Law firm offers new divorce mediation service

Daily Echo: Law firm offers new divorce mediation service Law firm offers new divorce mediation service

A HAMPSHIRE law firm has launched a new mediation service following Britain’s longest-running and most bitter divorce.

Samantha Miles, partner and head of the family department at Warner Goodman LLP has set up the new service ahead of plans by the Government to do so.

A multi-million pound divorce case involving two millionaires lasting seven years and involving 65 court hearings was, according to the judge, “extraordinary even by the standards of the most bitter of matrimonial breakdowns”. 

It’s possible that mediation could have helped the couple agree on financial matters earlier and with this in mind the Government is pushing plans through Parliament in a bit to to reduce the emotional and financial burden of divorce, by proposing more mediation for couples who are splitting up. 

Samantha has seen first-hand how mediation can help couples make life-changing decisions in their relationship, and so is wholly supportive of this initiative.

“In a court case, the judge will have much wider discretion, but it’s not the job of the judge to arrange a compromise that both sides can live with,” she said. 

For more information about Warner Goodman LLP’s Mediation service, visit www.wgmediation.co.uk or call 023 8071 7431 to book an appointment.

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10:38am Thu 27 Feb 14

john Hind says...

100's if not 1000's of people are missing out on free mediation and the chance to reach their own out of court settlements.
The focus of mediation is on diffusing conflict and reaching mutually acceptable outcomes which meet the needs of the whole family.
It is amazing what is possible, even in high conflict divorce cases, in the hands of an expert facilitator/mediator
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We simply invite new clients to try one mediation session to see for themselves before making a final decision. How else can they really decide?
The Government has recognised this for quite a while now but many cases are still not finding there way from solicitors to mediators for a range of reasons. There also seems to be a distinct lack of publicity around this area.
In April 2014 it will compulsory for anyone wishing to apply to court to first attend a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM) with a mediator so that they can make a fully informed decision before launching down the legal and court route which, as we see, time and time again, can be so damaging for all concerned.
It also still amazes me how few members of the public are aware that legal aid for family mediation is available.
I would encourage all those thinking about separating or indeed in the throws of separation to get hold of a recommended mediator to find out more.

John Hind FMC.CMC
01392-848482
www.compass-resoluti
on.com
Director, Compass Resolution Family Mediation Services
Founder of the FamilyMediationTeamU
k
www.familymediationt
eamuk.com
100's if not 1000's of people are missing out on free mediation and the chance to reach their own out of court settlements. The focus of mediation is on diffusing conflict and reaching mutually acceptable outcomes which meet the needs of the whole family. It is amazing what is possible, even in high conflict divorce cases, in the hands of an expert facilitator/mediator . We simply invite new clients to try one mediation session to see for themselves before making a final decision. How else can they really decide? The Government has recognised this for quite a while now but many cases are still not finding there way from solicitors to mediators for a range of reasons. There also seems to be a distinct lack of publicity around this area. In April 2014 it will compulsory for anyone wishing to apply to court to first attend a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM) with a mediator so that they can make a fully informed decision before launching down the legal and court route which, as we see, time and time again, can be so damaging for all concerned. It also still amazes me how few members of the public are aware that legal aid for family mediation is available. I would encourage all those thinking about separating or indeed in the throws of separation to get hold of a recommended mediator to find out more. John Hind FMC.CMC 01392-848482 www.compass-resoluti on.com Director, Compass Resolution Family Mediation Services Founder of the FamilyMediationTeamU k www.familymediationt eamuk.com john Hind
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