Sheila Turner is a member of the Family Mediators Association (FMA) and a family mediation member of Resolution and is a senior accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, with over 20 years experience of working with couples, crisis counselling and addiction. Sheila is accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMCA). Sheila has considerable experience facilitating parenting groups and domestic abuse programmes, and of dealing with child protection and safeguarding issues.
Philippa Johnson is a member of and currently chair of the Family Mediators Association (FMA); she was called to the Bar in 1999, is a member of Middle Temple and has worked for over 20 years as a legal consultant to barristers, solicitors, publishers and legal organisations, providing family specialists with information on changes in family law. Philippa is accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMCA). Philippa is particularly well known in the family law world for her work as a law reporter (she is now the lead reporter on the Family Court Reports), and as the former Executive Director of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (now the International Academy of Family Lawyers).
Sheila and Philippa are part of Voices in the Middle a campaign which works to give a voice to young people whose parents separate.
Sheila and Philippa are able to offer families a professional and sensitive service, working alongside other professionals including legal advisers, as appropriate, to help couples to identify alternatives to going to court. We strongly believe that co-mediation is the best way to promote good communication and to support families making decisions about the future. Co-mediation involves two mediators working together to help each couple, ideally bringing different and complementary skills to the process. However, we are able to offer sole mediation, that is mediation by only one of us, if for any reason you would prefer that. Both Sheila and Philippa are authorised to conduct MIAMs (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings).
We are based in central London, and are able to offer our clients the use of charming rooms in Soho, Farringdon and Spitalfields, as well as space in Wandsworth. We sometimes travel farther afield, and will always try to arrange suitable mediation space at a location and for a time that suits you.
Code of Practice
We both work to the Family Mediation Council Code of Practice 2018, the details of which can be found here
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