We take a thoughtful approach to human relationships. We understand that we are dealing with families that are separating, yet still tied together through children, money, pets and memories.
These relationships are also nurtured within our staff. Our all-staff WhatsApp chat groups aim to share both the personal and professional. We regularly celebrate milestone anniversaries, birthdays and other professional and personal successes.
We aim to move our clients through the process with integrity and respect. We do this by striving not only to be outstanding lawyers, but compassionate advisors (using processes such as collaborative divorce, mediation/arbitration and as a last resort court proceedings). Internally, we support one another with the same integrity and respect. We are a highly supportive and collaborative team.
Our lawyers and support staff have weekly meetings, monthly study groups and annual constructive performance review sessions; and they attend continuing legal education courses, publish papers and give presentations to other lawyers and to the public. Our talented team members are actively engaged in contributing to and bettering the overall family law community.
In-house, our junior lawyers and articling students attend Growing Your Successful Law Practice at Connect Family Law: A Focused Program for Junior Lawyers. We created this program to provide our new associates with the critical skills not often taught in school: client retention, billing, and marketing/branding of services. These skills are complemented by our firm-wide Health & Wellness and Mentoring programs.
We’re advocates of well-being both at our firm and for our clients. We incorporate best practices around mindfulness and mental and physical well-being into our monthly meetings, support flexible work-from-home arrangements and provide compressed work schedules for support staff during select months. Our Health & Wellness committee offers year-round activities to promote a balanced work-life.
We also offer our clients a 1.5-hour counselling/coaching session with a highly regarded and experienced counsellor that specializes in separation and divorce.