What are the reasons to refuse mediation and what will happen if I don’t attend?

Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) were introduced in 2014 with the aim that potential applicants to court proceedings would not be able to apply without first having attended, and considered, resolving the dispute via mediation instead. However, over the intervening years, it has become evidence that for those who are hell bent on going to court, attending a MIAM is regarded as an optional hurdle on the way towards their ultimate aim.