Collaborative Law

This collaborative law initiative seems to be catching on, and I can certainly see why, if it does what it says on the tin. I’ve often met clients who have been disappointed with what mediation can offer them (I meet them at court once mediation has failed and they have fallen back on the court process). One of the reasons often cited by clients for the failure of mediation is that one or other of the parties has felt uncomfortable reaching an agreement when they haven’t had any legal advice (the other being that the other party has not entered into mediation in good faith and has tried to use it to bully the other into something unfair). This new approach seems to combine the best of mediation with the best of law. And leave out the adversarial part. Excellent news.

Has anyone tried this? Has it been positive?