Ian Walker - About Me

Ian Walker
Director/Solicitor/Mediator /Arbitrator Law Society Children Panel and Mediation Accredited Rate per hour £300 + VAT

In brief, I qualified as a Solicitor in 1992 and as a Family Mediator in 1996 I am also a Child Law Arbitrator (private judge). I cannot think of anyone in Devon or Somerset who has a been a member of more Family Law and Mediation Specialist Panels or Committees. (or would want to be!)

About Me

In brief, I qualified as a Solicitor in 1992 and as a Family Mediator in 1996 I am also a Child Law Arbitrator (private judge). I cannot think of anyone in Devon or Somerset or anywhere else for that matter who has a been a member of more Family Law and Mediation Specialist Panels or Committees.

At the moment I am the Chair of the Devon region of Resolution (serving my fourth 3 year term in office). I am also a member of Resolution’s national Dispute Resolution Committee.

I am a member of the Law Society Children Panel and I am Accredited by the Law Society and Family Mediation Council as a Family Mediator. I am also a Resolution Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer and Collaborative Family Lawyer.

In the past I have also been a member of the Law Society Family Law Committee (a national committee) and a Trustee of the Family Mediators Association. I was also one of the first mediators accredited by Resolution and was a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel. You can only do so much at a time though.

I founded my own practice in 2013. Before this I have been a partner with a leading family law team in Exeter and have worked in Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Rugby and Tunbridge Wells.

My specialist areas of practice

I have a long history of promoting best practice. It makes it easier for me to get the best for my clients if their solicitors also work to best practice.

My own speciality is complex child law cases including where a parent has mental health difficulties (this can include in disputes between parents or in cases brought by social services) or where one parent wants to relocate within the UK against the wishes of the parent.

My other speciality is Divorce finance. I am passionate about the use of mediation and other forms of constructive dispute resolution such as collaborative family law and arbitration.

It is too easy to end up in court about issues which should be capable of sensible resolution through negotiation.

Unfortunately the demands of running the practice now mean that I have little capacity to undertake casework personally. This is sad, but through our team, we are able to assist very many more and in the right way.

There is a fuller history below and the more personal stuff is at the bottom of the page.