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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 don't qualify - here's a guide to our fees, but your mediator can agree with you a costs package to meet your particular needs at your initial one to one Information and Options meeting.

Children

Children


A Standard mediation on children issues only.

£120 + VAT per person for each session and

£120 + VAT per person for any document produced - e.g. a parenting plan.

For extended sessions or to deal with multiple issues your mediator may give you an alternative quote.

Finances

Finances


A Standard mediation to help you reach proposals for a financial settlement.

£225 + VAT per person per session.

£135 + VAT per person for a Financial Statement and

£135 + VAT per person for a Summary or Memorandum of Understanding.

More complicated finances

More complicated finances


Cases which require more extensive work including a third meeting.
£1000 - £1400 + VAT total per person. The mediator will give you an accurate estimate at the Information and Options meeting.

Complex cases involving other professionals

Complex cases involving other professionals


Cases with complex finances e.g. involving substantial business interests, trusts or where a pensions expert participates in the process.
£1000 - £2000 + VAT total per person. The mediator will give you an accurate estimate at the Information and Options meeting.

Information and Options Meeting (MIAM)

Information and Options Meeting (MIAM)


This initial meeting - just between you and the mediator - is free if you qualify for legal aid. If you do not qualify, there is a charge of £96 (£80 + VAT) for the Information and Options meeting. If you require the mediator to sign the court form needed to make an application to Court, there will be an additional charge of £42 (£35 + VAT).

MEDIATION IS LESS EXPENSIVE AND LESS STRESSFUL THAN COURT PROCEEDINGS

Legal costs including Court Hearing for a Children dispute: £3,000 - £8,000.

Legal costs including Court Hearing for a Finance dispute: £10,000 - £20,000.

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