Family Mediation

Family Mediation at Garden Court Chambers offers parties who have agreed to mediate an alternative to adversarial, costly and stressful family law court proceedings where there is a need to resolve any kind of family dispute. The disputes which are mediated cover a wide range of topics including:

  • How to end a relationship
  • Children
  • Money
  • Relationships between family members.
  • Vulnerable adults

Mediation can take place whether or not there are already court proceedings and whether or not the parties have instructed lawyers, provided the parties agree to mediate.

Family and other personal relationships are at the heart of most people’s lives and when they go wrong can lead to extraordinarily difficult and painful situations. It is increasingly recognised that litigating family disputes in court is not the best or most cost effective way to deal with them and courts are increasingly referring parties to mediation.

Fees for Family Mediation are quoted as a total which is usually split between the parties. We charge £350 + VAT for the first hour and £250 + VAT for all subsequent hours, either at the same meeting or at subsequent meetings. Mediation is a flexible process covering a wide range of issues and we are happy to discuss which issues will be included in the mediation. Our mediators generally contact the parties to make the necessary arrangements, which can include meetings at short notice and at flexible times.

We are able to offer MIAMs where appropriate. MIAMs are often conducted remotely by phone or Skype, although they can take place in person and are charged at approximately £60 + vat to be divided between the parties. Please contact Lavinia Shaw-Brown either directly or through your lawyer.