Mobile: 07903 374935
Message Service: 01895 706955
Office & correspondence address: 31 Sharps Lane, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 7JG
Mediation, Coaching & Consultation venues: Harrow, Northwood, Rickmansworth, Ruislip, Uxbridge and online by appointment only. Workplace and commercial mediation venues by arrangement.
I am an experienced mediator, litigation lawyer, and negotiator and have been working with people to resolve legal, personal and financial conflicts for over 30 years. Currently in private practice as a Mediator and parenting coordinator, I am a former senior manager and Solicitor in the Charity Sector. My professional experience includes working with charities, local authorities and trade unions to resolve employee conflict, working with neighbours, landlords and tenants and families to resolve housing and property disputes, negotiations between debtors and creditors and investigating and resolving consumer complaints. I have trained and mentored advice professionals and served as a charity trustee.
My focus as a mediator is on helping people to resolve personal conflicts in the family, workplace, and community by working both individually and in collaboration with other experienced mediators.
The common thread to my work is my interest in people and faith in their capacity to deal with and overcome difficult situations. I do not provide legal advice to mediation and coaching clients, instead I provide a space where they can consider their own views and the responses of others. I find that treating people with respect and honouring their dignity is the key to cooperation and that this helps clients discover their own solutions and make their own decisions about what is right for them.
Accredited Mediator Qualifications
Civil Mediation – 2009 – Clerksroom in association with the London School of Mediation (Civil Mediation Council accredited)
Community Mediation – 2009 – Mediation Buckinghamshire (College of Mediators accredited)
National Family Mediation Certificate in Family Mediation Training 2014
National Family Mediation Certificate – Mediation Information & Assessment Meetings 2014
London School of Mediation Advanced Mediator Training 2014
Family Mediation Council Certificate of Recognition All Issues Mediation 2016
National Family Mediation Certificate Child Consultation 2017
- SIA – Property specialist 2019
Legal Professional Qualifications
Bachelor of Laws University of Southampton 1985 2nd Class honours
Legal Practice Course – College of Law 1992
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors for England & Wales September 1994
Other Relevant Qualifications
Stage 1 Counselling – Relate 1986
Certificate in Conflict Coaching – CAOS 2011
Certificate in Money Advice Practice
Foundation Certificate in Non Violent Communication
I also hold a current DBS (CRB) certificate
- Family Law in Practice Faculty- Parenting Coordination 2018
Experience & Skills
Continuing Professional Development
I am committed to continuing professional development (CPD) both as a lawyer and a mediator. I have hundreds of hours post qualification legal CPD and since ceasing practice as a Solicitor average about 10 hours p.a. in legal CPD and a further 30 hours p.a. in Mediation and related training in addition to reading widely on communication skills, critical thinking and psychology. I also receive regular mediation supervision from accredited mediation professional practice supervisors.
I am a full-time mediator. I have successfully mediated in family, property, tenancy, neighbour and building disputes. I also have also mediated to resolve workplace disputes including disputes involving allegations of discrimination and bullying.
Other Relevant Experience
I previously practiced as a housing lawyer specialising in residential landlord & tenant and leasehold work. Although much of legal work in later years was for tenants I am also a landlord. I also have extensive experience in staff management and charity governance and in dealing with vulnerable people.
Collaborative Working & Learning
Mediation and conflict coaching are craft skills that improve with feedback and practice. I welcome opportunities for co mediation and co working with other mediators and also professionals from other fields including teaching, psychology, law, human resources and personnel development.
Mediation Practice & Panel Memberships
Minerva Mediation Ruislip – Family Mediation, Civil Mediation, & conflict coaching
Lambda Mediation – family mediation for separated couples
Thames Valley Family Mediation Service – Court Mediator, Mediation Mentor and SPIP trainer
The Mediator Network
National Mediation Database – Civil & Commercial Mediator
Mediation Bucks – Member of the Community, Civil and Room To Talk (youth) panels
- Clerksroom Mediation Panel – 218 Strand, WC2
Civil Mediation Council
- Resolution Mediator
Family Mediation Council
National Family Mediation
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Previous Legal Practice
2009 – 2016 Consultant solicitor – Landlord and Tenant and general litigation.
1999 – 2009 Law For All, Acton London W3 – Principal Solicitor. Team manager. Specialist areas – housing and personal insolvency.
1997 – 1999 Mary Ward Legal Centre, London, WC2 – Principal Solicitor. Specialist areas- housing and personal insolvency.
1995 – 1997 Dexter, Montague & Partners, Reading, Berks. – Assistant solicitor Civil Litigation – housing, personal injury, social welfare law.
1992 – 1995 Iliffes, Booth, Bennett Solicitors, Uxbridge – Trainee Solicitor & later Assistant Solicitor Civil Litigation Department – personal injury and general litigation.
1991 – 1992 League of Professional Craftsmen – resolution consultant.
1986 – 1991 London Advice Services Alliance – Team leader – tribunal advocate & trainer.
1985 – 1986 Hillingdon Law Centre – Social Security advisor and tribunal advocate.
Mediation Buckinghamshire – volunteer mediator & former trustee
Law Works – volunteer mediator
NALGO – (voluntary sector) union officer 1987 -1990
Hillingdon Law Centre management committee 1986 -1989