I have always considered mediation to be extremely beneficial for my clients.

Whilst it is a requirement to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before starting court proceedings, I will always discuss the possibility of mediation at the first meeting with my clients, even if court proceedings are not being considered. It is positive for people to make their own decisions where possible rather than having a decision imposed upon them. Mediation can assist in narrowing issues or by reaching a full outcome in relation to all issues.

Mediation enables the participants to discuss matters openly in a safe and confidential setting. It gives them the time and space to consider options and proposals whilst receiving impartial information to enable them to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Mediation is a time and cost-effective solution when compared to lengthy negotiations or contested court proceedings.

I have always been interested in the work my colleagues, Maria Ramon and Chris Lloyd-Smith, complete as mediators. Maria and Chris are both fully accredited family mediators. I, therefore, decided I would like to specialise in mediation alongside my traditional work providing legal advice and representation in relation to family matters. I was pleased to complete the Mediation Foundation Course provided by Resolution between March and May 2021 to qualify as a family mediator. I am working alongside Maria and Chris carrying out MIAMs to assess if mediation is suitable for the prospective participants and assisting in co-mediation sessions.

For more information

Please contact our mediation assistant, Eve Downer for more information about Anthony Collins Solicitors mediation services. Also, further information in relation to our mediation service can be found here.