Collaborative Law


We remain fully open to help with family law issues during the current global outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. All of our family law solicitors are working as normal using remote access technology and we can arrange appointments by telephone and video call, as an alternative to face to face meetings. We can also arrange appointments outside of normal working hours, as we understand the lockdown can make it even harder than usual to consult solicitors on sensitive family law matters

In line with current government advice, our offices in Petersfield and Midhurst remain open and operational although we are operating with a reduced staff level on the ground and only able to admit to our offices clients who have pre-booked an appointment. All of our lawyers have access to secure cloud based technologies for emails and telephone calls and video conferencing, which enable them to work remotely and conduct meetings accordingly.

You can continue to contact us, as normal, by phone, email and video conferencing and where essential pre-book a face to face meeting in the office. We remain fully committed to delivering a high level of client service, tailored to your individual needs.

Like mediation and arbitration, collaborative law gives you an alternative to court action – such as where children live – when a relationship breaks down.

Under the collaborative law process, you each appoint your own lawyers, specially trained in collaborative law. You then all meet to work through and resolve the issues together. It means you can talk about things face to face, with your lawyers there to support and advise you at every stage. Neutral experts, such as financial advisers or child care specialists, can be brought in to the process as needed to ensure the best result.  Before the talks start, you and your lawyers all sign an agreement committing to resolving the issues without going to court. As collaborative law is so open and frank, your collaborative lawyer is not allowed  to represent you if you do end up starting court proceedings.

We have lawyers within our Family Law team  who are trained in collaborative law by Resolution;  we are also members of several local groups, or ‘pods’ of collaborative lawyers, so we can get things moving quickly for you.

Collaborative law is not appropriate in every case, and our Family Law team will look carefully at your situation and help you decide if  it is the right option for you.

To find out more about collaborative law, please contact our Family Law team.

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Emily Bower Associate
Emily Bull Partner and Head of Family Law Department
Antonia Clarke Solicitor
Nisha Tayal Partner