28 February 2013
National Family Law Firm Calls for Increased Mediation in Divorce to Reduce Costs
Leading Family Law firm Slater and Gordon welcomes the findings of the Legal Ombudsman’s report today which showed complaints by clients in Divorce and Family Law were higher than in any other category.
Slater and Gordon’s commitment to taking an open and constructive approach to the practice of Family Law underpins all the divorce services the firm offers.
The law firm now offers Fixed Fee Divorce to give customers on a modest budget the comprehensive legal services they need to get a divorce.
The firm pursues results based on Resolution’s Code of Practice so that a majority of cases are settled without needing a fully contested court hearing; reducing the cost for people going through the traumatic process of divorce wherever possible.
Head of Family Law at Slater and Gordon Amanda McAlister said, “More than any other legal practice area, Family Lawyers have a real responsibility to be open and transparent about costs with their clients. People going through a divorce and seeing their family breaking up will naturally be upset, so their Lawyers must be very clear about costs and about the best approach to take.
“We encourage clients wherever possible to come to an agreement without going to court. This can be through Family Mediation or Collaborative Law. Arbitration can also be used as an alternative to court, not only do these alternatives keep divorce costs down, they lead in many cases to better outcomes for all concerned, particularly when there are children involved.
“We offer fixed price Divorce which provides clients with clarity about what their costs will be. As members of Resolution, we follow a clear code of practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems including divorce."
“However, there will always be occasions where going to court is a necessary step, particularly when one person refuses to make a full and frank disclosure of their financial position.”
Family Lawyer Margaret Kelly added, “In complex family and divorce disputes it is vital to have the best legal advice and representation possible, however, we always pursue settlements outside of court wherever possible to reduce costs for our clients.
“A good Family Lawyer takes their client on a journey to resolution, where every step of that journey is understood and agreed along the way.”
For more information call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are a leading family law firm with 1,450 staff and offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Merseyside, Bristol, Newcastle, Halifax, Wakefield, Derby, Cambridge & meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire & in Hull, Yorkshire.