Collaborative Practice Law
Divorcing Australians are increasingly using a US style of property settlement negotiation to avoid costly court battles, legal experts have said.
It follows the launch of new guidelines in March this year by Commonwealth Attorney-General Robert McClelland, for something called collaborative practice law.
Director of Consensus Family Lawyers in Canberra, Juliette Ford, said it meant that both parties negotiated through their lawyers.
‘The solicitors commit to the process by signing agreements promising not to go to court,” she said.
”Should negotiations fail, both party’s solicitor must cease acting. This provides incentive to the parties and their representatives to resolve disputes through collaboration.”
Law Council of Australia president Catherine Gale said collaborative law begun in Australia in 2005 and its popularity had steadily been growing.