We are delighted to announce that specialist family law solicitor Fiona Griffin has joined our team as a consultant.

Fiona  qualified as a Solicitor in 2000  Most of Fiona’s career has been spent assisting clients in Somerset and North Somerset, most recently as Partner and Head of Family Law for several years with John Hodge Solicitors in Weston-Super-Mare.

Divorce and Cohabitation Specialist

Fiona specialises in divorce and finance cases including cases with net assets of several millions.

Fiona is a Resolution Accredited Specialist Solicitor with specialist accreditation in Financial Relief and Cohabitation.

Fiona is also a Collaborative Family Law specialist.

Committed to Resolution

Like our other lawyers, Fiona is a committed member of Resolution and she is well known and well respected in our local legal community. Fiona is a member of the Somerset Resolution Committee.

We are Excited to have added Fiona Griffin to our team

Ian Walker says:

We are delighted that Fiona has decided to join our team.

Fiona is a very experienced family solicitor. She has particular expertise in divorce and finance law and cohabitation disputes.

Fiona’s addition to our team will mean that we will have 9 family solicitors and legal executives from January 2019. This makes us one of the largest and most experienced teams of family lawyers in the South West.

Fiona, David Howell-Richardson, Sandy Powell and Kim Stradling have all been partners and heads of the family departments at previous practices. This gives us exceptional strength and depth within our team.

We will also have more capacity to see and act for clients in Taunton and Bridgwater, which is really exciting.

Fiona is a pleasure to work with. She already knows most our lawyers very well and she will be a great addition to the team.

Fiona says

Everyone here is really friendly. I am very impressed by the use of cloud based technology at Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors.

I am really looking forward to 2019. Having seen Ian Walker Family Law and mediation Solicitors grow as an outsider, I am really excited to be joining the team.

Contact Fiona

Contact Fiona at fionagriffin@familylawandmediation.co.uk

Join our Team

In 2018 we have;

  • Renewed our Legal Aid Contract
  • Successfully achieved the Law Society LEXCEL Practice Management Standard (previously we have been accredited to the Legal Aid Agency’s SQM standard)
  • Added to our team such that we will have 9 specialist family lawyers in January 2019
  • Stretched the areas of practice to include Torbay and further into Somerset.

We successfully use cloud based IT including SOS connect case management and we subscribe to Lexis PSL.

We are a happy and friendly team of experienced family law specialists.

We are open to adding further to our team in 2019.

If you are a Devon and Somerset based family lawyer (or want to be) and want to be part of our journey please email ianwalker@familylawandmediation.co.uk – fee share consultant or salary, equity prospects for the right candidates.

No office politics!

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In December 2018 our organisation and working practices were independently audited and we were awarded the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark known as Lexcel

Lexcel provides a flexible, supportive management framework to promote a quality management approach and client service in how to run a legal practice. The framework helps practices develop consistent operational efficiencies and client services, manage risk effectively, reduce costs and promote profitability. It is the most appropriate Standard for the legal profession as it was written by solicitors for solicitors.

Elements of the Lexcel Standard

Lexcel sets the required standard in seven different areas:

  1. structure and strategy,
  2. financial management,
  3. information management,
  4. people management,
  5. risk management,
  6. client care, file and
  7. case management.

Lexcel scheme rules outline the design, principles and governance processes of the scheme.

Independently assessed

Lexcel is independently assessed and demonstrates our commitment to consistently deliver services that meet client expectations, improve overall satisfaction and assist regulatory compliance. Lexcel Accreditation is re-assessed every year.

We were already accredited through the Legal Aid Agency’s Specialist Quality Mark (SQM). There is some overlap between Lexcel and SQM, but in our view, SQM is more a minimum standard, whereas Lexcel is broader and is a better framework for ongoing practice improvement.

We submitted our application for Lexcel accreditation in October 2018 and were successfully audited at the start of December 2018.

Very positive feedback

Our audit report included the following from our assessor:

  • This was a hugely positive initial assessment visit which provided extensive evidence of compliance with the Lexcel standard even at this early stage
  • Overall, I was extremely impressed by the way that the practice has been able to adapt their policies, procedures and plans to meet the requirements of version 6.1 of the standard
  • This visit did identify a small number of minor non-compliances but these largely concerned the contents of the Office Manual and associated reports [Resolved by the time we broke up for Christmas]
  • Throughout the firm I was impressed by the excellent morale and positive attitude of the members of the firm and how they are looking forward to the continuing growth and development of the practice
  • It was also good to hear how positive people are about the move towards paperless working and how everybody, without exception, is clear about the potential benefits of that change
  • A number of suggestions are made for further improvement, all of which relate to making already good systems better

A milestone for our practice

Gaining the Lexcel standard is important for us because it shows that we have financial, management and client care systems in place which are comparable to much bigger and longer established competitors.

