The collaboration process focuses on reaching an agreement, with the family’s best interests at the forefront of discussions.
Solicitors for collaborative family law
If you struggle to agree on issues arising from a separation, such as finances, property and child arrangements, collaborative family law can be a very effective process.
It differs from mediation in that each party has a collaboratively trained lawyer present at all meetings, ensuring they benefit from legal advice throughout the process.
The sessions take place face-to-face with all parties around the table committed to reach solutions through agreement, not the court. There is also the opportunity to bring in other professionals, for example, financial advisors, accountants and valuers.
This approach reduces time, money, and stress and enables families to work together and move forward with better relationships, a huge benefit for everyone, especially children.
At Stowe, a number of our lawyers are trained and practising collaborative family law, and we have a nationwide network of other professionals who can support you in this area.
For 18 months of my divorce process I had been rubbing along with a law firm that was painfully slow, unresponsive, I was being fobbed off with excruciating excuses for shoddy practice. It seemed like I was getting nowhere whilst my husband was treating me appallingly. I approached Kate Rayner at Stowe Family Law, who quietly listened to my completely stressed ramblings of getting nowhere with my divorce from my coercively controlling, emotionally abusive husband. Her response was a resounding and very definite,Yes! Of course we can help! From then on I was on a fast-moving, action-packed journey.
Kate quickly identified this as a ‘needs’ case, she organised and approved a legal loan for me and the first FDR appointment was just 4 weeks later!
Kate Recruited Simon Rowbotham as Counsel with experience of coercively abusive divorces; they become my phenomenal team and went on to represent me on four further hearings throughout the following year. Kate is an ‘action’ person, a stickler for precision, accuracy and efficiency. I had to step up too, Kate is a taskmaster(in a good way), information needed from me had to be in, up to scratch and on time!
Kate, Simon and I worked as a team, I was in no doubt that they genuinely cared about my future and were striving for my best interest at all times. They manoeuvred around Lockdown in unprecedented times.
My Team secured a Just and Victorious conclusion for me in December 2020. I have and will continue to recommend Kate Rayner to anyone needing a divorce lawyer and Simon Rowbotham as Counsel.
Thanks again to you both.
Client: Ms F
Lawyer: Jemma Slavin
Jemma Slavin is an all-round brilliant lawyer – she is excellent with clients and well-liked by local solicitors as an opponent, not because she is an easy opponent but because she always takes a proportionate and cost-effective approach to cases. Rachel Fisher is a friendly but formidable lawyer who is extremely good for her years of PQE. Joanna Newton is a brilliant addition to the firm – a truly high-class act.‘
Client: Legal 500
Lawyer: Cath Porter
If you are looking for an understanding family lawyer I can highly recommend Cath Porter. She is extremely professional and knowledgeable and always dealt with my divorce with empathy and compassion. I was kept informed every step of the way and always answered my queries in a timely manner. I cannot thank Cath enough for making the whole process of my divorce go as smooth as she did.
Lawyer: Gabrielle Read-Thomas
I will just say that I have been more than happy with the service you have provided. I felt that you totally understood my situation and that I could easily talk to you about things, for that, I thank you very much. I would not hesitate to use your company again...Once again thank you, from a very happy client.
Client: Ms C
Lawyer: David Milburn
I received a professional service from David Milburn, my Divorce solicitor, throughout the two years we worked together to reach a settlement. Divorce is a tricky time and he dealt with my situation with empathy and was objective in the handling of my case. We had a good rapport and I was able to speak honestly about my financial needs. His support staff, Jo Childs, was also extremely helpful at keeping me in the picture. I can recommend Stowe to anyone in my situation.
Client: Ms H
Lawyer: Theo Hoppen
Theo Hoppen was thoroughly professional and gave sound advice throughout my divorce process.
Client: Mr M
Lawyer: Jemma Slavin
Jemma Slavin is always on the other end of the phone, smart and bold in her decision making. Joanna Newton is very experienced with wisdom beyond her years. Rachel Fisher is efficient, sensible and well connected
Client: Legal 500
Lawyer: Mark Christie
Mark Christie recently acted on my behalf for my extremely messy divorce. This was an incredibly difficult and stressful time and thanks to Mark and his wonderful PA Michelle we were successful in winning my case. I am now fully back on the road to recovery and getting on with my life. After initially going to a different firm for a consultation prior to Stowe Family Law there was simply no comparison. The level of detail and professionalism that Mark brought to the table would be impossible to beat and it was the best decision I ever made to hire Mark. He will be 100% committed to your case and will try his very best for you. I have recommended Mark to many people and will continue to do so as having the right person on your side during this horrific period of time is critical.