BPE's trained mediators provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment allowing you to discuss and resolve your issues.

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential way of resolving disputes without the need for court action. It involves an independent third party, called a mediator, working with two or more individuals/groups to help them reach a solution that is acceptable to everyone. The mediator is completely impartial, they cannot provide legal advice but they can give a wealth of information about the law and the Court's approach in similar cases.

BPE has a number of trained mediators who specialise in a variety of different areas, including Construction, Family, Intellectual Property and Litigation.

There are various benefits to choosing to go through the mediation process, rather than court. These include:

  • Cost. While a mediator may charge a fee, the mediation process usually takes less time than going through the court. In turn, this often means less money is spent on fees.
  • Confidentiality. Mediation sessions remain strictly confidential. Usually, what is said or written during mediation cannot be used in court proceedings, although there are some limited exceptions to this rule.
  • Control. The disputing parties retain complete control of decisions at all times, including whether or not to settle and on what terms. In a court situation the control resides with the judge or jury.
  • Compliance. Because the agreement has been mututally reached, compliance with the outcome is usually high. This can often mean further costs are avoided in the future because disputing parties will not have to return to court or pay a lawyer to force compliance.

Family Mediator - Helen Cankett

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Helen is an experienced Family Mediator and specialises in all aspects of divorce and separation, including financial matters and arrangements for children. She holds the Family Mediation Council’s Full Competency in All Issues Mediation. 


2007-2011 Whilst a Solicitor at Rickerbys LLP, worked with Cheltenham Family Mediation as Co-Mediator on a variety of cases, including All Issues, Finance & Property and Child Only.

2011-2013 Whilst a Solicitor at Foot Anstey LLP, worked with Accord Mediation as Sole and Co-Mediator on All issues, Finance & Property and Child Only cases. Worked from their Truro, St Austell and Plymouth outreach posts.

2013 to date BPE Solicitors - Family mediator working as part of the firm’s Mediation Service. 


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