Helping to keep your legal costs down

Mediation allows you to stay in control of your own decision-making but there are times when it can be important to take some legal advice. Our mediators can talk to you about the best timing for this.

In order to help you budget, and avoid being charged hourly, we have come to a special arrangement with a number of family law firms (listed below) to provide specific pieces of work for a fixed fee, which will in almost all circumstances be significantly less than the hourly charged rate. The details of this specially negotiated scheme are given below.

Type of work

Fixed fee

(a) For an initial meeting, when you have not met with the
lawyer within the last three months, to get information from
you and to advise you.

£199 plus VAT
(b) To get further information from you and give you further
advice in a meeting
, when you have already met the lawyer
within the last three months (there is no limit to how many
of these advice meetings can take place).

£149 plus VAT
(c) Drafting a court order to reflect the agreement reached
with your spouse together with accompanying completed
form D81 (a form required by the court to show your and
your spouse's financial means and commitments) and
pension sharing annexes (forms required by the pension
company to enable them to facilitate a pension sharing order)
so that it can be immediately submitted to the court for
approval by a District Judge (with the addition of the court fee).

£499 plus VAT

You will also need to attend an appointment with
your lawyer to advise you on the terms of the
agreement. Alternatively, the advice can be
provided in writing for the same cost as the meeting.

(d) Advising you on a court order which has been prepared
by your spouse's lawyer.

£499 plus VAT

You will also need to attend an appointment with
your lawyer to advise you on the terms of the
agreement. Alternatively, the advice can be
provided in writing for the same cost as the meeting.


The following law firms can offer legal advice to clients engaged in mediation on this fixed fee basis:


Alternatively, you can access a family lawyer and member of Resolution working through a non-traditional legal service, www.legaltips.co.uk. This service offers help with completion of legal forms; fixed-fee meetings to assist the mediation process; the review of financial information; and advice on strategy, including indicating the court's approach. Please note that, unlike the law firms above, this service does not offer representation in court or submission of court papers on your behalf.