May, 2013


Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Welcome to the May issue of my Newsletter and today's topic: "Transparency between Lawyers in an ADR process: what a novel idea!"


In my 32 years of practice as a traditional family law lawyer, collaborative family lawyer and mediator, I have been struck by how challenging it is for lawyers, including myself!, to be transparent and open with their fellow lawyers in a case, even when engaging in an Alternative Resolution (ADR) process. It is an ongoing challenge for lawyers  to "change hats" and  be open and transparent when engaging in an ADR process, whether as a lawyer or as a mediator. There are often good and historical reasons for this. Having experienced just such a transformation recently in a collaborative family law case, I would like to share my thoughts with you. For my full article please read on....!  


"Transparency Between Lawyers in an ADR Process: What a Novel Idea!"


Until next time!

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Anne Freed is a lawyer and a skilled mediator who believes in solving family law issues without her clients' lives being torn apart.


Anne has been practising law for 32 years. Her credentials include:
  • BA (Honours Sociology), McGill University
  • JD (Juris Doctor, Law Degree), University of British Columbia 
  • Master of Laws Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Osgoode Law School, York University, Toronto
  • Advanced Training in Mediation, Arbitration and Collaborative Practice