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Family Mediation

  • The Law Society's Family Mediation Accreditation provides a recognised quality standard for mediators and is designed to cover all types of issues where mediation is appropriate as a result of a family breakdown. Accreditation covers those providing advice under a legal aid contract, as well as privately funded work.

    As a member organisation of the Family Mediation Council (FMC), the Law Society's Family Mediation Accreditation has been designed to ensure compliance with their Professional Standards and Self-Regulatory Framework. Accredited members agree to follow the Family Mediation Council's Code of Practice (PDF 98kb). The code outlines the aims, objectives and scope of family mediation, including general principles, as well as the required training and standards.

    Who is membership for?

    The accreditation is designed for individuals who are able to demonstrate awareness and knowledge of all-issues mediation. All suitably qualified family mediators, whether or not they are lawyers can apply for the Law Society's accreditation, which includes:

    To view all current members of the scheme, download a list of members (PDF 269kb). This list is updated each month.

    Why apply for Family Mediation Accreditation?

    The requirement to consider mediation and attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before bringing a family law matter to court has increased the use of family mediation as an approach to reduce the scope or intensity of dispute and conflict within the family.

    • Ensure that clients can confidently select a qualified professional with proven competency in all-issues family mediation.
    • Achieve FMC accredited status (FMCA) and confirm your adherence to their Code of Practice.
    • Assessment against an accreditation recognised by the Legal Aid Agency to enable you to undertake publicly funded family mediation.
    • Show that you maintain relevant standards of competency and expertise in the field through re-accreditation.
    • Demonstrate your conformity to a best-practice quality mark that prospective clients can trust.

    How do I apply for accreditation?

    See the application page for full details on how to apply. Solicitors, legal executives, trainee solicitors and other case workers can all apply, but non-solicitor applicants must be employed by a practice regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.