Avoid expensive court fees with our family mediation solicitors
We believe it is almost always best to keep a family dispute out of the courts. Our experienced trained solicitors are able to assist your family by offering a range of ADR services. ADR can help you come to a joint decision about the best solutions for you and your family in relation to your children or finances on separation, divorce or dissolution of your civil partnership.
Royds Withy King Family Department are highly recommended in the “The Times Best Law Firms” 2019 survey
What is mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that involves the appointment of a neutral, impartial third party. The mediator will try to find common ground between you and explore options that may work for your family. Once you have found the right outcome for your family, this can then be drawn up in to a Memorandum of Understanding by the mediator, which can then be drawn up in to a legally binding document by an independent solicitor.
What is arbitration?
You and your former partner will appoint an independent arbitrator to make a decision for your family that will be final and binding.
Arbitration requires you both to disclose financial information and then enables you both to put forward your proposals for the arbitrator to make a formal written decision (known as an award).
What is collaborative law?
Each party appoints their own specially trained collaborative lawyer. You will all meet together in one room to discuss options. The collaborative process allows both of you to have the benefit of independent legal advice throughout the process.
Round table meetings
This is an agreed meeting to try and discuss potential options for settlement with both parties’ legal representatives. Even if an outcome is not reached, it can assist parties with narrowing the issues.
Private Financial Dispute Resolution
Each party pays for a specialist (a “Judge”) that deals with family law cases (often an experienced solicitor, barrister or retired Judge) to consider the matter after both of your legal representatives have put your case forward. In the same way a Court would, the “Judge” then gives an indication as to what they think a Court would decide on the basis of the evidence. This then allows discussions to become more focused with a view to then reaching an outcome to settle the matter.
Royds Withy King have strong established relationships with a number of experts including tax experts, accountants, Independent Financial Advisors and a range of other trusted experts. We are able to seek assistance from experts along the way if and when required.
Solicitor referral forms
- If you are a solicitor please click here to refer your client to mediation online.
- Download a form to refer your client to mediation.
Frequently asked questions about mediation
What are mediation services?
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that involves the appointment of a neutral and impartial third party. The mediator will try to find common ground between you and guide you both in to an agreement.
Do I have to be in the same room as my partner?
If you’re not comfortable with being in the same room as your ex-partner, the mediator can arrange shuttle mediation. This is where the mediator speaks with you alone and then speaks to your ex-partner with your proposals separately. It might take more than one session to reach an agreement.
What is supposed to happen?
If an agreement is reached between you and your ex-partner, a “memorandum of understanding” will be drawn up by the mediator, so everyone understands what has been agreed. You are able to take this agreement to a solicitor to have this converted in to the necessary legal document. You will need to instruct another solicitor to do this on your behalf, but we can explain this process for you.
The Family Team's Credentials
“What the team is known for: Highly experienced at taking on financial remedy cases. Focuses on settling issues through collaboration or mediation where possible, and through litigation if necessary. Active representing guardians in public law care proceedings. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are highly skilled and committed professionals who work incredibly hard and diligently for their clients.” “They provided an excellent service in a very straightforward and non-technical way.” Notable practitioners: Richard Ellis (Band 2) enjoys a strong reputation for his public children expertise, and is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance cases. He is hailed by one commentator as “phenomenally good and a great advocate.” Sharon MacDonald (Band 3) frequently represents high net worth clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and collaborative law, associated with complicated finance matters. One client reports: “She was very thorough – all the paperwork was correct down to the minutest detail. She obtained a wonderful result for me.” Jon Toogood (Eminent Practitioner) handles matrimonial finance issues in the context of divorce cases, and is a skilled arbitrator and collaborative lawyer. One client praises his “excellent technical knowledge, very good commercial awareness and very good bedside manner.” Katherine Lauder is a Recognised Practitioner.” Chambers 2017 South West
“What the team is known for: Well-known team in the Oxford market, with substantial experience in divorce and financial remedy matters involving complex assets. Also advises on public law children cases, including those involving allegations of non-accidental injury. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “A really good outfit, and universally likeable.” Notable practitioners: Mark Phillips (Band 3) is experienced advising in divorce and financial remedy matters, especially those involving complex assets such as pensions and business interests. One source says of him: “He is very intellectually able, and has a pleasant, persuasive way about him.” Head of the Oxfordshire family team Simon Bassett (Band 3) is particularly active in matrimonial finance cases. One source reports: “I’ve been really impressed with his ability to think creatively around the financial cases, and to look for solutions that aren’t obvious.”” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds
“Royds Withy King is ‘one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation, and department head Richard Ellis has ‘a fantastic reputation’ in care proceedings. Also recommended are Sharon MacDonald and Jon Toogood, and newly promoted senior associates Katherine Lauder and Rebecca Stevens.” Legal 500 2016 South West
Simon Bassett is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. Legal 500 2016 South East