February 01, 2018
It’s an unfortunate fact that family relationships break down. When they do, many issues need to be resolved such as arrangements for children or property and financial affairs.
Often these issues are dragged through the courts costing not only time and money but also increased anguish at such an emotional time.
However, mediation offers an alternative way to resolve differences and find solutions in a much less aggressive and confrontational way than court proceedings.
Mediation can also be a much cheaper and quicker option for families who find themselves in this situation.
A mediator acts as an impartial third party and seeks to work with both parties to explore the issues in a much less formal environment and find solutions which suit all concerned.
Here at Pudsey Legal, we believe in putting the families first. So we’ve invested in our Head of Family Law Farzana Ishaq and she’s now a qualified family mediator.
In order to qualify as a family mediator Farzana undertook intensive training, which involved theoretical assignments as well as practical assessments to test her skills in realistic scenarios.
“It was really gruelling and very intensive. For one of our practical assessments we had to make a DVD of ourselves undertaking a mediation session with a family. We then had to watch and review ourselves and this was then analysed by the course tutor and other members of the group. It was incredibly in-depth, but I hope that I can bring these new skills to the people of Pudsey and beyond.”
Pudsey Legal Head of family law
Becoming a family mediator requires a different set of skills to those Farzana has already mastered as a solicitor. The role of the mediator is to listen and to facilitate an agreement between the parties involved so that they can walk away with their dispute resolved and be able to get on with their lives.
Mediation can also involve grandparents who may be invited to attend to ensure they help resolve disputes and are able to have access to their grandchildren.
As a family mediator Farzana isn’t allowed to give practical legal advice, even though she is fully qualified to do so, but to point clients in the right direction about what the law says so that this helps them and hopefully brings calm to the situation. It’s a way of resolving disputes to prevent court proceedings ever having to take place.
Clients can refer themselves to Pudsey Legal for mediation, without going through a solicitor, which will ultimately save money. We also offer fixed fees for family mediation work. Solicitors in the area can also refer their clients to Pudsey Legal for this service.