Gaining Lexcel is a big step forward for the practice as it demonstrates that we are now a fully established and quality practice and will assist us to improve the reach of our services.

As an exercise, all of our team were involved in the preparation for audit and most were interviewed. We all have a stake in the successful outcome.

We are proud to display the Lexcel logo on our website as a demonstration of the quality of our practice.

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We are delighted to announce that specialist family law solicitor Nicole Phare has joined our team as a consultant.

Nicole finally qualified as a Solicitor in 2005, but has a career in the law which goes back to 2000. Most of Nicole’s career has been spent assisting clients in Torquay and wider Torbay and South Devon.

Child Law and Divorce Specialist

Nicole has a wealth of experience in representing children and parents in complex cases involving social services.

Nicole also specialises in divorce and finance cases including cases with net assets of several £millions.

Committed to Resolution

Like the our other lawyers, Nicole is a committed member of Resolution and she is well known and well respected in our local legal community. Nicole is a former colleague of Ian Walker from when they were both with Tozers.

We are Excited to have added Nicole Phare to our team

Ian Walker says

We are delighted that Nicole has decided to join our team.

Nicole is a very experience family solicitor. She has particular expertise in child law and with divorce and finance law. 

Nicole’s addition to our team will mean that we will have 9 family solicitors and legal executives from January 2019. This makes us one of the largest and most experienced teams of family lawyers in the South West.

We will also have capability to see and act for clients in Torbay, which is really exciting. 

Nicole is a pleasure to work with. She already knows most our lawyers very well and she will be a great addition to the team.

Nicole says

Everyone here is really friendly. I am very impressed by the use of cloud based technology at Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors.

I am really looking forward to 2019. Having seen Ian Walker Family Law and mediation Solicitors grow as an outsider, I am really  excited to be joining the team.

We are able to assist clients in Torquay

Contact Nicole at nicolephare@familylawandmediation.co.uk

Join our Team

In 2018 we have;

  • Renewed our Legal Aid Contract
  • Successfully passed our first audit for the Law Society LEXCEL Practice Management Standard (previously we have been accredited to the Legal Aid Agency’s SQM standard)
  • Added to our team such that we will have 9 specialist family lawyers in January 2019
  • Stretched the areas of practice to include Torbay and further into Somerset.

We successfully use cloud based IT including SOS connect case management and we subscribe to Lexis PSL.

We are a happy and friendly team of experienced family law specialists.

We are open to adding further to our team in 2019.

If you are a Devon and Somerset based family lawyer (or want to be) and want to be part of our journey please email ianwalker@familylawandmediation.co.uk  – fee share consultant or salary, equity prospects for the right candidates.

No office politics!

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It is always nice to receive good client feedback.

Here is the latest feedback we have received about Karen Elliott (this week)

Many thanks for your final letter and cheque, and a big thank you for the lovely card you included with it, so thoughtful.

I appreciate your kindness and am truly grateful I found you to represent me during this challenging time in mine and xxxx’s life. without your help and advice I don’t think I’d be in this position now and I thank you once again..

Things are settled now and I feel at peace with the whole situation, (former partner) and I are managing to communicate better. 

Anyway life goes on.. xxxx and I are happy and that’s all that matters.

Wishing you all the best in 2019 Karen..

(And a very big bunch of flowers was also received by Karen from the same client)

Another client commented:

Karen dealt with difficult conversations and offered constructive advice in a way which meant it was all much easier than it could have been with a less sympathetic person. Everything was clearly explained…

And a former client from several years ago has also reinstruct to Karen.

It is always very pleasing to receive the good feedback. The above are good examples of the feedback that we regularly receive about Karen’s work.

I appreciate all feedback from all clients. There are inevitably occasions where things haven’t gone completely according to plan. If a client has not been 100% happy, then I need to understand from their perspective what the difficulties have been. We can then as a team learn from this and improve what we do.

