Find an intermediary for a Family Court hearing
End users wishing to find an intermediary for a child or vulnerable adult involved in a family court hearing should fill in the contact form below. As well as entering your contact details, please provide as much as possible of the requested client information. This will automatically be emailed to all intermediaries nationwide who accept this category of work. They will review the information provided, decide if they can help, and contact you directly.
Be absolutely sure your email address is entered correctly or replies will not reach you – a surprising number of enquiries fail on this point! If you don’t receive an automated acknowledgement it will most likely be due to a faulty email address! You should also add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list to ensure that our emails don’t end up in a spam folder.
Please be aware that the sole purpose of this facility is to enable you to be in contact with member intermediaries who may be able to help. IfJ does not act as an agency – all discussions and negotiations are conducted between yourselves and the intermediary.
- All IfJ member intermediaries have undergone specialist training and accreditation with the MoJ, Communicourt or Triangle. However please be aware that IfJ is not a regulatory body and it is your responsibility to decide whether or not to engage the services of any given intermediary.
- It is also your responsibility to obtain estimates of cost, both for the initial assessment and later at court. Intermediaries are generally free-lance practitioners and fee rates may vary.
Some further important points to bear in mind:
- Please do not include any client-identifiable information on the contact form. Such information, as well as expert reports, should only be shared once an intermediary has been engaged.
- Please provide as much information as you can about the client’s communication needs. Some difficulties require specialist expertise and intermediaries need to decide if they fall within their particular skill set before responding to your enquiry.
- If an assessment has already taken place, but the assessing intermediary is then not available for the hearing, a second intermediary is likely to insist on their own assessment of your client’s needs, and to establish rapport.
- Intermediaries require a written contract for funding before proceeding with a referral, so you will need to obtain an Agreement to Fund from LAA for the Assessment and Court Report, and from the Court for trial matters.
IfJ welcomes feedback on your experience of using this new service.