Mediation Services Throughout the South West

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Mediation Information And Assessment Meeting (Miam)

The purpose of this meeting is to see each party on a one to one basis, to decide as to the suitability of your case for mediation and to assess whether you may be eligible to receive free mediation. You will need to allow 45 to 60 minutes for this meeting as we will also explain the process and principles of mediation which will, hopefully, allow you to make an informed decision about whether you wish to enter into the mediation process.

Private Clients

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (Miam)

Your initial one to one appointment will be at a cost of £60.00 + VAT  (£72.00).

We will collect a  non refundable deposit of £30.00 +VAT ( £36.00) when coordinating the initial appointment and the remainder £30.00 + VAT (£36.00) will be payable on the day of your appointment.

If mediation does not proceed we will, upon request, endorse the relevant Form (FM1,Form A or C100) for you or your solicitors to submit to Court under the Pre Action Protocol. The charge for this administration will be from £20.00 (+ VAT).  If you are acting in person you will be required to send the completed Form for us to endorse the relevant page and return to you.

Mediation Meetings

If you are a ’Private Client’ the fee for each meeting will be payable at the end of each session. We accept payment by cheque, debit card and credit card (charge applicable). Each mediating party will be responsible for their own mediation fee. In addition our charges for preparing the following documentation are as follows:

Child Issue Mediation                                   Hourly Rate From………………£100.00 (+ VAT)

All Issues/Property & Financial Mediation    Hourly Rate From………………£120.00 (+ VAT)

All Issues

Memorandum of Understanding and Open Financial Statement of Information………………£200.00 (+ VAT)

All Issues

Summary Letter………………£150.00 (+ VAT)

Property & Financial

Memorandum of Understanding and Open Financial Statement of Information………………£200.00 (+ VAT)

Property & Financial

Summary Letter………………£150.00 (+ VAT)

Child

Child Consultation………………£100.00 per hour (+ VAT) – This cost is divided between both parents and is calculated pro-rata

Summary Letter……………….…£80.00 (+ VAT)

Endorsement of the Form  (FM1,Form A or C100) if mediation breaks down………………£50.00 (+ VAT)

Do you think you may qualify for Legal Aid?

Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (Miam)

The initial one to one appointment will be at a cost of £60.00 + VAT  (£72.00) unless you are eligible for Legal Aid.

We will collect a  non refundable deposit* of £30.00 +VAT ( £36.00) when coordinating the initial appointment. If it is established that you are eligible for public funding by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) then this meeting will be free as will any other meetings as mediation proceeds.  If you are not eligible for public funding by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) a further payment of £30.00 + VAT (£36.00) will be payable on the day of your appointment as then our Private Client rates will apply.

*The deposit will only be refunded if you are assessed as eligible for public funding by the Legal Aid Agency. The deposit will not be refunded if the enquiry is cancelled or you fail to attend your initial appointment.

If mediation does not proceed we will, upon request, endorse the relevant Form (FM1,Form A or C100) for you or your solicitors to submit to Court under the Pre Action Protocol. If you are deemed eligible for Legal Aid then there will be no administration charge for this.  If you are acting in person you will be required to send the completed Form for us to endorse the relevant page and return to you.

To Establish If Clients Are Eligible For Public Funding (Legal Aid)

In order for us to undertake this assessment you must bring the following to the meeting with you:

If you are directly or indirectly in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Pension Guarantee Credit  please note that it will be necessary for you to provide the following: Income and allowances (Please note that if you are now living with a new partner evidence of your new partner’s income/receipt of benefits and capital will also be required.)

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit

Bank statements for the 4 weeks immediately prior to your MIAM’s appointment showing the name and type of benefit you receive. For example, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance MUST be specified on the statement or additional evidence will be required e.g. your notification letter.

  • Mortgage instalment (details of amount required)
  • Rent paid (net of any Housing Benefit)
  • Maintenance payments actually being made
  • Payment of income contribution order (Criminal L/A)

In addition the following information will be required:

  • The current market value of your house and/or any other property you (and/or your partner) own (if applicable)
  • The outstanding mortgage/secured loan on your house and/or any other property you own (if applicable)
  • Details of assets and possessions claimed by your opponent – Savings (bank, building society etc)
  • Investments (shares, insurance policies etc)
  • Value of items such as (boat, caravan, cars, motorbikes, jewellery etc.)
  • Other capital (including money due to you)

*Bank statements, share certificates, National Savings, Premium Bonds or Bond record etc More guidance regarding eligibility can be found on https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid If the necessary evidence is not provided unfortunately we will not be able to grant you legal aid and private client rates will apply, and you may be charged for this assessment meeting. Your Mediator is not allowed to conduct a legal aid assessment without all required information. The Legal Aid Agency will reject any application without the necessary supporting documentation.

