Family Mediation Services in Reading, Berkshire and surrounding areas ✆ 07500 080361 ✉

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Are you looking to resolve matters arising on separation or divorce in a non-confrontational way for the benefit of the whole family?

I have worked as a family lawyer and mediator for over 20 years and as a collaborative lawyer since 2006 and I can help you.


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Mediation is voluntary and requires the consent of both of you before it can take place.


Conversations that take place in mediation are confidential and cannot be relied on in any subsequent court proceedings.


A mediator is impartial and remains objective and unemotional, encouraging constructive communication.


Decisions are made by both of you and the power to control the outcome belongs to both of you.

Mediation ... 

... is a voluntary process in which an impartial third person helps those in conflict to communicate effectively, enabling them to reach their own informed decisions about what is important.

What is mediation?

It’s not unusual for conflict to arise when a relationship breaks down.  Making decisions together can be hard and the situation may feel insoluble.  A mediator can provide short term help by working with you both, encouraging you to identify the decisions that need to be made and exploring possible solutions with you.  Mediation is one of the most effective ways of preventing, managing and resolving conflict.  In a family law context, it’s about managing separation and its consequences. 

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Why mediation?

Mediation is generally quicker and cheaper than litigation.  Money saved on expensive legal fees can be preserved for the benefit of the family.  It can ease the emotional burden; removing the uncertainty of waiting for a Judge’s decision by placing decision making back into the hands of those engaged in mediation.  

Children can feel secure in the knowledge that “mum and dad are separating but it will be ok because they’re working it out together”.  With consent of both parents, children over 10 can have a voice by speaking to a Child Inclusive Mediator.

How I can help you

I am a qualified family lawyer and mediator.  I have worked with and represented a diverse range of clients for over 20 years.

I am qualified to mediate either alone or with a fellow mediator, depending on what best suits your circumstances.  I am accredited with the FMC and can carry out MIAMs (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings). I have completed advanced mediation training and am also able to offer a hybrid mediation model which includes working with lawyers in the process.

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Sandra Marshall

 I offer all MIAMs online as well as substantive mediation sessions in appropriate  cases.

As your mediator, my aim is to help you both negotiate constructively by providing tools and information so you can make mutually acceptable decisions about arrangements for the future in a calm and informed way.

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"I found mediation to be completely fair and equal to both parties. I felt comfortable and confident in the meetings, and not intimidated at all.  

The process was calm and much less stressful than I thought it would be. The process of separating was frightening, but legal issues and formal processes were explained and simplified so I could understand. Between meetings I had time to reflect and I could re-address issues at the next meeting if I wanted to. 

Following the breakdown of my marriage, I felt myself and ex-partner could not communicate effectively about issues that needed to be agreed. Mediation gave us a neutral and professional platform to find conclusions. It helped me to see things from my ex partners point of view and allowed us both to compromise. Mediation helped us to reach the best possible outcome for our children's futures and wellbeing. The mediation process was tailored to us and the issues we wanted to agree on. 

I would definitely recommend mediation to find a fair solution for both parties." Philippa

    Collaborative Family Lawyer Mediator Resolution Member


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