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Firm launches new ‘one couple, one lawyer’ service

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ (HCR) Family Law team announces their new ‘Unified in Separation (US)’ legal service which will allow divorce to be managed by a single lawyer, rather than having one lawyer for each party.

Landmark reforms to divorce law mean that couples no longer have to play the blame game to be granted a divorce – known as ‘no-fault divorce’. Increasing demands for couples to seek joint legal advice has led to the introduction of this new service by the top 60 law firm, based on the ‘one couple, one lawyer’ framework by family lawyer group, Resolution.

Speaking last year, Resolution said that they were “able to develop a new approach to service separating couples” which reflected on the “change in legislation and the desire to reduce unnecessary conflict between individuals to the benefit of all those involved”.

Juliet Harvey, National Chair of Resolution, also said last year:

“Resolution Together offers lawyers and clients an exciting new way to work to help minimise conflict between separating families. It is not a compulsory approach expected of our members, but yet another option for practitioners to help couples reach lasting agreements and minimise conflict for them, and any children they may have.”

James Grigg, Partner and Head of Family Law at HCR stated that they “understand the emotional pressures and complexities of divorce” and that is why they are “delighted to launch this ground-breaking service to help couples to achieve their shared objectives, without the conflict and costs of going to court”.

Grigg added:

“Couples using ‘US’ will receive advice on a joint beneficial basis to reach an agreement on one or all aspects of their separation. It is only suitable where there is no imbalance of power and where both parties are in the right frame of mind. Our team of expert family lawyers will carry out a full assessment to ensure interests are aligned.”

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