“It can often be confusing as to how to take the next step…”

You may decide to proceed with one or more of the following:

  1. Face to face discussions
  2. Mediation
  3. Negotiations through solicitors
  4. Court Proceedings

The Court will set a timetable in place once proceedings have been issued which will reduce the time, and therefore cost, of negotiations, so issuing court proceedings should not be seen as a confrontational gesture but as a catalyst to reaching a decision.

The court also has powers to enforce the disclosure of vital documents so that a case can move forward – parties can not be expected to agree unless they know what the assets actually are.

It is essential to have a lawyer who will pursue your interests in a robust manner with the clear objective of winning. However, the court process must go hand-in-hand with effective negotiation, round table meetings and sensible offers of settlement to avoid unnecessary and expensive conflict. In more complex cases we will discuss with our clients whether to instruct leading barristers to provide objective advice on the conduct of the cases.