Langleys Solicitors has had a legal aid contract for mediation extended, enabling the law firm to provide mediation services to more people.
Langleys is now able to offer publicly funded mediation from its York base in addition to its office in Lincoln.
The move follows the recent qualification by solicitor Laura Sargeant as a Law Society accredited family mediator. Laura is a member of the family and child law team in York.
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 trained mediator, said: “Mediation can be a positive way to resolve issues arising from relationship and family breakdowns and 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.
“Our 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 is a prominent Divorce and Family Law practice, nationally recognised as a leader in its field. It holds the Mediation Quality Mark which sets out the required quality assurance standards for mediation service providers.