Fees and Expenses
Our standard fees for straightforward mediations are set out below. Fees should always be discussed with the mediator directly and agreed with all parties and the mediator in advance of the mediation. They will be recorded in a mediation agreement. Ensure you understand if the fee is per party or in total.
In most cases, particularly those in which the courts have become involved, and where the claim is for more than £50,000, or involves issues other than just money or compensation, such as boundaries, rights of way, intellectual property rights, or any other rights, duties, claims, disputes and conflicts the fees will need to be agreed with the mediator.
In more straightforward cases, the recommended Mediator's fee for a mediation involving two parties is broadly as follows, although individual mediators may charge more or less:
Amount in dispute
£0 to £10,000*
£50 + VAT
£100 + VAT
Up to 2 hours
£5,000 to £15,000**
£300 + VAT
Up to 3 hours
£15,000 - £50,000 ***
£425 + VAT
Up to 4 hours
Extra hours £50 + VAT
Extra hours £85 + VAT
Extra hours £95 + VAT
Fees (per party)
Length of session
Extra hours (per party)
* For cases where a telephone mediation is appropriate and both parties agree. The one-hour rate option is available to facilitate settlement over the telephone if appropriate, and if the parties agree.
** Non-telephone mediation where the parties meet with a mediator.
*** If the claim is simply about money and nothing else.
Small Claims Mediation Service
If your dispute is for a sum of less than £10,000 you may be able to access the county courts in-house small claims mediation service, which is free. However, in order to do so you must issue proceedings, for which there is a fee, unless you are approved to be 'court fees exempt' by the courts. The court-appointed mediator will try and help you find a solution but will not generally have access to the court papers.
Travel and accommodation costs
Mediator's expenses (including travel where chargeable) will be charged at cost.
If it is necessary for a venue to be sourced by the ASWM then the costs of the venue and any refreshments will be in addition to the mediation fee and is payable by the parties.
The above fees are based on a two-party mediation. If there are more than two parties, the length of the mediation session may need to be increased, and the fee increased. The ASWM or the mediator will discuss this matter with you when organising the mediation.
Time for Payment
(a)The Mediator's fee must be paid before commencement of mediation.
(b)The Mediator's fees for any additional time and any expenses will be invoiced after the mediation is completed and are payable within 14 days of the Mediator's invoice. The Mediator is entitled to require the provision of suitable undertakings or other security in relation to fees and expenses.
Family and Workplace Mediation Cases
In all cases, please discuss fees and expenses in these cases with the Mediator directly.