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Press release: Family Mediators Welcome Government Voucher Scheme

Date: 26 March 2021

The government has today announced that it is investing £1m in family mediation, to support families to resolve issues relating to children. Under the scheme, the Ministry of Justice will provide contributions of up to £500 per family, to resolve issues relating to children following parental separation. Mediation will be provided by Family Mediation Council Accredited (FMCA) mediators and the fund will reduce the costs of mediation for at least 2000 families.

John Taylor, Chair of the Family Mediation Council said 'This government investment in mediation is much welcomed by the Family Mediation Council. It will help separated families agree solutions that are best for their children, taking into account what is going to be important for them as they grow up. Family mediation is a proven cost-effective way to resolve differences following separation. This voucher scheme will make it even more accessible, and will help families resolve issues for themselves, without having to go to court.'

Family mediation is a process in which an independent, professionally trained mediator helps parents work out arrangements for children and finances following separation. Mediation can also be helpful when previous child arrangements need to change, particularly as children grow up.



Further information about the scheme, aimed at families who may benefit, will be published here from 10 am on Friday 26 March 2021: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/family-mediation-voucher-scheme


The Family Mediation Council is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to promote the use of family mediation for the benefit of the public. It does not offer mediation itself. Family Mediation Council Accredited mediators meet rigorous professional standards. Find our more:  https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/


For more information about anything contained in this press release or family mediation in general, please contact Pramila Meghani at Straw & Pearce on 01509 268931 or pmeghani@strawandpearce.co.uk

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We have an experienced and efficient civil team, which includes Matthew Hewitt  who has offered fixed fee employment law advice to people in Loughborough, both employers and employees,  for the past five years. We now offer video link or telephone consultations. Our fees are £150 plus VAT for up to a one hour consultation.
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We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners to our management team this year. 


Debbie Hubbard is an experienced criminal solicitor who has been with the firm for 10 years and who will assist in the management of the criminal team, together with Mark Wardley.  She is a knowledgeable and  capable advocate who is respected by the Courts and clients alike.  

Sarah Greaves specialises in family law, particularly public law, and has been based at our Leicester Office for the past 12 months, and  has been with the firm for 5 years since she joined us as a newly qualified solicitor  in 2014
Sarah will manage the team at the Leicester office and will join  existing partners Rosie Thomas, Jennifer Ellis, and Gemma Cole in the expanding and respected family team.

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As part of continued expansion we are pleased to announce that we are now offering a full range of services from our Leicester office including:

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