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Firms To Watch: Family: mediation

At Burgess Mee Family Law Peter Burgess is a ‘well-known and respected mediator who is able to navigate complex cases’.
The mediation team at Laurus Law Limited ‘provides a wealth of experience in dealing with complex technical and emotional issues’ that is led by the ‘exceptional’ William Hogg.

Family: mediation in London

Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Family Law in Partnership Ltd has a ‘genuine passion and understanding for what it does – a thirst for wanting to do the best for families and an openness to always learning more’. It has a whole host of skilled individuals who cover all types of mediation from child inclusive mediation to sole and co-mediation in addition to hybrid mediation. The team has 14 qualified family mediators including Dominic Raeside who is a ‘reassuring safe pair of hands for children mediation’. James Pirrie is praised for his ability to ‘distil complex financial cases and get to grips with the facts fast’. Elizabeth Fletcher is a ‘class act and extremely empathetic’. David Allison ‘can handle the most confrontational and complex situations well’.  Ruth Smallacombe is another known name who is a senior accredited mediator and her expertise spans the full spectrum of family issues.

Autres avocats clés:

Dominic Raeside; David Allison; James Pirrie; Ruth Smallacombe; Elizabeth Fletcher

Les références

‘Great collection of talented individuals who offer a comprehensive service for both money and children. Their reputation for mediation in central London is stellar’.

‘James Pirrie is an outstanding mediator – he is my first port of call recommendation. He is very successful at getting to the heart of a case and goes the extra mile to assist clients to settle’.

‘Years of experience 5-star reputation of being able to deliver good results. Particular expertise in the most complex and intractable disputes‘. 

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has a strong focus on ADR and mediation. It offers sole mediation, co-mediation as well as hybrid and shuttle mediation. The agile team mediates on a wide variety of family and children related matters. James Carroll is an accredited mediator and a collaborative family lawyer. Carroll mediates on many issues including cohabitation and property disputes and international cases involving complex trust and tax issues. Fiona Read is an accredited mediator and member of the Family Mediation Council. Read is adept at conducting mediations in high conflict cases and also does hybrid mediation. Kate Hamilton is a trained Resolution mediator who is often asked to mediate on high-net-worth cases and cases with conflict. In addition Hamilton is a trained hybrid mediator.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fiona Read

Autres avocats clés:

James Carroll; Kate Hamilton

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP has some ‘very knowledgeable family lawyers’ and its ‘mediation department is very experienced and offers legal aid and very good value for a London practice’. Kim Beatson is respected for her expertise across a wide range of finance and complicated children matters. David Emmerson is a known name who is equally adept at dealing with finance and children matters as well as co-habitation and pre-nuptial work. Emmerson receives a steady flow of referrals from judges and barristers. Caroline Bowden is a ‘highly skilled mediator, who never fails to please clients’.  Bowden’s work spans dealing with the finances of high-net-worth clients to complex children work that is funded by legal aid.

Autres avocats clés:

Kim Beatson; David Emmerson ; Caroline Bowden; Nazia Rashid

Les références

‘The team is excellent and collaborates with therapeutic services’.

‘Offering free MIAMs was pretty unique. Not many London firms offering legal aid!’

‘Caroline Bowden is stand out for me given her passion for mediation. She’s a director of the Family Mediation Council (representing Solicitor mediators). Her regulatory work is vital for a vibrant and cutting edge profession’.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Sarah Anticoni at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is one of the foremost mediators who regularly receives referrals from other law firms and counsel. Her practice has a particular emphasis on mediating complex financial claims upon divorce as well as future arrangements for children of international HNW clients. Anticoni has considerable experience of drafting pre-and post-nuptial agreements and is a fellow of the IAFL. James Freeman is practice head.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Freeman

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Anticoni; Shona Alexander

Les références

‘Sarah Anticoni is one of the leading family mediators in the country is always on our top three list of mediators who I recommend. She commands authority and has so much experience that clients immediately trust her and with her super intelligence and creative approach she can resolve the most difficult of mediations’.

‘Very experienced mediators who have a wealth of knowledge to assist clients in the mediation process. Sarah Anticoni is a first rate mediator with lots of experience and common sense. She always goes the extra mile for clients and I would have no hesitation in recommending her’.

