The Divorce Surgery shortlisted for FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2019

We are delighted and slightly overwhelmed to have been shortlisted for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards.

When we set up our One Couple One Lawyer service, enabling separating couples to get legal advice together from one impartial barrister, we expected it to strike a chord but the speed of its growing recognition has blown us away!

Good luck to the rest of the shortlist- quite a line up!

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer profiles our CEO and our One Couple One Lawyer service

Our CEO, Samantha Woodham, qualified as a solicitor at magic circle law firm Freshfields before converting to the Bar 13 years ago. Today, they have chosen to profile her and The Divorce Surgery as part of their alumni programme.

In Samantha’s words:

Most separating couples do not want a conflict-ridden path to legal advice; they just want to achieve a result which is fair to each of them. For couples who are open and transparent about their assets (which is the vast majority) we offer a way to get the highest level of expertise with the least conflict. 42 per cent of marriages end in divorce: as a society we need to do it better.’

The Divorce Surgery proposed to be part of a National Alliance to keep children cases out of court

We are very honoured to be named as a national agency in the Supporting Separated Families Alliance for Resolving Issues between Parents, alongside @FMC, @Resolution and @TheLawSociety

Mr Justice Cobb has this week published a report proposing an important and fundamental review of the way children cases are dealt with by the family courts. The aim is to staunch the flow of the increasing numbers of families who end up in court, but really shouldn’t be there.

As the report states:

“Parties in family breakdown crave information about where they stand legally and what their options are... Research consistently shows that parental conflict, often aggravated by court process, is harmful to children… We have focused on seeking to divert appropriate cases of conflictual family breakdown away from court- not merely because the court system is stretched to breaking point (and beyond) by current case volumes, but because we genuinely believe that out-of-court services will offer better solutions for many families whose differences are more amenable to negotiated or conciliated agreement”

We couldn’t have put it better.


The Divorce Surgery shortlisted for further legal award!

The Divorce Surgery has been shortlisted for The Lawyer 2019 Client Services Innovation Award. The other nominees are Addleshaw Goddard, Baker McKenzie, LOD, Macfarlanes, Norton Rose Fulbright, Shoosmiths and Ward Hadaway. We are delighted that our unique service is receiving further endorsement and recognition from the profession. Innovating for our clients is at the heart of what we do.