Natalie Derbyshire

Partner

Bio

I was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006. I aspire to give clients peace of mind by giving them sound advice, helping them understand their options and giving them the tools and information to navigate a separation with confidence. I strive to save clients money primarily by recommending dispute resolution processes, such as collaboration, mediation, and negotiation, as alternatives to court, whenever prudent, and formulating reasonable settlement positions.

While I do my best to keep matters out of court, there are times when litigation is simply the best course of action. I will not hesitate to litigate where necessary but always with a view to ensuring the best and most cost efficient outcome for the client. A power imbalance, a history of family violence, coercive control, self-represented opposition, unreasonable delay, failure to produce necessary financial disclosure and/or flagrant disregard for the law or the terms of an existing agreement, arbitral award or order may be among the factors present that lead one to start a court proceeding.

I have served on the Board of Directors for FDRIO (Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario) for several years. I am a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee for FDRIO and I am also the Co-Chair of the Family Violence (FV) Section of FDRIO.

I strongly believe that the responsible practise of family law necessitates trauma responsiveness and compassion. I have co-created a dispute resolution process, the Compassionate Integration Process (CIP), to provide families with a multi-disciplinary expert opinion about the most holistic and the most probable legal outcome of their matter, if it were determined in court.

I aim to empower my clients who have experienced family violence and/or identify as part of a vulnerable sector of society with knowledge about the law, their rights and entitlements, safety measures, careful process selection, helpful resources and, if appropriate, connect them with therapeutic support.

I am honoured to lead the Collaborative arm of the SFL firm. I have been a fully certified collaborative practitioner since 2011. I serve on the Board of Directors for Collaborative Divorce Toronto, and Chair the Membership Committee.

I elected to double major in Sociology and Law & Society for my undergraduate studies at York University. In 2002, I graduated cum laude, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours and earning a grade point average that ranked me within the top 5% of my peers.

During my first year of Law School, a close family member of mine went through an acrimonious divorce involving parenting, support, and property issues. This experience taught me that family law and issues arising from separation or divorce may impact individuals and their families on many levels. This, coupled with my childhood experience of having a foster sister, made Family Law a natural choice as to the focus of my career. I was determined to practice family law with a view to improving dispute resolution options for my clients and empowering them with knowledge to make good decisions to foster, insofar as possible, financial stability, long-term peace, and happiness.

credentials

Expertise
  • Legal Experience 18 Years
  • Specialty Complex Issues
Education
  • Osgoode Hall, LL.B. Law Degree
  • York University, Hon. B.A. Degree
Certifications
  • Collaborative Family Law Certification
Associations
  • FDRIO Board of Directors
  • Collaborative Divorce Toronto Board of Directors
  • York Collaborative Practice Member
  • Family Dispute Resolution Institute Panel Member
  • Collaborative Practice Toronto Member
  • Collaborative Practice Institute Member
  • Trial Lawyers Association Member
  • Law Society of Ontario Member
Reviews
Very Good Experience

I had a very good experience with the firm. Both my lawyer and her legal assistant were professional, fair, empathetic and results driven. Many thanks to both Nathalie and Ashley, along with the rest of the Stanchieri team.

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Highly Recommend

I have had the pleasure of working with Natalie at Stanchieri Law on a few occasions and I can honestly say she is very professional, thorough and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend Natalie and the team at Stanchieri Law.

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Highly Recommend

I had the pleasure of working with and being guided by Natalie Derbyshire at Stanchieri Family Law. She was nothing but welcoming, understanding, blunt and in my corner. No one wants to be in the position of needing this guidance but when you work with someone who is so warm and supportive it helps get your through tough situations. I want to thank everyone at the law firm for their support and guidance. I highly recommend.

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Highly Recommend

I cannot recommend Natalie Derbyshire enough (although I do a lot). Natalie's professionalism, ability to see the bigger picture and sift through minutiae has been invaluable to me. Natalie always takes the time to explain and guide me through the process and her recommendations that are forward-looking and will save you time, money and further conflict down the road in your process. Having a lawyer such as Natalie on your side for your family law matter is the best decision you can make. I highly recommend Natalia and Stanchieri Family Law.

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Highly Recommend

I worked with Natalie Derbyshire and Robert Milley and found them to be extremely supportive, organized, patient, savvy, and accessible. When dealing with the complexities of the Family Law system and its corresponding impact on your life, you need to be represented by incredible people. Stanchieri Family Law has incredible people who helped me settle my case. I highly recommend the firm, and would absolutely seek out their help if needed in the future. Thank you Natalie and Robert!

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