At MW Solicitors we firmly believe that it is your money and that you should wherever possible, be the one to decide how it should be divided with your former partner. 

We strongly encourage out of Court settlements and our expert Family Lawyers are trained to help you use alternative ways of resolving issues such as collaborative law, mediation and arbitration.

What is Collaborative Law?

Georgina Earle-Hutton
Georgina Earle-Hutton
Partner & Collaborative Lawyer - Family & Child Law

Collaborative law is a process whereby you and your Solicitor work together with your former partner and his or her solicitor to resolve matters.  You all sign up to an agreement to use the process and not to resort to the Courts.  All the issues are decided at meetings at which everyone is present so that there can be every opportunity for ideas to be discussed and problems resolved with the direct assistance of your lawyers.  There is still the need for parties to give full details of their financial circumstances, but the face to face structure means that everyone will more easily understood each other’s position and the chances of reaching agreement will be significantly improved as the likelihood of misunderstanding is minimised. 

Any agreement ultimately reached will then be submitted to the Court for approval.  We have solicitors who are trained to offer this service to our clients.

What is Mediation?

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Mediation involves parties meeting with a trained mediator in an attempt to resolve the issues by full discussion.  The mediator helps them to identify the key issues, but allows the focus to be kept on the issues that the parties consider to be important.  The role of the mediator is to help parties to reach agreement and not to direct them towards a particular settlement.  The parties are encouraged to obtain legal advice throughout the process so they understand the legal framework and that their agreement can be given legal force.  Again the process requires parties to give full disclosure of their financial circumstances and the parties are then assisted to decide for themselves how they wish to resolve the issues rather than have a third party decide for them.  The length of the process will depend on the number of issues to be resolved and the willingness of the parties to compromise with each other. 

An agreement reached in mediation is not binding until it has been ratified in an order submitted to the Court for approval.  We have solicitors who are trained as mediators and also have close contacts with external mediation services to enable us to offer our clients the most convenient solution for them.

What is Arbitration?

The process of resolving disputes through the Courts can be a lengthy and expensive one and arbitration is a means of achieving a result in a more timely and cost effective manner.  Parties can agree to have an issue resolved by an arbitrator who is usually a retired Judge or senior lawyer who will consider the financial information produced by the parties, hear evidence and make a decision.  It is similar to the Court process but the decision is made by an arbitrator as opposed to a Judge, but the parties are not restricted by the rules of the Court process and can decide what issues are to be decided, what evidence is to be produced and the timescale for resolving the matter. 

We have contacts with arbitrators and can able to refer direct should client’s wish to use this process.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, our mission is to "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" including those couples going through the breakup of a marriage or civil partnership.  

Our team of dedicated Family Lawyers have years of experience dealing in all aspects of Family Law and can help you to resolve your dispute with your former partner in a pragmatic and cost effective way.  If you would like to speak to one of our specialist Family Solicitors call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at

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