Anne Braithwaite is a very experienced family mediator having trained in 1992. Until 2012, when she set up Anne Braithwaite Mediation Chambers in order to work only as a mediator, Anne was a divorce lawyer for almost 30 years, a wealth of experience and knowledge which she brings to mediation. Anne is a member of the Family Mediators Association (FMA), one of the industry’s professional bodies, which, in turn, is a member of the UK governing body, the Family Mediation Council. Anne has Senior Mediator Status with the FMA which means that she has a higher level of qualification. In addition to being a member of FMA, Anne is one of the board of trustees of the Association and its treasurer. Anne is also a director of FMA Trading, the company which runs the Association’s training. I think it important to be involved at such a high level in the exciting and challenging work of shaping the future of the family mediation profession.

For the first time in the history of family mediation in this country, there is now a designation recognized across all the member organisations of the Family Mediation Council for mediators who have gained a status as mediators beyond passing the basic foundation training. That designation is FMC Accredited Family Mediator (FMCA). Anne holds the FMCA designation.

Anne offers workplace as well as family mediation. Also the skills needed for family mediation are equally applicable to the resolution of any inter-personal disputes such as contested wills or where business partners or shareholders have fallen out.

When still in practice as a family solicitor, Anne had a special interest in financial issues. Before establishing her own company, Anne was a director of Lupton Fawcett LLP and head of its Leeds family department, Family Partners. At the time an active member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family issues, Anne acted as its national treasurer from 2004 to 2010 and was a member of its national committee from 2002 to 2011. She is a mediation supervisor for Resolution and also for the FMA.

The Family Mediation Council code of practice now states that parents should be told that any child of 10 or over should be given the opportunity to make his or her voice heard in mediation. When that happens, it’s through a process where, with parental and the child’s consent, a child meets with a mediator. The intention is, not that children make decisions, but that their views, fed back by the mediator, help parents in making their decisions. Anne is qualified to meet with children.

Being FMCA, Anne is qualified to carry out MIAMs and to sign court forms. Anne is passionate about the benefits which mediation offers to separating and separated couples. Drawing on her experience both as a mediator and as a lawyer, Anne has wide-ranging expertise in the mediation process and is well-placed to deal with even the most complex of cases. As a client, you can expect a highly professional service at all times and one that comes with just the right balance of sensitivity and practicality.

In workplace issues, Anne is committed to the benefits of the early resolution of conflict in the workplace before individual positions become entrenched and believes that mediation is a particularly effective way to achieve this. I also believe that training line managers and human resources teams to use mediation techniques is a good way to resolve issues before they go too far. I can provide tailor made in house workshops for managers and human resources teams.