How we manage your case

Each member of our team belongs to Resolution, a family law body which believes in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.

Accordingly the guidance we provide to our clients promotes settlement and alternative dispute resolution where possible. We are trained to put clients at ease whilst they are going through what can be one of the most stressful experiences they will face.

The collaborative process

When you look back on your divorce or separation, what would you like to feel? That it was a gruelling, gladiatorial battle in court during which you both attacked each other through lawyers – or that it was a humane, sensible discussion to take you forward into your new life?

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The ending of a relationship is painful but how you choose to resolve financial issues or arrangements about your children can make a big difference. Court is needed in some cases but need yours be one of them? The collaborative law process allows a couple to sit at a table with both of their collaboratively trained lawyers to talk through the options before them. You can have as many or as few meetings (known as “four-way” meetings) as you need : they can be paced to suit the reality of your lives as you work through the roller coaster of emotions of relationship breakdown. Having a supportive “space” in which to openly work through ideas and worries about your children or money issues can be surprisingly helpful at a time when you may feel that making any decisions is very difficult. Talk to Andrew Mercer, who is collaboratively trained, to see if this way of resolving differences might help you.

Solicitor correspondence and the court process

In some cases alternative dispute resolution is not possible. We will support and guide you through the court process.

Mediation

This is a process designed to resolve disputes without resorting to the court and with the help of a neutral third party. A mediator cannot give legal advice to either party and will remain neutral whilst giving a general framework for potential solutions.

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If an agreement is reached we can draft the necessary paperwork for this to be approved by the court for you. It is important that this documentation is completed properly to prevent any further claims in the future.

Meet the team

Andrew Mercer
Partner & Head of Family Team
Family
Salisbury
01722 426954
07880 703 500
Family
Grant Cameron
Partner
Family
Southampton
023 8082 0488
07467 943444
Family
Juliet Mayhew
Partner
Family
Salisbury
01962 670677
07557 536244
Family
Emma Wilders-Pratt
Partner
Family
Salisbury
01962 670677
07876 334584
Family
Kate Stovold
Associate
Family
Southampton
023 8082 0511
Family
Dawn Gore
Paralegal & Certified Family Law Assistant
Family
Salisbury
01722 426945
07881 343 960
Family
Caroline Nobbs
Legal Assistant
Family
Poole
01202 339010
Family
Charlotte Gee
Legal Secretary
Family
Salisbury
01722 426903
Family
Emma Humby
Legal Secretary
Family
Southampton
023 8082 0453
Family
Laura Sargent
Legal Secretary
Family
Southampton
Family
Andrea Smith
Legal Secretary
Family
Salisbury
01722 426958
Family
Sara Willis
Legal Secretary
Family
Salisbury
01722 426963
Family
Hannah Cheney
Administrative Assistant
Family
Salisbury
01722 426960
Family