HCR launches new ‘one couple, one lawyer’ approach to divorce and separation

24th April 2023

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ (HCR) Family Law team – one of the biggest in the country – is paving the way for more amicable divorces. Their new ‘Unified in Separation (US)’ legal service will allow divorce to be managed by a single lawyer, rather than having one lawyer for each party.

James Grigg, Partner and Head of Family Law at HCR said: “We understand the emotional pressures and complexities of divorce. That’s why we’re delighted to launch this ground-breaking service to help couples to achieve their shared objectives, without the conflict and costs of going to court.

“Couples using ‘US’ will receive advice on a joint beneficial basis to reach an agreement on one or all aspects of their separation. It is only suitable where there is no imbalance of power and where both parties are in the right frame of mind. Our team of expert family lawyers will carry out a full assessment to ensure interests are aligned.”

Landmark reforms to divorce law mean that couples no longer have to play the blame game to be granted a divorce – known as ‘no-fault divorce’. Increasing demands for couples to seek joint legal advice has led to the introduction of this new service by the Top 60 law firm, based on the ‘one couple, one lawyer’ framework by family lawyer group, Resolution.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 800 staff and partners based at offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Central England, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, Thames Valley, Worcester and the Wye Valley, providing a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients regionally and nationwide.

The firm has global reach via its network of independent law firms, LawExchange International. It also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual sectors, including family law, health and social care, education, technology, agriculture and rural affairs, finance and financial services, defence, security and the forces, and construction.