Firms To Watch: Family: mediation

At Laurus, William Hogg is praised for his ‘incredible people skills’ and for being ‘very adept at getting couples to work together. He is a very accomplished mediator and can be firm when needed, whilst also having the ability to meet children and deal with the most sensitive issues.
Specialist family firm Lowry Legal made a notable hire in September 2023 with the addition of 'calm, empathetic and knowledgeable' family mediator Michelle Uppal from Miles & Partners LLP - she is 'kind to clients and cares for them, but always gives it to them straight. She is wise and far-seeing - clients like her and will travel with her'.
At Edward Cooke Family Law, Edward Cooke is ‘hardworking, hugely bright, creative and keen to resolve things for clients. If there is resolution to find, Edward will find it. He stands out as a real star.’

Family: mediation in London

Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Family Law in Partnership Ltd is praised for its ‘ability to create an environment where clients feel safe and able to express themselves’. Its commitment to mediation lies at the core of the firm. The excellent practice fields a number of leading mediators such as the ‘reassuringDominic Raeside who is a ‘brilliant children mediator with years of experience’. Raeside offers sole and co-mediation and is qualified to offer child inclusive mediation, hybrid mediation and civil/commercial mediation. James Pirrie has an ‘ability to easily build a rapport with clients’ – he is a senior mediator, who is also qualified in child inclusive mediation and in commercial & hybrid mediation. David Allison has senior mediator status with the Family Mediators Association. Also recommended is Ruth Smallacombe, who is a senior accredited mediator and counsellor, practice consultant and trainer of mediators, lawyers and therapists. Elizabeth Fletcher’s practice covers all family law issues, although more recently her work has had a particular focus on children matters.

Other key lawyers:

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


‘James has a very approachable and down to earth manner. He is hugely knowledgeable in family law and relays this in a way that assists in the mediation’.

‘ James has huge amounts of energy! Indefatigable – which in the context of working in a mediation is a key requirement. He is very personable- clients love him and more importantly they trust his input’.

‘Liz Fletcher is very skilled in financial matters in particular. She allows participants time to evaluate all the options which she explains clearly to them’.

‘Dominic has huge experience. He is extremely skilled and a perfect supervisor as a mediator. He is very good on children disputes and making parties work hard to resolve issues’.

‘Nicole understands how mediation works and was supportive of the mediation process. She is thoughtful, knowledgeable and focused on getting a fair outcome for families in mediation’.

‘Dominic is able to win the ears (and respect) of both parties, no matter how much water under the bridge. He unlocks tricky areas which have built up over the years and helps to diminish tension between the parties so that they can have a healthy dialogue beyond’. 

‘Ruth has a warm and personable approach. She is extremely experienced and puts clients at ease immediately. She listens and makes you feel heard. She is measured and calm in her approach even if the clients are not.’

‘Elizabeth is a strong communicator with excellent client skills and her mediation practice is a credit to her. She has the ability to break down complex legal principles into bite-size chunks, negotiation skills and empathy in the bucketful’.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP has one of the best family mediation teams in London. They have a real depth of talent. They are a committed and innovative team’. It has a strong focus on ADR. James Carroll is a key member of this ‘forward thinking and collaborative team’. Carroll is ‘encyclopaedic in his knowledge of the law, and a brilliant strategist who is easily able to translate these skills into his mediation practice’. The team offers sole mediation, co-mediation, hybrid and shuttle mediation, with or without solicitors. The ‘highly ratedFiona Read has recently qualified to offer child inclusive mediations. Read is an accredited family mediator and a member of Family Mediation Council. Kate Hamilton is a trained Resolution mediator. Hamilton regularly mediates on high-net-worth cases and cases with conflict.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Read; James Carroll; Kate Hamilton

Other key lawyers:

Emma Wager


‘James Carroll is calm, measured and brilliant with clients‘.

‘James Carroll is fantastic. He is utterly committed to constructive dispute resolution. He is a skilled and truly imaginative mediator. He gets results in the most complex and intractable cases’.

