First Stop Family Mediation

Fiona Sawkins - FMC Accredited (0970A) Lawyer Mediator and Child Inclusive Mediator

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With regards to my professional background, I am a Resolution (formerly Solicitors Family Law Association) trained family law mediator. I was a specialist family lawyer in practice for over fifteen years and prior to leaving full time practice in 2011, I was head of the family law department in a long standing firm of solicitors based in both Surrey and Berkshire. I qualified as a Resolution trained family mediator in 2004 and in 2008 also qualified as a Resolution trained collaborative lawyer. Since 2011, I have practised mainly as a family mediator and in 2012, I also became a mediation professional practice consultant, providing support and mentoring to other family mediators. Having become an accredited mediator through Resolution I now hold Family Mediation Council Accredited Status, this being identified by my unique accreditation number (0970A) and as such I am able to conduct Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (Miams).

My total career in law spans over twenty years and over those years I have seen family law transition from the then accepted adversarial stance to a more conciliatory approach. It has been a great source of relief and delight to see significant changes over the last ten years which have a created a more client focused approach and the ongoing development of dispute resolution options, particularly mediation.

Divorce and separation is never easy, and over my years in practice, having witnessed first hand, the emotional and financial consequences of the Court process on families, I became increasingly passionate about my mediation work and helping couples to take back control and make their own decisions about their family arrangements and finances for the future.

Discussion is an exchange of 

Knowledge; Argument is an 

exchange of ignorance.

Robert Quillen