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Wed 17th January
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ANDREW JACKSON SUPPORTS FAMILY MEDIATION WEEK WITH FREE CLINICS Award-winning family team bucks national trend with increase in mediation work

The York office of law firm Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP is supporting Family Mediation Week (22-26 January) by offering free clinics, as it seeks to promote the benefits that a mediated solution can offer to separating couples and families.

Richard Hoare, partner and head of private client services at Andrew Jackson, said: - “Every year, thousands of couples reach the difficult decision that their relationship has run its course. Families are torn apart by bitter court battles, and relationships between separating couples and parents are often irretrievably broken - and usually their children are caught up in the middle.

“Through Family Mediation Week, we want to show that it doesn't have to be that way. Mediation has helped many separating couples build a constructive future for their family, without a court imposing decisions on them. Research shows that mediation is often the best way for families to resolve conflicts. It is faster, less costly and – crucially – less hostile than going through the courts."

Whilst recent figures show that, nationally, the number of people choosing mediation fell by 14%, Andrew Jackson's family team, which is consistently top ranked in the region by the UK's leading industry guides, has seen a 50% increase in mediation work in 2017 compared to the previous year.

Despite the rise in mediation experienced at the firm, Richard believes that many couples remain unaware that legal aid is available for mediation.

"Mediation is a viable and very attractive option for people who might otherwise be facing a large legal bill for going to court.  We would strongly encourage separating couples to ensure that a mediator is their first port of call to help ensure that the process is as balanced as possible for all those affected, especially any children,” he added.

Andrew Jackson will run free clinics at its York office throughout Family Mediation Week, from 22-26 January 2018. To pre-book an appointment please get in touch with the family team, in confidence, on 01482 601346.  

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