‘Kate Hamilton is impressive. Down to earth and sensible but clever and skilled at finding solutions. Fiona Read is a stalwart of the London mediation scene. She is incredibly bright and thoroughly constructive. A true star!’.

‘Russell-Cooke is an excellent practice, and has a real strength in its mediation offering. Kate Hamilton enjoys an excellent reputation for mediation work and is bright and efficient. On the more junior side, Emma Wager is a recently qualified mediator who looks certain to develop her reputation as a mediator’.

‘James Carroll is an excellent mediator, with a really good grasp of the law, and an ability to facilitate cases. I have used him in high conflict cases. I get very good feedback from clients and colleagues about him too. He has a very good awareness of international law which is particularly helpful’.

‘Strong team which covers all aspects of family law. Good mix of seniority offering a choice to the client but with reassurance that they work as a team.’

Fiona Read  is a tour de force in family law. Able to adapt her approach to differing needs of clients.‘.

‘Each of the family lawyers I’ve dealt with at Russell Cooke know their stuff. Fiona’s reputation as a mediator meant that she was very quickly agreed as being the right person to mediate this case.  I have also referred mediations to James Carroll, who I think is also excellent’.

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP

The mediation practice at Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP ‘is a strong and reputable team. The firm’s mediation practice has gone from strength to strength and is headed up by strong leading solicitors’. The department is well respected for its mediation work, involving complex finance and children matters, which can be child-inclusive and/or cross-jurisdictional. Kim Beatson has a busy mediation practice. Most of her referrals come from other family lawyers. David Emmerson has a mixed practice between court work, mediation and a collaborative practice. Emerson specialises in complex finance and children cases as well as cohabitation and pre-nuptial work. Caroline Bowden is an experienced mediator whose work spans from dealing with the finances of high-net-worth clients to complex children work. Nazia Rashid departed in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kim Beatson

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Bowden; David Emmerson; Fiona Lyon


‘Anthony Gold has an enormously talented group of individuals of all seniorities. They really go the extra mile with each case providing a magic circle level of care, but without the hefty price tag’.

‘David Emmerson and Kim Beatson- between them, their breadth of knowledge is extraordinary. They are supported in particular by Fiona Lyon’.

‘Kim Beatson. She is pragmatic, commercially minded and has 40 years of experience. She can settle the unsettle-able case!. Fiona Lyon. She is particularly good with managing the toxic cases that looks incapable of mediation’.

‘David Emmerson is excellent. Caroline Bowden is pragmatic, technically astute and works well in complex cases’.

‘Caroline Bowden is extremely experienced, she became a mediator many years ago and is very knowledgeable and approachable, providing clients with a supportive practical route to reaching agreement’.

‘AG is at the forefront of mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. They have some of the best mediators in the country. I could not recommend them more’.

‘Kim Beatson is one of the most experienced mediators in the country; she has a talent for working with difficult couples and cutting through to the heart of the problem and resolving issues’.

David Emmerson is a good listener, essential for mediation, and helps couples recognise issues. He has a natural style which is reassuring for clients and is able to guide couples uniquely with his judicial experience‘.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Sarah Anticoni  is a ‘mediator of stellar calibre’. She continues to receive a steady flow of referrals from major law firms and counsel. She has a particular emphasis on mediating on complex financial claims upon divorce and on future arrangements for children for HNW clients. Anticoni has considerable experience of drafting nuptial agreements and is also a Fellow of the IAFL. In addition, she is recognised for her specialist knowledge of the recognition and dissolution of religious as well as civil marriages. James Freeman heads the department.

Practice head(s):

James Freeman

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Anticoni; Sarah Higgins


‘Charles Russell is known for its constructive approach to family law which makes the team ideally placed to offer mediation’.

‘The family team at charles russell are excellent and their expertise is superb’.

‘Sarah Anticoni is one of the best mediators in family law. Her wealth of experience enables her to be firm but fair, and to manage even the most challenging of separating couples’.

