Who pays for mediation?
The cost of mediation is usually shared between the parties. In some cases, the parties agree that one will pay the costs – this often happens in mediations involving complaints against organisations such as retailers and universities. This will need to be agreed before the mediation.
How much does it cost?
I charge a flat rate of £600 per full (8-hour) day or £75 per hour for mediations less than a full day. Most mediations take from 3 to 8 hours. It is also possible to have shorter mediations in some situations and to hold mediation by videoconference (Zoom) and by telephone conference call.
Mediation requires preparation by the parties and with the mediator. I charge £75 per hour for preparation, which usually involves telephone discussions and emails with the parties. The average preparation time is about 3 hours, but it can be more or less depending on the number of participants and the complexity of the case.
Are there other costs?
Where travel outside London is involved, I also charge for my travel expenses. Where I am arranging and booking a mediation venue, refreshments and other facilities for the mediation, I charge for these expenses.
I explain all the charges in a letter of engagement which is signed by the paying party/ies before the mediation. Let me know if you’d like to see this when deciding whether or not to commission me as your mediator.