Our team

Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors were founded in 2013 by Ian Walker. In 2015 Ian was joined by Karen Elliott who is a Chartered Legal Executive . In the spring of 2016 we were joined by Carrie Meikle who is a Solicitor. In 2017 Kim Stradling (Solicitor)  Stephanie Hinde (Solicitor) also joined. In 2018 Sandy Powell and David Howell-Richardson have both joined the team.

Find Out More About Us

At Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors we work as a team. We are all work in the same room. This means we can share information and co-work cases easily. Working as a team means that we have capacity to deal with more cases more effectively. It also means that one of us is normally available when you call. Teamwork also means that we can spread our expertise. We all have different qualities and experience. We can share this expertise between all of our clients. Hopefully this means that you get something better than simply being looked after by one person. All work is supervised by Ian. Working as a team hopefully means we can give our clients a better service. We all have our own page on the website which can be found on the menu bar above. We have tried to share a bit of ourselves with you so that you can understand a bit more about us as people. We are here to help you.

Experience at Family Law and Mediation

We have one of the most experienced teams of lawyers in Devon and Somerset. In addition to Ian, 3 of our lawyers have been partner and head of family law at their previous practices; Kim Stradling (Everys Solicitors), David Howell-Richardson (Stones Solicitors) and Sandy Powell (Dunn and Baker Solicitors). We cannot think of another practice in Devon and Somerset which has as great a concentration of other heads of family law teams as our practice.

In addition all of Ian Walker, David Howell-Richardson, Sandy Powell and Kim Stradling, trained as family mediators in the mid to late 1990s. Ian and David are both hold current accreditations as Family Law Mediators from the Law Society.


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.”

“100% happy with Ian and the firm. The correspondence was always good and they are very sensitive and understanding of the situation.”

“Karen was very helpful and supportive throughout. More than happy with the service that she has received. Karen is very organised and has really helped.”

“Really happy. Brilliant. I would recommend Karen absolutely.”

“Ian is a very committed and hardworking solicitor with a passion for child law in particular. He deals with cases in a holistic way putting his clients’ interests first. He is also proactive in advancing law reform.”

“We have worked with Ian for a number of years; we have always found him to be friendly and efficient, and very professional in his approach, and we would not hesitate to recommend his services.”

“Ian is a hardworking family lawyer specialising in Public Law care proceedings. He pays close attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned.”

“Ian is a very experienced proactive Family Law Solicitor.”

“Cool calm and collected – informative realistic and clear”

Did you get the impression that we were determined to our best for you? – “Yes I did get this impression, and in such difficult circumstances. This was important.”

“I thought the mediation process was excellent. Ian was a very good listener and fair to both of us. I felt there was progression during the sessions and that we were getting somewhere. However, when my (ex-husband) refused to give financial disclosure mediation came to a standstill. Because it ended, the flow of communication broke down between us and it seemed like we had return to square one again. I would recommend Ian service to a friend. I think it would be a very successful process if people weren’t as idiotic as my ex-husband.”