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Collaborative Practice

Collaborative practice is a method of dispute resolution whereby the parties and their lawyers contract in writing to attempt to resolve a dispute without recourse to litigation and agree in writing that the lawyers will not act for the clients if they cannot resolve their matter by collaboration and decide to litigate the dispute.

Collaborative practitioners work together with other collaborative professional, including but dependent on the requirements of each individual matter financial planners, accountants and psychologists, in a collaborative process in such ways as best suit the needs of the clients.

The collaboratively trained legal practitioner provides legal advice to clients and manages the process of dispute and conflict resolution whereby the clients agree upon the outcomes, when appropriate.

The LIV’s Collaborative Practice Section has an Executive Committee whose members include collaborative practice legal practitioner as well as other collaborative professionals. The Section focuses on law reform and practice support issues affecting collaborative practitioners in Victoria and liaises with the Collaborative Practice committee of the Law Council of Australia and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

The LIV, in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Innovation Justice (Monash University), offers a 3 day Collaborative Practice workshop each year. Professionals who complete this program will be eligible to practice as a Collaborative practitioner.

In addition to LIV activities, collaborative practitioners in Victoria meet regularly with other collaborative professionals in the geographic areas in which they practice (Practice Groups).

See also Dispute Resolution for more information about other forms of dispute resolution.

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