Cost of Mediation

Compared to using a solicitor to negotiate for you or to take your case to court, Legal Aid is still available for mediation even though it is no longer generally available for legal advice or costs.

At the assessment meeting the mediator will assess whether or not you qualify for Legal Aid. If you do, the whole mediation process is likely to be free for you. This is different for the remaining legal aid that is available for going to court where you might have to pay a contribution towards your legal costs during the case and/or repay your costs at the end of the case.

If you do not qualify for Legal Aid for mediation, we will base our charges to you on the amount of time taken for your mediation. We charge each client £125 + VAT per hour, meaning a typical mediation would cost each of you less than £1000. We only charge you for the time spent by the mediator during the sessions and for time the mediator spends preparing any necessary documents during the process, such as a formal Memorandum at the end of the mediation setting out the proposed agreement. We do not charge for routine letters letters or telephone calls.

There may be a charge for an initial Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) of either £80 +VAT or £100 +VAT. Whether there is a charge or not will depend on a number of factors. We will always let you know in advance if it is likely that you will be charged and how much.

We will fully explain the likely costs that you will incur before the mediation starts. Generally we find that the cost of mediation is less than 10% of what you might be charged by using a solicitor to negotiate for you or take a case to court.

Covid-19 Update

We wish to reassure all our clients that Focus Family Mediation is still open for business as we are able to continue delivering our mediation services remotely.

This means that until further notice our Mediation Informations & Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediation sessions will be conducted via online video connections such as Teams, FaceTime Video, WhatsApp Video or Zoom and, in certain circumstances, telephone.

Please call us if you would like more information about how this works or if you would like to check whether you may or may not qualify for legal aid to cover the cost of a remote meeting.

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