For many people, mediation is a quicker and cheaper option for resolving family difficulties about children or finances than court proceedings or correspondence between lawyers. It has enormous benefits for separating couples or disagreeing family members as it empowers clients to make their own decisions, together, about their futures and the future for their children, in a neutral and supportive environment.

Mediation is a method now encouraged by all courts as a viable and sensible alternative to the litigious court process. Haymarket Family Mediation offers “Mediation, Information and Assessment Meetings” (MIAM’s) which are often a requirement before an application about children or finances can be made to the court.

The involvement of children in mediation (for those of an appropriate age and maturity) can be very useful in cases where there appear to be differing views about the children’s opinions. If so, we may be able to meet your children directly and talk to them about their thoughts. This can be invaluable but is not suitable in all circumstances; please let us know if you think it might be appropriate for your family.


  • The fee  for a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting (“MIAM”) is £100 plus VAT per person (£120)
  • The fee for each mediation session of 90 minutes is £175 plus VAT (£210) per person
  • The fee for preparation of any documents such as the Memorandum of Understanding, Open Statement of Financial Information, or Parenting Plan is £175 plus VAT (£210) per hour per person
  • The fee for a meeting of an hour with a child under the “Child Inclusive “ mediation process is £100 plus VAT per parent

Legal Aid is also available for mediation for those are eligible. To find out whether you may be eligible, please refer to  We will carry out a full assessment with you.  Where one person is entitled to legal aid, there will be no charge to them for the mediation process. In addition the other party, regardless of their income and capital, will have no charge for the MIAM and first, but not subsequent (unless eligible in their own right) mediation sessions.


Haymarket Family Mediation was set up by experienced family lawyer, Sheila Parkes in 1999. She trained with National Family Mediation in 1996 and gained valuable knowledge and experience by initially working with local county services. Sheila has maintained her legal practice as a family lawyer with Brain Chase Coles.

In 1999, Sheila completed an arduous portfolio process to enable her to be recognised by The Legal Service Commission as an approved mediator for legally aided work. In March 2014, Sheila achieved accreditation by the Law Society as a family mediator and also obtained Senior Mediator status with the Family Mediators Association, as a result of her extensive experience as a mediator.

Sheila’s additional training, including in Domestic Violence Awareness, Cross Cultural Mediation, Dealing with Conflict and Direct Consultation with Children, enables her to provide a professional yet sensitive forum which helps couples to move forward in their lives whilst retaining some dignity and hopefully an enhanced ability to communicate with each other in the future.

Haymarket Family Mediation has expanded to enable us to offer clients the best possible service. The team comprises, Sheila Parkes, Liz MacKellar, Ann Davies and Elizabeth Ford.  All of our mediators are accredited with the Family Mediation Council and are able to offer certify attendance at a MIAM for a Court application.  Both Sheila and Liz are trained to offer Child Inclusive Mediation on occasions where it is helpful to hear the children’s views directly.

To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Haymarket Family Mediation through the website or get in touch with the mediation assistant, Rachel Nunné by telephone on 01256 350012 or by email at


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