Collaborative law refers to the process of removing disputes from the ‘fight and win’ setting of a courtroom into a ‘troubleshoot and problem solve’ setting of negotiations. Thus, collaborative law is a process by which parties use mediation and negotiations to settle their divorce.
Several QEB barristers are fully accredited as collaborative lawyers. Tim Amos QC, Michael Hosford-Tanner, Duncan Brooks and Tristan Harvey are all Resolution trained collaborative lawyers. Uniquely for a barristers’ chambers, all have completed the full Resolution course, and not the abridged course for counsel. They all offer their services as experts within the collaborative process.
Typically, they will be involved as experts or impasse-breakers in five-way meetings (solicitors have found it helpful for a jointly instructed barrister to outline the applicable law to both parties), or will advise in writing about a point of law or the likely court outcome if the collaborative process were to break down.
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