Undoubtedly, most people have heard, these days, of mediation. It is important to recognise that mediation is not about reconciliation or counselling. Mediation is a process whereby a couple meet with an independent mediator who may or may not be legally trained, and the mediator then assists the couple in the resolution of various issues which may arise as a result of them ending their relationship. These issues may be of a financial nature, relating to children, property or indeed anything else which is of concern and which may arise as a consequence of the separation.
How many mediation sessions are necessary will depend upon your individual needs and requirements. The key thing about mediation is that it is a process which both parties are involved with directly, with legal advice in the background. Ordinarily, the lawyers do not attend the mediations, although there is nothing to prevent that from happening if the parties wish to operate in that way. Both parties will still need to provide full and frank disclosure if they are considering financial matters and will also need to ask their lawyers for advice during the process and to draft any final agreements. A mediator is not able to offer advice to either party.
Mediation, when it is done well, can be a hugely effective way of resolving disputes and if you are interested in exploring mediation, please do not hesitate to contact one of our lawyers who can discuss the various mediation offers that are available locally.
Hawkins Family Law is ‘an excellent family firm which goes the extra mile for its clients’, and the team is praised for its ‘well-honed communication skills and insightful advice’. Key areas of focus include high-value financial matters and divorce cases, and the recent arrival of Stacey St Clair has brought significant cross-border, international relocation and child abduction expertise to the group. Practice head Jo Hawkins is ‘an immensely good judge of character’ and ‘litigates firmly but fairly’. The other key figure is Loraine Davenport, who focuses on high net-worth ancillary relief.
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What the team is known for Boutique family law firm that punches above its weight in terms of high-value and complex matrimonial finance instructions relating to business assets, pensions and substantial property portfolios. Also represents clients in the negotiation of wealth protection agreements and private law childcare arrangements. Fields a team trained in collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution. Strengths “This is a boutique family law firm that goes the extra mile for their clients,” an interviewee affirms. The team is also praised for its meticulous approach, with clients saying: “They really fight for you. They are very thorough; there are no slip-ups”.
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