term implications
  • Encourage clients to put the best interests of the children first
  • Emphasise to clients the importance of being open and honest in all dealings
  • Make clients aware of the benefits of behaving in a civilised way
  • Keep financial and children issues separate
  • Ensure that consideration is given to balancing the benefits of any steps against the likely costs – financial or emotional
  • Inform clients of the options e.g. counselling, family therapy, round table negotiations, mediation, collaborative law and court proceedings
  • Abide by the Resolution Guides to Good Practice

Code of Practice (.pdf – 1454kb)