Lawyer Supported Mediation Innovation

Rachel Duke, Head of the Family Department has recently been quoted in both the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph and has written an opinion piece for the Law Society Gazette.

To read the complete articles please click on the links below.

These articles relate to recent data obtained following a Freedom of Information request confirming the staggering fall in mediation referrals since legal aid cuts were implemented on 01 April 2013. A secondary effect being the consequential increase in new court applications causing delays in the system.

If there is ever a time to consider an innovative new approach to resolving family disputes it is now. This is why our family department has been instrumental in the development of Lawyer Supported Mediation.

Lawyer Supported Mediation focuses on informed dialogue between the parties which uniquely combines our high quality legal advice with a network of like-minded lawyers, trained mediators and support professionals. Uniquely we are able to offer you a fixed fee taking into account your specific requirements and financial circumstances. Publicly available statistics confirm that over two-thirds of separating partners who choose family mediation go on to reach agreement.*

{*Between April 2011 and February 2012, 68% of separating and former partners reached an agreement at publicly-funded family mediation. (Source – Legal Aid Agency).}

To find out more about Lawyer Supported Mediation or our Family Law services generally, please contact Rachel Duke on 020 7613 7119 or at r.duke@rfblegal.co.uk.

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/sep/30/mediation-services-legal-aid

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/referrals-to-family-mediation-plummet/5037894.article

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/sex/divorce/10409240/Disastrous-drop-in-out-of-court-mediation-for-divorcing-couples.html

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