Addressing power imbalances
When both parties are armed with impartial, high quality advice, divorce is no longer like war.
Too often we have seen divorces becoming unnecessarily protracted and unpleasant because of (real or perceived) power or gender imbalances. It leads to mistrust and sometimes even competition to spend the most on lawyers.
The Divorce Surgery came up with the innovative solution that both parties get the same advice from one lawyer. We are the only accredited service to offer this. What couples do next is up to them, but they start with the same expert grasp of the legal issues which apply and an understanding of what, in their situation, is legally fair.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
We believe in access to justice as a fundamental right, not a privilege. That is why we donate 1% of our profits to charities which support and promote access to justice for all.
The traditional model in England and Wales is that family lawyers will act for one person, and act only in their interests. We are different. We don't take sides. We give joint, impartial advice to couples together about what is a fair outcome for them both.
We conduct ourselves responsibly and in an ethical manner, empowering our clients to do the same.
The Divorce Surgery and all its barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board: our clients can have confidence in the advice we give,
Although we are currently the only accredited lawyers in the country who offer joint advice, we widely promote non-confrontational separation:
Government: We took part in the Ministry of Justice consultation on no-fault divorce and we are speaking to Members of Parliament to see what can be done to improve access to early legal advice, which we see as crucial to early resolution of family disputes.
Business: We are exploring ways to assist responsible businesses on better supporting their colleagues through divorce and family breakdown.
Media: We work hard to raise public awareness of the availability of joint legal advice. We have written in numerous publications and our co-founder Samantha Woodham was recently interviewed on BBC Business.