PLEASE NOTE that we continue to work despite Covid-19 as we offer online MIAM’s and mediation. The contact telephone number is 07907348662.
Anne Braithwaite is a very experienced mediator having trained in 1992. Until 2012, when she set up Anne Braithwaite Mediation Chambers, 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) which is a member of the UK governing body, the Family Mediation Council (FMC). Anne is one of the board of trustees of the FMA and its Co-chair and treasurer. Anne is also a director of FMA Trading, the company which runs FMA’s training. Anne thinks 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.

There is a designation recognized across all the member organisations of the FMC 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 applicable to the resolution of any inter-personal disputes such as contested wills or where business partners or shareholders have fallen out.

As a divorce lawyer 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. 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.

Under the FMC code of practice parents should be told that any child of 10 or over should be given the chance to be heard in mediation through a process where a child meets with a mediator. That’s not so children make decisions but so their views, fed back by the mediator, help parents to make 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.

Online mediation

Online mediation provides a safe, flexible and often cheaper way of resolving dispute in this current climate. You can remain in your own space, and have more flexibility around arranging meetings at a time to suit you, without the need to travel to a physical space around your own day to day commitments. At the preliminary individual meetings we discuss with you how to arrange things so you feel comfortable about taking part.

Prior to online mediation beginning both clients need to sign our agreement to mediate which includes an online guidance. This document provides a clear outline of what online mediation is, what the sessions will entail, and what will be expected of you.

For the online sessions we use Zoom, which, for clients, is a free to use online meeting software which is accessed via a link provided to you by us just before a meeting. You don’t need to download any software if you are joining on a laptop or desktop computer although Zoom does seem to work better if you have the app. If you are using a phone you will need to download the free Zoom app. Please ensure your device has camera and audio available.

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All sessions remain confidential. The sessions are not recorded by your mediator and as part of the Agreement to Mediate all clients are asked not to record from their devices either. Notes will be taken by your mediator during the session but these remain confidential to the mediator and will not be shared. The mediator sends you a summary letter after each online mediation session.

Children must not be present in the online mediation sessions. where possible. In any cases where children may be present in the same house, we will work with you to ensure they are safe and kept occupied, and we will discuss ways of dealing with the situation if they come into the room during the session.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about online mediation as we would be happy to talk you through the process.