In late June the Ministry of Justice published legal aid statistics for 2013/14 showing a 38% year-on-year drop in the number of UK-wide mediations getting underway.
Here’s what happened at the regional level following the removal of legal aid from lawyers in April 2013.
Only Newcastle managed to buck the trend for steep falls in mediation starts while Birmingham and Brighton recorded the biggest falls in the UK.
The collapse in MIAMs meanwhile was to be expected in all regions following the end of compulsory referrals from family lawyers acting for legal aid clients. Expect to see MIAMs surge once again now that the MoJ requires Applicants to first meet with a mediator before heading to court.
Converting those MIAMs to mediation is another matter entirely. If you have a minute, check out our response to the Mediation Taskforce’s recently published rescue plan.