Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is an alternative way to conduct and resolve your matter. Collaborative Law has been used in Canada and the United States for some years and has more recently spread to England and Australia where it is becoming more popular.

Collaborative Law is a non-adversarial process where both parties and their Lawyers agree at the outset to resolve their matter in a conciliatory fashion and without going to Court. There is a commitment by all involved to provide an open exchange of information, together with a focus on the future.

The negotiations take place in meetings at which both clients and their Lawyers are present. Correspondence between the Lawyers is kept to a minimum as all of the issues are dealt with at the meetings. This allows clients to take control of their matter and assists clients in communicating and reaching decisions in a non-confrontational way. As both clients have their Lawyers present at all meetings, each client is able to obtain their own Lawyer’s advice and support throughout the negotiations as well as the input from their partner’s Lawyers.

Where it may be of benefit to obtain the advice of other experts, such as Accountants, Valuers or Counsellors, the parties can arrange for such experts to participate in the meeting process.

Collaborative Law is ideal in Family Law matters. It can also be a useful way to resolve Professional and Commercial disputes or disputes over an Estate.

We have four Lawyers trained in Collaborative Law at Abrams Turner Whelan – Sue Abrams, Jane Saltoon, Gai Gathercole and Aileen Slattery. If you would like to know more about this process then please contact either Sue, Jane Gai, or Aileen.

Our Collaborative Lawyers are all members of the Central Sydney Collaborative Forum, a Sydney-based group of Collaborative Family Lawyers.

You can also find out more about Collaborative Law by visiting the Central Sydney Collaborative Forum Website at