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Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors
Vantage Point, Pynes Hill

Private client > Family Tier 3

Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors handles matters relating to divorce and relationships, child law and mediation. Founding partner Ian Walker, Lauren Preedy (divorce and relationships), Lisa Holden (family mediation) and Emma Perkins (children law) collectively lead the team. Perkins joined the team in April 2022 from KSFLP.

Practice head(s):

Ian Walker; Lauren Preedy; Emma Perkins; Lisa Holden

Other key lawyers:

Kim Stradling; Fiona Griffin; Bridget Garrood

Work highlights

    Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors are a progressive solicitor’s practice which specialises in all aspects of family law. The firm is also a mediation service.

    The practice was founded by Ian Walker in 2013. Ian’s track record includes being chair of the Devon region of Resolution for a decade, past membership of the Law Society Family Law Committee, and being a former trustee of the Family Mediators Association. Ian was amongst the first family mediators trained by Resolution (in 1996); and was a founder member of the Resolution/IFLA Child Law Arbitration Scheme.

    The practice is committed to the values of resolution and to offering the full range of progressive family dispute resolution options including; collaborative family law, mediation, arbitration and principled negotiation/litigation.

    The practice is also committed to providing outstanding client care. Recent innovations include offering a Client Service Guarantee and the Divorce Support Club. The Divorce Support Club is a free service to ongoing clients – who can participate in a monthly webinar with an experienced divorce coach.

    The firm is also committed to the best use of available technology including partnering with award-winning legal tech providers: SettIfy and Legl as well as established providers such as: Lexis Nexis and SOS. The use of technology allows the firm to act for clients across the world from its headquarters in Exeter. The firm also operates a network of meeting locations across the South-West.

    In the Modern Law Awards 2020 we were named the Boutique Law Firm of the Year (11+ employees). We were highly commended in the practice management category in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2021 and 2019 and Ian Walker was winner in an individual category in Law Society Excellence Awards 2021

    Notwithstanding the disruptions of 2020/21/22, the firm achieved significant growth including relocating its head office and expanding the team which now includes:

    Emma Perkins – child law specialist who joined from KSFLP in 2022. Emma was previously with Foot Anstey. Emma is the head of the Child Law team.

    Lauren Preedy – divorce specialist, who joined from Porter Dodson 2020. Lauren is head of the Divorce team.

    Bridget Garrood – high-net-worth divorce and cohabitation specialist and leading LGBT+ specialist (and member of the Law Society Diversity Committee) (and past chair of the Devon Region of Resolution) joined in 2020 From Cartridges-Law.

    Kim Stradling – leading south-west child law specialist.

    Paul Sykes – leading south-west child law specialist.

    Lucy Roberts – child abduction law specialist who joined from Crosse and Crosse in June 2022.

    Lisa Holden – divorce specialist and family mediator previously named in The Legal 500 when head of Family with Blanchards Bailey.

    The team includes 15 specialist family lawyers with plans in place for this number to rise further through hires in the pipeline.

    Managing Director Ian Walkerianwalker@familylawandmediation.co.uk03339390188
    Head of Divorce and Relationships Team Lauren Preedylaurenpreedy@familylawandmediation.co.uk03339390188
    Head of Children Law Team Emma Perkinsemmaperkins@familylawandmediation.co.uk03339390188
    Head of Family Mediation Lisa Holdenlisaholden@familylawandmediation.co.uk03339390188
    Family Lawyers : 15
    Trainee Solicitors : 3
    Overall team : 35+
    Law Society Children Panel
    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
    Law Society Family Law Accreditation
    Law Society Family Mediation Panel Accreditation
    Family Mediation Council Accreditation


    COMPANY/FIRM: Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

    TESTIMONIAL: Having Lev deal with my Financial Consent Order allowed me to have peace of mind throughout the process. Lev was very informative, knowledgeable and his advice was absolutely the right course of action for me to take. ‘Solicitor/client’ relationship aside, Lev addressed my situation with compassion and empathy which gave me confidence throughout the process. Going forward, I would absolutely recommend Ian Walker Solicitors to anyone.


