I focus only on collaborative practice and mediation; it’s my area of expertise. I work with other professionals in a team to ensure that legal costs and emotional upset are kept to a minimum. We really are fortunate to have a fully functioning collaborative community in Brighton and Hove. I am asked to speak on collaborative working at national conferences to share our good practice amongst the legal profession.
I was really pleased to discover that there was an alternative to the traditional essentially adversarial process around divorce. For me the collaborative approach resonated strongly with my personal values of trying wherever possible to achieve a win – win; or at the least reducing the harm to either party.
"I also felt supported throughout by knowing that my lawyer was both looking after my interests, and honouring the process.
"It wasn’t easy, but in the end, I felt that both I and my ex-partner were able to close the chapter knowing that we had done the “right” thing by each other.