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Family Dispute Resolution Week in Exeter and Devon; Great evening

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Reception at Exeter County Court on 4th December 2013

This is a quick post to say thanks to all those who made our Mediation reception at Exeter County Court such a success.

Thank you to His Honour Judge Tyzack QC for his kind and encouraging words to us all. Thanks to District Judges Arnold and Waterworth for their time and support.

It was brilliant to see so many friends.

It was really great that everything came together so nicely. Whilst it was my idea, the workload was shared between is.

The Mediation Services who took part were;

  • Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors,
  • Gilbert Stephens Mediation,
  • South West Mediation,
  • Devon Family Solutions,
  • Compass Resolution,
  • The Family Law Co,
  • Devon and Exeter Mediation Practice,
  • Magdalen Chambers,
  • WBW Mediation,
  • Accord Mediation.

Watch out for a fuller post. In the meantime a short recap;

What was Dispute Resolution Week?

An awareness-raising week  to highlight the alternatives to court for separating couples.

This year National Family Dispute Resolution Week ran between 25-29thNovember

We delayed our contribution in Devon, to avoid a clash with Domestic Abuse Awareness Week

Why was Dispute Resolution Week so important this year?

Since Legal Aid changes came int effect in April there has been a massive downturn in the take up of mediation.

Many people are not aware that Legal Aid is still widely available for family mediation

For those who are eligible for Legal Aid, Family Mediation is FREE

Families are not realising the value of mediation to them and are increasingly going to Court

This is a tragedy for families.

There is lots of stuff on this website about how mediation can really work for families

What did we do in Devon?

We held a Reception at Exeter County Court on Wednesday 4 December for the local legal and family law community.

Devon Resolution Week in Exeter 2013
DR Week in Exeter 2013


It is important

It is important because mediation is an important option for families, and it is essential that families have sufficient awareness that they are able to choose Mediation if it is the right option for them.


There is a website for DR week at;

Thanks to everyone for their support