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Celebrating Family Mediation Week

on Friday, 21 January 2022.

During the week of 17 to 22 January 2022, we will be joining our fellow members of Resolution to Celebrate Family Mediation Week. Our lawyers will be attending specially designed training sessions to learn more about mediation and its benefits.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative way of resolving matrimonial disputes away from the family court. Mediation is conducted by a neutral and impartial person (a 'mediator') who is there to help guide you through your negotiation. They are there to help everyone involved find a solution. Mediation can be used to talk about a divorce, how matrimonial assets will be divided and child arrangements.

What Are the Benefits of Mediation?

Mediation can be beneficial to separating couples because:

  • It can often be quicker and less expensive than engaging lawyers or determining your case in court.
  • It allows parties to take control of the negotiations and the outcome. By engaging in legal proceedings the overall outcome (if a prior settlement is not agreed) is in the judge's hands. It may be that the parties are then bound by an outcome that neither of them are particularly happy about.
  • It can feel a lot less confrontational than initiating court proceedings. Often court proceedings can damage the relationship between the couple further, particularly when the dispute concerns child arrangements.
  • The process will help guide the parties through their dispute with both parties having an equal opportunity to be heard.

How Can We Help?

Our Head of Family, Sam Hickman, is a qualified all issues Mediator. . Sam has worked as a Family solicitor for over 20 years. During this time, Sam has gained invaluable experience of advising and guiding clients through their matrimonial disputes. Sam will always put her clients first. Here is what some of her previous clients have said:

"I cannot express how grateful I am for all that you did for me during that awful time. For your expertise, but also for your patience and the way you always strove to calm things not exacerbate them putting the needs of the children first."

"I would like to warmly thank you for not only all the work that you have completed for me, but most importantly, for the way that you have done this. You have managed to be perfectly professional at all times, and warm and compassionate at a very difficult time for me".

 "I’m lost for words, I’ve waited so long for this day. I’m elated and truly thankful for your help and support in getting me here, I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so very much".

If you would like to talk to our team about Mediation or how we can help with you with resolving your matrimonial dispute please contact our New Enquiries team on  020 7405 1234, or complete the form below.

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