‘Sarah Anticoni stands out in the mediation world and is one of, if not, the top family mediator around. She oozes experience, gravitas and excellence so couples (and their lawyers) feel she is completely in command of the mediation’.

Sarah Anticoni is outstanding as a mediator. She is robust and kind in her approach and will go the extra mile to achieve the best outcome for her clients’.

Sarah Anticoni- THE mediator in London. Incredibly talented- bright, firm and an exceptional listener. Is able to get people to focus on the next chapter and be solution orientated’.

‘Sarah Anticoni is a superb mediator and one of the best in London. She has such a talent for getting through the most difficult cases and finding a way forward’.

‘Sarah Anticoni and Sarah Higgins’ decades of experience means a sensible clear and calm approach to the matters’.

Family Law Partners

Family Law Partners ‘offers not only the best in litigation but also the full remit of alternatives to going to court coupled with a comprehensive counselling therapy and well-being space. Truly a team who can offer a “good divorce”.’ It has an abundance of talent where the lawyers offer ‘a holistic approach to divorce and separation enabling clients to move on from an emotional and difficult process with clarity and confidence‘. Gemma Hope is a member of the Family Mediation Council and is an accredited mediator. Kate Elliott has an excellent practice – she qualified as a mediator in 2019 and is working towards accreditation. Sarah Jelly is also well-regarded and can provide statutory Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings. Hazel Manktelow is also a child-inclusive mediator.

Other key lawyers:

Kate Elliott; Gemma Hope; Polly Dallyn; Emily Pain; Hazel Manktelow; Jayne Llewellyn; Alice Scambler


‘Kate Elliott ‘lowered the temperature’ in an incredibly acrimonious environment, and she very calmly, but firmly, drew the parties back in to focus on the key issues in dispute. It was remarkable’.

‘Hazel is an excellent mediator who brings her warm personality and common sense attitude together with vast legal background experience to the mediation process. Clients are in a safe pair of hands with Hazel’.

‘Polly Dallyn-phenomenally hardworking and intelligent, Polly brings clarity to the most complicated cases. Her attention to detail often makes all the difference to the outcome of client’s cases‘.

‘Gemma Hope is a very clever lawyer who is dedicated to her client’s and works hard to achieve positive outcomes for them’.

‘Emily Pain’s calm, confident manner has meant I have recommended many clients to her. She has never disappointed, always achieving excellent outcomes whether in court or out’.

‘The team works well together. Sarah Jelly is a class act’.

‘Jayne remained calm, tempered and encouraging throughout the process. Jayne gave space for the clients to be able to lean on and take advice from lawyers whilst ensuring good progress was made throughout the day’.

‘Alice offers a great client-focused service for clients. I often refer mediation to her as I know she will deliver a fantastic service’.

Goodman Ray

Goodman Ray has ‘strength and depth in mediators’. Trudi Featherstone and Thomas Brownrigg are praised for providing a ‘first-class mediation service’. Featherstone is a Resolution trained family mediator who can mediate on all issues (children and financial matters) and a collaboratively trained lawyer. She specialises in the financial aspects of divorce and separation. In addition, she is skilled at advising on private law children matters. Brownrigg has been accredited by the Family Mediation Council to undertake ‘All Issues’ Mediation, and is also a child-inclusive mediator. He conducts mediation for a variety of individuals on both children and financial issues.

Other key lawyers:

Trudi Featherstone; Thomas Brownrigg


‘Trudi Featherstone is a fantastic mediator with a real empathy for clients and desire to do her absolute best to reach resolution for them’.

‘Goodman Ray manage to combine expert legal knowledge with a really human approach to cases which clients appreciate so much’.

‘Thomas Brownrigg is technically brilliant with a fine attention to detail. Speaks with calmness and authority that sets the clients at ease’.

‘Tom is a really good mediator, steady calm and a safe pair of hands’.

‘Tom Brownrigg is a very good mediator and I would thoroughly endorse his skills’.

