Applications for intervention orders are generally brought on swiftly either by applicants themselves, or by police members on their behalf. There is rarely time for respondent’s solicitors to prepare detailed briefs on behalf of their clients.
The firm’s lawyers are used to receiving “last minute” instructions and meeting both applicants and respondents “at the door of the Court”. Our lawyers use their experience to undertake negotiations with the other party whether they are legally represented or not.
Those negotiations often involve the arranging for personal property to be retrieved from homes, and/or attempting to arrange for respondents to spend time with children.
The experience is often the client’s first time attending a Court, and can be bewildering and frustrating. Frequently, the client’s notion of justice is offended by the process. All of these feelings are taken into account when our lawyers act as agents for other firms’ clients.