Frequently Asked Questions
How do I instruct a mediator at Becket Mediation?
If you want to instruct a mediator you should either complete the form on the contact us page and a member of the clerking team will contact you to discuss. Alternatively please ring 01227 786331 or 01622 230957 and ask to speak to one of the mediation clerks.
What are the benefits of mediation?
The principal benefits of mediation are:
- Faster way of resolving disputes
- Less costly than court proceedings
- Less stressful than going to court
- Process is taken at your pace
- You make the decisions in the best interests of your family
- Less acrimonious than court proceedings
How does mediation work?
The mediator will meet you for an initial intake session, at which they will look at your case and explain how mediation works and how to progress matters.
Once you are both happy to go ahead with mediation you will have regular meetings with the mediator until proposals are reached. This usually takes between three to five meetings depending on your particular circumstances. At the end of each session you will decide if you wish to continue with the mediation process, meetings are usually fixed individually and there is no requirement to undertake a certain number.
The mediator will then draw up a record of the agreed proposals, if the mediation involves finance and property the mediator will also draw up a full summary of your financial position. if required, these documents can be taken to your solicitor for use.
How long does the process take?
Mediation is considered to be a faster way of resolving matters. Most cases can be dealt with in three to five meetings in total, the timescale will depend on the complexity and issues being discussed.
The mediator will be able to give you an indication of how many sessions will be required at your intake session.
Do I need a solicitor?
The mediator may encourage you to consult a solicitor if appropriate, as all of our mediators are family barristers they are able to give you legal information but not advice.
Many couples use the services of both a solicitor and mediator, this a cost effective and time saving route. Mediation agreements are not legally binding and rely on the parties themselves to put into effect what they have agreed. If required, you can take the mediation proposals to your solicitor for a legally binding agreement to be drawn up.
What is the cost?
Mediation is charged at an hourly rate payable in advance, with appointments booked for one and a half hours. The same hourly rate is applied for the preparation of meetings and the drafting of summaries and agreements. The cost of mediation can be shared between you in any way you agree.
Do you accept publicly funded mediations?
No, not at the present time.