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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.




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2019 Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts and Middx – South East

Hawkins Family Law fields 'a very professional team that delivers a high-class service and has strength-in-depth from senior to junior level'. Managing director and team head Jo Hawkins provides 'clear and accurate advice and moral support through often testing times for her clients; she focuses on deriving the best long-term outcome for her client and other parties'. The practice has particular strength financial matters, including divorce and ToLATA proceedings. Other key figures include Loraine Davenport, who has strong collaborative law expertise and handles complex children cases and high-net-worth ancillary relief matters; Annabel Hayward, who focuses on complex financial provision and co-habitation matters; and Stacey St Clair.

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2019 Family/Matrimonial – Milton Keynes and surrounds

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, including assisting with the handling of assets abroad. 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.

An impressed client says: "The team's personal service and individual care is a great asset,"adding that the lawyers are "always available to assist and understand the occasional need for immediate advice and guidance, providing a very reassuring service."

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