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What is mediation?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third party (the mediator) meets the parties in dispute to help them negotiate a settlement of their dispute. The large majority of disputes dealt with by mediation, result in settlement.

Do I have to be in the same room as the other party?

No. All of our mediation meetings are now held remotely. Experience show this to be a much more satisfactory route to achieving a resolution as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Will I be safe during the mediation?

We will not allow you to mediate if we do not believe you will be safe. We offer a calm environment in which to resolve your differences at your own pace.

What will I have to do during the mediation?

Mediation works at its very best when parties come with an open mind and the willingness to find a solution to their disputes. The clearer and calmer you can be while discussing matters, the better.

Does the mediation fee have to be paid before the mediation takes place?

Yes. Our terms for payment and cancellation are set out in our terms and conditions.

Who pays for the mediation?

Parties often pay half each but one party can pay the whole fee if that is agreed.

Will the mediator be fair to both sides?

Yes. Mediators are completely impartial and either side can stop the mediation at any time if they are not happy. Mediators will not force you to make decisions or agree to something you do not feel comfortable with.

How is family mediation different from seeing a solicitor or going to court?

Unlike negotiating through your solicitors, family mediation allows you to communicate directly with each other (with the guidance of a mediator), so that you can both explain what you are feeling and what is most important to you. It also focuses both parties on the relevant issues.

What are the advantages of mediation?

Mediation is a faster, less stressful and less expensive process than going to court. When mediation results in a settlement, the parties avoid the legal costs of fighting litigation and the stress resulting from protracted court proceedings.

How much does mediation cost?

A fee quotation will be provided once the initial, free consultation has taken place. This initial call is essential to gather information on the current situation. The price quoted will include preparatory work, telephone consultations, mediation meeting and the final written agreement.

What happens if we can't reach an agreement at the mediation?

In that event the best way forward will be discussed, which will be dependent on the circumstances.

Is a mediation agreement legally binding?

If an agreement is agreed and signed by both parties, it then is no longer 'without prejudice'. This means it can be referred to in any subsequent court proceedings if agreed by the Judge. Divorce matters need to be formalized with a consent order made by the court. A mediation agreement can be used as the basis for the terms of a consent order.

Is mediation the same as counselling? Do you offer counselling services?

No mediation is not the same things as counselling. Mediation is used when relationships have broken down and resolution is needed on specific issues e.g. child access, disputes over finances, separation or divorce issues etc.

How do you work out the cost of mediation?

We will assess your situation and quote you accordingly. We DO NOT charge per person or per session as many mediators do. From the outset we strive to keep your costs as low as possible.