How we can help you
With the emphasis on negotiation and settlement, you will be are given every opportunity to resolve your family law dispute without the costs associated with litigation. We have a strong commitment to all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and can advise you on which method of dispute resolution might best suit your needs.
We have also added the Collaborative Law process to the ADR options we offer. Collaborative Law is a relatively recent phenomenon in Australia but is gaining momentum amongst experienced practitioners as the preferred way to assist clients in resolving their disputes. It requires you and your former partner to choose this as your agreed and preferred dispute resolution option.
We understand that there are both emotional and financial costs incurred when people go to Court. We convene either Collaborative Law sessions with our colleagues as soon as possible. If either you or your former partner decide not to collaborate then we convene settlement discussions in an endeavour to find help you find solutions. We are more often than not involved in collaborative settlements or negotiated outcomes rather than litigating.
Our clients vary widely in terms of their backgrounds, from the individual seeking general family law advice to corporations requiring representation in the Family Court as third parties to litigation.
In relation to the individual client, our forte is to provide advice and service that is very much orientated to what you the client wants/needs to achieve. We consider it paramount to develop a team approach with you as the pivotal member of that team. All steps taken on a given file are done in a consultative fashion. You will have the pros and cons of any given step explained to you in detail so that you can make an informed decision about all of your settlement options.
The firm has attracted lawyers with exceptional skills and a real feel for our clients’ needs, both legal and emotional. Our support team has a wealth of experience in this sometimes emotionally difficult area of law. Given that experience, there are not many situations that the team has not encountered before.
The team is dedicated to finding solutions for you with an emphasis on pre litigation negotiation. Even in cases where litigation becomes inevitable, the team strives to create opportunities to resolve matters rather than simply being reactive. We are able to advise you how and when to make commercially minded decisions. We look for these opportunities even in the most difficult of cases. As a result of our experience, we can offer solutions and advice that is tailor made specifically for you and take your particular situation into account.
We have developed what we feel to be a unique method of working as a team. For example, one of the biggest complaints about lawyers is that their clients can’t seem to get hold of them. With the team approach, clients do not have to wait for their lawyer to come back from Court or come out of a conference before work can be attended to on their file. This has served our clients well and given the price structure of the team approach and therefore this helps reduce their legal fees.