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Mediation in Ashbourne

At Midlands Dove, we offer a myriad of services to assist families, employers and employees and landlords and neighbours who wish to resolve ongoing issues. Our specialist team of mediators can assist you in these situations by being a legal representative, and non-biased over-seer, who ensures that the mediation process is completed to a satisfactory level and that all parties end mediation with a resolution that is mutually beneficial to them.

Family Mediation

Family mediation is best suited for couples with marital issues, divorcing couples and co-habiting couples. However, family mediation can also be utilised when resolving disputes between extended family members such as parents, siblings and in-laws.

In order to work effectively all parties must be present during the mediation sessions. Here at Midlands Dove we understand that this is often not possible. Therefore, our family mediation sessions are flexible on time and location and can be specifically tailored to suit the parties involved.

However, this is dependent on each party’s willingness to co-operate both with the mediator and each other. This is particularly true in family mediation as family disputes often effect the entire family, not just the parties directly involved in the dispute.

Our specialist team can also assist families when it comes to MIAM, Child Arrangements and Family Remedy Orders. For more information about Family Mediation in Ashbourne, head over to our service page for more details.

Civil Mediation

Civil and commercial mediation is best suited to disputes involving two or more parties and is similar to family mediation. However, where civil mediation differs are the issues it is designed to resolve, as it aims to resolve disputes that take place outside of the family.

Civil mediation is useful for resolving issues concerning inheritance disputes, landlord-tenant disagreements and property disputes, as well as a variety of other issues. Our civil mediation process allows the participants to remain in control and reach an agreement based on the interests of both parties. As this can often be completed over the course of only a few sessions, civil mediation is a quicker, more cost efficient way of solving disputes than going to court.

Here at Midlands Dove, we understand that each case is different and, therefore, must be treated differently. To find out more about Civil and Commercial mediation in Ashbourne contact our specialist team or head over to our service page for more information.

Workplace Mediation

Workplace mediation is specifically designed to help resolve issues in the workplace. Our workplace mediation service is best suited when difficulties are having a negative impact on the workplace environment, overall morale or an employees’ ability to complete their job.

Workplace or employment mediation is a voluntary process and requires all parties to agree to participate before the mediation process can begin. The process itself involves helping the involved parties develop better communication skills.

This then enables each individual involved to discuss any issues or concerns in a safe and informal environment as opposed to a disruptive workplace. To find out more about Workplace Mediation in Ashbourne contact our specialist team or head over to our FAQ page for answers to the most common questions we receive.

Get in Touch

To find out more information about mediation services in Ashbourne, contact us on 01623 706020 or email We look forward to receiving your mediation enquiry.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a neutral and non-court based process that is about working together with a trained mediator to come up with mutually agreeable solutions. We find that mediation is ideally suited to those who are able to cooperate amicably throughout the process.

You will meet with an impartial mediator in Ashbourne (or at any location to suit your needs) and have as many mediation meetings necessary to come up with the solution you want. Mediation is often cheaper and quicker than going through the Courts as, very often, only a couple of sessions are required. Legal Aid is still available if you are eligible.

Mediation is most commonly used for relationship breakdown and family issues, but it can help resolve all kinds of disputes including those between neighbours, or in the workplace. Midlands Mediation provide family mediation, civil and commercial mediation, and workplace mediation in the Ashbourne, Derbyshire area. Find out more about the Mediation process with our Mediation FAQ’s.

The Process

The first stage for Family Mediation is to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with one of our qualified Mediator Assessors. This meeting is usually free and at separate times for each individual. For anyone considering the more traditional solicitor based route; please note that the MIAM is now compulsory to prove to the Court that you have at least considered mediation before issuing financial or children applications in Court.

During the MIAM, we will explain the options available to you and assess whether Legal Aid may be available. If you decide to proceed with mediation in Ashbourne, we will book your first mediation meeting with one of our fully accredited mediators. Please remember that the mediator’s role in this is neutral; they are not there to decide who is right and who is wrong.

We offer ‘shuttle mediation’ in the Ashbourne and Derbyshire area. This is where each person meets with their mediator at the same time, but in separate rooms. The mediator goes between rooms on your behalf in order to discuss and resolve your issues.

The Outcome

Once you have been through mediation and have agreed your outcomes, you can have them turned into a formal legal ‘Settlement Agreement’ via a solicitor.

Our mediators in Ashbourne are also solicitors, and they can guide you through the legal elements of the process, but they are unable to give legal advice – so you will need to seek legal advice independently.

If you are eligible for Legal Aid during your mediation then your legal advice element will also be free through your solicitor.

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