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Family lawyers' new band

An alarming number of family lawyers seem unable to cope with the fact that they're no longer the first port of call for divorce proceedings, says Alison Bull

15 September 2015

A fundamental shift is taking place in family law, yet many lawyers are not changing the way they work in anticipation. New research reveals that half (49 per cent) of family professionals believe lawyers soon won't be the first port of call for divorcing couples, with the vast majority (87 per cent) seeing this change taking place within the next five years.

The research, 'Modern Families: The Changing Face of Divorce', has been conducted by Mills & Reeve among 100 professionals working in the family arena, including leading family lawyers, financial advisers, counsellors and therapists. It goes on to reveal that a large majority (80 per cent) see very few law firms actively working with other specialists, despite almost all (95 per cent) believing that there are great advantages to doing so.

Should the profession be concerned?

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