Another method of reaching an agreement is through collaborative law.
Here, each party will be represented by an independent collaboratively-trained lawyer. The parties will usually sign an agreement at the outset confirming that they cannot use their collaborative solicitors to go to court if the negotiations break down. This means there is a heavy incentive on the parties to reach an agreement otherwise they will have to change to a new solicitor if a court application has to be made.
The parties negotiate with their solicitors in face-to-face ‘roundtable’ meetings and there is a strong emphasis on working together at all times for the benefit of both clients.