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On the 11 and 12 October 2018 travelled to Nottingham to attend Resolution’s annual Dispute Resolution Conference. The aim of the conference is to bring to together family law experts in dispute resolution to share their experiences and to discuss and learn about the latest ideas for innovation and promoting best practice.

The Resolution Dispute Resolution Conference is organised by Resolution’s Dispute Resolution Committee, of which I am a member. (Although I hasten to add that I was not on the conference organising subcommittee).

There were around 160 – 180 delegates from all around the country. It is always enjoyable to catch up with friends and colleagues and to meet other like-minded professionals. The majority of the delegates are either mediators, collaborative family lawyers or family arbitrators or like myself all 3 (as well as being practising specialist family law solicitors and barristers).

Promoting collaborative family law

Amongst the topics discussed were promoting collaborative family law as the normal way of family law practice.

Sadly we are not quite there yet, with collaborative family law being the normal way of family law practice with some lawyers practising within family law still taking a litigious approach which can exacerbate family difficulties – and which is avoidant of the use of family mediation, collaborative family law and arbitration

Other topics included; Innovation in family law/mediation/collaborative law/arbitration; better preparing clients for stressful meetings including by encouraging clients to make use of techniques such as mindfulness and by accessing counselling; working together with complimentary professionals (such as financial advisers and children experts) and integrating working together in different aspects of practice; better assisting families to implement children court orders achieved through court proceedings (often with high conflict) or mediation and assisting couples to better work together in order to avoid returning to court.

Amita Sehgal – dealing with stress and anger

The Henry Brown Lecture (named after Henry Brown – Henry is a pioneer of the use of family mediation in the UK and who incidentally trained me as both a family mediator in 1996 and a civil/commercial mediator – Henry is now enjoying his retirement) was given by Amita Sehgal who is a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council through the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology. This considered the impacts of dealing with stress and anger and steps that could be taken to minimise the negative impacts of these.

Jo Berry and Patrick Magee – Building Bridges for Peace

The highlight of the conference was undoubtably the keynote address given by Jo Berry and Patrick Magee of Building Bridges for Peace.

Jo Berry is the daughter of Sir Anthony Berry MP who was amongst those killed in the bombing of the Grand Hotel, Brighton by the IRA (Irish Republican Army) on October 12, 1984. Patrick Magee is the man who planted the bomb and who was convicted and sent to prison for that act.

Jo described how within 2 days of her father being killed she resolved to find something positive out of what had happened and to bring meaning to and even understand those who had killed her father.

Jo and Patrick met 16 years later after Patrick was released from prison as part of the Northern Ireland peace process. The charity Building Bridges for Peace was launched in Brighton in October 2009 on the 25th anniversary of the bombing.

Building Bridges for Peace works to enable divided communities and the general public to explore and better understand the roots of war, terrorism and violence. Jo and Patrick promote dialogue and mediation as the means to peace.

Jo Berry and Pat Magee have given talks in Palestine, Lebanon, Rwanda and throughout the UK.
There is a quote on the Building Bridges for Peace website http://www.buildingbridgesforpeace.org/ from Terry Waite CBE which is worth repeating;

To be a subject of a grievous wrong is always wounding and painful and can frequently provoke anger.

However, anger, if allowed to fester is like a cancer of the soul. It does more harm to those who hold it than against those whom it is held.

Jo Berry knows from personal experience what it is to have to face deep suffering as her father was blown up in a IRA bomb. She has let go of personal need for revenge and empathised with Patrick Magee, the man responsible for planting the bomb.

To hear her speak alongside the one who killed her father is a living demonstration of the transforming power of reconciliation when two people who have been on different sides truly listen and can see each other’s humanity, an example this sad world so desperately need.
Terry Waite CBE – humanitarian and former hostage

It was particularly inspiring to hear Jo and Patrick speak on a day that was in fact the 34th anniversary of the bombing.

Terry Waite’s words encapsulate the importance of the work of Jo and Patrick not only in the theatre of political conflict but also in the theatre of personal conflict.

Anger in personal conflict

As family law practitioners we are very often assisting clients who have been wronged and who are angry with their former partner who they feel has caused them that wrong.

The anger and pain is very often a two-way thing. Unresolved anger can play out in making it much harder to reach objectively reasonable outcomes and can be compounded by further anger generated through the process of divorce/separation and having orders/outcomes imposed. A couple’s children can be caught within this conflict and this can be very damaging indeed. This can play out in children being psychologically harmed, losing contact with one parent or family members (sometimes with parental alienation) or not receiving good role modelling to equip them to deal with resolving disputes in their own lives in the best way.

