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Mediation and Collaborative Law

Our mediators are Sarah Beskine, Peter Eyles, Evelyn Kennedy, Sue Tilley and Clare Brooks. They are supported by administrator Maggie White.

Mediation is a service offered to both sides of a family dispute. The mediator is independent and is there to assist both of you to try to reach a solution. Mediation can be used to resolve disputes relating to children, money and property. The mediator will meet with you and your ex partner, either separately or together and try and help you focus on sorting out future plans for you, your former partner and any children involved. Any agreement reached will be recorded in writing and can be used to form the basis of a court order.

Our rates for mediation are available by contacting the Mediation team. Please contact Maggie White at: mw@hmbsolicitors.co.uk.

We also have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency which enables us to offer mediation without charge to clients that are financially eligible. We can advise you if you will qualify for this service.

Click here to download our leaflet on Family Mediation Service

Click here to download our Mediation Referral Form
 

Collaborative Law

Sarah Beskine is trained as a collaborative lawyer, and has recently joined the North London Collaborative Law Pod.  The collaborative family law process is a relatively new way of dealing with family disputes. Each person appoints their own lawyer but instead of conducting negotiations between you and your partner by letter or phone, you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face.

Each of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice as you go.

Collaborative lawyers sign an agreement with you that disqualifies them from representing you at court if the collaborative process breaks down. Once an agreement has been reached the lawyers will put it into effect. The divorce can be finalised and a consent order sent to the court for approval.

In the event that an agreement cannot be reached through this process, or at any stage during the process, you can choose to use the court route instead.

What will it cost?

For mediation, depending upon your financial circumstances or the financial circumstances of your ex partner you may qualify for legal aid (now called public funding). We will automatically carry out an assessment when we first have contact with you to see whether or not you are eligible.

For collaborative law, or for mediation if you are not entitled to public funding, we will discuss with you other ways of funding your case, including agreed terms of payment (see fees).

How to contact us?

Contact us on 020 7272 1234, or email us at reception@hmbsolicitors.co.uk

Our Mediation Team and Family Team can assist with all these matters. 



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