‘Trudi Featherstone is meticulous in her approach with clients, consideration of the issues in hand and the subsequent preparation of documentation. She is fast becoming London’s preeminent mediator’.

‘Was recommended to the mediation practice and found the approach to be professional and understanding’.

‘Working with Thomas Brownrigg I had confidence that we would reach a resolution and were treated as individuals where I felt other firms would have not done so as readily’.

Hunters Law LLP

At Hunters Law LLP, Henry Hood and Jo Carr-West make up a ‘strong and well-regarded team’. They are praised for approaching mediation ‘as a genuine form of dispute resolution outside of court’. Hood is accredited as a mediator by both the Law Society and the Family Mediation Council. He receives mediation referrals for complex financial cases from other leading London lawyers. In addition, he is an Accredited Resolution Specialist in advanced financial provision and private children law. Carr-West is noted for her experience in complex high value financial remedy work and has a well-developed child mediation practice.

Other key lawyers:

Henry Hood; Jo Carr-West


‘Jo Carr-West has developed a strong practice in mediation. Highly relatable, I have had good feedback from clients I have referred to her’.

‘They are a technically competent, highly skilled team who actually work as a team. They have some talented stars rising among the ranks as well as the unflappable Henry Hood leading from the front. From personal experience, I can say that their client care is second to none’.

‘Jo Carr-West is a competent, calm and balanced mediator’.

‘Jo Carr-West is an excellent family lawyer and mediator’.

‘Jo Carr-West combined professionalism, knowledge, experience, sensitivities to our own situation, objectivity, balance and fairness’.

‘I trust the team to be fair, considerate, respectful and helpful. I never feel that financial gain is at the foundation of their work but that they have a genuine desire to help families, especially the children’.

‘They are thoughtful, quick to answer phone calls and respond with clarity and availability when I am working with families in crisis. Jo Carr-West is my go to mediator. She is knowledgeable, calm and constructive’.

‘The mediation practice is excellent with the choice of Jo Carr-West and Henry Hood. Both are at the top of their game’.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP has ‘a superb team led by the magnificent Charlotte Bradley . She inspires and unites her team to do great work’.  Bradley is described as ‘the epitome of how a family mediator should perform’. She is an accredited mediator, mediating in high value, high profile and complex financial disputes. In addition, she regularly mediates as a hybrid mediator. Connie Atkinson who ‘gets the clients on board to find solutions that work for the whole family’ is also recommended. Lauren Evans is a mediator with particular experience in complex financial and children cases. Stacey Nevin is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Connie Atkinson; Lauren Evans; Stacey Nevin


‘Hugely talented team with depth and breadth that is hard to beat. Charlotte Bradley has outstanding and clear thinking judgment. Hugely supportive of her clients – she has a very loyal following’.

‘The mediation team operates against the background of a large and very experienced family law team. This provides them with a depth of understanding and experience in the field of mediation. The mediators are highly experienced, hands-on and pragmatic’.

‘ Charlotte brings to bear a great depth of experience in family law. Arising from this she has invaluable judgement as to the shape and likely future of a case. Thus, as a mediator, she can fulfil her role in an informed context’.

‘Connie is a very able and hard working partner in the firm. She has extensive experience of the difficulties of family litigation and is able to bring this to bear in her mediation work’.

‘They understand the sector and have a good balance of DR and litigators. Charlotte Bradley – always on my list of mediators’.

‘With a depth of experience, the Kingsley Napley team are second to none. Charlotte Bradley heads the team and she has a vast experience of dealing with ultra-high net-worth complex cases’.

‘Kingsley Napley are fast becoming one of the go to firms for their mediation work. The number of excellent mediators (often being trained at senior associate level) results in an outstanding pool of talent to chose from’.

‘Lauren Evans is calm, measured and fair. Kingsley Napley have a superb range of mediators within their family team. Charlotte Bradley leads the team with a number of fellow partners now qualified as mediators including the newly made up Stacey Nevin’.

