Mediation is a voluntary process that encourages co-operation, supportive relationships and better communication. An impartial mediator is appointed by the parties to assist them to reach their own decisions rather than having a decision imposed upon them by the court; the process is almost always quicker and less costly than court proceedings.
The Mediation Team offers the full range of family mediation models, including direct party-only mediations and represented mediations (with parties and their solicitors/counsel). In whatever format, our mediations benefit from QEB’s state-of-the-art expanded modern premises and our mediators offer their experience through all-issues mediation as well as in either money and/or child cases separately. The aim is to help the parties explore and test their family and money options in a safe way, so that they can check whether a reasonable consensus is possible between them. The parties will have plenty of opportunity to consult their own legal advisors, and the parties are particularly encouraged to do that before they reach any legal-binding agreement.
Sir Alan Ward is currently the chair of the Civil Mediation Council and is CEDR mediator. Tim Amos QC, Michael Hosford-Tanner and Tristan Harvey are qualified Resolution Mediators. As an example of the diversity of practice-offering, Tim Amos recently conducted a successful German-German children mediation in German.
Clients can may be referred to a mediator by their lawyers or they may appoint a mediator at QEB directly.
Tim Amos QC £750 per 1 ½ hour session plus VAT
Michael Hosford-Tanner £300 per 1 ½ hour session plus VAT
Tristan Harvey £300 per 1 ½ hour session plus VAT
For further information, please contact Howard Rayner, Chambers’ Senior Clerk, who will refer you to a member of the mediation team.
Sir Alan Ward
Tim Amos QC