O’CONNELL SOLICITORS is a collaborative legal practice. We assist our clients to participate in good faith negotiation with the other party or parties so as to achieve speedy, efficient, cost-effective resolution of their legal issues without resorting to court based solutions.
Collaborative practice is a form of conflict resolution which empowers the parties to reach win-win solutions.
Collaborative practice is an approach to conflict resolution which has been demonstrated to best preserve personal and business relationships between the parties at the time of the reached outcome.
This attribute of Collaborative Practice makes it an ideal approach for those wishing to maintain control and privacy over the dispute resolution process and wish to maintain or facilitate ongoing working or personal relationships with the other party. More often than not, outcomes are reached which would not be available through the court process.
The process itself is only suitable for those matters where the parties are willing to participate without engaging in threats, harassment or intimidation of the other.
It is a multi-disciplinary processes, where professionals of different backgrounds and specialisations are engaged by the parties and guided by the parties’ solicitors to facilitate the resolution of the issues in question.
Collaborative Practice is suitable for planning or building disputes, neighbourhood disputes, shareholder, contract or other business disputes, where the professionals engaged may include accountants and financial advisers, architects, planners, heritage consultants, and engineers amongst others.
Collaborative Practice is also suitable for family matters where the professionals engaged may include financial planners, child experts, and mental health professionals amongst others. Collaborative Practice is particularly suitable to family matters relating to the parenting of children.
The principal of O’CONNELL SOLICITORS is a member of Collaborative Professionals (NSW) Inc, a member of the Sydney Collaborative Practice Group, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
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