I have my first mediation
session, next week.
Informed xtb already attended; asked if I shall see the same person, informed - apparently he saw someone who was just filling in and i shall see a different mediator. (these are initial appts) Then informed - on our joint appts their shall be two mediators present, (different areas of expertise apparently).
Don't much like the sound of this, it will be difficult facing the xtb again after 14 month, now two complete strangers also
Is this the norm ?
I was asked to present docs to enable them to workout if i'm eligable for public funding (referral made by sol) - informed lsc, has now done away with its levels of help e.g. lower/higher etc, and its now just legal aid.
My sols documents state they are assisting me under legal help scheme, if xtb fails to co-operate and will not mediate (he agrees) they will apply for full public funding to asssist me in more detail regarding the financial aspects of the case.
Do these mediation sessions now require full public funding ? or is it the toing and froing with draft co to sols?
mediation will be woith the same person throughout, but the initial assesment, to see whether you are willing to mediate, and whether the case is suitable, may be carried out by someone else.
I don't think it is unreasonable to express concern and ask if it is possible to meet briefly with the new mediatitor before the full session starts.
Legal Aid - Legal Help covers your solicitors
for work carried out before any court proceedigns start, and they would normally apply for a certificate at that point. Mediation is funded separately, so the mediator has to make a separate application and claim on your behalf. Unlike other kinds of legal aid, you don't have to pay back the costs of mediation at the end of your case.