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Langleys Expands Mediation Offer with Legal Aid Contract

Mar 31st, 2015

Emma Lawler, Partner

Langleys Solicitors has been awarded a legal aid contract for mediation, enabling the law firm to offer its mediation services to a wider number of people.

Langleys has a prominent Divorce and Family Law practice, nationally recognised as a leader in its field. It has been awarded the Mediation Quality Mark which sets out the required quality assurance standards for mediation service providers.

Couples involved in relationship disputes are required by law to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a trained family mediator before pursuing any court proceedings.

Even if you are not eligible for legal aid but the other party is, you will not have to pay for the initial MIAM meeting or the first joint session of mediation.

Emma Lawler, a partner in the family law unit at Langleys and a Resolution trained mediator, said: “Mediation can be a positive way to resolve issues arising from relationship and family breakdowns and the purpose of the MIAM is to establish whether mediation is a suitable option for couples instead of using the courts to resolve their dispute.

“Our new legal aid contract further establishes Langleys’ credentials in the field of mediation and enables us to extend our services to those who are financially eligible.”

Langleys has strengthened its mediation practice with the recent qualification by Laura Sargeant as a Resolution trained mediator.

Mediation is seen as having several advantages over court proceedings. Resolving disputes through mediation is generally quicker and cheaper and enables couples to retain control of the outcome rather than having a decision imposed on them by a court.

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