What is mediation?

Mediation is the process by which couples or other family members seek to reach an agreement about matters that are important to them with regards to a relationship breakdown, in the presence of a trained neutral party – The Mediator. At Victoria House Mediation we have two qualified mediators, Ann Davies and Laura Bell.

Mediators do not make decisions. Their role is to help couples co-operate, resolve conflict, reach joint decisions and most importantly to focus on the needs and feelings of the children. It is important to remember that mediation is not reconciliation or counselling.

Benefits of mediation

  • Can be cheaper the using the Court
  • Can help clarify and minimise the areas of conflict
  • Can be quicker than using the Court
  • Can be better for the children
  • Lessens the stress of the relationship breakdown, and tries to keep couples talking and working together
  • Can be used by other family members – such as grandparents
  • Focuses on the future and not the past
  • Can result in an agreement that the couple is happy with, rather than having a solution imposed by the Court
  • Confidential
  • Voluntary




Ann Davies
Head of the Family Department
01256 305507
Family, Mediation
Laura Bell
Associate Solicitor - Family Team
01256 305530
Family, Mediation
Julia McGuigan
Support - Family Team
01256 305596
Family, Mediation