‘The team has strength in the experienced practitioners within and they are also highly knowledgeable and able to draw upon the other disciplines within the firm to assist their clients’.

Family Law Partners

Family Law Partners ‘has actively promoted working collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines from the outset, promoting collaborative practice’. Sarah Jelly mediates on all matters and where financial issues are involved these are often high-value, and Hazel Manktelow is also a child inclusive mediator. Gemma Hope is a member of the Family Mediation Council while Kate Elliott is another recommended mediator. It is a ‘very big and growing successful practice with some super lawyers’. It has also been described as a ‘dynamic and disruptive law firm that has put DR at the front of its practice with an innovative pricing strategy and work environment’. Former director Mark Harrop left in summer 2022 and works as a deputy district judge.

Autres avocats clés:

Kate Elliott; Farhana Shahzady; Hazel Manktelow; Gemma Hope; Sarah Jelly

Les références

‘This firm is progressive, dynamic and very experienced in all aspects of family law. A magic circle for the provinces. Well versed in ADR as well as in litigation I have recommended them to several clients. They are thorough, hands on and extremely approachable whoever the client’.

‘Kate Elliott is incredibly well prepared as well as down to earth, approachable and extremely knowledgeable on the law. A real pleasure to work with. Clients love her’.

‘The team provides a very client focused service looking holistically at what a client needs from the process’.

Goodman Ray

Goodman Ray has a ‘small but perfectly formed mediation team’ of Tom Brownrigg and Trudi Featherstone. They are praised for their ‘top class service’ and for both being ‘excellent mediators’ who are ‘firm and commanding where necessary but with warmth’. Featherstone is a resolution trained family mediator who can mediate on all issues (children and finance) and is a collaboratively trained lawyer. Brownrigg has been accredited by the Family Mediation Council to undertake all issues mediation and is a resolution trained mediator.

Autres avocats clés:

Tom Brownrigg; Trudi Featherstone

Les références

‘A great team offering a range of family law work and great value for money. Trudi Featherstone goes above and beyond for her clients’.

‘A small but highly regarded mediation team. A team I regularly offer to clients as suggested mediators. Trudi Featherstone has a considerable experience of dealing with both children and finance mediations. She has a calm relaxed style and a range of strategies to ensure that the mediation works’.

‘Thomas Brownrigg is a stand out family lawyer for finance and children disputes. Very good with cohabitation and modern family cases. Technically brilliant with a fine attention to detail. Tremendous lateral thinker. Extremely good at negotiation. Always popular with clients‘.

Hunters Law LLP

Hunters Law LLP fields a strong team of three mediators. Henry Hood heads the department and is an experienced mediator. Hood is an accredited resolution specialist in advanced financial provision and private children law as well as a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Jo Carr-West is a talented mediator who is also comfortable doing co-mediating with therapeutic providers and specialises in high-net-worth financial issues on divorce as well as private law children matters. Nicole Derham is a newly-qualified mediator. Jay Patel is now at Lawrence Stephens solicitors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Henry Hood

Autres avocats clés:

Jo Carr-West; Nicola Derham

Les références

‘Jo Carr-West is a calm and conscientious mediator’.

‘Jo Carr West is exceptional, balanced and able to guide parties towards settlement in a calm, balanced and gentle way’.

‘Hunters has a strong reputation for its mediation practice and in Henry Hood and Jo Carr-West they have two of the leading mediators in this country. I am very happy to recommend them to my clients’.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP now has four mediators and is ‘really gaining a name for itself in the mediation sphere’. It has considerable depth throughout its ranks and is well-equipped to handle work involving finance as well as children proceedings. Under the superb leadership of Charlotte Bradley it is recognised for its representation of clients in complex finance UNHW/HNW cases and often acts for clients in the public eye. Bradley is an accredited mediator and mediates in high-value and complex financial disputes on a regular basis. Connie Atkinson is also highly recommended. It has ‘really raised its profile over recent years with lots of new, young and talented partners’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charlotte Bradley

Autres avocats clés:

Connie Atkinson; Lauren Evans; Stacey Nevin

Les références

‘Charlotte Bradley – a gem of a lawyer, bags of knowledge and compassion and really pragmatic – she is as good a lawyer as she is a mediator. The rest of the team is strong too especially Connie Atkinson’.

