National Family Dispute Resolution Week launched

Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and professionals committed to taking conflict out of family disputes, are launching a national campaign, Family Dispute Resolution Week, starting today (24/09/2012).

The campaign is being held to raise awareness of non-confrontational methods of resolving family breakdown, such as mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.

Collaborative Law

We're embracing this attitude by expanding their expertise in Collaborative Law, an approach which aims to avoid fighting matters out in the courts.

Sharn Nijjar, an experienced family lawyer who recently joined the firm as an Associate Solicitor, will complete her Collaborative Law training in November.

Kathryn Ferris, Partner and Head of the Family Department, is already a qualified Collaborative Lawyer and has been successfully offering the benefits of this innovative approach to her clients for two years.

Kathryn said; “I have seen the positive influence Collaborative Law can have on the divorce process and related negotiations.

Collaborative Law encourages communication and where people are able to talk they are more likely to reach agreements that they are both happy with. I am therefore delighted that, once qualified, Sharn will also be able to offer this service to our clients.”

Working together to reach agreement

Sharn Nijjar added: “I am looking forward to offering this new service to my clients as it has been proved to be very successful. The Collaborative Law approach involves couples meeting face to face with their respective solicitors to work together to reach agreement without the need for costly, stressful Court battles.

Everybody in the room has the common goal of reaching the best solutions for the couple and their family. It is successful because of its numerous benefits. Participants still have their own independent legal advisor but they maintain control without being threatened by Court proceedings.

The pace of the process is set by the couple rather than the Court and communication between the couple is maintained leading to a more harmonious future relationship.

This approach can benefit the whole family through fairer settlements and by prioritising the interests of children”

Free half-hour consultation

Kathryn and Sharn offer new clients to the firm an initial half-hour consultation free of charge to discuss the best method to resolve family disputes.

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