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1st Edition

Collaborative Practice
An International Perspective

ISBN 9780367874988
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
186 Pages

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Book Description

Collaborative practice is a new method of dispute resolution, used mainly in family law matters. By taking a non-adversarial approach, it challenges the strictly positivist view of the lawyer as ‘zealous advocate’ for the client. As such, it has received much criticism from the established Bar and legal profession.


This book provides a doctrinal and empirical analysis of collaborative practice with a view to assessing its place within the dispute resolution continuum and addressing whether this criticism has been justified. It begins by establishing the theoretical underpinnings of conflict and differing approaches to conflict resolution, the impact of the comprehensive law movement and therapeutic jurisprudence. The origins and development of the collaborative process and the framework it provides for a multidisciplinary approach to conflict resolution is outlined. The book addresses the examination of the process undertaken in the lead up to the enactment of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act in 2010; now regarded as a model of best practice. Finally, through an examination of empirical research undertaken in the US, Canada and in England and Wales, and in presenting the results of the first known empirical research into the process in an Irish family law context, the book concludes with an evidenced based analysis of the process from the perspective of couples who chose to use the collaborative model to resolve the issues surrounding their relationship breakdown, collaborative lawyers and lawyers who do not advocate a non-adversarial approach.


As such this book provides a valuable insight into the process which will be of interest to: academics; practising lawyers; members of the judiciary; researchers in the fields of conflict resolution and family law and for students studying alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Table of Contents


Table of cases

Table of Statutes



Chapter 1 - The Theoretical Foundations of Collaborative Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution


The Theory of Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Importance of Understanding Conflict

Collaborative Practice on the Dispute Resolution Continuum

Collaborative Practice as a ‘Vector’ in the Comprehensive Law Movement

What is Therapeutic Jurisprudence and How Has it Been Received?



Chapter 2 – The Process and the Unique features of Collaborative Practice


The Origins and Development of Collaborative Law

The Process – a broad overview

The Participation Agreement

The Disqualification Clause

The unique elements of the collaborative process

Are collaborative lawyers taking on a higher level of ethical standards?

So why would lawyers agree to engage with this process?

The Multidisciplinary Model



Chapter 3 – The Advent of the Uniform Collaborative Law Rules/Act 2010 and the ripple effect.


The Impetus for an Act

The Uniform Collaborative Law Act

Prior to Engaging in the Process

Engaging in the Process – Core procedural provisions under the Act

The Impact of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act – Ireland as a case study


Chapter 4 – What has the research revealed?


International Research - Methodology

Who is using the p

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Dr. Connie Healy is a lecturer in Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway