Non-court dispute resolution glossary
Produced in partnership with Suzanne Kingston of Mills & Reeve LLP
Non-court dispute resolution glossary

The following Family guidance note Produced in partnership with Suzanne Kingston of Mills & Reeve LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Non-court dispute resolution glossary
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative law
  • Arbitration


Agreement to mediate An agreement signed by the parties to the mediation and the mediator(s) setting out the parameters of the mediation, see Precedent: Agreement to mediate BFLS 6E [21004].
Co-mediation Mediation undertaken by two mediators—a common model is for one of the co-mediators to be a lawyer and the other a non-lawyer.
Form FM1 A form that must be completed prior to the issue of specified family proceedings to confirm that the parties have taken steps to consider resolving the dispute through mediation or that the case falls into one of the exceptions specified in the FPR 2010, PD 3A.
Intake session The first meeting between the mediator(s) and the parties, usually approximately 30 minutes long, that may be dealt with by way of a joint meeting or individual meetings—the intake session enables both the parties and the mediator to ascertain whether mediation will be a suitable process for the parties. See Practice Note: Mediation—proce