The Ethics of Collaborative Practice

Lawbook Co
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Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 2008, 19 (3), pp. 179 - 188
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Collaborative practice is emerging as a legitimate option in family law disputes. Its impressive growth over almost two decades indicates that it is likely to continue as a form of dispute resolution, both in terms of the numbers of practitioners and clients practising under the collaborative law framework and the expansion of areas of law suited to this process. One of the fundamental principles of collaborative practice is the engagement of professionals to assist and support the parties in resolving disputes. This article considers the role of legal and non-legal professionals in collaborative practice. An analysis and assessment of ethical issues in collaborative practice demonstrates the benefits of an ethical framework for a coherent set of protocols based on both lawyers' and non-lawyers' common objectives and shared values. The article concludes with a recommendation that there needs to be continuing discussion concerning the intersection of ethics and collaborative practice.
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