Fees

For Family Mediation fees and assistance, please see the separate page on Family Mediation and contact the family mediation team through our enquiry form.

Garden Court Mediation was a mediation provider for the Ministry of Justice Civil Mediation Online Directory which has now closed. Garden Court Mediation continues to offers a fixed fee scheme for disputes under £50,000. Legal aid is available to cover the cost of mediation where a public funding certificate is in place.

Amount being claimed Fees per party Length of session
£5000 or less £125 + VAT 2 hours
£5000 to £15,000 £320 + VAT 3 hours
£15,000 – £50,000 £445 + VAT 4 hours

Each additional hour is charged at £100 + VAT per party.

For some disputes which do not fit within the fixed fee scheme for example claims in excess of £50,000, public law disputes and non-money claims, we are able to offer the following fees depending on complexity and length of mediation:-

One day mediation, 10am-5pm

  • from £1125 – £1400 + VAT per party
  • £110 + VAT per party per additional hour

The fee for the one day mediation includes the following:

  • assistance from our mediation administrator Helen Shiels who will support all the arrangements from identifying the mediator for your dispute on a date which everyone can do and putting together the initial Agreement to Mediate. Helen also deals with the payment process in advance of the mediation.
  • Pre-mediation conversation with the mediator. This time is used for introductions and offers parties a chance to answer any questions they may have about the process. It also serves as a technical check for remote mediations.
  • 2 – 3 hours of preparation/reading time for the mediator.
  • For in person mediations, we provide rooms within Chambers in Holborn at no extra cost. We ask all those visiting the building to do a lateral flow test before attending. Lunch can be provided for those attending in person which must be booked 48 hours in advance.
  • For remote mediations, a link is provided for all parties to join separately via Zoom. This allows for breakout rooms as well as a joint virtual space, providing the parties with private space for discussion throughout the mediation.

For multi-party disputes, claims in excess of £100,000 or highly complex non-money claims, please get in touch to discuss the nature of the dispute, the skills you think are required and the appropriate fee level. All mediation fees include pre-mediation telephone contact between the mediator and the parties, preparation and reading time of at least 2 hours.

Legal Aid

Legal aid continues to be available to cover the reasonable cost of mediation where there is a public funding certificate. Where only one party is legally aided, that party shall pay half of the mediator’s fee in the usual way. Solicitors are expected to secure a competitive fee for mediation which may vary due to location and availability of the mediator as well as other factors relevant to the matter in dispute.  The competitive fees for mediation met by the LAA cover a range of fees both within and in excess of our fixed fee scheme. Please contact Helen Shiels for further details.