Ian Walker - Solicitor/ Mediator/ Arbitrator/ M

Ian Walker – Solicitor/ Mediator/ Arbitrator/ Managing Director

Award Winning Plymouth Divorce Solicitors and Family Law Solicitors

In 2012 Ian Walker founded Ian Walker family Law and Mediation Solicitors. Prior to this, Ian had worked at Plymouth Solicitors: Nash and Co and Foot Anstey.

Since 2012 Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors is an award winning and leading regional and family law solicitors and divorce solicitors practice and mediation service based in the South-West.

Over the years Ian has spent many hours successfully representing clients at Plymouth County Court.

legal 500 leading firm logoIn 2021 our team was joined by specialist Plymouth family law and divorce solicitor – Carolyn Croft who was previously with Plymouth Solicitors Whiteford Crocker and after this, the Plympton office of Kitsons – where Carolyn was an Associate.

As with most law practices, we have adapted our ways of working through the pandemic of 2020 – 2022 – and are easily and discreetly available to clients by video conference. We are also able to meet with family law clients in Plymouth and Plympton by appointment.

Progressive Plymouth Divorce Solicitors and Family Law Solicitors

Award winningAt Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors, we strive for the best solution for you at all times. We offer advice and assistance for a full range of Divorce and Family Law Services, namely;

Divorce and separation

Financial cases

Child law

Social services cases

Domestic abuse

Collaborative family law

Family mediation

Child arbitration

Call our experienced Family Law Solicitors, Divorce Lawyers or Mediators now

Meet our Plymouth Divorce Solicitors and Family Law Solicitors and Family Mediators

  • Lauren Preedy
    Lauren Preedy Partner and Solicitor and Head of Divorce and Relationships Team
  • Carolyn Croft
    Carolyn Croft Partner and Consultant Solicitor - Divorce and Relationships Specialist
  • Nicole Phare
    Nicole Phare Partner and Consultant Solicitor - Children Law Specialist
  • Lev Boreiko
    Lev Boreiko Chartered Legal Executive and Associate
  • Ian Walker
    Ian Walker Director/Solicitor/Mediator /Arbitrator Law Society Children Panel and Mediation Accredited

  • An Award-Winning Team

    Law Firm of the Year SouthIn 2021 our Plymouth Divorce Solicitors and Family Law Solicitors were recognised as winners and were also highly commended in the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards.

    The Law Society Excellence Awards are very prestigious national awards and are like the Oscars for solicitors. The Law Society use the awards to recognise excellence in legal practice – and we are very proud of the recognition afforded to us by this award.

    Choose our team of Plymouth Family Law Solicitors and Divorce Solicitors to assist you

    There are lots of good reasons to instruct our Plymouth Divorce Solicitors and Family Law Solicitors – some of which are below;

    • Our practice is recognised for its excellence in the independently researched Legal 500.
    • We are well known for our commitment to the commitment to standards of best practice of Resolution. Our founder – Ian Walker has been Chair of the Devon Region of Resolution for a decade
    • Ian has also served on the Law Society Family Law Committee, as a trustee of the Family Mediators Association and on Resolution’s national Dispute Resolution Committee.
    • Our Divorce and Relationships Team includes the well-respected high net worth and LGBT+ specialist – Bridget Garrood.
    • We are committed to the use of all sensible forms of dispute resolution including: mediation, arbitration, collaborative family law, principled negotiation, and when necessary focused litigation.
    • We are well known for innovation. With our Divorce Support Club – we provide our divorce clients with a monthly private group session with a respected divorce coach – which is free for our clients.
    • We are very open about our charges. Unlike virtually all our competitors – we publish our hourly charge rates on our website.
    • Our Client Service Guarantee is a commitment to providing an outstanding service to all of our clients.
    • We have also developed a model where we are committed to the training of talented young solicitors. Having a vibrant and inclusive workplace benefits how we practice, and it also benefits how we assist our clients.
    • We have a network of specialist family law solicitors and divorce solicitors and family mediators across the South-West. Videoconferencing technology means that all of our clients have access to the full range of our very experienced team.