    COMPANY/FIRM: Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

    TESTIMONIAL: The support I received from Fiona was both timely and reassuring in every respect. With every twist and turn I felt in the safest hands possible and can only commend the clear and measured legal advice and guidance I was provided with in the highest possible terms.


    COMPANY/FIRM: Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

    TESTIMONIAL: I found Ian Walker Solicitors lived up to and exceeded their reputation for efficient, compassionate, and experienced legal representation. They were upfront and realistic about timeframes and costs, they managed expectations well, and they kept me informed all the way through. I found Lauren to be professional, but also very understanding of and empathetic to the challenges divorce places on those going through it. The wealth of experience Lauren brought to bear was invaluable. Not only did it result in concluding matters in a collaborative, amicable, and ultimately fair manner but, it helped overcome my own diffidence and natural inclination to end matters too quickly. There was no unnecessary and costly work carried out, and they were always quick to answer the phone or reply to an email. I cannot thank them enough, nor recommend them more highly to others looking for a solicitor to help them navigate through a divorce.


    COMPANY/FIRM: Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

    TESTIMONIAL: I am more than happy to provide a review and feedback for Nicole Phare and her legal team. Nicole was extremely supportive and helpful throughout what was a difficult and stressful process. She went above and beyond expectation to support me and was always available and contactable for advice. Anything I didn’t understand was always fully explained. Nothing was too much trouble. Nicole Phare and her team were always respectful, professional and patient during a very difficult situation, providing a first class and personalised service.


    COMPANY/FIRM: Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

    TESTIMONIAL: When I first spoke to Lauren on the phone she told me she did not accept that I should walk away with nothing. She then guided me carefully through the process until I walked away with a six-figure settlement. She called me when she was worried about my well-being – I had been triggered by my daughter’s unhappiness – and she sent emails in advance of my receiving the decree absolute, warning me that this was often a challenging time. All in all, this has been a hugely painful experience. Yet I leave it with the best result I could have hoped for. I will be recommending this firm to others just as my friend did to me. Thank you to Lauren and her colleagues for their guidance throughout.


    COMPANY/FIRM: Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors

    TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for the excellent support provided by your firm in my recent separation and divorce – in particular, the work undertaken by Fiona Griffin. I found the whole process somewhat traumatic, particularly given the very aggressive approach taken by the other side, and Fiona guided me through the legal steps clearly and calmly, and gave me excellent advice on how to handle the situations I found myself in. I am pleased with the fair outcomes of the childcare and financial settlements. Thank you, as well, for resolving the initial difficulties around the handling of my case. Good luck in your future work.

    Our firm is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and equal opportunities within all stages of our employment and woven into our company values and beliefs.

    Over the last 10 years we have created a diverse culture and know that the best skills and attributes come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We encourage a collaborative working environment and provide everyone with the opportunity to play to their strengths and gain new talents whilst working in a culture which fosters cooperation and teamwork.

    Regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion, age, ethnic or national origins or political opinions, we aspire to treat everyone as equals and are dedicated to treating all our employees and job applicants alike.

    Ensuring that all our team feel valued, respected, and heard is at the forefront of our working practices. We work closely with everyone to ensure that they have the chance to contribute, and we celebrate their inclusion and success.

    We aim to promote and value diversity and are enthusiastic in our strive for equality for our entire team.

    Our team and clients come from all walks of life, and we hope to attain a workforce that is representative of the communities from which it is drawn.

    Our principles of equality and diversity also apply to the way we treat clients, our business partners, and visitors.

    To thrive over the next 10 years and beyond, we will continue to empower our team to speak openly, take bold steps, support others, be kind and try new things. Because together, we strive to be better and help one another, and the more we do that, the more we all grow.