This is the Logo for the Law Society Mediation Panel.
Ian is an Advanced (Practitioner) Member.
Membership is by assessment and the mediator is required to demonstrate a “high level of skill and experience as a family mediator”. In 2002 Ian was accredited as a mediator by Resolution and was one of the first 20 mediators to attain that standard. (He allowed the Resolution mediation accreditation to lapse in 2007).
This is the Logo for the Law Society Children Panel.
Ian is has been a member since 1996.
Membership is following an assessment and is for a five years at a time.
The Law Society website says “Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of children law, be that in private practice or working for a local authority.”
Members are police checked. The number of members is relatively small.
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We can use this Logo because Ian Walker is a member of the FMA. The FMA was founded in 1986 by six family practitioners who founded the model of mediation now used by all family mediators. Ian Walker was trained as a mediator by two of the founders and in consulting directly with children as part of the mediation process by another. In 2012 Ian was elected by members to the Governing Board of the FMA.
Ian Walker is a member of Resolution. He has been a member since 1994.
Resolution is an organisation of family lawyers who are committed to a code of practice aimed at minimising distress in family disputes. It was founded as the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) in 1981. One of its founders formed the FMA.
Ian Walker was the elected Chair of the Devon region of Resolution between 2009 and 2012
Ian Walker is accredited by Resolution as a specialist family Solicitor. Ian was the first Solicitor in Exeter and East Devon to gain this Accreditation in 2001, shortly after the scheme was launched.
Ian Walker was trained as a Collaborative Family Lawyer in 2005. Collaborative Law originated in the USA in the 1980’s as an alternative to Mediation. It was introduced to the UK in 2003/4 by Resolution. Ian Walker persuaded Resolution to run the first Collaborative Law training in Devon in 2005.
Although Ian Walker was amongst the first 20 Mediators to be accredited by Resolution in 2002, this logo simply shows that Ian Walker was trained as a mediator by Resolution. In fact Ian’s trainers were two of the founders of FMA and pioneers of using mediation to resolve financial issues in divorce in the UK. There is no logo to show it, but Ian is also trained by Resolution to supervise other mediators and to meet with children as part of the mediation process.
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From 1 April 2013 the Legal Aid Board will have become the Legal Services Agency. From ths date Civil legal aid will not have a logo but legal aid providers will be permitted to use the text strapline ‘Contracted with the Legal Aid Agency’ instead.