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Ruth Smallacombe

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Work 020 7420 5000
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Family Law in Partnership Ltd

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Mediator and Family Consultant, Family Law in Partnership

Position

Ruth is a senior accredited mediator and counsellor, practice consultant and trainer of mediators, lawyers and therapists. She has over 30 years’ experience in family, mental health and human relations, both in the public and private sectors.

Ruth’s expertise covers the full spectrum of family issues ranging from divorce and separation (including finance and housing matters) to children matters (including residence and contact issues, international relocation of children and schooling) and mediation in relation to pre- and post-nuptial agreements, civil partnership and cohabitation agreements. She offers preparation and support to couples about to embark on mediation with other firms or court proceedings.

Ruth also acts as a family consultant and sees clients in conjunction with her lawyer colleagues. She is an experienced counsellor with a depth and breadth of knowledge in this field and can offer couple counselling, when appropriate.

Ruth’s clients include individuals, couples (including same sex couples), family members in dispute and children and young people, whom she sees either as part of their parent’s mediation process or for one to one counselling sessions.

Career

Founding member of Family Law in Partnership, 1995.

Member

Former chair and current board member of Family Mediators Association; Voice of the Child Advisory Committee.


London: Private client

Family: mediation

Within: Leading individuals

Ruth Smallacombe - Family Law in Partnership Ltd

Within: Family: mediation

Family Law in Partnership Ltd has the ‘best set of mediators in London’. The legal services that this large team of family mediators provides is ‘first-class, measured, fair and comprehensive’. The team ‘combines an understanding of the legal issues with an awareness of the personal and emotional issues facing clients’. Dominic Raeside is ‘really strong’ on children’s issues. Raeside can ‘work magic - almost like pull a rabbit out of a hat and get terrific results’. He along with Ruth Smallacombe are ‘two of the best known mediators in London. They receive a very high level of referrals from central London firms and they can usually crack even the hardest of cases’. Gillian Bishop is ‘not only a fabulous lawyer but an intuitive and empathetic mediator. She works well with both parties in the room’. James Pirrie is praised for his ‘work on supporting children’ and the ‘outstandingDavid Allison  is ‘just superb for mediation’. Director Elizabeth Fletcher  provides ‘exemplary support to her clients during the mediation process’. The team offers all types of family mediation from sole to co-mediation through to child inclusive mediation. It offers mediation in relation to both domestic and cross-border family disputes including international child abduction, access and custody cases.

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