Timothy Bergin, based in our Brighton Annexe, is a specialist family mediator. The procedures and costs for this form of mediation are set out below.
Such mediations begin with an initial meeting where the mediator explains the process and answers any queries from the parties. There is no charge for this meeting which takes place in Chambers and lasts about 30 Minutes. All Members are prepared to travel to facilitate mediation sessions or to conduct sessions in chambers at times to suit those who wish to mediate. This may fit around child care arrangements or work commitments.
If the parties then wish to undertake mediation, further appointments will then be arranged. These sessions are charged at £200 + VAT per hour. When the process is completed a 'memorandum of understanding' (charged separately) is prepared which can be given to solicitors. This will allow for a consent order to be drafted which can then be placed before a court for approval.