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 4 to 8 hours. It is also possible to have shorter mediations in some situations and to hold mediation 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.
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.