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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.

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘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‘. 

‘All get mediation and DR generally – it is their calling card’.

‘James Pirrie is a detailed and committed collaborative lawyer. Dominic Raeside is the old guard on children matters’.

‘FLIP is hands down the leaders in the mediation world with several excellent mediators and a team of partners who constantly give to the family world. They have strength and diversity throughout their partnership with some good new partners already having an impact’.

‘James Pirrie – the leader in Child maintenance and Schedule 1 cases -knows more than any practitioner – barrister or solicitor and works phenomenally hard with immense energy and willing to pass on his knowledge to everyone‘.

‘Elizabeth Fletcher – not a partner who shouts from the rooftops about her clear achievements so perhaps not as well known as her peers but she is a fantastic lawyer, super bright and solution focused‘.

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.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Read

Other key lawyers:

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.

Other key lawyers:

Kim Beatson; David Emmerson ; Caroline Bowden; Nazia Rashid

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘They are used to dealing with clients from a financially wide spectrum, they often draft the terms of the consent order, so that the details of what the parties have agreed is set out clearly when legal advice is sought by the parties’.

‘Caroline Bowden is a force of nature, has been committed to mediation for many many years, is confident and efficient’.

‘Anthony Gold’s mediation practice is foremost in the country and London. Any serious family practitioner will be confident in referring their cases to them. Their experience and breadth of work in this field is long and wide. They deal with probably some of the most challenging mediation cases’.

‘Kim Beatson has been involved in mediation since the early 1990’s and is hugely skilled. She has loads of empathy from which she can identify clients’ needs and develop solutions encouraging agreements’.

‘David Emmerson is an impressive mediator with loads of experience. His DR practice is supported by his experience as a part time district judge which enables him to give parties real insight to a failing court process. Caroline Bowden is again well known and regarded mediator and Nazia Rashid is an upcoming force dealing with many vulnerable people in mediation’.

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.

Practice head(s):

James Freeman

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Anticoni; Shona Alexander

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Shona Alexander is an experienced, empathetic and knowledgeable mediator who can offer a high service of assistance to families particularly where there are high value assets and complex company structures’.

‘Sarah Anticoni is an excellent mediator, she can help couples resolve the most intractable of disputes’.

‘Sarah Anticoni is the only person in the firm with whom I have contact – she is the foremost mediator of her generation’.

‘Sarah Anticoni has strength, knowledge, compassion’.

‘Good reputation. Nice people –  Sarah Anticoni (Mediation)’.

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.

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘There are no weak links in the team. Farhana Shahzady: exceptionally hardworking she goes the extra mile for her clients. She is passionate about the people and causes she works for’.

‘I have known Hazel Manktelow as a fellow mediator and as Hazel’s PPC for at least ten years. Hazel is an excellent and skillful mediator offering a warm and empathetic manner. Hazel provides all issues mediation and child inclusive mediation’.

‘Kate Elliott is the practitioner I know in Family Law in Partners, and she is excellent – insightful and grounded with a quick intelligence that rapidly gets to the heart of a problem’.

‘Gemma Hope is a very compassionate and dedicated lawyer who always goes the extra mile. Gemma is extremely hardworking and able, but with an approachable and considerate style. I have worked with a number of people who have received a service from FLP’.

‘Farhana Shahzady and Kate Elliott are both capable, warm mediators. Not afraid to speak their mind but don’t lose the clients’ faith when doing so. Sarah Jelly and Gemma Hope in particular have exemplary mediation skills’.

Goodman Ray

Goodman Ray has a ‘small but perfectly formed mediation team’ of Thomas 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.

Other key lawyers:

Tom Brownrigg; Trudi Featherstone

Testimonials

‘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‘.

‘In Trudi Featherstone, Goodman Ray has one of London’s most able mediators. The greatest compliment I can pay her is that I have recommended her to a number of my clients, and will continue to do so’.

‘Trudi Featherstone inspires trust, is approachable, friendly, empathetic and respectful. She is dedicated to the cause and will stop at nothing to assist her clients in reaching an informed agreement’.

‘Tom Brownrigg is a mediator who I would recommend without hesitation. He is bright whilst remaining approachable and I have received very positive feedback as to how Tom is able to manage difficult personalities within a mediation setting’.

‘Trudi Featherstone who is head of the Finance team continues to spearhead this department to ever greater heights, having received many industry accolades. Tom Brownrigg, a more junior partner has also carved out a niche for himself and has a top notch reputation’.

‘Clients speak very highly of Tom Brownrigg. He understands clients and mediates both children and finance cases. He is a very safe pair of hands and someone who has the experience and skill to help clients solve even the trickiest of issues’.

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.

Practice head(s):

Henry Hood

Other key lawyers:

Jo Carr-West; Nicola Derham

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Henry Hood has a strong reputation and a force amongst his peers’.

‘Jo Carr West – I have had very good feedback from clients and colleagues and am happy to refer my clients to her regularly’.

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’.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Connie Atkinson; Lauren Evans; Stacey Nevin

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Connie Atkinson really cares about her clients and has a very calming influence. Clients trust Lauren Evans and have faith that she will help them navigate the best course to find a resolution’.

‘The team  has excellent lawyers but has real strength and depth in its mediation service as well. They are flexible and extremely able so provide a top notch service for mediation clients’.

‘Charlotte Bradley is one of the go to mediators in London. Very experienced if anyone can get a deal she will do so. As a lawyer she is one of the best so she knows the advantages of settling in mediation but she is meticulous in ensuring the right process is followed so the clients are in excellent hands’.

‘The mediation team has a very strong leader in Charlotte Bradley who is very passionate about mediation and extremely experienced and compassionate’.

‘Connie Atkinson – a sensitive and dedicated mediator – treats her mediating clients as individuals and is very caring and compassionate in her approach’.

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’.

Other key lawyers:

Simon Pigott

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘I have particular regard for Simon Pigott who is one of the best mediators in the market. He is a gentleman, but firm, and he has excellent judgment and savoir faire’.

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.

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Uppal

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Michelle is no-nonsense, down to earth and realistic. She is technical and properly on the family’s side, supporting them with a robust kindness to realistic conclusions. She gets the job done’.

‘Michelle Uppal is an intuitive and caring practitioner’.

‘Michelle Uppal is a real hands on and approachable mediator. She is able to explore options with clients without being directive. She highly skilled at securing agreements due to the successful balance of soft skills and legal awareness’.

‘Michelle Uppal is a dedicated family lawyer and mediator. She is passionate about the work she does. She is friendly and approachable and strives for the best outcome for her clients’.

‘Michelle Uppal is very experienced. She really wants to make mediation work. Her experience in financial remedy as a lawyer is invaluable’.

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.

Practice head(s):

Alison Bull; Suzanne Kingston

Other key lawyers:

Tim Whitney; Andrew Moore; Katherine Kennedy

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Alison Bull is committed to achieving fair outcomes for clients and uses her undoubted intellect and capabilities to achieve this. She has a wider commitment to the dispute resolution world and puts enormous energy into enhancing that world’.

‘Katherine Kennedy has impressed as a professional who is able to bring together her deep legal knowledge and experience – enabling her to grasp and explain complex and nuanced legal implications within any mediated negotiation’.

‘Suzanne Kingston is one of (if not the) best mediator for family work here in England & Wales. Her generations working at the top end of family law work, coupled with her dedication to international family law, make her the go to mediator for high profile, high value, complex and/or international cases’.

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.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Farrands

Other key lawyers:

Karen Barham; Mari Magnussen

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Karen is an extraordinary talented mediator, valued across the family law industry. She brings charm, patience and wit to her work. This year she managed an extraordinary difficult situation to a successful conclusion – despite obstacle-generation that would have tested a saint’.