I would strongly recommend that if you ever have the opportunity to listen to Jo and Patrick speak then you should take this up. What they have achieved together, both on a personal level as well as through their wider work is truly inspiring.

The delegates to whom I spoke, all left thinking about how they could better assist their clients through their own personal conflicts.

Conclusion

I left the conference re-energised that as a practice we are clearly on the right track in terms of how we are trying to assist our clients and over the next few months we will be reflecting further upon how we can make improvements to our service and to supporting our team to do this.

I am already looking forward to the 2019 Resolution Dispute Resolution Conference.

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Collaborative Family Law vs Mediation

Collaborative family law is a fantastic but underused family dispute resolution process.

With mediation, couples are assisted to reach solutions through confidential negotiation assisted by the neutral mediator.

With the normal model of mediation, each of the couple will seek their own independent legal advice between meetings. The neutral mediator cannot give advice – but can give information in a neutral way.

One of the problems with mediation is that couples in mediation may decline to take legal advice or they may not ask the right questions of their solicitor, or they may not fully hear the advice that is given. This can mean that in some mediations, one or both of the parties will struggle to say yes or even maybe to what might otherwise be reasonable proposals.

Feedback from mediation information and assessment meetings and mediation is occasionally that one party declined to enter mediation, struggled with the mediation process because they felt under supported, or were concerned that the other party would be too overbearing for mediation to be able to work.

If mediation is not suitable, or is not quite the right process, then there are alternatives.

A genuine alternative to mediation

This is where collaborative law fits in. With collaborative family law, both of the couple commits to finding negotiated solution, whilst also avoiding court proceedings. Like mediation the negotiations are confidential. The collaborative law contract, which is called the participation agreement, includes a commitment from both of the couple not to go to court. It is agreed that if the collaborative law process breaks down that the couple will each need to instruct different solicitors. This is a further incentive to settle.

The key to collaborative family law is that there is no neutral mediator (although in some circumstances a mediator could be drafted in, if negotiations got particularly complicated). Instead the couple are reach represented/advised/assisted by their own solicitors. The mediation works through a series of 4 way meetings. The solicitors will work together in a collaborative way.

Advice will be shared and by collaborative working complex issues can be unravelled as a practical and fair solution is worked out. The couple are reach better supported and each will be better able to say yes to a reasonable agreement when the time is right. The solicitors working with their clients are better able to keep the process moving along than with mediation. Letter writing is avoided.

When appropriate other professionals can be brought in to the collaborative law process, such as financial advisers or family consultants (who can assist with coaching around children issues).
Key to the success of collaborative law is that each of the clients have a good relationship and trust in their solicitors and then that there is a good working relationship and trust between both solicitors. To qualify as a collaborative family lawyer specific training is required and this needs to be backed up by regular meetings with other collaborative lawyers and ongoing training.

The alternative to mediation and collaborative law is either negotiation through solicitors letters or roundtable meetings which do not have the protection of the collaborative law agreement or a court process. These negotiations will often be more tetchy and divisive (even if that is not intended).
Collaborative family law offers a way to achieving a better divorce/separation/negotiation in the way that mediation also does.

Working with other Collaborative Family Law Solicitors

You don’t build and sustain good working relationships with other collaborative family law solicitors without meeting and talking.

This year Devon Resolution organised a Collaborative Law Training Day for Devon Collaborative Family Lawyers with the leading collaborative law trainers in the UK – namely Helen Garlic and Suzy Power. (Incidentally, Helen had been one of the helpers on the mediation training that Ian Walker undertook with the renowned Henry Brown and Felicity White, back in 1996). Suzy was one of the trainers when Ian arranged with Resolution the foundation collaborative law training which brought collaborative law to Devon in 2005.

It was good to catch up with Helen and Suzy and also with other collaborative law solicitor colleagues from around Devon. You can never have too much skills training.

By us meeting and training together and building and maintaining good relationships, we can as a group assist our clients better.

Collaborative Family Law is a good option. Give us a call to find out more.

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I am pleased to confirm that we are now certified as compliant with the requirements of the Cyber Essentials Scheme.

