I have received the following press release issued on behalf of Latimer Hinks:
SOLICITORS LAUNCH NEW COLLABORATIVE LEGAL GROUP
Solicitors in County Durham and Wearside are launching a group to spearhead an innovative new approach to help reduce the emotional cost on couples and their children when families in the area split up.
Instead of negotiating by letter or litigating in court, the alternative method, called collaborative law, involves couples working with their solicitors, all together in the same room, to reach agreement without the need for costly and stressful court battles.
To launch the scheme in County Durham and Wearside, family lawyers from across the county, are hosting an event in the Prior’s Hall at Durham Cathedral on June 22 at 6pm for all professionals involved in family issues.
Resolution spokesman and trained collaborative lawyer Judith Middleton, from Latimer Hinks in Darlington, said: “Sadly, family breakdown is a fact of life.
“As members of Resolution, a 5,500-strong group of family lawyers, we commit to minimising the financial and emotional pain it causes.
“We do this by adopting a conciliatory approach which puts the needs of any children involved first. Collaborative law is a natural extension of this idea. By all sitting together, we ensure that couples stay in control of their own futures, instead of leaving decisions to a judge in a courtroom.
“It takes a certain kind of couple, and a special kind of lawyer – one who is focused on solutions rather than confrontation – to make it work. Where it has been practised elsewhere in the UK, it has achieved remarkable results. We are confident it will here too.”
Anyone wanting to attend the event at 6pm on June 22 should contact Judith Middleton on 01325 341500.