Discourage litigation, persuade neighbours to compromise whenever you can, Point out how the nominal winner is often the real loser in fees, expenses and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of becoming a good person.
That just leaves me to thank you for your sage advice, guidance through the divorce minefield, and your recommendations on the appropriate process and division of assets.
Sincerely, you are a beacon of light in a murky process where I could easily have been lost amongst the legalese and possibly manipulated by Mrs X's solicitor. I cannot thank you enough.
Please feel free to use my words as a testimonial as you wish. I am more than happy to share my experience, not only by way of thanks to you but also allowing others in my situation to benefit from your expertise. Your counsel has saved me from a world of protracted pain and financial hardship, and I am sure there are other people in a similar situation to me who would benefit from this service.
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For professional services, I charge £200 + VAT per couple per hour ( £100 + VAT each) for mediation in Oxford and £250 + VAT per hour ( £125 + VAT each) in London.
If separate (shuttle) mediation is required the hourly rate applies.
I do not charge for initial enquiries or arranging meetings but do charge for drafting mediation summaries and final documents once resolution is reached.
Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAMS)
I charge £200 + VAT for a one hour MIAMS appointment. If you wish to extend the appointment I will charge additional time applying that hourly rate. I will also charge for additional time spent in preparation for the joint mediation session and for any email correspondence arising directly from our appointment by way of follow up support. Once the MIAMS has been undertaken and if you wish to proceed to mediation the applicable mediation rate will apply for all future work.
This is not only for an objective and neutral evaluation of all resolution options - not just mediation - but includes my expertise in personal/divorce and conflict coaching as well as the sign-posting of other legal and personal resources. All of this helps clients to find the right path, to feel more in control and will save them both time and money.
My hourly rate as a solicitor is £200.00 + VAT per hour outside London and £250.00 + VAT in London. This is considerably less than the rate typically charged by my contemporaries in London and Oxford. In my experience, the most important determinant of price is not the hourly rate but the approach taken by the solicitor, the effectiveness of their communication and the speed with which settlement is reached. I regularly receive feedback from clients that they are pleased with my cost effective approach to their cases as shown on my testimonials page.
If you need help with:
- family mediation
- separation agreements
- child support
- maintenance agreements
- parenting plans
- children disputes
- conflict resolution
- legal advice
- solicitor services
- collaborative law