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'It might seem bizarre for barristers to start marketing themselves as legal advisers to keep clients out of court but the truth is we can use this knowledge to save separating partners a huge amount of money by helping them reach agreement between themselves.Divorce Puzzle will offer a new approach for resolving family disputes called Lawyer-Supported Mediation that is presently being piloted by a small network of solicitors in London and the north of England. The service fuses fixed fee legal advice with family mediation and aims to resolve family disputes by encouraging effective communication when the impulse among separating partners is to fight.
We can do this at a lower cost than solicitors because our overheads are less. Barristers are also entirely comfortable with fixed fee options while solicitors are still working out ways to move away from hourly rate services.'
'If we’re going to put the interests of children first and keep more parents out of the courtroom, we urgently need to put effective communication at the core of family law services. We’re already working with a committed network of solicitors to deliver this and it’s extremely encouraging that barristers are starting to think along similar lines.'Divorce Puzzle will be marketing Lawyer-Supported Mediation across North Yorkshire and parts of the northeast.