You have been mistakenly identified from CCTV footage; a student has falsely accused you of molesting her; you have been charged with assault while defending yourself from a drunk; you need a lawyer to advise you, but can't afford one.
Collaborative lawyers sign an agreement with you which disqualifies them from representing you in court if the collaborative process breaks down. This means they are committed to helping you to find the best solutions by agreement rather than conflict.
Divorce can be among the most painful and bruising episodes life can throw at you. And if you happen to be financing the entire process on an average salary, you'll have the added anxiety of keeping legal fees within your means to pay.
The Brodie Clark case illustrates the supreme importance of thinking clearly in every organisation about the critical question of accountability. A senior and very long-serving public servant has already lost his job because of this row.