Mediation is less expensive, quicker and leads to better outcomes than the non-mediated alternatives.
Average cost of mediated outcomes compared to non-mediated outcomes.
Average time to conclude mediated outcomes compared to non-mediated outcomes.
Percentage of mediation cases that go on to reach successful outcomes
Average Cost of Divorce & Financial Settlement through London Based Solicitors.
Average Cost of Divorce & Financial Settlement Through non-London Based Solicitors.
Typical Cost of Dvorce & Financial Settlement Through Start Family Mediation
… the mediation session last year was something of a watershed moment for me. It opened my eyes and my mind to what was in front of me. It also gave me the impetus to positively change several areas of my life and my mindset, in order to address issues that had hindered me up to that point.Darren, UAE, April 2015.
The process was conducted professionally and with sensitivity. It enabled resolution to be arrived at quickly and with the minimum of emotional difficulty. I would highly recommend Stephen and his team to anyone seeking mediation as a means to resolve potential conflict and disputes.BD, Norfolk, Sept 2015.
… It felt a very supportive atmosphere, particularly the first joint meeting, which could hsve been a very volatile meeting, Stephen had a very calming manner, rather like pouring oil over a potentially flammable situation! A supportive and constructive environment enhanced by a calm manner and professionalism.JR, Suffolk, June 2016.
(Stephen and Elisabet) provided an effective and supportive environment in which potential sources of conflict were methodically and patiently worked through … the mediators were not only patient listeners but skilled in guiding potentially stalled discussion into areas where constructive progress could be made.MB, Suffolk, July 2016.
“When people separate we want them to do it in the least damaging way for everyone involved, especially children. That is why we want them to use the excellent mediation services available to agree a way forward, rather than have one forced upon them.”Simon Hughes, Family Justice Minister 2014
In The Media
We were interviewed for a piece on Family Mediation Week in the East Anglian Daily Times.
“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”Abraham Lincoln, US President 1809 - 1865
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