‘Karen Barham is absolutely at the top of the DR tree!’.

‘Karen Barham is exceptionally experienced, knowledgeable and her gravitas radiates’.

‘Karen Barham is passionate about non-court dispute resolution methods, and she has campaigned for a better way for several years’.

Karen Barham is very experienced, endlessly helpful and flexible and innovative in her mediation practice. She is also a delightful person’.

Work highlights

  • 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.

Osbornes

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.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Pepper

Other key lawyers:

David Leadercramer; Bridget Thompson; Mark Freedman; Andrew Watson

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘David Leadercrammer is such an experienced wonderful lawyer who you would want on the other side of your case. He’s sensible, pragmatic and hugely experienced in money and children cases‘.

‘Lisa Pepper is a complete all rounder. Her mediation skills are second to none. She is kind and compassionate and knows the law inside out!’.

‘The team has a good range of personalities and approaches, meaning that they should be able to find the right lawyer for any particular client/couple. They are a cost-effective alternative to Central London firms’.

‘Lisa Pepper is good at making herself available to clients and has a real focus on finding pragmatic solutions. Andrew Watson is relaxed and approachable with a really smart brain‘.

‘A family team that is able to offer the highest level of expertise across the family law spectrum from high-net-worth finances through to care proceedings and children matters. They have the experience, lawyers and mediators to be able to advise on a wide range of family matters at the highest level.’

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.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Pratt

Other key lawyers:

Kirstie Law; Desmond O’Donnell

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Long established and very reputable firm with a number of fee earners that stand out as providing excellent service. I have no difficulty in ever referring clients to mediation with either Kirstie Law or Des O’Donnell’.

‘The team is a strong one with a great deal of family law experience. Kirstie Law is not only very approachable and pleasant to deal with but also laser focused. Her ability to cut through side issues and focus on those that are important is valued’.

‘Kirstie is enthusiastic about mediation. She is confident and experienced and works flexibly and innovatively to achieve solutions’.

‘TSP has a great family law team led by the highly experienced partners, Kirstie Law, Desmond O’Donnell and Joanna Pratt. They are leaders in the Tunbridge Wells known as being the go to law firm in the area‘.

‘TSP has a great reputation for mediation and produces successful outcomes for its clients. Given the significant legal expertise in the team, mediation clients are in good hands with their matter because the guidance and information offered to them to aid them in their decision making are of an excellent quality’.

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.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Todd

Other key lawyers:

Claire Blakemore; Diana Parker

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Claire Blakemore works incredibly hard for her clients, and equally good as a lawyer and mediator. Particularly good on finances’.

‘Withers’ family team is one of the strongest in the country and also offers family mediation as part of its excellent all round service. Suzanne Todd is a stand out mediator in the field’.

‘Suzanne Todd – her breadth of knowledge and experience of clients in the high-net-worth market combined with her natural approachability mean that she is first choice for mediation in this field. She is creative and finds solutions for clients in a pragmatic and direct way’.

‘Withers is a full service firm so has the capability to advise in every area which is of great value to clients’.

‘Claire Blakemore is a fantastic lawyer, astonishingly efficient and on top of the detail in financial cases. She brings her legal skills to her mediation practice where she is also empathetic and constructive. Clients love her’.

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.

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Woodd

Testimonials

‘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’.

‘Rachel Woodd is one of my go-to mediators. She is very experienced, calm, empathetic and effective’.

‘A very strong matrimonial team who know their stuff and are very familiar with dealing with all types of cases, from very challenging lower asset cases to complex higher value matters’.

‘Rachel Woodd has a very approachable and sensible manner and is able to put forward her clients’ cases forcefully and clearly without adding to the tensions of litigation’.

‘Rachel Woodd is my absolute go to mediator. She now handles most of our most complex mediations and is masterful in terms of her ability to bring direction and sense to all scenarios. She handles with skill, grace and intellect cases with multiple parties, complex financial structures and those with delicate family dynamics’.