Latest update Tuesday 5 May 2020:

At Silk we act for individuals meeting the challenges of separating and divorcing, and we continue to do so during the current pandemic. Many still want to look to the future and move their divorce process on, despite the challenges of lockdown.

Adapted new ways of working

As with all businesses, we have had to adapt our working practices in line with government advice for people to stay at home. All of our team are fully equipped for remote working. We have been liaising closely with our clients to find innovative ways of progressing their cases, including facilitating remote dispute resolution processes.

The Courts are still operating, albeit with adaptations to allow for remote working. Court hearings continue to take place by telephone and video link. Our team has the experience and the technology in place to deal with these, and we continue to deliver a full service on behalf of our clients.

Where market volatility is impacting our clients’ financial and business interests, we are liaising closely with other experts in property, valuations etc. to ensure our clients are protected and instructed in line with the most up-to-date advice. 

Planning ahead for the coming months

Looking ahead, we anticipate that the Court system may – over the coming months – struggle to accommodate all the remote hearings required. We are therefore considering more than ever where alternative forms of dispute resolution are appropriate.

This may include mediation, arbitration, private dispute resolution appointments and round-table meetings, all of which can occur remotely. These forms of dispute resolution have always been encouraged by the Court, and their rules provide for the Court process to be suspended while they are undertaken. It is inevitable that Judges will be encouraged more than ever to direct parties to existing Court litigation to engage in such processes.

Silk Family Law is also actively preparing for when we can return to work in a more usual setting. With three offices in Newcastle, North Yorkshire and Leeds, all with multiple meeting rooms, we are planning for a return to face-to-face meetings with appropriate social distancing where appropriate.

As our clients seek to carry on with their lives during this unusual time, our whole team is working with them, and with their other professional advisers to ensure we can achieve the best possible outcome for them.

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