Cyber Essentials Scheme: overview

The Government worked with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF) to develop Cyber Essentials.

Cyber Essentials is a set of basic technical controls to help organisations protect themselves against common online security threats.

The full scheme, launched on 5 June 2014. It is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations which are offering incentives for businesses.

The Cyber Essentials scheme addresses the most common Internet-based threats to cyber security — particularly, attacks that use widely available tools and demand little skill. The scheme considers these threats to be:

  • hacking — exploiting known vulnerabilities in Internet-connected devices, using widely available tools and techniques
  • phishing — and other ways of tricking users into installing or executing a malicious application
  • password guessing — manual or automated attempts to log on from the Internet, by guessing passwords

The Cyber Essentials scheme helps organisations to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data stored on devices which connect to the Internet.

Advantages of certification

Certification and compliance provides reassurance to customers that we are working to secure our IT and their data against cyber attack

It shows that we take cyber security seriously.

Trusted IT supplier

We don’t claim to be IT experts ourselves. Our IT is very important to how we deliver our service. For this reason we have a trusted IT supplier in the form of Alchemy Systems.

Alchemy Systems have been assisting us over the last 4 years. Because Legal Services IT support is one of their specialisms, they have been able to give us outstanding and pro-active support. Thanks to all at Alchemy.

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Leading Exeter Family Law Solicitor and Exeter Divorce Lawyer David Howell-Richardson joins Ian Walker Family Law And Mediation Solicitors – adding to one of the most experienced teams of family Law solicitors and divorce lawyers in Devon and Somerset

David Howell-Richardson has spent many years assisting clients in Exeter and throughout Devon to achieve good outcomes for their divorce and child related problems.

David Howell Richardson qualified as a solicitor in 1978 and as Head of Family Law and partner at Stones Solicitors, Exeter and then Trowers and Hamlins Solicitors, David will have assisted thousands of clients in Exeter and Devon with his child focused but tenacious approach. David has spent many years as a member of the Law Society Children Panel and on the Law Society Family Mediation Panel.

David Howell-Richardson is well known and well liked in the Exeter and Devon family law community. He is an active member of Resolution, which is leading force in the development of good practice for family solicitors and divorce lawyers. David’s reputation and experience assists him in achieving good outcomes for his clients.

Leading Devon and Somerset family law solicitor and divorce lawyers

Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors was founded by leading Devon and Somerset family law solicitor and divorce lawyer Ian Walker in 2013. Ian Walker is the long-standing chair of the Devon region of Resolution and is a former member of the Law Society Family Law Committee and a former trustee of the Family Mediators Association.

It is the mission statement of Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors to set standards of excellence in the practice of family Law and mediation. Also, to assist clients to find the best solutions for their family law issues in a way that is child focused, cost effective and as un-traumatic as possible.

A progressive approach to family law and divorce

An example of the progressive approach of Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors is that the practice has always published its charging rates on their website https://familylawandmediation.co.uk/payments-2/these charges are consciously lower than comparable city centre practices. However, if clients are concerned for some reason that the law firms in Exeter charging rates are not high enough, there is an ongoing offer in the firm’s fair charging policy https://familylawandmediation.co.uk/payments-2/fair-charging-policy/ to price match a more expensive charging rate and donate the difference to a children’s charity.

One of the most experienced teams of family Law solicitors and divorce lawyers in Devon and Somerset

Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors has quickly developed one of the most experienced teams of family Law solicitors and divorce lawyers in Devon and Somerset. In addition to Ian Walker and David-Howell Richardson, two of our other family Law solicitors and divorce lawyers have been partners and head of family law and divorce at their previous Devon practices, namely; Kim Stradling (Everys Solicitors) and Sandy Powell (Dunn and Baker Solicitors).

There are currently 7 specialist family Law solicitors and divorce lawyers in the team at Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors, but there are already plans in place which should see this rise to 9 specialist family Law solicitors and divorce lawyers by early 2019. This will make the team one of the largest specialist teams of family Law solicitors and divorce lawyers in Devon and Somerset, assisting clients from its offices and consulting rooms in Exeter, Taunton, Honiton and Yeovil.

