We are currently recruiting for two new members of the Family Mediation Panel. This Panel carries out very important work and membership is a great way to be involved in the wider work of the Law Society. Find out more and how to apply below.

Current vacancies

Two vacancies have arisen for a panel member to join the Family Mediation Accreditation panel.          

Those opting for mediation as a means of dispute resolution require assurance as to the quality of the service being provided. The Society operates two recognised mediation schemes: Family Law Mediation, with around 50 accredited family mediators, and Commercial Law Mediation, with around five accredited mediators. The period of accreditation for both specialisms has been standardised at three years. These vacancies are for the panel which assesses applications from solicitors to be accredited in Family Law Mediation. 

The Society is authorised to accredit Family Mediators under the Civil Evidence (Family Mediation) (Scotland) Act 1995. Mediators who are accredited under this scheme are then capable of conducting mediations which comply with this Act. 

Each application is assessed by a panel of independent experts, with each panel is made up of 6 to 8 members, with one member acting as the Convenor. The panel consider applications for first accreditation, and applications from those wishing to be re-accredited. Where an application is refused, applicants have the right to request a review of their application which the panels is asked to consider. 

Occasionally if the panel are unable to reach a decision on an application the convenor may call for a meeting of the panel either by conference call or in person. 

The candidate 

Ideally you should be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • Have an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice of family mediation and family law, either as an accredited family mediator, a family law practitioner (e.g. a solicitor, advocate) or in another professional capacity (e. g. a mediator accredited by another body).
  • Be able to consider and digest papers in relation to each application, and to assess each application against the agreed criteria to reach a concise and well-reasoned decision.
  • Be able to consider each application independently, and to a specific deadline.
  • A commitment to and enthusiasm for the work of the Family Mediation Accreditation panel.
  • Solicitor applicants should either already be accredited as a mediator in this field or otherwise meet the criteria for accreditation.

The successful candidate is required to:

  • consider applications from solicitors to be accredited as family law mediators on an ad hoc basis. Applications will be sent by email.
  • complete and return a score sheet within 28 days, setting out a recommendation
  • for each individual application against the advertised criteria. This requires consideration of the scope and quality of the work the applicant performs, the references and evidence of their learning, teaching and authorship submitted in support of their application.
  • consider requests to review a refused application, and to complete and return a score sheet for the same within 21 days.
  • be available to attend any meetings of the panel called by the convenor, either in person or by conference call.
  • adhere to the Operational Rules for Accreditation Panels

Training will be provided to support you in assessing your first application.

How to apply

To apply please download an application form and return by 5pm on Wednesday 31 January 2018 to Elaine MacGlone, Secretary to the Specialist Accreditation Panels at elainemacglone@lawscot.org.uk.

If you have any queries about this vacancy, or require the application form in an alternative format, please contact Elaine by email or on 0131 226 8887.

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