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Dispute Resolution Methods The different ways we can help you

Although we are Lawyers we recognise that “going to Law” is only one way to solve the problem, especially when it’s about your family. We believe in tailoring the dispute resolution method to your specific needs and circumstances. We will encourage you to try to resolve your issues without going to Court.

Collaborative Law

Separating Parties often have many common interests in Court proceedings and negotiations; these may be overlooked where position eclipses interest. Where each Party has a qualified Collaborative Lawyer to assist, the hard work of reaching agreement is dealt with in four way face-to-face meetings. The interests of both Parties, in all aspects of the case, are respected and the Lawyers commit to finding a tailor made resolution with the help of other collaboratively trained professionals, including Accountants, IFAs and Counselling support.

Collaborative Law can be used pre-marriage in respect of cohabitation and children issues, or on marriage breakdown to resolve any issue.


We can refer you to our own mediation service or to other mediators who will facilitate discussions between you and your partner and help you to explore and reality check the options you are discussing. We can support you through the mediation process advising you regarding the options which you might be considering and help support you to come to your own decisions that work for both you and your partner.


If, following negotiation or mediation, a single issue needs to be resolved, but cannot be agreed, or more generally a number of issues remain outstanding, we can refer the matter to and arrange an Arbitration Process which is outside the Court arena. It can be run at a timetable determined by you and will involve an Arbitrator with direct experience of the issue in hand and at a cost which may be significantly less than a referral to Court.

If all else fails we can offer the traditional Solicitors method of correspondence, negotiation and advocacy in Court, but we would recommend these alternatives to you first.


Legal aid is available for mediation. It is not available for collaborative law, or arbitration. For those services, and for mediation if you do not qualify for legal aid see ways to pay.

Relevant to you if:

  • If you want to sort things out without falling out.
  • You don’t want to go to Court.
  • You are separated, you can’t agree about arrangements for your children, who gets the house, the pensions, want to resolve things in your own way, in your own time maintaining privacy.
  • Need more than just a lawyer at this difficult time.