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Collaborative Practice offers clients a new approach to resolving Family Law disputes. It is an approach which allows clients to be actively involved in the negotiations and discussions.

Clients have greater control of the discussions and negotiations which take place around the table. There is no written correspondence passed between lawyers. The process is a useful transition for those who are committed to reaching a settlement but who are not able to reach an agreement.

How does the process work?

Both you, your partner and your respective solicitors will take part in series of "four-way meetings". Prior to the first meeting, you will meet your own lawyer to discuss what to expect.

You and your solicitors are committing yourselves to the process. An agreement is signed which states that if no solution emerges through the Collaborative Process, neither solicitor can represent you in court. Both parties must start afresh with new solicitors if they wish to resort to litigation.

In the final meeting, you and your partner will sign documents detailing the agreements reached during the four-way meetings.

Collaborative Practice aims to resolve issues in an open and transparent way, avoiding expensive litigation where possible.

How Blackadders can help

At Blackadders, our team of Family Law specialists can help you to reach an agreement through Collaborative Practice.

Head of our Family Law team, Craig Samson, is one of a growing number of Scottish Family Lawyers who has trained in Collaborative Practice.

Craig completed his training as a collaborative lawyer in 2005 and has sat on the National Committee for four years. He is now Chairperson of the Scottish Collaborative Family Law Group.

Collaborative Practice Team Members

Our lawyers in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth work together across various disciplines to ensure that our clients' requirements are met.