Our partnership with local solicitors is very important to us. We see the relationship between mediators and solicitors as highly beneficial to our clients, as each professional has an important but complementary role to play.
It is usually beneficial to suspend solicitor-led negotiations while you are in mediation, to give you and your ex-partner chance to reach your own agreement through direct dialogue. However, mediators cannot provide legal advice so it is important you have access to legal advice while you are in mediation or when you are ready to make your mediated agreements legally binding. If you want, you can proceed with mediation in advance of a court hearing, as courts prefer families to agree their own arrangements. You can ask a court to make a Child Arrangement Order by consent, based on agreements reached in mediation.
The following lawyers are Patrons of MiD. We are unable to recommend any particular firm but if your solicitor has recommended that you come to us, we hope this reflects our reputation for carrying out work to the highest standard.
Any solicitor who refers to us does not have any advantage or influence over your mediation, and we have a number of safeguards in place to back this up. Please ask if you would like more details.