Mediators remain impartial in mediation. They cannot give legal advice to either person, although they are well informed about how the law works and they can provide useful legal information during mediation sessions.

You can seek advice from a solicitor at any point, and people tend to do this at the start of mediation; once all the financial information has been disclosed; or once proposals have been put forward. This helps you to be fully informed about your position and can sometimes help people to be more realistic during mediation negotiations. 

People are understandably anxious about the cost of paying for legal advice as well as mediation. Statistically however, costs for those who use mediation with legal advice alongside are less than half the costs of dealing with matters through solicitors alone. (Source: National Audit Office).

Remember, some solicitors offer free initial interviews (FI) or fixed fee packages (FF). Otherwise, their charges for advising or assisting you are calculated according to an hourly charging rate, plus VAT.

People who are eligible for Legal Aid and who are actively seeking financial solutions in mediation are entitled to a limited amount of free legal advice to support the mediation process, from solicitors who can offer Legal Aid (LA). This is called Help with Family Mediation (HM).

If you’re unable to mediate, Collaborative Law (CL) may be something to consider. A solicitor who offers collaborative law would sit with you, your ex-partner and their solicitor to try to resolve matters. There are various protocols to ensure this is used for the purpose of reaching agreement.

Solicitors who can support your work in mediation

FirmWebsiteSolicitorsLocationCan Offer
Aplinswww.aplins.co.ukAnn Barker,
Amanda Stopps
BanburyFI
Blake Morgan LLPwww.blakemorgan.co.ukChristine Plews,
James Davies,
Catherine Morgan,
Laura Bennett,
Harriet Shaw,
Gemma Daley
 OxfordFF
CL
Boardman Hawkins & Osborne LLP (BH&O LLP)www.bholegal.co.ukRuth Hawkins,
Emily Boardman,
Irena Osborne,
Helen Bishop,
Nel Grimbleby,
Claire Hardy 
 AbingdonHM
LA
FF
Family First Solicitorswww.familyfirstsolicitors.co.ukJenny Warriner,
Henrietta Pote,
Terri Anson-Dean,
Hannah Mugleston
Woodstock Road, OxfordFF
Freeths LLPwww.freeths.co.ukRachael Oakes,
Claire Colbert,
Joanne Thomas,
Tom Burgess,
Gemma Nicholls-Webber
Oxford Business Park, OX4 2BHFI (30 min)
FF
CL
HMG Law LLPwww.hmg-law.co.ukChristina Cree,
Alexandra Smith
Bicester & OxfordFF
John Welch and Stammerswww.johnwelchandstammers.co.ukKerry JoelsWitneyFI
Lightfoots LLP www.lightfoots.co.uk Gill Wright,
Petrova Caldecourt,
Madeleine Harrington
 ThameFI
FF
CL
Orange Tree Solicitorswww.orangetreesolicitors.comMohammad RanaCowley, OxfordFI (telephone)
FF
Penningtonswww.penningtons.co.ukJane Mitchell,
Ruth James,
Stuart Webber,
Eleanor Moodey
Oxford Business Park, OX4 2HNCL
Royds Withy Kingwww.roydswithyking.comSimon Bassett,
Mark Phillips,
Andrew Nellist,
Georgina Nelson &
Monicka Rai
Oxford & Thame  FI
FF
CL
Slade Legalwww.slade-legal.co.ukHelen Duthie, 
Katherine Semlyen, 
Elizabeth Stocker
Wallingford, Abingdon, DidcotFF
Spratt Endicottwww.se.law.co.ukPatrick Mulcare,
Gemma Davison,
Harry White
Banbury & BicesterFI (options not advice),
FF
Stacey and Mason LLPwww.staceyandmason.co.ukMartyn Stacey,
William Mason
Witney