Brian Cantwell, The Family Conflicts Consultation Service
Brian Cantwell records that the President’s Private Law Working Group has identified the need for a more comprehensive set of services for families going through divorce or separation.
His proposition is that family lawyers are best placed to offer their clients access to such provision, with the evidence being that they need to be provided in-house, by way of a well-informed interdisciplinary partnership.
He stresses that such a one-stop-shop model needs to identify and respond to the distinctive needs of referred clients, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all service, with both family mediation and collaborative law providing a template for this approach. He goes on to outline three ‘projects’ developed with family lawyers and colleagues in his locality: