Choosing a mediator

_MG_5351We have prepared a couple of checklists of things to look out for when choosing a solicitor or mediator.

People do sometimes “shop around”

It is important that you find someone you have confidence in and can work with.

Whatever you do, focus on expertise and experience over cost. It is often very difficult to predict costs and sometimes people are not as cheap as they think they are going to be.

For our part, we try to work with fixed fees where possible.

Choosing a Solicitor 

There are lots of Solicitors in Devon with different backgrounds and levels of experience. A lot are concentrated in Exeter. When deciding where to base ourselves, we decided to locate our central office outside of Exeter. We are flexible and have arrangements to enable us to assist clients throughout Devon and Taunton and South Somerset, but during a case you don’t necessarily need to meet that much. If you “pop in” for loads of meetings you generally end up with a larger bill!

When choosing a Solicitor it is also important is the Solicitor’s style and ability to build a relationship with you; their legal knowledge, but perhaps most importantly their ability to resolve you dispute.

Ian Walker has a longstanding commitment to helping families to resolve their own disputes.

 

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Choosing a mediator

There are lots of mediators around with different backgrounds and levels of experience. A lot of mediators have trained in the last few years and are still relatively inexperienced. Others may have trained a while ago, but have not really done much to pursue a career as a mediator.

Ian Walker has a longstanding commitment to helping families to resolve their own disputes.
What is also important is the mediator’s style and ability to build a relationship with the couple, who will be relying upon the mediator’s integrity and neutrality.

 

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