‘The Kingsley Napley mediation team offers real strength and depth led by Charlotte Bradley. Connie Atkinson with Lauren Evans and Stacey Nevin recently adding more depth. The firm is committed to mediation and a genuine alternative for clients’.

‘Charlotte Bradley is unflappable and can take on even the most challenging mediation cases’.

Levison Meltzer Pigott

Simon Pigott at Levison Meltzer Pigottis one of London’s best mediators and has a first-class reputation and achieves very good results. He has all the personal qualities needed to mediate complex family cases’.

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Pigott

Les références

‘Simon Pigott is one of London’s best mediators and has a first class reputation and achieves very good results. He has all the personal qualities needed to mediate complex family cases’.

‘Simon Piggott – exceptional capable mediator – good balance of quiet confidence and calm focus on resolving matters’.

‘This is a small team, but one which is perfectly formed’.

Miles & Partners LLP

Michelle Uppal at Miles & Partners LLP is a skilled accredited mediator who offers sole mediation as well as co-mediation sessions. Uppal has recently successfully resolved complex children matters, conducted transatlantic mediations and has been involved in mediations where there are difficult financial matters such as where the matrimonial assets are caught up in complicated group structures. Uppal excels at helping couples and families to reach amicable agreements in the aftermath of separation or divorce.

Autres avocats clés:

Michelle Uppal

Les références

‘Michelle Uppal is the only person I have referred to for mediation and I hear good reports from clients that she is fair but firm’.

‘Michelle Uppal – excellent in assisting clients through the minefields of separation and divorce and the issues which arise’.

‘Michelle runs an efficient, ethical team and I have the highest regard for her work. At her back is the full gamut of support, including public law children, domestic abuse expertise and legal aid’.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP throughout its national team is committed to mediation. In London it has particular strength in both complex financial cases involving corporate structures and offshore trusts as well as complicated children law cases often involving international elements. Alison Bull is an accredited family mediator who is also qualified to see children in mediation. Suzanne Kingston is a renowned mediator and is a trained collaborative lawyer, an accredited mediator, a hybrid mediator as well as an accredited arbitrator. Kingston is regularly instructed to conduct mediations by Magic Circle law firms.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alison Bull; Suzanne Kingston

Autres avocats clés:

Tim Whitney; Andrew Moore; Katherine Kennedy

Les références

‘Suzanne Kingston is an outstanding lawyer and mediator. She is my absolute go to mediator for clients – she has helped clients settle their cases which all parties and lawyers involved were convinced would need to go to trial. She is an extremely skilled mediator’.

‘Huge strength in depth across the board for a range of clients be it those struggling to meet needs, or high-net-worth clients. They take an innovative approach to supporting clients and are at the cutting edge of the evolution of family law’.

‘Tim Whitney is a stand out solicitor and mediator with an excellent reputation, in particular at enabling clients to not only obtain an excellent outcome to a case, but doing it in a way which enables matters to be resolved amicably and efficiently’.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow has the ‘first-rateKaren Barham who has ‘huge emotional intelligence and a commitment to reaching fair and amicable settlements’. Barham is qualified to consult children and is also a professional practice consultant supervising over 20 other mediators. Barham is praised for being ‘very skilled in bringing couples to a resolution of issues. She puts people at ease and makes them feel heard’. Joanna Farrands leads the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Farrands

Autres avocats clés:

Karen Barham; Mari Magnussen

Les références

‘Karen Barham is the only mediator I use at MB, but she always appears on my recommended list of mediators sent to clients to select. She is innovative, not shy in dealing with confrontation and above all, successful’.

‘Moore Barlow is a great team – particularly Karen Barham and Jo Farrands’.

‘Karen Barham is an excellent mediator, particularly for high conflict couples. Mari Magnussen has also assisted clients in a calm and supportive way where feedback has been positive’.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on Hybrid mediation that included the lawyers in the mediation sessions. This enabled both parties to have immediate access to legal advice. An IFA was also available for pension and tax advice. These supportive and practical arrangements facilitated early settlement.
  • Advised on Children matter where it was appropriate for a 10-year-old to be invited to have a voice in the arrangements being made for him. A mediator colleague was asked to undertake the Child Inclusive meeting and she provided the child’s feedback to the retained mediator and the parents.
  • The mediator’s colleague Mark Lucas was brought into the mediation as a neutral to provide company commercial assistance.


