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MIAMs down 5% on year ago

Mediation starts also down on a year ago

Mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs) were down by 5% between January and March 2017 (3,210) compared to the previous year (3,393) and currently stand at around half of pre-LASPO levels. However, they were up on the previous quarter (2,698). The number of MIAMs fell sharply after the introduction of LASPO in April 2013, and numbers have fluctuated since then.

Before LASPO, over 80% of referrals to publicly funded MIAMs were made by solicitors holding a legal aid contract. Following LASPO this dropped to less than 10%. Other sources of referral have increased, but not by enough to compensate for the loss in legal aid solicitor referrals.

Mediation starts were down in the first quarter of this year (1,911) compared with a year ago (1,965) but were up on the previous quarter (1,792).

In the period April 2016 to March 2017 mediation and MIAMs accounted for £6 million of a family law legal aid expenditure of £524 million.

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