Valid from 01 September 2016
All prices inclusive of VAT at 20%
Before mediation starts we invite you come for an information/assessment meeting to discuss your situation and decide whether mediation is right for you. This is called the Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM)
Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (MIAM)
Legally Aided (free) mediation is available if your financial situation makes you eligible. If either person qualifies for free mediation, the initial assessment and first mediation appointment is free for both parties.
Otherwise the initial assessment costs are as follows:
|Assessment – One party only||1.0 hour||£96 per person|
|Joint Assessment – Both parties||1.5 hours||£96 per person|
Mediation Session Fees
Mediation session fees are dependent on your annual income.
|Income under £60,000 per year||1.5 hours||£150 per person, per session|
|Income above £60,000||1.5 hours||£210 per person, per session|
SCALE OF OVERALL MEDIATION COSTS (PER CLIENT)
The number of sessions needed may vary. Typically, ‘all issues’ mediation involving both finance and child arrangements averages 4 x 1.5 hrs sessions. The cost of four sessions would be as follows:
|Based on your Gross income||Under £60,000||Above £60,000|
Open Financial Statement (OFS)
Memorandum of Understanding(MOU)
|Total Per Client||£852||£1092|
HOW MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE WOULD IT BE TO GO TO COURT?
The cost of going to court varies a lot, but it is expensive:
If you start court proceedings about the finances and you want to be represented in court, then litigation costs are likely to be between £15,000 – £30,000 depending on how many hearings you need. Just for the first hearing for example costs may be in the region of £5,000 – £10,000. The fees could be much more, or they could be slightly less.
If you are legally represented throughout Contested Child Act proceedings then costs could be in the region of £40,000, but again it depends on how many hearings you would need and how long each hearing takes.
WHAT DOES A SOLICITOR COST PER HR VS MEDIATION?
A Family law solicitor in south west London is around £180 – £250 + VAT per hr. Once VAT is included it would cost £215 – £300 per hr.
A mediation session is 1.5 hrs long. To spend 1.5 hr talking face to face with a solicitor would cost approx. £258 for a newly qualified solicitor £360 for a senior solicitor and there would then be charges for time spent on follow up letters and calls.
The cost of a mediation session with one of our highly experienced mediators, all of whom have legal training, would be £150 or £210 depending on your income. You just pay for the number of sessions that you have.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MEDIATION IS SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED? ARE THERE ANY FURTHER COSTS?
Everything that you have agreed in mediation regarding both finance and child arrangements will be carefully written up for you by the mediator. In most cases successfully agreed child arrangements do not need further court orders and therefore there are unlikely to be further costs. In the case of agreed financial proposals you do still need a solicitor to complete the process, but their charge will be for drafting an order based on what you and your ex- partner have already agreed rather than lengthy negotiation on your behalf. A local solicitor will charge in the region of £1,000 to prepare the final paperwork.
On average we help 70% of people reach agreement after 4 sessions regarding some or all of their issues.
Not only is mediation a more cost effective route than litigation it is generally a faster route allowing both parties to move on to the next phase of their lives.
OTHER INFORMATION RE CHARGES
Please note: Appointments changed/cancelled with less than 3 working days notice will be charged at a fee of £90.
All charges for mediation are payable in advance by either cash; debit/credit card or cheque (made payable to MiD Mediation and Counselling Ltd.)
It is possible to get an assessment + First mediation session at the same time. This is 2 hours and costs £156 per person. This option will be discussed if you have a joint assessment meeting.