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With a number of β€˜leaders in the field’, Family Law in Partnership Ltd β€˜has been at the vanguard of ADR in family law for a long time and is completely immersed in its development. It has a strong mediation practice and is referred work by many of the leading law firms’. Clients have β€˜absolute confidence’ in β€˜calm and constructive’ head of mediation Dominic Raeside, who β€˜is able to deal well with particularly difficult parents, often in the shadow of litigation. He is immensely experienced’. Ruth Smallacombe has β€˜a vast range of skills, expertise and experience’ which she can bring to bear in complex matters. Gillian Bishop is β€˜very constructive, fair and human. She literally "wrote the book" on collaborative law’, and David Allison is β€˜another experienced and skilled mediator in the team’. James Pirrie has β€˜considerable experience and sensitivity in these matters. He has the skill and understanding to know when to see the parties separately but also when to engage with the parties’ lawyers more directly’. Helen Greenfield β€˜is able to resolve things amicably between the parties’, and Bradley Williams β€˜does not lose sight of the fact that resolving matters without going to court is generally in the clients’ interests’. The firm fields 14 family mediators who offer all types of family mediation from sole and co-mediation to child-inclusive mediation. Clients include numerous celebrities, City professionals and middle-income to ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP’s β€˜standard of service is much valued by its clients and much respected by its peers’. All of its partners are collaboratively trained, and Emma Harte and Tom Amlot regularly practise as mediators. Amlot is called to mediate where the parties are well-known and the protection of privacy is paramount. Harte has recently been involved in an increasing number of high-profile mediations, including a case that was in the press involving large sums of money and family wealth. She has also acted for some well-known pop musicians and their partners as well as other celebrities, and has acted in a number of assisted reproduction disputes. Susan Philipps is an experienced and busy mediator, and Sara Hannell is also recommended.

Anthony Gold is β€˜a wholly client- and solution-focused practice where alternatives to traditional court-led proceedings are actively pursued. The firm has embraced ADR in ways that many traditional firms appear reluctant to do’. David Emmerson is β€˜an experienced problem solver: calm and reassuring. He gets to the issues quickly whilst holding the client’s confidence. He is a skilled mediator who is able to combine his extensive legal knowledge with the empathy and impartiality needed to mediate complex cases’. Caroline Bowden is β€˜one of the country’s leading mediators. She adopts a very calm and neutral approach to disputes’ and is noted for her ability to be β€˜sympathetic to the issues on both sides’, inspiring confidence that β€˜she will explore all relevant avenues to reach agreement’. Kim Beatson is β€˜just a class act. She is focused yet always charming, and gets straight to the heart of the case’.

At Barlow Robbins LLP, Karen Barham practises exclusively as a family law mediator, and is qualified to consult with children.

Sarah Anticoni at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜one of the leading lights in the London family mediation world. She has a stellar skill set in this area and is able to turn her attentions to all sorts of tricky family situations which result in a positive outcome for all involved. Her family mediation practice has been established for a long time and she has seen almost every sort of scenario going’. Sarah Whitten is also β€˜excellent on mediation’.

At Collyer Bristow LLP, Philippa Dolan’s mediation practice continues to flourish. She has been active in a range of different cases, from those concerning children to complex money matters with a cross-border component.

Dawson Cornwell as a firm is β€˜an outstanding supporter of mediation’. Jeremy Abraham is β€˜particularly impressive as a mediator. He is calm and thoughtful, bringing his experience and expertise to every case’, and β€˜is able to help the parties to bridge what had seemed like huge differences between them and to reach a sensible compromise’.

At Family Law Partners, β€˜warm, friendly and experienced’ mediator Hazel Manktelow β€˜brings a calming approach whilst skilfully facilitating her clients’ discussions’. Sarah Jelly is also β€˜very experienced and thorough’, and β€˜explores options sensibly and pragmatically, helping clients to reach agreement’. Julian McEvoy β€˜has a reassuring style and is a problem resolver’. Linda Lamb is well versed in financial issues and is qualified to see children as part of the mediation process.

At Hughes Fowler Carruthers, Pauline Fowler and Frances Hughes are both well-known, senior mediators; they are β€˜first-class, excellent and very client-focused’.

