Three of our partners, Bridget Thompson, Lisa Pepper and Mark Freedman are Resolution Trained Lawyer Mediators. Bridget Thompson and Lisa Pepper are also able to conduct Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs).
Mediation sessions – what to expect
Mediation is where you and your partner will have meetings with a Mediator to discuss whatever aspects of your case you cannot agree on: whether that is financial arrangements, care of the children or both. The negotiations are Without Prejudice. This allows you both to make proposals, discuss options and offer compromises without the fear that these suggestions will be repeated in Court, should you be unable to reach agreement. Having said that, when discussing matters concerning children, such negotiations are never Without Prejudice.
In our role as Mediators we are neutral and we will not take sides. We are there to facilitate discussions. Generally Mediators cannot give advice to either of you. They will usually recommend that you obtain legal advice during the mediation process. However, as Resolution trained lawyer mediators we can provide general legal information to both of you within the mediation if this is appropriate.
Mediations are negotiated separations in a safe environment; with choice, impartiality, confidentiality & decision making to you both rather than an outcome imposed on you by a Judge, who doesn’t know you or your family. Mediation is also cheaper and quicker than the court process.
Lisa Pepper and Bridget Thompson charge £300 (plus VAT) for a one and a half hour mediation session.
Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs)
It is compulsory for the majority of couples seeking a divorce or separation to attend a MIAM, the aim of which is to ascertain whether mediation is appropriate in your circumstances.
At a MIAM, Bridget or Lisa will speak to you briefly about the process to ensure you understand how it works. They will then contact your partner and have the same conversation with them. Sometimes this is face to face and sometimes on the telephone. If your partner refuses to engage with the discussion, or tells us they do not wish to mediate, we can then sign your Application to commence the court process.
Bridget and Lisa charge £150+ vat for a MIAM.
Written by Lisa Pepper