A new location for Mediation
We have recently moved to our new city centre location. One of the advantages of planning an office space from the start is creating a space to accommodate the needs of the Practice and the type of work we undertake. No detail has been left unconsidered even down to the size and shape of the table in our new meeting room! This is because we are a Practice that offers Mediation. We have three Law Society of Scotland Accredited Mediators in our Practice; Janie Law, Jane Blackwood and me, Michaela Hinchin.
We are all members of CALM SCOTLAND and we also represent clients in Court regularly. This is very important when you are considering your choice of Mediator. You see, as Lawyer Mediators we are uniquely placed to provide information if required about the expense of the Court Process and other information that may be helpful during the Mediation process. The reality is that Mediation does not exist in a vacuum. Often, we are referred clients who are in the middle of a litigious Court case. When this happens the parties’ lawyers then agree with the parties who to approach to be the Mediator. Clients need their Mediator to be savvy with the realities of the true cost of litigation. Those costs are both monetary and emotional and time consuming.
At Family Law Matters Scotland LLP we deal with a wide variety of cases at Mediation. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Residence and Contact.
- Sorting out holiday plans.
- Choice of school or nursery.
- Civil Partnerships
There are many misunderstandings about Mediation. In an effort to clear these up here is some helpful information about CALM Mediation.
- It’s entirely voluntary, you can walk away at any time.
- The Mediator is totally impartial and I mean totally.
- You decide what you want to mediate about.
- There are no lawyers there, just you and the Mediator.
- You may find that a few sessions will do it not years of litigation.
- You stand a much better chance of staying on reasonable terms with your ex.
- The Mediator is trained in all sorts of skills.
- Although you may have issues in dispute it’s not an adversarial process.
- You can achieve so much more in a two hour session than the number of trees that need to be felled in conventional lawyer correspondence.
- You meet face to face with the other person you are to mediate with not texts and emails that make you angry and stressed out.
As experienced Family Lawyers we know that one size does not fit all when it comes to sorting things out. There are times when seeking a decision by a Court is the only way to get matters sorted out. However, there are other times when you would be better placed to reach decisions together at Mediation. It’s worth noting that many people say that they’ll see each other in Court. Yes, you can do that and be left hanging about for ages and cost yourself so much more in money, time and stress.
Mediation is less expensive and more efficient than going to Court or going to a full Court Hearing if you are already in Court. It also means that you come to our lovely new office and have a cup of tea or coffee and meet with your Mediator at a mutually acceptable time. You don’t get a cuppa in the Court room and the Court allocates dates on the Court’s availability not yours.
We have recently moved our office premises to our new location to provide comfortable and bright accommodation in the heart of the city centre. So, before you say ‘I’ll see you at Court’ you may wish to think about saying ‘I’ll mediate with you at 19 St Vincent Place’. You will be warmly welcomed with a cup of tea.
If you have any enquires about CALM Mediation then please check out the CALM Scotland website and our own website. At Family Law Matters Scotland LLP we have a dedicated Mediation support team you can call with enquires about how to commence Mediation. Please contact Konnie Daskalou on 0141 420 2430 for further information about Mediation.