We always strive to provide the best possible service to clients, and recognise that separation and divorce is an extremely difficult time for all concerned. It is therefore particularly special to get a letter from a client expressing thanks. My client has kindly given permission for me to print an extract from that letter here.
“I would like to thank you so much for all you have done. Serendipity led me to BLB and it was to prove to be the best thing I could have done. Not only did you provide clear and realistic advice but also were proactive and sensitive. You had the compassion and experience to recognise a need and the connections to put me in touch with Chris and Miles whose help was invaluable. I cannot thank you all enough.
Together you kept me afloat during a very difficult time. Individually you are all professional and caring people which makes a great difference. As my support network, you provided a firm bulwark against which I could lean – dependable and supportive when all around is fluid and uncertain. In horrible personal circumstances for those involved, you do a fantastic job and I wish you every success in the future. For those unfortunate enough to go through divorce, please keep on doing what you are doing.”
I do not usually choose to publish such letters, but this one is particularly special as it makes the benefits of an integrated service very clear; where help is provided from not just a lawyer but also from other disciplines. Often referred to as interdisciplinary practice, it is a key feature of collaborative law where additional experts can be involved when needed to help resolve matters. These experts can include financial advisors, pension experts, children specialists and relationship consultants. All aspects of the divorce, separation and financial settlement can be addressed, and the appropriate specialist help and support provided along the way.
Clients will frequently come in to see me, unsure about where to turn to find the assistance that they need. My experience as a collaborative lawyer means that I can recommend other professionals to join the process where needed, whether the client has chosen to follow the collaborative route or not. As is evident from the above letter, the many benefits of an interdisciplinary approach can be seen however a client chooses to resolve their family dispute.
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