Family mediation services

PROVIDING A BROAD RANGE OF MEDIATION SERVICES, FROM THE HIGHLY COMPLEX TO THE MORE STRAIGHTFORWARD

Research shows that family mediation services can be a very effective way for families to resolve conflicts. It is proven to be faster, less costly and – crucially – less adversarial than divorcing through the courts. It can help a couple take control of their family’s future, making constructive decisions together rather than asking someone else to decide what should happen to their children or finances.

Blake Morgan’s family mediation service is run by two specialist solicitors who have 50 years of family law experience between them. Solicitor Christine Plews is accredited with the Family Mediation Council, a certified Child Inclusive Mediator and holds a postgraduate certificate (OXON) in counselling, meaning our mediation services combine legal aspects of family law disputes whilst paying full regard to the emotional side.

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Main Areas Of Practice


Our expert family mediation service can be issue-specific or cover a range of issues including property and children. Blake Morgan has a broad range of expertise in mediation – from the highly complex with significant wealth and jurisdiction issues, to the more straightforward. Clients can contact our mediators directly themselves or their solicitor may recommend trying mediation to avoid Court.

Child Inclusive Mediation

Our Family Mediation Service can offer Child Inclusive Mediation so that the children are spoken to, in a separate meeting, as part of their parents' mediation. This gives a voice to the children which is very helpful in their short and longer term child development. It may also aid you in your decision making process. Therapeutic support is also available. We offer the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme when discussing children matters, which enables clients (with our support) to claim a £500 voucher from the Government towards the cost of their mediation.

Family Mediation Appointments

Mediation appointments are designed to fit the lifestyle and preference of the clients. Clients can be seen face to face at one of our professional and discreet offices in convenient locations across the south of England and Wales – in London, Southampton, Oxford and Reading. Equally clients like to have their mediation appointments on a virtual basis and this can be accommodated via MS Teams. This enables Mediation Information & Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediations to take place for clients based all around the UK and abroad. Shuttle mediations where clients do not want to see each other can be accommodated on either basis. Often a combination of face to face meetings and virtual meetings is preferred. Clear information about the process and costs is provided at the outset. Please contact us to discuss further.

Our Clients


We assist clients from all walks of life, who can self-refer or are referred by their solicitors. Their affairs may be complex or simple. Whatever your circumstances, our mediators can deal with the issues arising from relationship breakdown and be used to discuss children’s arrangements. Mediations take place in Oxford, Reading, Southampton and London.

"Sympathetic, understanding and sees the wider emotional context of complex situations and the added difficulties these can create."
- Mrs F, 2021


"Calm, considered and practical. When emotions are under strain [she] is level headed and has a rational approach [which] underpins a wealth of experience and gives her clients a feeling of complete security."
- Mr S, 2021


"Professional, impartial very experienced and entirely reputable."
- Mr X, local referring solicitor


"I was treated at all times with kindness and understanding."
- Mrs A


Highlights


Acting for clients in a high-value asset mediation referred by top London law firms, having been consulted during the couple's contested financial remedy court proceedings to help them negotiate a settlement outside of court.


Working with a couple to navigate complex children matters, dealing with shared parenting and creating a parenting plan. Christine Plews was able to draw upon her counselling training and was assisted by a family consultant.


Our Experts


Flora
Grossman
Partner

London

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Christine
Plews
Consultant

Oxford

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