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Collaborative Law

Nicola Matthews, a Partner in the Family department, is qualified in Collaborative Law. Through collaborative law, couples, their lawyers and other professionals work together in round table meetings to negotiate agreements to resolve financial and other issues arising from relationship breakdowns, without the involvement of the courts. It is suitable for couples who have a genuine desire to find a solution for the whole family, and who are willing to disclose information about their finances in a full and honest manner. Couples benefit from having their own legal advisor but they set the agenda and the pace, because they are not governed by court rules or timetables. For further information, read our guide to Collaborative Law.

For advice, contact Nicola Matthews on 0191 232 8345 or email nicola.matthews@hay-kilner.co.uk


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