Why am I being invited to consider attending mediation when I can’t get Legal Aid and I will need to pay you privately?
Mediation is an alternative method of resolving disputes, now recognised and encouraged by the courts.
Mediation is far more cost effective than the cost of legal proceedings. The outcome reached in mediation means that no one loses, and both of you gain once agreement is reached.
Alternatively, if your matter needs to be dealt with through court proceedings, we can provide you with an FM1 Certificate. This Certificate is required by Court, to show that you have seen a mediator first, before proceeding through Court.
Should you decide to try the mediation process, you may have the support of both a Mediator, and also a Solicitor. By having the two experts working together, this can save you both time and costs and you only use each expert for what they do best.
You will usually need to attend an average of 3 mediation sessions to enable you to resolve your matters. Our fees are fair and reasonable. The cost of each session also includes all time spent on your file, correspondence, phone calls, attendances, letters etc. There may be additional fees where your financial circumstances are more complex and the Mediator needs to spend more time perusing your paperwork; also when you require us to draw up a “Memorandum of Understanding” recording the agreements you have reached. See our fees page for more details.
In comparison, when paying traditional legal fees you can be charged separately for each telephone calls, each letter received or each letter sent. Other costs are charged for meetings held, time spent perusing your file, drafting documents etc. If the matter goes to Court, there will also be additional Court fees to pay. All these costs add up very quickly.