Collaborative Civil Law

Collaborative law was developed in the mid 1990s when it became clear that traditional litigation practices were not helpful to clients especially in the family law realm. Participants in the collaborative process sign participation agreements and meetings are held between the parties and their respective collaborative lawyers, sometimes involving mediators, social workers and financial professionals. The clients control the results while the lawyers control a process which will no doubt be quicker and less costly than going to court. Cynthia is a member of Collaborative Practice Toronto. Visit their website at

Collaborative law may sometimes involve financial specialists, social workers, mediators, and other professionals trained in collaborative practices. Our office building at 1 Chestnut Hills Crescent is also home to several financial professionals and social workers who can be brought in to assist with collaborative matters as required.

While the collaborative approach to conflict resolution has traditionally been used in the family law context, it is becoming clear that it can be a valuable tool in appropriate small business disputes as well as some types of estates conflicts. When related financial specialists and mediators are brought into the process, everyone involved works to maintain important business relationships and avoid going to court. Collaborative civil law is a commitment to resolve disputes privately, with a focus on each party’s needs and interests.