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

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

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

This Practice Note sets out commonly used terms and their meaning in the non-court dispute resolution processes of family mediation, collaborative law and family arbitration. It includes an explanation of the relevant rules and forms to be used together with links to related resources.

Mediation

Agreement to mediateAn 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-mediationMediation 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 FM1A 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 Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) at FPR 2010, PD 3A.
Intake sessionThe 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 ascer
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