A solicitor at law firm Ward Gethin Archer has qualified as a collaborative family lawyer. 

Sally Dean (pictured) specialises in helping clients through all legal issues surrounding family and relationships, working from the firm’s King’s Lynn and Downham Market offices.

Ms Dean qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and recently achieved a resolution collaborative foundation training qualification. 

Collaborative law aims to resolve family issues in a constructive way, which is especially useful where the parties want to maintain future relations such as where children or a business are involved.

Rather than use the court to work out how to share assets and responsibilities, the focus is on the parties talking and meeting until an agreement is reached. 

The final agreement needs court approval, but if people agree through the collaborative approach, they can avoid court proceedings and any associated stress.

Ms Dean said: “The collaborative approach brings out the best in people, helping them to look forward to the future rather than looking back at what has happened during the family breakdown. 

“It is all about finding solutions together.”

Ward Gethin Archer has eight offices.