Mediation is currently being encouraged by all the Courts as a resolution to all forms of dispute. A mediator does not make a decision. A mediator helps the parties to each an amicable settlement.

The following is a list of the members of the Bournemouth & District Law Society who are qualified mediators and who offer mediation services. You may contact them per their contact details to ascertain further information.

The list is divided into two areas:-

  • Family law mediators who help to resolve family disputes. Not only divorce but perhaps inheritance aspects and issues over access or payments of children. Please understand that these are not counsellors and there needs to be a clear area of dispute before the matter is referred to a mediator
  • Any other type of civil dispute, but particularly business disputes or disputes relating to some form of litigation that is going before the Courts or is likely to go before the Courts. Whilst it is not essential to have a mediator who has knowledge and experience in the field in which you are seeking a mediation, it can often be helpful.

Family Law Mediators (in alphabetical order)

Barton, Lynne of Aldridge Brownlee

Lynne is a Family solicitor with 30 years experience.   She undertook Resolution Mediation training in 1999 which was updated in March 2012.   Lynne is committed to assisting couples in finding their own solution in a constructive non-confrontational way.   Lynne is also a Resolution accredited specialist in Pensions and Advanced Finances.   She offers initial appointments free of charge to consider whether Mediation is suitable and to discuss all other options.

Lynne can undertake mediations in either Bournemouth or Highcliffe offices.   Telephone 01202 294411 - email - website address:

Burden, Gemma of Laceys Mediation

Gemma Burden is a full-time mediator at Laceys Medication who have offices in Bournemouth, Poole and Southampton.   She is qualified in Family Mediation, accredited by the LSC to carry out publicly funded family mediations and also qualified to see children as part of the mediation process.   She is able to conduct MIAM appointments.

Telephone:  01202 755900 Email:  Website:

Ellis, Pauline of Dutton Gregory Family Mediation

Pauline is a Resolution trained Mediator and she is very experienced family solicitor. Pauline mediates in relation to disputes involving children and/or finances and she is committed to assisting couples reach a solution in a constructive and positive way

Telephone: 01202 466669

Halliwell, Lindsay

Lindsay is an enthusiastic specialist family Lawyer and Mediator with many years of experience of family law. She would welcome the opportunity to use her specialist skills to assist separated couples to communicate effectively and constructively regarding their children and financial issues. Lindsay offers a face to face initial consultation and telephone information free of charge.

Telephone 01202 294566 E-mail Website:

Hamilton Cole, Emma

Emma is a specialist family lawyer mediator with over 16 years experience of family law.  She is committed to helping families resolve disputes through mediation and is available for face to face initial mediation consultations and telephone information free of charge.

Telephone 01202 694891 E-mail Website:

Hensleigh, Mark of Preston Redman Solicitors

Mark has been practising as a family lawyer for over 20 years.  He obtained his mediation qualification through Resolution and is a member of Resolution.  Resolution is a specialist organisation dealing with family law matters.  Mark mediates in relation to disputes involving children and finances whether the parties are married or not.   For further information please contact Mark directly. 

Telephone:  01202 292424 e-mail:   website:

Hewitt, Victoria of Wessex Family Mediation

Victoria Hewitt is an accredited member of the Law Society to carry out family mediation, including all aspects of family disputes.

Telephone: 01202 298341 Email:  

Leask, Deborah of Ellis Jones

Deborah is a family lawyer with over 20 years’ experience who qualified as a mediator in 1996. Deborah specialises in complicated financial disputes in medium to high net worth assets involving companies, pensions, and trusts and also issues concerning the arrangements for children. She is an accredited specialist in pension and high value matters, by Resolution 

McNally, Sean of Ellis Jones

Sean is a family lawyer with over 20 years’ experience who qualified as a mediator in 1997. Sean is a specialist in difficult children’s cases (disputed residence, contact and international relocation) and also in financial matters involving medium to high net worth cases. Sean also specialises in International Child Abduction. 

Both Sean and Deborah are qualified to carry out direct child consultation through mediation. They are also both trained collaborative family lawyers 

For further information please go to or contact us on 01202 636223.

Phoenix Mediation  - For local family mediation, please visit -

Civil Mediators

Davies, Martin of Rawlins Davy

Mr Davies is a qualified civil mediator accredited by ADR Chambers (UK) Ltd and is able to undertake commercial and civil mediation including company and partnership disputes; boundary, easement, covenant and other property disputes: landlord and tenant matters; bankruptcy and corporate insolvency and other commercial and civil disputes. He can be contacted at Rawlins Davy, Rowland House, Hinton Road, Bournemouth BH1 2EG or tel: 01202 558844.

Dutton, Rod

Rod is an accredited mediator having trained with the London School of Mediation in 2013.  He practices in general, civil and commercial litigation.  He is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.  He specializes in personal injury, contested probate, boundary disputes and general civil. 

Full details of Rod’s profile and terms of business are available by email request to or by telephone on 01202 661544 or website

 Scott-Walby, Malcolm

Malcolm Scott-Walby qualified as a commercial mediator with the ADR Group in 2003 and has mediated in a number of cases, as well as acting for clients during mediations.   These cases cover areas such as employment, insolvence, agency and inter-company contract disputes.   In every case the mediation has settled and avoided further litigation.   Malcolm may be contacted at Scott Walby LLP on 01202 311112 or

Thomas, Geoff

Geoff retired from private practice in April 2017 in order to focus on his mediation service.  He had been a partner with Lester Aldridge for over 30 years where he had led the firm’s disputed wills, trusts and probate team.

He was accredited by CEDR as a mediator in June 2015 and now offers a civil mediation service focussing on contentious trust and probate issues    His extensive experience in this field results in his being able to provide a practical insight into the difficulties parties face when in conflict.   He is a firm believer in the mediation process as a means to resolve successfully even the most intractable of cases. 

Geoff can be contacted by email at alternatively on 07766 055648.  His website address is  He is happy to forward a copy of his mediation agreement to those who may wish to instruct him.

Whitlock, Kevin

Kevin, formerly of Turners Solicitors in Bournemouth, is an Accredited Mediator having trained with the London School of Mediation, and he is also an accredited Workplace and Employment Mediator.   His history is as a general civil and commercial litigator, including Landlord and Tenant Law, Land Law, Company and Partnership Disputes, Boundary, Consumer matters, Contract disputes, Tort and Personal Injury.

A full copy of Kevin's profile and terms and business can be obtained from him at  or by telephone 01929 554097.


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