Guide to Collaborative Law

At Tisshaws Family Law Solicitors our specially trained lawyers can offer you the option of resolving your relationship and family disputes using a collaborative law approach

We firmly believe that you should have the opportunity to understand and consider all the ways in which your disputes can be brought to a conclusion and we will explain all of the options to you when we meet so that you make an informed choice.

Four members of our team, Gilva, Camilla, Richard and Verity are all trained in collaborative law and would be happy to discuss with you what it is, how it differs from a more traditional approach and the benefits of using this method of dispute resolution.

Our video explains the collaborative process.

Collaborative law puts you and your spouse in the driving seat

With the collaborative approach you both make a commitment to avoid going to court and work together, with your respective lawyers, to find solutions which work for your whole family. You do not lose your decision making power to a judge and you have the opportunity to come up with creative ways of dealing with your specific situation.


Using a collaborative approach helps to build trust and communication where this may have broken down

Many people feel empowered by successfully resolving their case within the collaborative process and it can be a very useful starting point for moving forward to a healthy, separated, and perhaps co-parenting, relationship. If there are children, it can be a very positive message for them to see their parents working together to bring their relationship to a respectful conclusion.


It’s your process and can be tailored to both of your needs

If you need to move quickly, assuming you both agree and the necessary information is available, then you can. Meetings can be scheduled to suit your availability, unlike court hearings. What’s more, if you don’t need to complete a lengthy disclosure process, you don’t have to.


We can involve third parties for additional help and support

If you both agree, the collaborative process can include other professionals to help you both resolve any disputes. This could be a financial neutral, like a financial adviser or a family consultant, who would be from a therapeutic background and may be able to help you both deal with challenging emotions that may be preventing issues from being resolved. There are also collaborative barristers who can be brought in to assist with a specific point of law.

Our video explains why it is sometimes necessary to include a third party in the collaborative process.


If you think the collaborative law process might be for you or just want to know more please come and talk to us

We offer an initial no obligation one-hour appointment for just £100 (Incl. VAT), so you can find out about the options for your specific circumstances.



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  • - Mrs E, Aug 2022

    On a more personal note, I would like to thank you so much for your kindness, support and measured professionalism throughout what turned into an extremely long and traumatically complex process. I have no doubt it would have been considerably more difficult for me without your calm guidance and understanding throughout.

  • - Ms W, June 2022

    Thank you for your excellent service.

  • - Mr T, May 22

    I'd like to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am for all the help you gave me over the last few years. As hard as it was at times, having someone who knew their job and could deal with all of the different aspects of the case to such a high standard certainly made it easier.

  • - Mrs W, March 22

    I always felt able to ask Hana anything relating to the paperwork and always received a prompt response. I really appreciated how processes were explained and detailed to me in a way that I could understand. This gave me reassurance at times when I felt unsure of what was next and what needed doing.

  • - Mr S, Feb 22

    Very grateful to Lidia who was excellent. She felt like a friend during this, and is very intelligent and skilled. I was anxious that my divorce wouldn’t turn into an expensive battle, and Lidia’s calm, factual advice ensured this. I will have no hesitation in recommending her, and Tisshaws to friends and colleagues.

  • - Mr W, Dec 2021

    Many thanks Verity for your professional help in this process I have really found this whole experience very daunting so I really appreciate your understanding many thanks again!

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