As members of Resolution, our Family Law Team prefers to adopt a non-confrontational and constructive approach to dispute resolution. We find that this attitude produces better results for our clients. We are able to offer mediation and collaborative law as an alternative to court proceedings. Mediation is, in any event, a prerequisite of court proceedings and many clients prefer to reach an agreement in mediation which saves time and money.


Mediation takes place with an independent third party, the mediator, who is there to assist with reaching an agreement; they are not there in an advisory capacity. The mediator will help you to find common ground and, as the cost is split between you, the overall cost is generally much lower than court proceedings. Caroline Ford, our Family Partner, is able to offer MIAMS (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings) as well as full mediation and collaborative law.

Collaborative law

Collaborative law takes place between two collaboratively trained solicitors and their respective clients. The parties sign up to an agreement confirming that they are committed to reaching an agreement without resorting to court intervention. If one party wishes to apply to court they will have to seek a new solicitor and start afresh, costing both additional time and money.


Arbitration is a relatively new method for resolving disputes in family law matters. Arbitration produces results much faster when compared to issuing court proceedings. All of the parties will sit before an arbitrator who will act as if they are adjudicating the matter in court and make a decision which is binding on all parties. Solicitors and Barristers can train to be arbitrators. The process is much quicker as you do not have to wait for a court hearing. However, arbitration is not for everyone, especially if you are suspicious that your partner may try to hide/deplete assets in an effort to prejudice your claim.

Another alternative to court is to reach an agreement with your former partner yourself. We can then assist with the drafting of a document outlining your agreement. For more information, or to book an initial meeting with one of our Solicitors, please contact our Family Law Team on 020 3096 750 or

  • “I want to thank you so much Sarah for being so calm, professional, compassionate and expeditious. It really helped me a lot through this tough time and it allowed the pre-nup to be much better drafted than if it had just been drafted by the other side!”

    – Mrs L.M, London

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  • “It was a stressful situation for me and you made it much easier with how you put me at ease from our first meeting, handled everything along the way and kept me updated (and answered all my many, many questions!!) all the way through. Thanks very much!!!”

    Mrs N.G, Essex

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  • Sarah has been very understanding and more importantly very honest throughout this very difficult period. She has been reliable and has always updated me regularly with my options and what the likely consequences will be. I would recommend her services to anyone who wants a honest, clear and no nonsense service.

    Ms R.S, London

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    – Mr J.H. Yorkshire

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  • Caroline, a huge thank you to you and your colleagues for the smooth and sensitive way in which you have handled a very difficult situation. I have always found you friendly, polite, professional yet supportive, knowledgeable and your no-nonsense approach has really been appreciated. I have no hesitation in both using and recommending PCM due in no small part to how good both you (and Paul in the past) have handled my issues. My sincere thanks to you and your team”.

    – Ms T.L, Wimbledon

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    – Mr P.A, London (SE1)

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