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Bloomsburry Family law


Civil conduct | Is mediation worth the money?

The Court of Appeal has stressed that there are legitimate circumstances when mediation ?is not appropriate, but if a party is found to have unreasonably refused to mediate they ?may be penalised on costs, warn John Bramhall and Melissa Jones

Swift response

The government’s proposals to speed up and reduce the costs of county court litigation involve an overhaul of claims limits and a renewed push towards mediation. The small claims limit would rise from £5,000 to £10,000, and, with the exception of personal injury, the limit for county court claims would rise from £25,000 to £100,000. Lawyers – both claimant and defendant – are unconvinced, albeit for different reasons. We ask both sides for their reactions

In the driving seat

Chris Makin reveals how creative mediation worked wonders in several motor car cases

Route masters

Couples going through separation or divorce must make difficult decisions at a stressful time. Therese Nichols explores the options available and how you can help find the best route for them