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We are mediators and non-practising solicitors.

 

Lawyers tend to specialise in particular areas of law. As solicitors who retrained as mediators, we now specialise in mediation. This enables us to work with people and organisations who have wide-ranging problems or disputes. 

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  • Getting things started
  • Engaging the other person
  • Law and procedure
  • Forms and Paperwork
  • Finances and Property
  • How to tell the children
  • Cohabitee rights
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  • Living Arrangements
  • Child Support
  • The Child’s Voice
  • Parenting Plans
  • Parental responsibility
  • Visitation
  • Reducing the effect of parental separation
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  • Care arrangements
  • Later life decisions
  • Inheritance, will and trust matters
  • Probate disputes
  • Living arrangements
  • Family communication
  • Choosing an attorney

Civil & Community

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  • Contract and Small Claims
  • Neighbour and Boundary
  • Planning and Development
  • Partnership and Workplace

Our Focus

We are mediators and solicitors. 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.

Don’t just take our word for it

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%

Now you know that …

 

“If the courts’ outcomes are unpredictable, why would you go there? If the courts’ outcomes are predictable, why would you need them?”

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01473 487427

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 9am-5.30pm,
Sat: 10am-1.30pm,
Sundays and Public Holidays: Closed

 

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Registered Office Address

Start Mediation Ltd,
The Hub,
Hubbard Way,
2 Civic Drive,
Ipswich,
Suffolk,
IP1 2QA,
UK.

Company Registration Number

Incorporated in England and Wales as a private company under Company Number 10322756

Abraham Lincoln

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbours 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."