The practice has a well-regarded website https://familylawandmediation.co.uk/ which includes lots of useful information about family law, child law, divorce, family mediation and family law arbitration. The website includes pages with helpful advice to assist clients to choose their best divorce lawyer https://familylawandmediation.co.uk/family-law/divorce/best-divorce-lawyer/ and about what to do if social services have concerns about parenting https://familylawandmediation.co.uk/what-to-do-if-social-services-have-concerns-about-your-parenting/

David says:

I am delighted to be a member of the family law solicitor and divorce lawyer team at Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors. I have known Ian Walker, Kim Stradling and Sandy Powell for many years and they together with their team are excellent family Law solicitors and divorce lawyers. The philosophy behind the firm is about combining best practice, the good use of technology and reasonable charging. I am very pleased to be part of the team and to continue to assist families in Exeter and Devon.

Ian Walker says:

David Howell-Richardson has fitted easily into our team. We are building a leading family law practice to serve clients throughout Devon and Somerset from our offices and consulting rooms in Exeter, Taunton, Honiton and Yeovil. 2018 has been a year of excellent results and of growth for the practice and I am looking forward to further growth in 2019.

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I founded Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors from scratch in 2013. Initially it was just me and a computer.

From 2015 we started to build a team. This now consists of 6 Solicitors and a Legal Executive plus 5 support. By the time we get to 2019 we are expecting to add at least one more Solicitor.

We have an experienced and respected team. Three of the Solicitors in my team have been partners and heads of the family law departments at previous practices. In fact are now one of the most experienced family law teams in Devon and Somerset. 

Grown through recommendation and good business planning and by being well connected and respected in our local family law networks. 

I am the longstanding chair of the Devon Region of the family solicitors organisation Resolution. I am also a past member of the Law Society Family Law Committee.

Following a mid year review of our organisation, we have identified the need for a new member in our support team…

The Role; Administration assistant/legal assistant/paralegal/Legal PA

We are recruiting an administration assistant/legal assistant/paralegal/Legal PA who will be responsible for;

  • Document management (paper and digital)
  • Preparing Trial Bundles
  • Diary management
  • Telephone contact with clients and professionals and new enquiries.
  • Assisting with move to digital working and compliance with professional standards.

We don’t have traditional secretaries, so there is no audio typing.

Person Specification

Most importantly we are looking for someone who will fit into the team, who is hardworking and self-motivated with a good sense of humour.

The successful candidate will have/be most of the following:

  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • Outstanding IT skills
  • Tidy and organised
  • Team player
  • Familiarity with SOS connect case management software
  • Experience of time recording
  • A sunny personality/good sense of humour

More about the role

  • You will be based in Honiton. We could have based ourselves in Exeter but don’t like sitting in commuter traffic! (We see clients in Exeter/Taunton/Yeovil offices by appointment)
  • There is a carpark at the East Devon Business centre where we are based.
  • All team members have 5 weeks holiday a year. We have also given additional discretionary days when closing the office between Xmas and New Year.
  • We try to have a team curry 3/4 times a year.
  • This is a full time role.
  • Normal office hours.
  • Salary dependent on experience.

Please email your CV and covering letter to me at ianwalker@familylawandmediation.co.uk

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We are a little over midway through the year and are feeling very inundated with good quality work.

This means we are at a stage where we could really benefit from adding to our legal team.

We have a versatile team led by Ian Walker (Chair Devon Resolution). Kim Stradling, Sandy Powell and David Howell-Richardson have been partners and heads of family law at previous practices. We have built a strong team of experienced practitioners.

Our main base is in Honiton in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but we also have offices in Exeter, Taunton and Yeovil.

We are particularly looking for someone to help us grow our Exeter office (within the Senate, Southernhay Gardens)

  • We have verified our Legal Aid Contract Tender for Family Law and Family Mediation
  • We make good use of IT using SOS Connect and Lexis PSL and are currently moving toward a paperless office.
  • We benefit from being niche. Our website traffic has tripled since 2015. As a practice we are agile and open to new opportunities.
  • For the right candidate there are equity prospects.
  • Possibility of fee share or employment or mix
  • We are open to applications from finance or child law specialists or perhaps family generalists who now wish to specialise. We can adjust the role to right person.

We have an experienced and respected team. We have grown through recommendation and good business planning.

We enjoy the work we do. It is important to us that we do our work in the right way; also, that we all get on with each other and that we are a genuine team. No office politics please. We have a commitment to Legal Aid and fair charging.

We will be pleased to hear from candidates with all levels of experience. What is important is that they either are already or want to become an outstanding family lawyer who wants be part of our growth.

Person Specification

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