Firm Profile > Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors > Exeter, England

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

Family Tier 3

Exeter boutique Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors has enjoyed a period of sustained growth during 2020, with headcount and turnover doubling over the year. The firm offers a wide range of expertise across marital and children's law matters, and is recognised for its innovative approach. Ian Walker, who founded the firm in 2012, is known for 'thinking creatively to support clients'; he has recently been joined by a number of senior recruits, including Sarah Hindle, who joined from Bindmans LLP in 2020 and now heads the care team. Other key figures include Kim Stradling - described as 'a fighter for her clients' - and Bridget Garrood, who is known for her work for LGBT clients.

Practice head(s):

Ian Walker

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Hindle; Kim Stradling; Lauren Preedy; Bridget Garrood


‘Sarah Hindle has a luminous intelligence. Her capacity to steer a sensible course through the choppy waters of a difficult case is standout. Nothing but the best will do for her clients.’

‘Rapidly growing West Country family law firm with a strong emphasis on dispute resolution.’

‘Ian Walker is very well known legal practitioner with keen interest in encouraging dispute resolution practice outside of the court arena.’

‘Sarah Hindle is an outstanding lawyer and is in high demand for both complex care proceedings and private client work.’

‘Ian Walker is always willing to engage in innovative ideas and discuss ways of supporting separating families, both within his own practice and in the practice of others. He is open to discussing multi-disciplinary approaches, including family mediation, to resolving family disputes and is prepared to think creatively to support clients. This is very beneficial to families going through separation.’

‘Sarah Hindle is an outstanding lawyer and is in high demand for both complex care proceedings and private client work. She is very good with clients and offers them outstanding support and client care.’

‘Kim Stradling stands out amongst her fellow practitioners. A work ethic second to none, clear advice, efficient – years of experience give her a keen eye for the real issues in a case. A fighter for her clients.’

‘Bridget Garrood is a specialist in LGBT work, and passionate about helping gay, lesbian and trans clients.’

Key clients

Devon County Council


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 previously highly commended in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2019 and we are shortlisted in two categories in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2021

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

Sarah Hindle – child law specialist who joined from Bindmans in 2020 and is named in The Legal 500 as a rising star. Sarah 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.

Rosie Roddy – child law specialist who joined from Bindmans in 2021 and was named in The Legal 500 as a rising star.

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

The team includes 16 specialist family lawyers with plans in place for this number to rise further through hires in the pipeline.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Director Ian Walker 03339390188
Head of Divorce and Relationships Team Lauren Preedy 03339390188
Head of Children Law Team Sarah Hindle 03339390188
Head of Family Mediation Lisa Holden 03339390188
Family Lawyers : 16
Trainee Solicitors : 4
Overall team : 35+
Law Society Children Panel
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Law Society Family Law Accreditation