Minerva Mediation provides experienced mediation for family, divorce, workplace and property disputes. Appointments in Eastcote, Uxbridge, Rickmansworth, within easy reach of Harrow, Northwood, Moor Park, Pinner, Ruislip and Watford.

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    Family Mediation

    Whether it's about disagreements following a death or a separation, family disputes can be fuelled with high emotions...

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  • Workplace Mediation Services

    Workplace Mediation

    If you have become embroiled in a dispute with either your employers or, as an employer, with one of your employees...

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  • Property Mediation Services

    Property Mediation

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    Conflict Coaching

    Time to Talk Conflict Coaching is for individuals who find themselves in conflict. It offers you the freedom to explore your difficult decision...

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MEDIATION FAQs

What is mediation?

Mediation is designed to help people negotiate solutions step-by-step.

The first stage is for me as a mediator, is to speak with each person confidentially to find out the background to the situation, what each person hopes to resolve and discuss whether mediation might be suitable. If everybody agrees, then mediation can be arranged and organised so that everyone feels able to speak up for themselves.

I manage the process helping all parties stick to the point, observe rules of courtesy and discuss issues in a logical and manageable way. I help everyone reality test any proposed solutions. Special confidentiality rules apply so that discussion can’t be quoted in court. This gives everyone the freedom to raise new ideas about how to resolve issues.

How much does it cost?

Finding a mediator who everyone feels comfortable and confident to work with is not just a matter of cost. Mediation costs a lot less than using the courts, but I realise how important it is to keep fees affordable whilst maintaining high professional standards and quality. My service is designed to help clients have the best chance of resolving problems at a realistic price with:

  • advice on whether you might qualify for Legal Aid for Family Mediation
  • fixed fees for each mediation meeting
  • meetings scheduled at times and intervals to suit clients, including Skype if required
  • an agreed structure for meetings with guidance on how to prepare to make best use of the meeting time
  • referrals and collaboration with other specialists who can support the process of peaceful resolution when needed e.g. Counsellors or Child Consultation Specialists
  • access to support by email and telephone between meetings to ensure that everyone follows up on agreed actions, knows what they need to do to prepare for the next meeting and shares agreed information.

 

Pre-Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM)
Individual = £95
Couple = £75 ea.

Mediation Sessions £100 per client per hour.

The length, number, and type of meetings will depend on the issues and the extent to which everyone is able to have productive discussions.

Please contact me if you’d like more information on costs.

I have heard you have to try mediation. Is that right?

Because mediation is so successful at resolving disputes quickly and economically, the courts will usually encourage you to try mediation first.

For disputes about children or property and finance matters, the Family Court now requires that anyone applying to court attends a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with an accredited Family Mediator to determine if mediation may be suitable, unless they can prove that they are exempt.

To book your MIAM, please contact me.

A judge can delay a civil or family case which has been started at court to allow time to try settlement using mediation. A judge can also order a person to explain to the court why they were not willing to mediate and order anyone who has unreasonably refused to try mediation to pay a costs penalty.

If a case has started, but you think mediation might help, get in touch for some expert advice.

What sorts of disputes can be helped by mediation?

Mediation can help in any dispute where each side is willing to accept that by discussion and respectful negotiation, they may get an acceptable result preferable to either going to court, feuding, or ignoring the problem. Choosing a mediator with relevant experience can speed up the process.

Take a look at my CV or contact me for more information.

The Family Court requires assessments about whether disputes are suitable for Family Mediation (MIAMS), which must be dealt with by a qualified Family Mediator.

Please contact me to book your MIAM.

Why is mediation better than court?

Most lawyers will tell you that a cast iron case is a rare thing and that winning and enforcement are two different matters. Even if one side is completely right, fighting to win through lawyers or at court can be very stressful, time consuming, expensive, and may take months or even years. Other factors to be taken into consideration include:

  • winners at court do not usually recover all of their costs and may run up legal bills of thousands of pounds
  • judges can only award a limited range of remedies which the people involved may feel are not sufficient or appropriate for their situation
  • fighting to win usually results in long term damage to relationships between people who will need to co-operate in the future e.g. parents and work colleagues.

 

Research has shown that mediation supported by good legal and financial advice is quicker, cheaper and more likely to achieve a successful resolution that everyone feels able to stick to.

Because discussions in mediation are confidential, it doesn’t harm anyone’s chances in court if it doesn’t result in complete agreement.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how mediation can help your situation.

If you believe court may be an option, view my free list of questions you might want to ask a lawyer.

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