Ian WalkerAbout Us

I founded Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors in 2012 because I wanted to use technology to build a progressive practice to assist our clients to find the best solutions for their family cases,

Family disputes/problems are often made more complicated because those involved can make bad decisions based on emotion.

Bad decision making can have irreversible consequences. That’s why it is so important to get good legal advice.

As experienced specialists we can assist our clients in a clear headed way to make better decisions. We help our clients to make best use of the most appropriate dispute resolution option for their situation. These include: Legal advice and representation, collaborative family law, neutral family mediation and impartial family arbitration. We specialise in all these options.

Award-winning Family Lawyers

legal 500 leading firm logoIn 2021 we were winners in one catagory and highly commended in another catagory in the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards.

These awards were established to celebrate some of the most outstanding talent and achievements of solicitors in England and Wales. To have received an award is a massive honour. Our innovative approach had previously been highly commended in a category in 2019.

In 2021 we were also shortlisted in the category of Family Law Firm of the Year in the Family Law Awards – national awards aimed at family law specialists.

In 2020 we were also named as Boutique (specialist) Law Firm of the Year (11+ Employees) in the prestigious Modern Law Awards. And were winners in 2 categories in the Devon and Somerset Law Society Awards.

We are also recognised as a leading firm for family law in the South-West in the Legal 500.

Award winningOur Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement is:

  • To set standards of excellence in the practice of Family Law and Mediation.
  • To offer top city centre expertise in accessible locations.
  • To be transparent about how we charge.
  • To offer all family dispute resolution options.
  • To provide an outstanding service.

Law Firm of the Year SouthTo put it another way…

We want to combine:

  • the expertise of being specialists who concentrate on one area of law
  • the quality standards of large corporate law firms
  • the accessibility of High Street firms
  • and to be progressive and modern in our approach

To achieve this:

  • We have built one of the most experienced teams of specialist family law solicitors in the South West.
  • We have built an extensive network of office locations from where we meet clients across the South West. The firm is run efficiently from our own modern offices in Exeter.
  • We have achieved and maintain accreditation under Lexcel – the Law Society Practice Management Accreditation. This demonstrates we are a well-run organisation.
  • We have developed servives such as our Divorce Support Club – which has been described as being at the cutting-edge of family law practice.
  • We make extensive use of flexible and smart working and software solutions which meant that we were comfortably able to cope with the 2020. Our resources include the same top level family law library and practice support service used top national solicitors, cutting-edge (at least for the law industry) client on boarding software.
  • We have built a widely admired website containing a wealth of freely available information.
  • We have always openly published our hourly charge rates on our website. We are always happy to discuss charging options.
  • We were highly commended in the 2019 Law Society Excellence Awards and winners in the 2021 Law Society Excellence. (We have only sparingly put ourselves forward for this type of thing because our main priority has been progressing the business and the services that we offer).
  • We remain highly committed to the best practice promoted by Resolution. Ian Walker is the long-standing chair of the Devon region of Resolution and sits on the national dispute resolution committee. Lauren Preedy who is the head of our Divorce Team is the chair of Somerset region of Resolution
  • We continue to offer a Legally Aided service to those who qualify.

Ian Walker at the Law Society Recognising Excellence Awards 2019

There is a lot of information on our website. There is more about our history in the history section and about our individual team members in our team section.

We want to help our clients to achieve the best outcomes to their family law related problems in the right way. However, we cannot help you unless you get in touch with us. Please give us a call… Thanks.

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Meet our award-winning team
Meet our award-winning team

Find out more about our team members from our team page.

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Find out about how we charge

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We can meet by video-conference and at locations across the South-West
We can meet by video-conference and at locations across the South-West

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Resolution Code of Practice
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