Lucy’s private charges are:

£125 per person for an initial Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (‘MIAM’ – 1 hour). The first stage of any mediation is a confidential and individual meeting (MIAM) with each person, 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.  If mediation is not suitable and a signed court form is required, the mediator can provide this at the end of the session (no fee). 

£130 per person per hour for the 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.  £200 flat rate fee for drafting Confidential Summary of Proposals in Mediation (the Agreement you reach) to be made legally binding and Open Summary of Finances.  Parenting Agreement – £100 flat rate fee.  I do not charge VAT. 

Lucy is registered with the government (MOJ) Mediation Voucher Scheme which gives you £500 towards your mediation sessions.  Family Mediation Voucher Scheme – Family Mediation Council

Depending on your particular case, you may resolve your issues in between 2 and 5 sessions. It could be longer depending on the circumstances.

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.