We are mediators and solicitors, yet we practise only as mediators because we know from experience that, when it comes to problems or disputes, mediation leads to better outcomes, is less expensive and is quicker than the alternatives.
Contrary to popular belief, most problems or disputes do not have a legal conflict at their heart. Instead, it’s typically a breakdown in communication that fuels increasingly emotional and polarised opinions, typically leading to deadlock.
Mediation creates an environment where listening and communication – not letter writing and threats – take priority. Mediators use many skills to help the conversations along, ensuring differing points of view can be safely aired and ensuring that the discussions are respectful. This creates better understanding and greater opportunities for mutually acceptable agreements.
If the courts’ outcomes are unpredictable, why would you go there? If the courts’ outcomes are predictable, why would you need them?
Typical Cost Per Person of Divorce & Financial Settlement in UK Using Start Mediation
Average Cost Per Person of Divorce & Financial Settlement in UK Using Lawyers (Aviva plc 2014)
Average Cost Per Couple of Divorce & Financial Settlement in UK Using Lawyers (Aviva plc 2014)
- Average duration of a non-mediated case is 435 days (Ministry of Justice, 21 May 2014). 100%
- Average duration of a mediated case is 110 days (Ministry of Justice, 21 May 2014). 23%
- Average cost of mediated outcomes compared to those using other methods (Ministry of Justice, 21 May 2014). 6%
Find Us & Contact Us
Start Mediation Ltd
2 Civic Drive
Mon - Fri
9.00 - 17.30
10.00 - 13.30
Registered as a company in England & Wales
Company Number 10322756
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
“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.”