Levison Meltzer Pigott

Levison Meltzer Pigott has a busy mediation practice. Simon Pigott is a family mediator who deals with all issues mediation (finances and child arrangements) and regularly works on high-net-worth cases with international elements. In addition, he is regularly asked to mediate on private children law matters, including leave to remove, relocation and other complicated children matters. Kate Stovold recently qualified as a mediator.

Practice head(s):

Simon Pigott

Other key lawyers:

Kate Stovold


‘Simon Pigott is excellent’.

‘They truly are exceptional. Leaders in the field. They have the upmost integrity’.

‘Simon Pigott is one of the best mediators in the country’.

‘Simon Pigott is a class act. Highly experienced, extremely knowledgeable and engages with the issues to help clients resolve matters amicably in mediation’.


Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has the only truly national family law team. The London family mediation team is first rate. They are talented and solution focused; able to handle the most complex mediations.’ Alison Bull heads the firm’s family non-court dispute resolution practice. Bull is an accredited family and civil mediator, a hybrid mediator and a professional practice consultant. Suzanne Kingston is hugely respected and also has expertise in family arbitrations. Joanna Grandfield is another highly-regarded member of the ‘very impressive team‘. Tim Whitney was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Alison Bull; Suzanne Kingston

Other key lawyers:

Tim Whitney; Joanna Grandfield; Caitlin Jenkins


‘Joanne Grandfield is superb. She is clever and articulate and is seemingly able to find solutions for clients in the most complex and challenging cases. A true star of the London mediation scene’.

‘Suzanne Kingston has been at the top of the mediation profession for decades. She handles the most complex cases and is at the top of her game! Tim Whitney is also excellent’.

‘Suzanne Kingston and Joanne Grandfield stand out as excellent mediators in their field. Suzanne is an extremely robust and pragmatic mediator with enormous amounts of empathy. Joanne is brilliant with next gen clients who need directive mediation and on difficult children matters’.

‘Mills and Reeve is well known for providing the complete mediation service with very experienced accredited mediators and child-inclusive mediation offered too. It is not just lip-service saying they do mediation; they really are skilled in this area’.

‘Tim Whitney – His manner is very unruffled and he has an air of authority and seems to be very adept at steering a path between them and getting results to satisfy both parties. Alison Bull has a very good reputation.’

‘Joanna Grandfield – super bright, an excellent solicitor and mediator and very solution focused. But willing to roll up her sleeves as much as any other litigator to get brilliant results’.

‘Suzanne Kingston – one of the top mediators in the business acting for HNWs, one of the doyennes of mediation who can tackle the most complex mediations’.

‘Tim Whitney is one of the best mediators in London. He’s well known for handling complicated mediations with ease and in a calm and reassuring manner’.

Moore Barlow

At Moore Barlow, Karen Barham ‘is a phenomenal, market-leading mediator who has built up quite an empire in her Surrey enclave’. The firm’s non-court dispute resolution offering is strong with four mediators. Barham is a full-time mediator in both finance and children cases. She receives many plaudits and ‘is a very strong mediator who is empathetic and supportive of clients in the mediation process’. She is also a parenting coordinator and is qualified to meet with children in child inclusive mediation. Joanna Farrands is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Farrands

Other key lawyers:

Karen Barham; Jan Galloway


‘Karen Barham is an imaginative and brilliant mediator bringing a real talent to solving difficult and challenging family breakdowns. She has a real knack of taking clients with her’.

‘Karen Barham is an excellent, experienced mediator – one of the best in the Surrey area’.

‘Karen Barham- she is equipped with humour, staying power, wisdom, experience, authority but she also engages at a deep level and I think ensures that people feel properly understood. I have sent her some truly monstrous cases for resolution and they keep bobbing to the surface!’.

‘Dispute Resolution is at the heart of what Karen Barham does and her innovation in attempting to enforce the use of Part 3 Costs orders to encourage parties to use dispute resolution rather than court is an important part of what Karen has contributed to the industry’.