Osborneshas a strong ethos for being conciliatory (rather than aggressive) with fair/ethical billing practices and strong ADR principles (mediation etc)’. Head of team is the ‘very experienced’ Lisa Pepper who is ‘compassionate, supportive and committed to hear clients, with a very warm manner’. Pepper continues to receive referrals from a large number of leading law firms and mediates on private law children matters, divorces and matrimonial finance cases. She also mediates for large adult family groups. David Leadercramer mediates on all issues. Andrew Watson, Mark Freedman and Bridget Thompson are resolution trained lawyer mediators.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lisa Pepper

Autres avocats clés:

David Leadercramer; Bridget Thompson; Mark Freedman; Andrew Watson

Les références

‘Osbornes has a hugely experienced mediation team with Andrew Watson, Bridget Thompson and Lisa Pepper who are able to offer financial and children mediation for a range of cases including those that are highly complex involving challenging clients.’

‘Lisa Pepper is fantastic. She goes the extra mile for her clients and is a superb mediator’.

‘They are experienced and competent and have a long tradition and a good reputation. I only deal with them as a mediator and I know (and have worked with) Mark Freedman, Lisa Pepper and Bridget Thompson’.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore receives a steady flow of instructions from numerous local firms and from some London firms. Kirstie Law ‘gets to the nub of the issue(s) with a no-nonsense real world approach’ and is one of the few practitioners locally who is qualified to directly consult with children as part of the mediation process. Law is an all issues mediator (including children and finances) and also as a consequence of her accreditation frequently receives referrals where there are ongoing court proceedings. Desmond O’Donnell is a mediator and a trained collaborative lawyer who mediates on all family law issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Pratt

Autres avocats clés:

Kirstie Law; Desmond O’Donnell

Les références

‘Great firm with an excellent reputation. Kirsty Law is a knowledgeable and determined representative’.

‘This team offers great mediation services, as they have such a good knowledge of the likely outcome and are very experienced. Kirstie Law is a go to mediator’.

‘The firm presents an unusual mix of traditional values and a friendly and approachable face. A very flexible approach to supporting clients. In particular Kirstie Law has a very pragmatic approach to resolving client issues’.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP has a first-rate team of experienced and respected mediators that is led by Suzanne Todd. Todd is considered to be a ‘go to’ practitioner in London for divorces with an Italian theme as she is fluent in Italian. Claire Blakemore and Diana Parker are among the other prominent members of the team. Parker is also an arbitrator for financial disputes on divorce. Blakemore mediates on both financial and children issues and has significant international experience.

Responsables de la pratique:

Suzanne Todd

Autres avocats clés:

Claire Blakemore; Diana Parker

Les références

‘Suzanne Todd is good on technical finances and has so much litigation experience she is great on understanding and explaining what outcomes would be like. Italian speaker too’.

‘Withers is well known and is of course an industry leader. Suzanne Todd offers exceptional value for the complex cases. She has presence and calm and so provides the perfect environment for difficult situations’.

Suzanne Todd, head of the team but maintains an active legal and mediation practice, is super flexible in her approach so appeals to all types of clients. Very warm but steely and very solution focused’.

Jones Nickolds

Mediation forms a substantial part of Rachel Woodd’s practice at Jones Nickolds. Woodd often receives referrals from central London law firms as well as those in Kent; she mediates in all family matters including financial and children. Her speciality is dealing with particularly acrimonious couples and those with complex relationships and issues.

Autres avocats clés:

Rachel Woodd

Les références

‘Rachel Woodds was the mediator in our divorce. She was very fair, honest, patient and was excellent at mediating so that we came to an amicable financial agreement which I had believed would be difficult or even impossible. She also brought in a pensions advisor to clarify our position in respect of pensions’. 

‘Jones Nickolds has carved out a niche for providing Central London magic circle level of service at a fraction of the rates. An excellent firm with an excellent reputation’.

‘Rachel Woodd is exceptional in the lengths that she will go to for her clients to get the best possible result for them whilst all the time maintaining an eye on the client’s needs’.