Hunters Incorporating May, May & Merrimans has β€˜a strong mediation focus, with several experienced and effective mediators’. Henry Hood is β€˜judicious in his approach and well versed in generating thoughtful solutions for participants to consider’. Jo-Carr West has β€˜an excellent manner with clients and helpfully leads them towards a negotiated agreement’. Hazel Wright has β€˜many years of experience. She wastes no time in the process, making herself readily available to assist the parties towards a mediated solution that is likely to gain the court’s approval. She is also strong on cross-border and cross-cultural mediations’. These three practitioners β€˜are committed to the use of the out-of-court route to reach settlement’. β€˜The firm has a greater ratio of mediators within the family law team than many family departments; it is clearly something the firm takes seriously and wants to get right.’

Kingsley Napley LLP’s Charlotte Bradley is β€˜well known for her excellent work in mediation’, bringing β€˜warmth and a strategic approach to her cases and an exceptional grasp of the law, especially on European issues’. She advises City professionals and high-net-worth individuals, and has recently acted in a number of children mediations concerning contact and relocation.

Levison Meltzer Pigott is β€˜an outstanding firm with an excellent commitment to client care; it has retained its "family feel" and produces excellent results’. Simon Pigott is particularly highly rated for financial mediation, and makes clients feel β€˜comfortable with him as he puts them at ease at an early stage of the proceedings. He is confident, calm, charming and personable’, β€˜knowledgeable and experienced’, and β€˜determined to get the best for his clients with the minimum of fuss’. Julian Ribet has β€˜a strong sense of justice, and clients love him’.

Michelle Uppal at Miles & Partners LLP is β€˜very practically minded and is very good at children and finance disputes. She is perceptive and analytical, whilst also warm, measured and approachable. Clients trust her as highly professional and she will get the job done’.

Mills & Reeve LLP β€˜places a lot of emphasis on ADR. It manages clients’ expectations brilliantly from the first meeting through to settlement – it provides outstanding client care’. Manchester-based Alison Bull is β€˜very thorough and experienced in complex financial matters. She is very sympathetic but gets to the point’.Joanna Grandfield β€˜manages clients brilliantly’, and Caitlin Jenkins is very highly rated for her experience.

Russell-Cooke LLP has β€˜a strong and growing reputation in this area; it is biting on the ankles of the "Magic Circle" firms’. James Carroll β€˜works very effectively with the parties and has the rare knack of being able to satisfy both parties’; he has β€˜a razor-sharp brain and a constructive, "let’s sort it out" approach’. Fiona Read β€˜can mediate difficult disputes (with difficult people) effectively’. Therese Nichols is β€˜intelligent, rounded and insightful. She puts clients at ease, even those who are reluctant to be present at the mediation’. Kate Hamilton is β€˜a practical and constructive lawyer who looks for solutions rather than staring at the problem. Her mediation practice is also growing’.

Denise Ingamells at TV Edwards LLP is a highly regarded and experienced mediator who is qualified to carry out child-inclusive mediation.

Denise Carter at The International Family Law Group LLP is an experienced mediator in international child disputes, especially cases concerning parental child abduction and child relocation covering Hague and non-Hague states.

Thomson Snell & Passmore is β€˜very strong for mediation’ and β€˜probably the best for family mediation in Kent’. The β€˜well-organised’ Kirstie Law is β€˜proactive and helpful’ on financial and children disputes, and is also qualified to meet children as part of the mediation process. Senior associate Desmond O’Donnell is also well regarded.

The β€˜extremely experienced’ Suzanne Kingston at Withers LLP has β€˜a kind and patient manner which puts clients at ease. At the same time she is clear in her dealings with them so that they understand what is happening. She is well prepared, and for financial mediations she is always on top of her numbers’. She is β€˜one of a kind – very firm but very fair, and passionately committed to ADR’. Suzanne Todd is β€˜extremely experienced, and prepared to listen to the other party’s point of view. This means that people can avoid both the stress and the attendant costs of court hearings’. The β€˜very intelligent’ Diana Parker is β€˜highly impressive for financial disputes’. Claire Blakemore has β€˜a very empathetic manner and an ability to connect with clients. This means that she is particularly skilled at finding common ground, even in situations where a couple is quite polarised. The confidence clients have in her gives them the chance of reaching an agreement’. The team as a whole is β€˜hardworking, business-like and thorough’, with β€˜a commitment to this type of work’.

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