4th European Collaborative Conference

I have just returned from 2 very enjoyable days at the 4th European Collaborative conference in Edinburgh. Whilst the event was held in Edinburgh it was well attended by lawyers, financial professionals and mental health professionals from as far afield as America, Canada and Australia. It was fascinating to learn about the work being done in collaborative law in other jurisdictions. In France the skills used by collaborative lawyers in family practice have been adopted by commercial lawyers to settle commercial disputes on the basis of win/win negotiation.This has been so successful that there are insufficient collaboratively trained lawyers to do the work. For me, this was a clear example of how the skills developed in collaborative practice can benefit clients, allowing them to enter into good faith negotiations where a win/win result is seen as being a success.