Hastings and Rother Mediation

Welcome to our Mediation Service

Established in 1995 and based in St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex our service has a proven track record of delivering mediation to people in dispute. Our service facilitates positive constructive discussions; helping parties to hear one another and to resolve their differences.

Mediation East Sussex offers Family (divorce and separation) Mediation at our main office in St Leonards on Sea and also outreach services in Eastbourne, Brighton and Shoreham-by-Sea. We hold a contract with the Legal Aid agency to deliver family mediation FREE OF CHARGE to those eligible under the scheme.

Mediation East Sussex is an affiliate member of National Family Mediation and all our family mediators are registered with the Family Mediation Council (FMC) and qualified to sign court forms. They have considerable experience in both child and financial mediation.

We are usually able to offer an appointment within a few days.

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For all issues surrounding separation or divorce
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Helping neighbours in dispute
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Intergenerational Mediation (between children/young people and their parents/carers)
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takes place in schools, by pupils for pupils.
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resolving disputes between people who work together
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tailored mediation to suit your needs.

Hastings and Rother Mediation offers Neighbourhood, Intergenerational (Time 2 Talk), Workplace, Bespoke and Peer mediation services in the Borough of Hastings, and the District of Rother which includes Bexhill and Rye.

For Neighbourhood, Intergenerational (Time 2 Talk) and Workplace mediation services in the Eastbourne and Wealden areas please contact Mediation Plus, who are based in Hailsham, on 01323 442781 or visit Mediation Plus

For Neighbourhood mediation in Lewes and Brighton & Hove, and Intergenerational and Workplace mediation in Brighton and Hove please contact Brighton & Hove Independent Mediation Service on 01273 700812 or visit BHIMS

Latest News...

13 July 2018

New Trustees Needed - your community needs you!

We are looking to recruit at least one new Trustee to our Board of Trustees. Board meetings take place quarterly.

If you would like to find out more about this position, please contact Nicola Hawkins by email on manager@hrmediation.co.uk

11 July 2018

School Summer Holidays

Parenting tensions could rise as school summer holiday starts

Uneasy relationships become unworkable in long six weeks

As the long school summer holiday begins, we are expecting a sharp rise in separating couples looking for its help.

“Making arrangements for children during the long school vacation provides big headaches for many parents, but it can be really tough for couples whose relationships are on the edge,” says Nicola Hawkins, Manager.

Three major factors shift couples from an uneasy relationship to an unworkable one during the summer holiday:

  • more family time together in close proximity
  • changes in established daily routines
  • the expense of going away, and keeping family members entertained.-

“Many parents work through the tensions for the sake of their children, taking a day at a time, but eventually decide it’s time for a new start.”

“It’s not just the week away somewhere warm, but the time at home when stressed-out families are spending more time together,” Nicola added.

Phone 01424 446808 for more information

30 May 2018


  • Would you like to train to help people resolve disputes with their neighbours?
  • Are you a good listener, impartial and non-judgemental?
  • Would you like to work towards accreditation recognised by the College of Mediators?
  • Would you like to learn new life skills?-

The Hastings and Rother Mediation Service will be running their next Community Mediation training course in St Leonards on sea in October 2018.

For further information and an application pack phone us on 01424 446808 or E-mail: admin@hrmediation.co.uk

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9 May 2018

Feedback from Sussex Police

From Dan Russell Inspector Rother District, Prevention Team

“The mediation service has been an invaluable service I have used throughout my time with Sussex Police. Many of the neighbour disputes we deal with do not have a criminal element or are so complex they are very difficult for the police to resolve alone. Being able to refer cases to trained mediators by such an easy process is really important and provides a crucial service in assisting the police to resolve these issues in order to prevent further calls to police. Due to limited resources and increasing demands police often do not have the time to mediate between residents. I have made a number of referrals to the mediation service which have been acted upon efficiently and professionally. Whenever I have followed up on a case I receive updates in a very timely manner and those working for the mediation service are always more than happy to help. I am aware a number of officers I work with have also used the service and have been very impressed with the service they have received. Following referral to the mediation service many low level neighbour disputes have been resolved and as a result require no further police intervention”.

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