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Round Table Meetings – what are they?

In this post, we explore the collaborative law approach of round table meetings. Our intention is to share different options available to reach an agreement. We are not offering a recommendation.  If you need advice about your situation, please call our office on 01274 727373.  We offer a free no-obligation 30 minute consultation.
Combat to Collaboration
Law firms use round table meetings to reach a divorce settlement outside of court. They are often used when parties are on amicable terms and need to unblock key differences.
Both parties and their legal representatives sit down together to resolve their differences. Everyone can meet in the same room or in adjoining rooms. Legal represenatives may hold discussions in a third room. They can take place before, or during, court proceedings. The shared ethos is problem-solving. Parties commit to hearing each other’s point of view, shifting from a combative approach to a more collaborative one.  
The meeting takes place without prejudice. A legal process which means the discussions are not used against anyone in court. 
How Many Meetings Do You Need?
The number of meetings will depend on the circumstances of your cases. You may only need one meeting (1-3 hours). Or in complex cases, you may need three or four meetings.
Why Use Them?
At SKB Law, we focus on solutions to help clients avoid costly disputes. We foster collaborative relationships with other legal professionals. Round table meetings can be used to resolve differences around finances or children. 
  • Focus. Everyone enters the room with a shared ‘problem-solving mindset’ which is focussed on finding a solution. Having your solicitor with you on the day means you can unblock any legal questions as they arise.
  • Time and Cost Savings. A settlement through correspondence between law firms can be time consuming and expensive. Round table meetings can be an effective way for parties to overcome “deal breakers.” And save money in legal fees.
  • Control. Round table meetings offer couples the opportunity to control the outcome. This changes when a case reaches court.
  • Privacy. Round table meetings can be more discreet. Law firms hold them in private offices, avoiding busy courtrooms.
What happens after the meeting?
If you reach an agreement, your solicitors will draft a court order. Both parties will agree and sign the order in a final meeting. It is then filed with the court.
Should I use them?
It is your decision. Round table meetings are not appropriate in every case. Your legal team will explain the advantages and disadvantages in your situation.

We hope you’ve found our post helpful. SKB Law is a modern family law firm with offices in Yorkshire and London. If you’d like to discuss your situation, you can book your free no-obligation 30 minute consultation today – call 01274 727373.

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