IMPORTANT NOTICE- CORONAVIRUS

A message to our clients:

In light of the current climate and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 we wanted to reassure all our clients that we are committed to following the Government guidelines and advice from the World Health Organistation as we get it.

Currently we can continue to operate our business as usual across all the services that we offer our clients, both current and prospective. We will be monitoring this and will be adapting to the situation as it presents itself in the coming months.

Current advice is to limit direct contact with clients which means that we request that you do not attend our offices unless it is essential and agreed in advance by one of our directors.

We request that to help enable us to fight the spread of the virus all communication is by email, telephone or post until further notice. The health of our clients and our staff is of the highest importance to us so we hope that you can respect our request.

Our family and wills/probate solicitors will continue to offer initial advice for up to one hour (as advertised on this website) but by telephone only. Please call us if you would like to speak to one of our experts. If you have a case in court please telephone us so we can discuss representation.

We appreciate your patience, support and understanding. Stay safe and thank you for your co-operation.

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What is a mediator? Are they qualified legal practitioners?

A mediator is an impartial third party who is qualified by one of the recognised mediation authorities to conduct mediation relating to family issues.  The mediator will facilitate discussions between you and your ex-partner to try and resolve various issues to include arrangements for the children, who is to issue the divorce petition (if relevant) and financial arrangements.  Mediation can be used in various contexts to include family separation (married or unmarried), interim financial arrangements, long term financial arrangements etc.

There are mediators who are also qualified Solicitors / Legal Executives.  There are also mediators who are not legally qualified.

Is mediation confidential?

Mediation is confidential although any information passed from one party to the mediator must be disclosed to the other party.  The mediator is not entitled to disseminate any information relating to your case to any third party, to include your respective Solicitors.  Confidentiality can be waived by both parties if information is required to be given to your Solicitors.

How is mediation different from going to Court?

Mediation is a means by which two (or more) individuals can sit round a table to discuss their issues and to air their views about any particular problem.  The mediator will assist you to try and reach a solution to your problems.  Mediation is significantly cheaper than going to Court and empowers you to make your own decisions rather than asking a Judge to make the decision for you.

How can a mediator help me and my family?

A mediator can assist in various family issues to include arrangements for the children, disputes about property (unmarried separating couples), interim financial arrangements and long term financial arrangements.  A mediator can address any family issue that you need to resolve.  The outcome of mediation is not binding on either party and, very often, it is necessary for the parties to instruct their Solicitors to put forward their proposals to effect a binding agreement.

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