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'To say it is "high time" fixed fees for family matters become the norm wouldn’t do justice to the scale of the problem.She went on to say:
Fixed fees for family matters are years overdue and the legal profession owes it to families up and down the country to get it sorted.'
'At National Family Mediation we have countless cases of clients coming to us having previously engaged solicitors but then running out of money. We’ve been told the bills have escalated like a Blue Peter totaliser, with scary and alarming consequences.Jane Robey herself raised the need for fixed fee direct with solicitors in a speech to Birmingham Law Society’s annual conference last month. She said: 'For us to be able to tell clients that they can have advice on the options they have developed in mediation and drafting services for a fixed would be enormously beneficial.'
Having run out of cash, these people have then found themselves working through mediation instead, often wondering why they hadn’t been informed about this possibility previously, given the process was staggeringly cheap compared with what they had been paying in legal fees.
They’ve come to mediation through the back door, having been seduced by the inviting high-street façade of solicitors’ offices promising them "victory" over their ex.'
"A large and important book that should be on the shelf of every family lawyer." Sir James Munby