Momentum for change in family mediation

A combination of mediation with legal advice would be an attractive offering for many clients, writes Karen Barham

03 May 2017

On 28 March 2017, I attended an evening with Mavis Maclean at Penningtons Manches, at the kind invitation of Veronica Gilmour, a partner in the firm’s family team, and colleagues. Maclean is co-founder of the Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy at the University of Oxford and a senior research fellow of St Hilda’s College. She is also co-author, with John Eekelaar, of Lawyers and Mediators: The Brave New World of Services for Separating Families (Bloomsbury, February 2016) – a must-read for all those working within the family justice system.

As a leading academic commentator on socio-legal research, and having previously been fast-tracked to a desk in th...

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