Lucy’s private charges are:

£100 per person (total) for an initial Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (‘MIAMs’ – 1 hour).  The first stage of any mediation is a confidential and individual meeting with each person – a ‘MIAMs’, to discuss how mediation works, the issues from your perspective and to check that mediation is suitable.  After that, the mediator works with both of you in joint mediation sessions.  Each session lasts 2 hours.

£180 per person (total) for a joint mediation session (2 hours).  This includes time spent in mediation and a letter summarising discussions and decisions reached. Also any e-mail correspondence or telephone attendance.  Further charges at a lower rate, for drafting Agreements to be made legally binding, Financial Summaries and Parenting Agreements, at the end of the process will be agreed in advance with the client.

Depending on your particular case, you may resolve your issues in between 1 and 4 sessions. It could be longer depending on the circumstances but on average people attend around 3 to 4 sessions before reaching settlement.

The rates charged by mediators are substantially lower than those of solicitors. You pay for one mediator instead of two solicitors. Issues are resolved in family mediation a lot more quickly than in litigation. The average length of time for a mediation is 3-5 sessions over 3 months. A typical case resolved through the court system can take between 6-18 months.

Lucy also offers pro bono mediations in certain circumstances.

This is a private practice and does not offer mediation funded by legal aid. To check your eligibility for legal aid, go to Gov.uk’s legal aid eligibility checker.

On the FMA and FMC websites there are lists of mediators who practice Legal Aid in this area.