‘Karen Barham is an excellent, highly experienced and hands-on mediator. She gets to the heart of the matter very quickly, and clients have reported to me that she works very hard to achieve solutions. She is empathetic and hugely practical’.

‘Karen Barham quickly gets to grips with issues, persuades even the most trenchant of couples to mediate and if there is any chance of resolution being found, Karen is your woman. She combines this dedication to her work with the quickest wit and the greatest charm’.

‘Karen Barham is the real deal – an incredibly skilled mediator, has seen every case before and brings a wealth of experience, acumen and common sense to her work’.

‘Karen Barham, Jo Farrands and Jan Galloway are all very approachable. They really believe in alternatives to court for clients. They are committed to making a client’s journey better and reducing conflict which can only be seen as a good thing for clients’.


Lisa Pepper, Bridget Thompson, Lauren Hall, Andrew Watson, David Leadercramer and Mark Freedman are Resolution trained lawyer mediators that can be found at Osbornes. Pepper and Thompson are also accredited mediators. Pepper, in particular, has a busy mediation practice – she undertakes Skype and Shuttle mediations as well face to face mediations. In addition, she is experienced in running private ADRs and receives a steady flow of referrals from other professionals (such as barristers and solicitors) as well as previous clients.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Pepper

Other key lawyers:

Bridget Thompson; Lauren Hall, Andrew Watson, David Leadercramer; Mark Freedman


‘Lisa Pepper- she has a great combination of skills. She is empathetic, approachable and calm, and has good legal judgment. She inspires confidence and trust’.

‘Lisa Pepper is an outstanding mediator. She gets results in very difficult cases. She works extremely hard to get a good outcome for clients who mediate with her and always brings her professional experience to bear in an appropriate way’.

‘Lisa Pepper is robust, competent and knowledgeable and is always keen to try and help parties settle without intervention of the court’.

‘I am confident that Lisa will do her utmost to try and settle matters so that both parties walk away feeling satisfied that they have managed to reach a fair outcome with the assistance of a professional mediator’.

‘Lisa Pepper at Osbornes is hugely approachable. She is calm, clients always praise her. Underneath her calm and approachable exterior is an excellent legal brain. She puts clients at ease and creates an atmosphere in her mediations which foster an excellent environment to settle cases’.

‘Osbornes has a strong family team which offers full service family work. Lisa Pepper is a brilliant mediator’.

‘Lisa Pepper – one of the best mediators around, whose very reasonable rates don’t reflect her excellent client base (those in the arts and entertainment world)’.

‘Just outside Central London a cracking and cost effective Family team. Equally good at children and finance, and litigation and mediation the stand out mediator is Lisa Pepper’.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore has a thriving mediation practice which continues to receive referrals from large local firms and some London firms. Kirstie Law is one of the few practitioners locally who is qualified to directly consult with children as part of the mediation process. She is an ‘all issues mediator’ (including children and finances) and is also accredited. In addition, she is a trained collaborative lawyer. Desmond O’Donnell is another key figure – he is a mediator and trained collaborative law solicitor. He mediates on all family law issues (finances and children). Joanna Pratt heads the department.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Pratt

Other key lawyers:

Kirstie Law; Desmond O’Donnell

Withers LLP

Withers LLP‘ has great strength in depth. The full service practice means they can offer a holistic service for their clients.’ The family mediation practice forms part of the large and strong family law team. Three of its partners – Suzanne Todd, Claire Blakemore and Diana Parker  – are all experienced and highly regarded mediators. Todd is the ‘go to’ lawyer in London for all divorces with an Italian theme. Blakemore mediates on both financial and children issues and has substantial  international expertise.  In addition, she has a strong understanding of trust law.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Todd

Other key lawyers:

Claire Blakemore; Diana Parker


‘Suzanne Todd  is hard-working and human in great balance with her clients – she will move mountains for her clients. Very experienced and humble too’.

