- Keeping You Out of Court
Virtually all cases involving Family Issues are best kept out of Court. The only exception would be where there have been incidents of domestic abuse. Chafes will always encourage you to reach agreement yourselves and this can be achieved in a number of ways.
We would actively encourage you to discuss ways forward with your partner or former partner. If you reach agreement yourselves, this can be put into documentary form and made a Court Order by Consent without either of you having to attend Court.
Why Is It Best to Keep Out of Court?
The Court process is stressful for both parties to any dispute. The process is essentially an adversarial one where Lawyers must put the best case they can for their client and at the same time find holes and areas of weakness in the other parties case.
Litigation through Courts is expensive and in the main unnecessary.
We refer our clients to attend meetings with Mediators who are usually legally trained or have a background in Children’s Social Services. If agreement is reached in Mediation, then the Mediators draw up a Memorandum of Understanding and invite both parties to seek legal advice concerning the Agreement reached. More often than not these Agreements are fine tuned and then put into further legal documents including Consent Orders of the Court.
We at Chafes have Collaboratively trained Lawyers.
Collaborative Law is a relatively recent development whereby both parties to a family dispute and their respective collaboratively trained lawyers, sign up to an Agreement. All concerned commit themselves to resolving issues without going through the Court process. There is an incentive on all sides of the agreement to go forward under a collaborative law process to reach an agreement.
The collaborative law process can take a number of months and there are meetings between the legal advisors and then usually a number of meetings where the advisors and their client’s attend.
Chafes Solicitors are members of the North and East Cheshire Collaborative POD for collaborative lawyers..
Lawyer Led Negotiation
In every case we at Chafes strive to reach an agreement without recourse to litigation. More often than not agreements are reached through correspondence and communication between your solicitors. Negotiation can continue even if proceedings are issued. If all else fails then litigation and Court Hearings must be regarded as a measure of last resort.
We at Chafes have a Specialist Team of Family Lawyers who are able to guide you through all family issues without unnecessary attendances at Court.
- Personal Legal Services TeamPete Littlewood | Partner and Head of Family Department
- Based at Chafes Wilmslow office
- Head of Family Department
- Over 22 years experience
- Collaboratively trained
- Resolution Accredited Specialist in advocacy financial provision, private law children, domestic violence
- Secretary of Stockport Law Society
- Secretary of South Manchester and North Cheshire Collaborative POD
- Member of Law Society Children Panel (Children Representative)
- Expertise includes family law including high net worth divorce cases
- Governor of Alderley Edge Community Primary School
Jon Roberts | Managing Partner
- Based at Chafes Alderley Edge office
- Nearly 30 years experience
- Member of Resolution
- Collaboratively trained
- Expertise includes family law law and secured lending litigator
- Over 10 years experience in pursuing claims on behalf of borrowers who took out loans from City Mortgage Corporation, J&J Securities and Home Mortgage Corporation between 1996 and 1998
- Family Legal Advice Vidcasts | Keeping you out of Court by Pete Littlewood
- Family Legal Services Literature
- Residential Property Conveyancing
- Tax, Trusts & Estates
- Dispute Resolution