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Non-legally trained mediators: a Tour de Farce?

Mediation in family disputes is a threat to justice, believes Marilyn Stowe

6 August 2014

A few days before le grand départ of the Tour de France, I was a guest at a lunch in the Yorkshire Dales of the barrister set Broadway House Chambers, celebrating the 40 years in practice of Martin Wood. There was a great turnout for one of the most respected and best family lawyers in the country.

Sitting next to me was a lady
I assumed was a lawyer, but it emerged she was a mediator. Accredited mediators have a professional qualification in family mediation, recognised
by the Family Mediation Council and the Legal Aid Agency.
Some accredited mediators are from a legal background, some are social workers, Cafcass officers, teachers, nurses, drama therapists and hairdressers. There is no professional barrier to entry.

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