Examination of Witnesses

Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 12th July 2011.

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Deborah Turner: The risks are particularly in financial cases. Very often the wife—particularly the wife without her own income—has not had much financial experience. She does not understand how the finances work. It is part of a mediator’s professional duty to make sure that she does understand it, but she very much needs the back-up of sensible legal advice to tell her what is in her best interests, which a mediator cannot do. That is extremely important. A mediator can tell her the legal information, but they cannot advise her as to her best interests.