Mediation

MediationMediation is an increasingly popular way to resolve problems and issues that can arise during the breakdown of relationships. At this time emotions are frequently heightened.

Whilst talking is often the best way to resolve difficulties it is often the hardest thing to do. Mediation is designed to help in these situations and to create a balanced and secure environment for you to talk things through with your former partner or Spouse and reach an agreement.

It is commonly used to enable discussions about financial issues and  arrangements relating to children, arising on separation, divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. Mediators are specially trained. They offer impartial guidance and information to ensure that you understand the relevant issues and  assist you in discussing areas where there is disagreement. They aim to help parties make their own informed choices about the best way forward for them and their family. Aisling Collins is an experienced family solicitor and has trained with Resolution as a Family Mediator. She is able to guide you with her extensive experience to a practical solution that works for your specific needs.

Mediation is not suitable for every situation but where it is suitable it can reduce tension and hostility and help keep communication channels open. It can help you make informed decisions that are right for you and your circumstances and avoid the cost, both financial and emotional, of court proceedings. It can be more cost effective than traditional methods of resolving family disputes. For more information please contact Aisling Collins on aisling@emcollins.co.uk

Mediation Costs

Mediation Charges – The normal hourly rate for Family Mediation is £260 per hour, plus VAT, which is £130 per hour, plus VAT, for each person.

We are not able to offer Legal Aid (Publicly Funded Mediation) but we do have a discounted rate for people whose incomes are below £30,000 per annum, where we charge that person £100 per hour, plus VAT.

Charges are made for the Mediation Sessions themselves, and for drafting documents. These include the following:-

  • Face to face mediation sessions (usually 1 – 2 hours)
  • Interim summaries prepared following each session (usually 1 hour)
  • The Open Financial Statement (usually 1 – 2 hours)
  • The Memorandum of Understanding (usually 1 – 2 hours)

There is no charge for routine letters and phone calls. If we need to write a joint letter to seek expert advice (for example to a pension actuary) we will agree a charge with you beforehand for this work.

Each of you is individually responsible for your fees unless it has been agreed at mediation that one of you will be responsible for them all.

We reserve the right to raise a cancellation charge of £50 plus VAT per person in the event of cancellation of a mediation session at less than 48 hours notice.

Preliminary appointments before mediation starts are charged at £95 plus VAT.

All fees are payable at the start or at the end of the mediation session or preliminary meeting. Invoices are not generally sent.