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Collaborative Law


We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.


Our Commercial, Residential and Agricultural Property teams have the expertise to help you deal with the opportunities and challenges of the freehold and leasehold real estate market. We have substantial depth of experience of the property world and its demands which gives us the crucial ability to help you achieve your aims.

Resolving Disputes

Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Recent statistics suggest that almost half of UK marriages will come to an end, and it is unfortunately true that the real cost of a relationship breakdown is not financial. The highest cost is the personal and emotional turmoil that so often accompanies the end of a relationship.  A bad divorce can be damaging not just to the couple concerned but also to their children, their extended family and support network. Anything that can be done to reduce this trauma is worth considering.

We are committed to, wherever possible, adopting a non-confrontational approach to dealing with relationship breakdown, and to encouraging couples to look at what is best for the family as a whole.

Most people going through a divorce or separation wish to avoid going to court if at all possible, and the Collaborative Family Law process is a relatively new alternative to the court process which can help achieve this.

With Collaborative Law each person appoints his/her own lawyer, but instead of negotiations being conducted through solicitors by letter or telephone you and your former partner sit down together with your solicitors to discuss the issues in an atmosphere where everyone is committed to sorting things out without going to court.  The key element in this process is that the parties and the lawyers agree that in the, hopefully unlikely, event that agreement cannot be reached and the matter has to go to a contested court hearing then the parties will have to appoint new lawyers. This agreement, and the threat of inconvenience, extra expense and wasted time in the event of no agreement, provides a real and positive incentive to all involved to work hard to produce a mutually workable and acceptable outcome.

For obvious reasons Collaborative Law is an increasingly popular option as an alternative to the conventional approach to resolving relationship, financial, children and practical issues. Despite the relative novelty of the process we have two trained Collaborative Lawyers who have developed substantial experience of dealing with things in this Collaborative way.

The biggest benefit of Collaborative Law is that at the end of the process you are more likely to be able to get on with the rest of your life without the bitterness and unresolved anger that so often accompanies divorce court proceedings involving contested court hearings.

Raworths has been involved for some time in the development of the use of Collaborative Law and Family Mediation in our region.

For more information about Collaborative Law contact a member of our Family law Unit.