Diana is a class act. She is elegant and considered in her approach, cuts to the chase and will help steer clients effectively to positive outcomes as quickly and simply as possible’.

Claire is always at great pains to aim for a collaborative approach. She is sensitive to clients needs, thoughtful about the pressure points and thorough in all that she does. She likes to leave no stone unturned’.

‘Excellent at managing the UHNW and HNW financial cases, both Claire Blakemore and Suzanne Todd have got deservedly good reputations as mediators’.

‘Claire has excellent judgment, and the ability to get on with all types of clients which is vital as a mediator. Suzanne is hugely efficient and hard working and achieves excellent results for her clients’.

‘Suzanne Todd’s knowledge, experience and practical, constructive approach makes her a star name for HNW/UHNW mediation. She is empathetic but focused on attaining the best possible outcome for mediation clients’.

‘Withers have some of the best talent in London, breadth and depth in both partners and junior associates. They are a full service firm so also have specialist advisors where needed on trust or property aspects’.

‘Claire Blakemore is the full package as a lawyer. She is firm when needed but will settle cases which are capable of being settled’.

Burgess Mee Family Law

At Burgess Mee Family Law, the ‘excellent’ Peter Burgess  is sought after for his wide range of experience in cases involving both finance and children. He is an FMC accredited mediator and has also undertaken the hybrid mediation course. In addition, he has been recently instructed on several mediations with clients wanting to prepare parenting plans. He has also been made a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Burgess


‘Peter is an experienced mediator who regularly works on cases involving both property and finance and children matters’.

‘While very competent as a sole mediator, Peter is also a great collaborator and brings together other professionals, such as children specialists, psychologists and accountants, to ensure that he offers the best possible service to his clients’.

‘Peter has a high degree of emotional intelligence, which enables him to empathise and deal sensitively with his clients. He is also diligent and well-organised, which ensures that his mediation practice offers clients a really excellent service’.

‘Peter’s legal knowledge is second to none, and he combines this superb diplomacy in mediation and a wide range of issue resolution strings to his bow’.

‘He has an excellent ability to find the right approach for each case and I feel very reassured that he will ensure that any settlement he has helped negotiate will be fair and comprehensive’.

Jones Nickolds

Rachel Woodd is a phenomenal mediator’ at Jones Nickolds. She is an accredited mediator and is trained to undertake integrated mediation as well as the new two client one lawyer model. She often receives referrals from central London law firms as well as those in the Kent. In addition, she mediates in all family matters, financial and children. Her specialty is dealing with particularly acrimonious couples and those with complex relationships and issues.

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Woodd


‘Jones Nickolds is an excellent firm: they offer a central London service without the central London price tag. It is without doubt the market leader for family law in Kent and its surrounds – and with a significant presence in central London too’.

‘Rachel Woodd is the ‘go-to’ mediator at Jones Nickolds. Rachel is a truly exceptional mediator, and has carved out a niche combining her day-to-day practice as a solicitor with a burgeoning mediation practice’. 

‘The mediation team at Jones Nickolds is fantastic. Rachel Woodd is exceptional, she has the gravitas of a senior and well known family solicitor coupled with a warmth and empathy and intuitive understanding as to how to make mediation work’.

‘The firm provides a full family law mediation service and are reliable both in terms of the administration of mediation and in finding solutions where possible’.

‘Their approach to ADR and mediation flows into their general practice and, given they are not based in central London but still within London it means that they have London approach and cross-over but are able to price efficiently’.

‘Practicality and commerciality with empathy is why I put forward Rachel Woodd as a mediator so often. She is able to mediate on complex matters (be it legal or emotional complexity) with skill and compassion and she is always top of my list when recommending mediators to clients’.

‘Jones Nickolds offer a premium service at a very reasonable price. They promote alternatives to court where appropriate and have excellent senior & junior lawyers’.

‘Rachel Woods is an incredibly measured, pragmatic mediator who gives clients the benefit of her legal knowledge in an impartial manner helping them to come to an informed and sensible settlement’.