“Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated, that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least; but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes, without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises.

Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it. Scores of persons have deliriously found themselves made parties in Jarndyce and Jarndyce, without knowing how or why; whole families have inherited legendary hatreds with the suit.

The little plaintiff or defendant, who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled, has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world. Fair wards of court have faded into mothers and grandmothers; … but Jarndyce and Jarndyce still drags its dreary length before the Court, perennially hopeless.”

But there is another way. It’s called Collaborative Law. Collaborative Law is about cooperation between separating parties, not confrontation. The parties’ work together with lawyers, financial advisers, psychologists and other qualified professionals to reach a property settlement or a parenting arrangement for their children that both parties agree is for the best.

We practice and specialise in Collaborative Law because we honestly believe it’s a better choice than litigation for most separating couples. If you want to find out more about Collaborative Law.

And if you find yourself with a spare few weeks, you should have a crack at reading Bleak House. Its only 1090 pages.

Sam Cummings

Sam Cummings