Family lawyers mark ten years of helping couples
TWO FAMILY lawyers are celebrating ten years of supporting separating couples through collaborative family law.
Berwins’ Sarah Smith and Stephen Root were two of the first lawyers in the region to complete training in the practice.
Sarah Smith, managing director at Berwins and practitioner in family law, said: “At its heart, the collaborative approach is about helping people to maintain control and work towards an amicable solution.
“In supporting clients at what is one of most difficult of times of their lives, we understand that putting people, and their best interests first is essential.”
She added: “We believe that the future focused nature of the collaborative approach offers long term benefits for separating couples as they look to move on and – especially when children are involved – manage ongoing contact.”
The approach was pioneered in the US and Canada before coming to the UK in the early 2000s.
It is now overseen by industry body Resolution; whose 6,500 members sign up to a code of conduct committing to a non-confrontational approach.