    Our Divorce Support Club

    In 2020 we launched our Divorce Support Club. This is an innovation in the practice of family law which is a real benefit to our clients.

    Our Plymouth divorce solicitors know that separation or divorce can be one of the most traumatic things you may go through in life. The emotional journey of separation or divorce is extremely challenging to navigate so we have partnered with a respected Divorce Coach.

    The aim is to provide clients with a safe and informal place via monthly online webinars to ask questions and gather a toolkit of strategies to help manage emotions and get clarity around the things that can be a source of worry, allowing clients to focus on what they can do, enabling them to feel stronger and more confident.

    Learn more about our Divorce Support Club 

    Latest News

    Too many family cases going to court, says President

    Last week the President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane made a rare appearance on BBC radio, speaking about the work of the family courts. The interview with Radio 4's Broadcasting House programme included a number of points

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    Abuse victims spared trauma of being quizzed by alleged abusers

    When a party to family proceedings alleges that the other party has subjected them to domestic abuse the court will want to investigate the allegations, to ascertain the truth.

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    Bristol judge criticises ‘disgraceful’ financial remedy proceedings

    There is a right way and a wrong way to conduct financial remedy proceedings on divorce. And if you choose the wrong way, then you are likely to be subjected to severe criticism by the judge, as a couple found to their cost in a recent case

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    Family court still failing mothers and children, says report

    In 2019 the Ministry of Justice established a panel of experts to gather evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in private law children cases (i.e. disputes between parents about the arrangements for their children)

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    Court rejects application for disclosure of CCTV footage

    Home security cameras, or CCTV, are becoming ever more popular. Each year they record hundreds of hours of the goings-on in the family home. But what if one separated parent is unhappy about what is going on in the other parent’s home?

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    Record court case delays revealed by latest statistics

    The Ministry of Justice has published its latest statistics, both for the work of the family court and for activity in the legal aid system for England and Wales, for the quarter January to March 2022. The statistics are one of the best

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    Listening to the child involved in family court proceedings

    Every year in England and Wales some 80,000 children are involved in court disputes between their parents over arrangements for the children (known as ‘private law proceedings’). It is of course absolutely essential that those children

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    Somerset woman: Domestic abuse story is a lesson

    A Somerset woman has told of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her partner, after he was found guilty of assaulting her. The woman has publicised her story as a warning to others not to ignore ‘red flags’ in relationships.

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    No-fault divorce and mediation: taking the pain out of divorce

    It goes without saying that divorce can be a painful experience. Much of that pain can be caused by conflict during the process, leading to stressful contested court proceedings. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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    Even if you have agreed your divorce settlement, you still need a court order

    With the advent of online divorce more and more people are doing their own divorce, especially since no-fault divorce has made the process considerably simpler. And having dealt with the divorce themselves, many are tempted to go one step

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    No-fault divorce is great, but don’t forget the financial settlement

    It is almost universally agreed that the introduction of no-fault divorce has been a good thing. Gone are the days when someone wanting a divorce has had to lay the blame for the breakdown of the marriage upon their spouse.

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    Marriage decline shows importance of cohabitants knowing their rights

    On the 19th May the Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) published its latest annual figures for the number of marriages that took place in England and Wales, for the year 2019. The figures show a continuing decline in marriage rates.

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    Meet our Plymouth Divorce Solicitors and Family Law Solicitors and Family Mediators

    Meet our Plymouth Divorce Solicitors at Falcon HouseWe are able to meet clients in Plymouth at:

    Plymouth Clients

    The Business Centre

    2 Cattedown Road


    PL4 0EG

    Plympton Clients

    And we are able to meet clients in Plympton at:

    Falcon House,

    Eagle Road,



    PL 75JY

    Telephone: 01752 545244

    The office is easily accessible from the A 38.

    We are available to see clients in Plymouth and Plympton by appointment.