In Mills v Mills  UKSC 38, the Supreme Court has allowed a husband’s appeal against an order, secured in the Court of Appeal, which increased the level of his periodical payments so as to cover her shortfall between existing periodical payments and her current needs. Hazel Wright, partner in the family department at Lincoln’s Inn firm…
The breakdown of a relationship can have a devastating effect on the wider family, particularly if expensive and bitterly-fought court proceedings follow which only serve to increase ill-feeling.
The most successful outcomes are usually those agreed between the couples without court intervention. We have lawyers to help you, trained in alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation and collaborative law.
In mediation, both parties attend meetings with a neutral third party mediator (often a family lawyer). The mediator helps the parties reach their own agreement. This empowers them, being more directly involved, to make their own decisions and negotiate in a civilised environment which encourages communication and a constructive relationship.
Collaborative Law is a process by which a couple, together with their lawyers, engage in a series of face-to-face meetings (known as ‘four way meetings’) to discuss and identify their needs and objectives with the aim of finding a tailor-made and mutually acceptable solution.
Partner Henry Hood is a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA), and in 2017 he qualified as a family arbitrator. Henry, Jo Carr-West and Hazel Wright are all accredited mediators with the Family Mediation Council, and are able to conduct mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs) for court use.
“Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans has a strong mediation focus, with several experienced and effective mediators.” The Legal 500 2017
“Henry Hood is judicious in his approach and well versed in generating thoughtful solutions for participants to consider.” The Legal 500 2017
“Jo Carr-West has an excellent manner with clients and helpfully leads them towards a negotiated agreement.” The Legal 500 2017
“Hazel Wright has many years of experience. She wastes no time in the process, making herself readily available to assist the parties towards a mediated solution that is likely to gain the court’s approval. She is also strong on cross-border and cross-cultural mediations.” The Legal 500 2017
Henry Hood, Jo Carr-West and Hazel Wright “are committed to the use of the out-of-court route to reach settlement.” The Legal 500 2017
“The firm has a greater ratio of mediators within the family law team than many family departments; it is clearly something the firm takes seriously and wants to get right.” The Legal 500 2017