If you are on a low income you may qualify for Legal Aid.
We are currently unable to take on new Legal Aid cases, due to the high level of administrative work these require. It is important to us to offer timely mediation meetings to those who need them. We have taken the decision to temporarily suspend our Legal Aid work in order to increase our availability to mediate..
We want to remain affordable to those who would previously have received Legal Aid to access our services. We can reduce our MIAM fee to £45 for those who provide evidence that this applies. Please let us know in advance of your MIAM if this is your situation.
At your MIAM, we will discuss your options for mediation going forward, including possible ways to make mediation more affordable if you would normally qualify for Legal Aid. If your mediation is about children, you can then benefit from the voucher scheme contribution of £500 (per family) towards the cost of joint mediation sessions.
There are a few other providers from outside our area who offer Legal Aid so if you mediate with them you could get mediation for free. Please let us know if you would like details.