This is where a couple voluntarily agree to the appointment of a neutral third party, the mediator, to help them resolve the issues between them. The mediator’s role is to assist the couple to reach their own informed decisions by negotiation. The issues in dispute may include separation, divorce, children, property and financial matters.
The mediator has no authority to make decisions on these issues and instead will consider with the couple the available options and ‘reality test’ those with them to find the solutions which are likely to work best for them and their family.
Neither party needs to be legally represented. If they are, their legal representatives are not usually present at the mediation meetings. Other impartial third parties, such as family consultants and independent financial advisors can often assist during the process.
Decisions reached by the couple in a family mediation are not binding upon them until they have had the opportunity to seek legal advice if they want to.
The length of the mediation process is dependent upon the parties and how quickly they can resolve the issues between them. Meetings do not normally last more than 1.5 hours at a time. There are usually a number of such meetings depending upon the number and nature of the matters in dispute. The mediator’s fees are usually shared equally between the couple. The total cost obviously depends on the number of meetings necessary.
Julian has extensive experience in family law and in particular high net worth financial cases.
Qualifying in 1988, Julian’s career has included practising family law in California, gaining invaluable experience acting in high profile cases for clients in Beverley Hills.
Julian is a trained collaborative lawyer and mediator and has been admitted to the California Bar (non-practising). He is also a member of Resolution and the Thameside Collaborative Law Pod.
His most memorable case was obtaining monthly alimony of $35k for a client.
Julian receives excellent feedback from his clients: “Your patience, efficiency and pragmatic advice have made a difficult matter easier for us.”
Here are Julian’s answers to a brief interview about his interests and achievements.
What was your first car?
A rusty Peugeot which expired on the M3 in Winchester on Friday the 13th.
What would you have done if you had not become a lawyer?
Opera chorus member
What was one of the high points in your legal career?
My first Court of Appeal case which was reported in the papers.
Partner, Head of Family
Sharon has over 20 years experience on all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects in high value divorces. She is particularly experienced in dealing with couples who have assets abroad.
She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and qualified in mediation and collaborative family law.
“A break up of a relationship is very sad for everyone concerned” says Sharon. “I believe that our role is to try and help both parties reach a solution which they are both happy with. When feelings are running high this can sometimes be difficult but I believe we can make a difference”.
Sharon is often thanked by her clients for her sympathetic and supportive approach through a traumatic time in their lives.
Her most memorable case was in a divorce where financial matters involving significant assets were resolved amicably yet parties persisted to argue about kitchen utensils!
She qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Hart Brown in 2007 becoming a partner a few months later.
A client thanked Sharon for her work: “I would especially like to thank Sharon Powell for all her support and guidance throughout. Thanks indeed.”
Here are Sharon’s answers to a brief interview about her interests and achievements.
What are your interests?
Cooking and enjoying a well prepared meal.
Where is your favourite destination?
Tell us about your notable achievements?
I was particularly proud when I became a partner and then head of the family department. I like the challenge of developing a department and helping others develop in their own careers.