Working as an accredited family mediator I specialise in helping couples and families in dispute. Before setting up Family Mediation and Mentoring LLP with my friend and colleague, Rachael Oakes, I worked for over 20 years as a specialist family lawyer. I understand in great detail the issues involved with separation, divorce and family disputes. I am the author of the Which Guide to Divorce and Splitting up (2010) and the Which Divorce Guide 2015 and am co-chair of the Resolution Parenting After Parting committee.
Going through separation and divorce and the transition that this requires can be very emotional and challenging. Family breakdown and family disputes are statistically one of the most stressful things a person can face in life. People are often worrying about the future, their children, how they are going to pay for everything and even where they are going to live.
At Family Mediation and Mentoring LLP we offer a variety of mediation options and we can meet with children as part of the process. I am also Hybrid mediation trained, enabling mediation to take place with lawyers present.
Our focus is to facilitate the resolution of any issue involving family breakdown, separation, divorce and its financial consequences, arrangements for children and any other kind of family dispute. Our aim is to keep people out of court and their legal fees to a minimum.
Whilst working as family lawyers, Rachael and I were conscious that many couples wanted to meet with us together to obtain an understanding of the steps and options involved in divorce situations before they thought about instructing lawyers. We have a unique Family Law Information Service so that individuals or couples can obtain from us the information they need to help make informed decisions about what to do next. This service can reduce the risk of conflict, help reduce legal fees and assist people if they are representing themself in the family court.
" I would personally like to thank you for the unbelievable work you achieved with our sessions. I felt safe and heard and we achieved what I thought was going to be impossible"
" I just wanted to say thank you. It is such a relief to finally have some kind of closure but also some certainty over the future, especially for our children. I believe the communication between us will improve massively now, something we've struggled with for a while.”
“It was a really difficult time when we came to see you and I did really appreciate your calmness and clarity when I was really struggling to come to terms with shared parenting.“