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Avoid expensive court fees with our family mediation solicitors

We believe it’s almost always best to keep a family dispute out of the courts. Our experienced family mediators can help you come to a joint decision about the best solutions for you and your family. Your respective solicitors can then make your proposals legally binding if that’s what you prefer.

Royds Withy King Family Department are highly recommended in the “The Times Best Law Firms” 2019 survey

You can discuss all family related concerns at mediation sessions including issues concerning your children, finances and anything else arising from the breakdown of a relationship.

What do family mediators do?

Our family mediation services help families resolve issues face-to-face by avoiding the formality and complexity of the court system at a lower cost than that of going to court.Family mediation services aren’t right for everyone, but we can discuss alternatives if we don’t think they’re for you.

What services do we provide for you and your family?

Our family mediators are qualified specialists who:

  • manage your mediation sessions
  • act as an impartial third party to help you reach a solution acceptable to both individuals
  • create an environment where you can have safe discussions
  • make sure that both of you have the opportunity to speak and to be heard
  • reality test options being discussed
  • present you with useful information relevant to the issues being considered.

Choosing our family mediation services helps you keep control of the process. You decide when you meet and how many meetings you need. You choose the pace. What’s more, a more relaxed environment can reduce tensions and often help preserve relationships – particularly beneficial if you have children.

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Solicitor referral forms

  • If you are a solicitor please click here to refer your client to mediation online.
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The Family Team's Credentials

What the team is known for: Highly experienced at taking on financial remedy cases. Focuses on settling issues through collaboration or mediation where possible, and through litigation if necessary. Active representing guardians in public law care proceedings. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are highly skilled and committed professionals who work incredibly hard and diligently for their clients.” “They provided an excellent service in a very straightforward and non-technical way.” Notable practitioners: Richard Ellis (Band 2) enjoys a strong reputation for his public children expertise, and is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance cases. He is hailed by one commentator as “phenomenally good and a great advocate.” Sharon MacDonald (Band 3) frequently represents high net worth clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and collaborative law, associated with complicated finance matters. One client reports: “She was very thorough – all the paperwork was correct down to the minutest detail. She obtained a wonderful result for me.” Jon Toogood (Eminent Practitioner) handles matrimonial finance issues in the context of divorce cases, and is a skilled arbitrator and collaborative lawyer. One client praises his “excellent technical knowledge, very good commercial awareness and very good bedside manner.” Katherine Lauder is a Recognised Practitioner.” Chambers 2017 South West

“What the team is known for: Well-known team in the Oxford market, with substantial experience in divorce and financial remedy matters involving complex assets. Also advises on public law children cases, including those involving allegations of non-accidental injury. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “A really good outfit, and universally likeable.” Notable practitioners: Mark Phillips (Band 3) is experienced advising in divorce and financial remedy matters, especially those involving complex assets such as pensions and business interests. One source says of him: “He is very intellectually able, and has a pleasant, persuasive way about him.” Head of the Oxfordshire family team Simon Bassett (Band 3) is particularly active in matrimonial finance cases. One source reports: “I’ve been really impressed with his ability to think creatively around the financial cases, and to look for solutions that aren’t obvious.”” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King is ‘one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation, and department head Richard Ellis has ‘a fantastic reputation’ in care proceedings. Also recommended are Sharon MacDonald and Jon Toogood, and newly promoted senior associates Katherine Lauder and Rebecca Stevens.” Legal 500 2016 South West

Simon Bassett is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. Legal 500 2016 South East


Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that involves the appointment of a neutral and impartial third party. The mediator will try to find common ground between you and guide you both in to an agreement.

If you’re not comfortable with being in the same room as your ex-partner, the mediator can arrange shuttle mediation. This is where the mediator speaks with you alone and then speaks to your ex-partner with your proposals separately. It might take more than one session to reach an agreement.

If an agreement is reached between you and your ex-partner, a “memorandum of understanding” will be drawn up by the mediator, so everyone understands what has been agreed. You are able to take this agreement to a solicitor to have this converted in to the necessary legal document. You will need to instruct another solicitor to do this on your behalf, but we can explain this process for you. 

Contact us for a free, no obligation chat and we can begin the process and start to help you today.