This compares with other services in Bristol which charge over a £100 per hour per person.
How do we do it?
Not by compromising our professional standards. Family mediation is carefully regulated by the Family Mediation Council. Like all reputable family mediators we belong to organisations that subscribe to the council and uphold its code of professional practice.
Nor do we lack experience. Frances qualified as a family mediator in 1990 Charles in 2000. Progressive Mediation has been providing family mediation services for more than 15 years. Both of us have experience in related fields, Frances as a family solicitor and Charles in Cafcass, the court welfare service. We do believe, in this field, that there is no substitute for experience.
Nor do we offer less of a service. We offer free individual initial appointments. We don’t charge for letters summarising sessions. Nor do we charge, within reason, for telephone calls and emails between sessions.
In most cases we co-mediate; two mediators in each session. Our mediation is therefore gender-balanced; we offer a wide professional perspective on the issues, and the best possible assurance of impartiality. Two heads surely are better than one.
So how do we do it?
We work from our home. We have a comfortable fully equipped mediation room for round table discussions and can make other rooms available if required. You are not paying for high street or city centre offices. Nor are you paying any staff costs except for us, your mediators. Our turnover is low so we are not required to register or charge for VAT. And you can park for free outside our premises!
We work at your convenience. We understand that for most separating couples work, childcare and other commitments impose real constraints on availability. We therefore offer appointments during the working day in the evenings and at weekends. Usually we can offer appointments within days. We are dedicated to providing the kind of service that larger organisations can rarely offer; not least because we really believe in what we are doing.
Costs for civil mediation cases
As for family cases we will talk to all parties separately first of all, either in a meeting or on the telephone at no charge. We will then arrange a mediation appointment at a charge of £55 per party per hour. In civil cases we sometimes meet for half a day or a day until the case is resolved. If some or all of the parties to a dispute are based elsewhere we will arrange an alternative venue to suit and there may be an additional venue charge.