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Collaborative Practice

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

Collaborative Practice offers clients a new approach to resolving Family Law disputes. It is an approach which allows the clients to be actively involved in the negotiations and discussions rather than leaving that to their lawyers. The clients have greater control of the discussions and negotiations which all take place around the table, or 4 way meetings. There is no written correspondence passed between lawyers. The process is a useful transition for those who are committed to reaching settlement but who are not in a position to agree that between them. The solicitors are committing themselves to the process as if no solution emerges through the Collaborative Process neither solicitor can act in court proceedings. The parties must start afresh with new solicitors if they wish to resort to litigation.

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.