At Scott Duff & Co. Solicitors in Carlisle, Penrith & Keswick, we appreciate that confrontational litigation is costly in emotional and financial terms. We therefore take a constructive and conciliatory approach at the same time as recognising the need for strong negotiation and representation where necessary.
Our specialist team aims to work quickly to resolve your case cost effectively and we have immediate access to supporting expertise both within the firm and outside for example: mediators, valuers, actuaries and financial advisers.
Most of all we appreciate that every family legal problem is unique and we treat it that way.
Collaborative Law and Mediation
The traditional court process may be stressful and increase tensions between the parties. Mediation and Collaborative Law are alternative ways of resolving family law disputes which are designed to avoid this, to help people talk things through, reach amicable solutions, and to keep them in control of the outcome of their case. As the process encourages dialogue emotional and in many cases also financial costs are reduced, children benefit from seeing their parents working out problems constructively and the process can be adapted to meet your family's timetable and priorities.
Collaborative Lawyers work with their clients in a series of face to face meetings to resolve issues arising from separation such as children’s arrangements or who finances will be dealt with. The clients make a commitment to try to resolve the issues without going to court, and each client has their own solicitor representing them who can give advice to them at any stage in the process.
Philippa Cullen is a trained Collaborative Lawyer and Member of the North Cumbria Collaborative Family Law Group.
Mediation involves a meeting or series of meetings when the mediator helps facilitate discussions between people who have separated or are going to separate with a view to reaching solutions about issues arising from it. It differs from collaborative law and other models of resolving family law disputes because the mediator does not represent either party, is able to meet both parties together (although separate meetings are possible) and is committed to adopting an impartial approach. Philippa Cullen is a qualified all issues Mediator. She has completed the Family Mediation Council's competence assessment procedure and is qualified to conduct Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) which people may be required to attend before making an Application to Court.
More information about Collaborative Law and Mediation can be found on the Resolution Website. More information about Collaborative Law can be found on the North Cumbria Collaborative Family Law Group .
We give clear costs advice and offer a range of payment options so that there are no surprises.