Welcome to the website of Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors.
We are a specialist Family Law Solicitors Practice
We advise and represent clients with matters such as; Divorce/Separation, Divorce Finance, Pre-nuptial Agreements; Child Law including; Child Arrangements, Social Services cases, Adoption.
We are also a Mediation Service.
Ian is a neutral mediator who assists clients to find solutions through voluntary, structured and confidential negotiations.
Ian is also a founding Arbitrator within the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) Children Arbitration Scheme. (An Arbitrator is a private judge who is able to make legally binding decisions).
Our head office is in Honiton at the East Devon Business Centre, which is conveniently located next to the A30 and has plenty of free parking. We have consulting rooms in Exeter (The Senate, Southernhay Gardens), central Taunton (The Crescent) and Yeovil (Hendford Hill). We see clients by appointment at all of our offices.
We aim to offer excellent value for money through a combination of expertise, lower hourly charges than City Centre Solicitors and an outcome focused approach.
We use the same top level family law library and practice support service used top city centre solicitors.
Our testimonials include:
“ Ian was brilliant. Would recommend him 100%”
“I found the firm very helpful. They provided very professional sound advice. The service was efficient and reliable. Pleased with the outcome.”
We are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency to provide Legal Aid for both Family Law and Family Mediation.
If you qualify for Legal Aid then there is no charge for the initial meeting. If not, we make a modest Fixed Charge for initial meetings which are for a full hour. We find that an hour is normally the right amount of time to understand your problem and to answer your questions fully. Full details are on our Charges page.
We attract clients from across Devon including; Axminster, Beer, Clyst St Mary, Colyton, Cranbrook, Crediton, Cullompton, Exeter, Exmouth, Honiton, Okehampton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidmouth, Tiverton, Uplyme and Somerset including; Bridgewater, Chard, Minehead, Taunton, Street, Wellington, Yeovil. We are also happy to assist clients who either live within, or are travelling into the South West.
We have included a lot of useful information on the website. Please have a look at it, and when you are ready, give us a call.
Our Mission Statement is to set standards of excellence in the practice of Family Law and Mediation. It is to assist our clients to find the best solutions for their family, in a way that is child focused, cost effective and which is as un-traumatic as possible.
I am a very experienced specialist Family Law Solicitor. I am well known and respected in our local legal community. I have now been elected/re-elected three times by fellow family law solicitors as the Chair of the Devon region of the family law solicitors organisation; Resolution. Each term of office is 3 years.
I founded Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors from scratch, because I wanted the freedom to assist my clients in the right way.
I have a long history of promoting best practice. My own speciality is complex child law cases including where a parent has mental health difficulties or where one parent wants to relocate within the UK against the wishes of the parent.
My other speciality is Divorce finance. I am passionate about the use of mediation and other forms of constructive dispute resolution such as collaborative family law.
I am a married father of four and have lived in East Devon for more than 20 years.
Since I founded the firm, it has evolved. I have been joined by other experienced practitioners including Kim Stradling and Sandy Powell and David Howell-Richardson. Hopefully it says something good about what we are trying to deliver for clients, that such an experienced team of lawyers have chosen to join me.
Kim Stradling was head of family law at Everys Solicitors. Kim is a very well respected children law specialist including cases involving Social Services. Kim has particular expertise in cases were there are complex evidential issues, such as non accidental injury or alleged sexual abuse.
David Howell-Richardson has more than 40 years experience in family law. For many years David was partner and head of the family law team at Stones Solicitors and then Trowers and Hamlins. David is also an accredited mediator. David his highly respected and has assisted many Exeter and Devon families.
Sandy Powell has specialised in Family Law for 30 years and is well respected in the Devon family law community. She has previously worked for a number of Devon Solicitors including Ford Simey, WBW and Dunn and Baker (where she was a head of the family law team).
We all share the same office and work as a team. This gives us greater flexibility and availability to meet the needs of our clients.