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How much will it cost?

How much will it cost?

Remember, if you qualify for legal aid, mediation is totally free. The Legal Aid Agency will also meet some of the costs for the other person too.

If you’re not eligible for legal aid, the cost is a fraction of the cost of using solicitors to negotiate on your behalf or, if necessary, take the dispute through the court for you.

Unless we agree a fixed fee arrangement with you, we charge you each £120 plus VAT per hour. How many hours of our time will be required depends on many factors - whether you’re trying to sort out finances or arrangements for your children or both, the number and complexity of the issues, whether you’ll be mediating in the same or separate rooms, and so on.

The mediator will give you an idea of the likely overall cost of the mediation at your initial one to one assessment meeting. This will also be an opportunity to get a clearer idea of the issues to be resolved, to discuss the different options with you and to assess whether your case is suitable for a fixed fee arrangement. The assessment meeting (also known as a MIAM) has a fixed fee of £96 including VAT, which includes all letters, telephone calls and preparation time.

To give you some idea of the potential overall cost of a mediation once you’ve both decided to proceed with mediation , a mediator may need as little as 2 to 3 hours’ input for a mediation about the arrangements for your children whereas the majority of financial disputes require approximately 8 hours of a mediator’s time. Compare that with the typical cost of using a solicitor which can often be between £10,000 and £20,000 each and sometimes much more.

YOUR NEXT STEP: TELEPHONE US ON 01392 678010 TO ARRANGE YOUR PERSONAL ONE-TO-ONE INFORMATION AND OPTIONS MEETING (MIAM). This meeting is a legal requirement if you’re thinking of issuing court proceedings and, if you’re not sure what to do next, it gives you dedicated time with an expert mediator so you can explain your situation and we can then give you bespoke information outlining the pros and cons of all the different options. Our intention is that you leave the meeting knowing what you’re going to do next, why and how. This meeting – just between you and the mediator – is free if you qualify for legal aid which we can assess at the start of the meeting. If not, there is a one off fixed fee of £96 inclusive of VAT.

Mediation is more amicable and obviously cheaper than fraught litigation and solicitors’ letters

Mediation gets you communicating. I think this is better than a court situation, and less costly