With the new law trying to get cases mediated I skimmed the internet to see who was lining up for the work.
I found a firm whose website says 'We do not act for parents'.
It also says:- "Mediation
We can facilitate mediation between parents and local authorities to resolve SEN disputes; although local authorities have access to SEN Dispute Resolution arrangements, these are often under-used due to parents' lack of confidence in the process We have an awareness of the issues that can arise in SEN disputes and have an understanding from both a parental and a local authority perspective; we are therefore able to use this expertise to facilitate discussion to narrow the areas of potential dispute and reach agreement between the parties We can arrange the mediation and draw up any agreement reached, which both parties will accept to be bound by We will only act where we are independent of both parties"
I know of one poster here that had a good experience with their mediation branch.
However I would not use them because given they lobby LA's for business, I cannot imagine them being prepared to run a mediation session that ends with a child receiving provision that costs more than the LA want to part with. There is a conflict of interest.
My other reason for not using them is that I will not be responsible for any more public money going into their pockets.
I'm with Star They have I suspect only ventured into this field because LA work is drying up as councils are forced to cut costs and take work back in house. My LA has just stopped paying them an annual retainer.