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School Holidays

Posted by Louisa on 05 September 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation , Video

In this video we address what to do when you feel like the arrangements you have made for the school holidays aren’t working. This is a more informal video made by Louisa during one of her de-stressing walks in the beautiful Surrey countryside

How do mediators help clients to find solutions?

Posted by Louisa on 05 September 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation , Video

In this video Louisa explains how mediators help clients to find solutions as part of the mediation process. We hope it helps to demystify the mediation process!

Why I set up LKW Family Mediation?

Posted by Louisa on 05 September 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation , Video

In this video Louisa talks about what led her to set up LKW Family Mediation and her passion for helping separating (and separated because sometimes you need help further down the line) couples.

Are you taking responsibility?

Posted by Louisa on 18 July 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

Responsibility is something that is often taught to children: from encouraging them to tidy up their toys and be responsible for their own things; or encouraging them not to hit someone who has said upsetting things; through to giving them pocket money or an allowance and encouraging them to save up for toys or clothes that they want. Responsibility as… Read More »

Mediators: Stop pulling up the ladder

Posted by Louisa on 05 July 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

This post has been building in my head for a little while and I’ve gone back and forth on whether it’s an appropriate post for the blog which generally concentrates on tips and ideas for clients. Having mulled this over I have come to the conclusion that if you’re passionate about mediation then this must surely be an issue that… Read More »

I’ve separated from my partner: what do I do next?

Posted by Louisa on 19 June 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

So you’ve either made the decision to separate from your partner, agreed this would be best by way of a mutual decision, or have been told by your partner that they feel the relationship is at an end. What the heck do you do next? A quick google search will throw up countless pieces of information, blog posts, articles and… Read More »

The cost of divorce

Posted by Louisa on 23 May 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

There’s been a lot in the news recently about sky high fees paid by couples as part of particularly acrimonious court battles. As with all media reports about divorce they tend to relate to a minority of people – who are usually wealthy – rather than the majority of people who separate and divorce. But how much a divorce will… Read More »

Gut feeling

Posted by Louisa on 20 March 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

One of the things that we sometimes see in clients in mediation is an ability to make decisions or to put forward ideas as to potential solutions. We recognise that when couples separate either party can feel paralysed by indecision. This is often caused by feeling that there is simply so many ‘new’ things to process that it’s hard to… Read More »

Putting your financial cards on the table

Posted by Louisa on 22 February 2017 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation

One of the questions that often crops up in the early stages of mediation is what financial information do I have to provide. The great thing about mediation is that the approach that is taken can be tailored to the clients in the process. In the court system everyone has to fill out the lengthy, cumbersome (and downright scary) Form… Read More »

Are you thinking of becoming a mediator?

Posted by Louisa on 15 November 2016 in categories: Blog , Family Mediation , Uncategorized

Recent years have seen a steady increase in the number of couples entering mediation.  This is due in part to changes in the law, but also a greater awareness amongst members of the public about what mediation is.  They find the idea of being in control of their own resolution appealing.  They are also attracted by how quickly the process… Read More »

Recent years have seen a steady increase in the number of couples entering mediation.  This is due in part to changes in the law, but also a greater awareness amongst members of the public about what mediation is.  They find the idea of being in control of their own resolution appealing.  They are also attracted by how quickly the process can work, and the cost savings that can be made.  Lawyers too have seen the benefits of supporting clients in mediation rather than corresponding with an opposite number.  Offering clients a more cost effective solution reflects well on the lawyer and it can save time consuming and unpleasant disputes about fees – especially in cases where the couple have limited assets.  It can also represent a more constructive and less stressful way of working.

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If we recognise that mediation is now a big player in the world of dispute resolution then we also need to look at how this can be sustained.  I don’t think it’s controversial to say that many firms have tended to send more senior lawyers to undertake qualifications in different dispute resolution processes.  This has contributed to the current situation where a large number of the 1,500 or so family mediators in England and Wales are likely to retire in the next 5 to 10 years.

There does therefore need to be a concerted effort made to train the next generation of mediators and to ensure they have sufficient support to enable them to develop and flourish into good quality mediators.  With the introduction of the Family Mediation Council there is now voluntary regulation within the profession to ensure that the standards of mediation are good and that mediators continually seek to hone and improve their skills.

This is of course a good thing to ensure the professionalism of mediation.  It does mean that for a new mediator to train, start to practise and work to achieve accreditation requires a considerable investment in terms of both time and money.  All mediators are required to have a Professional Practising Consultant (PPC) to support and mentor them and help them to achieve the holy grail of accreditation, and a flourishing career as a mediator.

I am really excited to have completed the PPC course and to now be able to offer this service to other mediators, alongside my other mediation service.  I am passionate about ensuring the future of mediation and I believe that good support, encouragement and education of mediators will play a vital role in this.

If you are thinking about training as a mediator, or have taken the plunge and booked onto a foundation training course then please do get in touch.  My approach to being a PPC is going to be to offer the support in a flexible way that helps to support new mediators and to help them grow.  I will offer my services at very reasonable rates to ensure that this is affordable.  If you would like to chat more about this then please drop me an email, or give me a call.

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