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Shifting the weight of your experience: Becoming a family mediator

Austin Chessell shares his experience of moving into the field of family mediation and the challenges and liabilities involved

15 March 2016

Legal aid may have gone for a lot of family and children legal matters, but there are still other avenues to consider to complement your family law background.

I have been involved in the family law sector since 2005. In 2010 I decided that I did not want to work only as a family solicitor; I wanted the challenge of working with separating couples, not just individuals, and to focus on the families' interests rather than having a fixed position. After looking into how this could be achieved, I decided to train as a family mediator.

Five years on, I am now doing more work as a mediator than as a solicitor.

Becoming a family mediator

It can be quite expensive at the start of the mediation journey, with the mediation foundation course fee and regular supervision meetings.

It takes time to build up a m...

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