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Collaborative Law

Posted on 24th October, 2019

We are delighted to say that Heather Snowdon, Head of Family Law, recently completed the insightful and thought-provoking Resolution Collaborative Practice Foundation Training Course, so she is now a Collaborative Practitioner.

Collaborative Practice offers family clients a way to reach informed decisions on separation, whilst maintaining some control of the outcome for their family.   The process involves each party agreeing to collaborate, with the support of a collaborative lawyer.

It has numerous benefits when compared with the family court process.   For example, collaboration practice:

  • allows clients to negotiate agreements to suit them instead of being decided by an unknown judge;
  • allows consideration of issues not traditionally covered by the family courts; e.g. The care of pets;
  • ensures informed decisions are reached through collaboratively trained lawyers;
  • gives you control over timescales, instead of having to wait for Court listings;
  • is cost effective in resolving your matter;
  • concludes with the making of a final order to ensure certainty;


  • aims to ensure that the separating couple move forward from the process with the minimum of acrimony and is proven to reduce financial and emotional acrimony.

If you are separating from your partner and worried about the impact of the legal process on you and your wider family, contact Heather Snowdon or Emma Canham or call 01642 356500 to discuss the options available to you.

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