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20 May 2015

Increase in “round table meetings” following divorce

Steeles Law's family law team has reported a rise in the number of clients going through divorce wishing to take part in "round table meetings".

A round table meeting is similar to the type of negotiation that would take place at court, if an application were to be made.  Often the parties do not have to meet, as commonly round table meetings will take place in three rooms: The husband and his solicitor in one; the wife and her solicitor in another; and then the third room is used for the two solicitors to meet and discuss before then reporting back to their respective clients.  The meeting can be held with all parties in one room, if suitable.

Benefits of round table meetings

  • Cost effective – fixed fees are available;
  • Matters can be dealt with quickly;
  • You have your lawyer with you throughout;
  • Non-confrontational;
  • Less time consuming than lengthy correspondence between solicitors;
  • Often matters can be concluded at the end of the meeting;
  • Less daunting than court proceedings.

Emma Alfieri, divorce lawyer, commented; “Round table meetings can be a fast and effective way of reaching agreements, whilst at the same time having your lawyer present for legal guidance.

We have found round table meetings to be very helpful in some situations, where perhaps matters have been ongoing for some time and the parties wish to bring matters to an end.  Also, for example, where matters are complex, round the table meetings work very well in agreeing certain aspects.  Round table meetings are also a useful avenue to consider if mediation has failed.

Round table meetings can be effective for all types of matters, including children issues.”

Round table meetings are not suitable in all cases and are subject to the agreement of all parties.  For further information, including information on our fixed fee divorce services, please contact us.

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