If you are employed, please complete the following and gather all supporting evidence for your meeting

  • Gross monthly or weekly earnings

*Wage slips for the 4 weeks immediately prior to your MIAMs together with copies of your bank statements(from all accounts for you [and your partner])

  • Other income (including child benefit, pensions, Maintenance, dividends, tax credits, benefits in kind/financial assistance from family/friends etc.)

In addition the following information will be required:

  • The current market value of your house and/or any other property you (and/or your partner) own (if applicable)
  • The outstanding mortgage/secured loan on your house and/or any other property you own (if applicable)
  • Details of assets and possessions claimed by your opponent – Savings (bank, building society etc)
  • Investments (shares, insurance policies etc)
  • Value of items such as (boat, caravan, car/s, motorbike/s, jewellery etc)
  • Other capital (including money due to you)

*Bank statements, share certificates, National Savings, Premium Bonds or Bond record etc

  • Mortgage instalment paid
  • Rent paid (net of any Housing Benefit)
  • Tax and National Insurance paid
  • Maintenance payments actually being made
  • Childcare costs if you work
  • Payment of income contribution (criminal L/A)

More guidance regarding eligibility can be found on https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

If the necessary evidence is not provided unfortunately we will not be able to grant you legal aid and private client rates will apply, and you may be charged for this assessment meeting. Your Mediator is not allowed to conduct a legal aid assessment without all required information. The Legal Aid Agency will reject any application without the necessary supporting documentation.

  • Monthly or weekly drawings

*Evidence of drawings for the 4 weeks immediately prior to your MIAMs together with copies of your bank statements (from all accounts for you [and your partner] plus last tax calculation sheet form SA302 and cash book where appropriate)

  • Other income (including child benefit, pensions, Maintenance, dividends, tax credits, benefits in kind/financial assistance from family/friends etc.)

In addition the following information will be required:

  • The current market value of your house and/or any other property you (and/or your partner) own (if applicable)
  • The outstanding mortgage/secured loan on your house and/or any other property you own (if applicable)
  • Details of assets and possessions claimed by your opponent – Savings (bank, building society etc)
  • Investments (shares, insurance policies etc)
  • Value of items such as (boat, caravan, car/s, motorbike/s, jewellery etc)
  • Other capital (including money due to you)

*Bank statements, share certificates, National Savings, Premium Bonds or Bond record etc

  • Mortgage instalment paid
  • Rent paid (net of any Housing Benefit)
  • Tax and National Insurance paid
  • Maintenance payments actually being made
  • Childcare costs if you work
  • Payment of income contribution (criminal L/A)

More guidance regarding eligibility can be found on https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

If the necessary evidence is not provided unfortunately we will not be able to grant you legal aid and private client rates will apply, and you may be charged for this assessment meeting. Your Mediator is not allowed to conduct a legal aid assessment without all required information. The Legal Aid Agency will reject any application without the necessary supporting documentation.

  • Grants, bursaries and student loans

*Student grant/loan letter(s)

  • Other income (including child benefit, pensions, Maintenance, dividends, tax credits, benefits in kind/financial assistance from family/friends etc.)

In addition the following information will be required:

  • The current market value of your house and/or any other property you (and/or your partner) own (if applicable)
  • The outstanding mortgage/secured loan on your house and/or any other property you own (if applicable)
  • Details of assets and possessions claimed by your opponent – Savings (bank, building society etc)
  • Investments (shares, insurance policies etc)
  • Value of items such as (boat, caravan, car/s, motorbike/s, jewellery etc)
  • Other capital (including money due to you)

*Bank statements, share certificates, National Savings, Premium Bonds or Bond record etc

  • Mortgage instalment paid
  • Rent paid (net of any Housing Benefit)
  • Tax and National Insurance paid
  • Maintenance payments actually being made
  • Childcare costs if you work
  • Payment of income contribution (criminal L/A)

More guidance regarding eligibility can be found on https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

If the necessary evidence is not provided unfortunately we will not be able to grant you legal aid and private client rates will apply, and you may be charged for this assessment meeting. Your Mediator is not allowed to conduct a legal aid assessment without all required information. The Legal Aid Agency will reject any application without the necessary supporting documentation.