Between October and December 2017, mediation instructions fell by 15%, when compared to the same period in 2016, with the total number of initial mediation instructions currently standing at around 1,500 – the lowest number of initial instructions in any quarter since the implementation of the LASPO Act.
Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) during this same period were down by around 12% compared to the same period in 2016, with the total number currently standing at around a third of pre-LASPO levels.
In October to December 2017, applications for representation in private family law supported by evidence of domestic abuse increased by 3%, when compared to the same period of the previous year. The number granted also increased (up 4%) compared to the same period of 2016.
Commenting on the fall in the use of mediation, partner Pui Uro said, “Although not always suitable for every case, mediation certainly has a significant role to play in settling disputes between spouses, and partners, whether those disputes relating to children or finances. However, it appears that the message of mediation’s benefits is either falling on deaf ears or is simply not being heard by disputing parties. The family law system has failed to convince disputing parties that court proceedings are not the only route, which is a particular problem in this post-LASPO landscape, offering little in the way of legal advice from the public purse.”
Serving Bedford and the surrounding villages, together with our office in central London, the solicitors at Hunter and Uro Solicitors can help you with any family law matter, including divorce, financial matters and those concerning children. Our team of solicitors can provide you wish advice and guidance on the use of mediation and whether or not it will suit your dispute. If you would like to speak to one of our solicitors to discuss your case, contact us on 01234 889777 or 0207 177 9777.