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Covid-19: Our offices are now OPEN. All of our brilliant teams are fully accessible by telephone, email and Video call/Zoom and we can also offer meetings at our offices, by appointment only. Documents can be posted through our office letterboxes. All of our offices are Covid-19 secure to protect our clients and staff. Please read our Visitor Guidance. If you would like to speak to a member of our team to discuss any aspect of our services please call us on 01323 727321. Alternatively, you can contact us via the direct emails which can be found under each lawyer’s profile on the Meet the Team section of our website or please email info@hartreade.co.uk. Thank you for your continued co-operation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

alternative dispute resolution

Resolving matters without Court proceedings

We offer specialist and objective advice on all aspects of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) so that you can make an informed decision as to the best way to resolve your case. We aim to deal with your matter swiftly, fairly and hopefully without Court proceedings, to keep costs proportionate.

Solicitor assisted settlement is a popular, successful and cost-effective method of ADR, where you determine our level of involvement. For example, simply implementing a settlement you have reached directly or helping you with the negotiations so that costs are acceptable to you in view of the issues / assets. We also regularly negotiate settlements with spouses directly, or with their legal representatives on your behalf, with the sole aim of achieving a swift but fair agreement for you without an application to the Court.

We will also review and discuss the merits of Mediation and Collaborative Law with you.

Whatever method of ADR you ultimately chose, it is essential that it is right for you.

In some cases, Court proceedings are either inevitable or needed to finalise a settlement. However, even in these matters, ADR should always be considered and hopefully pursued, as an application to the Court should always be a last resort.

Free Legal Appointments

Our Family Department offers a free 30 minute appointment to all clients.

At that appointment we will discuss and review your circumstances and give you preliminary legal advice.

We will also review with you, in general terms, your options in respect of the divorce, finances or children matters and also provide a cost estimate.

The 30 minute appointment will be free of charge and there will be no obligation for you to use our services.

Please telephone the following contact numbers to arrange an appointment:

Eastbourne 01323 727321

Hailsham 01323 841481

Polegate 01323 487051

Meads 01323 407577

Alternatively, please complete the contact form below.

We will maintain complete confidentiality and discretion at all times.

Please click here to fill in our contact form

Please note the above is for information purposes only and is intended to be a short summary.  It should not be treated as a comprehensive guide and should not be acted on without qualified legal advice.

Further Legal Information

Click on the links below for further information on the following areas:

Divorce and Family Finance

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Unmarried Couples

Children

Collaborative Law

Mediation Services

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Our Team

Costs – General Information

Deferring Fees in Divorce