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London Family Mediation Group - Monday 8th May 2017 - 5.30pm - 8.00pm
Mon 8 May 2017, 17:30 – 20:00 BST
Arrive from 5.30pm
6.00pm - 6.30pm Lesley Saunders, Affordable CPD Ltd, CPD and FMC re-accreditation - prescription and choice
6.30pm - 7.00pm Suzanne Kingston, Withers LLP, New models of Family Mediation
7.00pm - 7.30pm Tristan Harvey, QEB, Arbitration in practice
About the speakers:
Lesley Saunders has been mediating, supervising, assessing competence and delivering training in family and other fields of mediation since 1994. She is an FMC recognised mediator, routinely works with children in mediation and has recently completed the NFM Advanced Mediator training. Lesley is Professional Practice Consultant (PPC) at Dialogue Family Mediation, Camden Family Mediation, Mediation East Sussex and Southwark Family Mediation where she provides mediator support and development as well as having a key role in quality control.
In addition to her PPC work Lesley mediates for Dialogue Family Mediation in Brighton as well as in private practice and delivers the CAFCASS Separated Parenting Information Programme in London and Thames Valley. She also assesses portfolios for the FMC APC scheme.
Suzanne is widely known for her expertise in all aspects of family work, in particular the resolution of complex financial issues for high net worth individuals. Suzanne's cases often have an international element and she has considerable experience in dealing with prenuptial agreements and cohabitation issues. As a member of the Children Panel, Suzanne has dealt with numerous cases involving complicated Children Act issues as well as both child abduction and adoption. She is an accredited Resolution mediator and has a thriving mediation practice having recently undertaken a number of referrals under the Court of Appeal mediation scheme. In addition, Suzanne is a qualified collaborative lawyer and trains collaborative law for Resolution. Suzanne has spearheaded the Arbitration Training for family lawyers and is herself an Accredited Arbitrator.
Suzanne won Lawyer of the Year at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2016, Family Lawyer of the Year Award at the Spear's Wealth Management Awards 2015 and is regularly included in Citywealth's top 10 Power Women.
Suzanne has acted for well known personalities including footballers, actors and well known business people. In addition, Suzanne is able to use her skill set in nitty litigation as well as assisting clients via alternative dispute resolution whether that be mediation, collaborative law or arbitration.
'...highly respected for ADR''
'...real focus on integration of legal advice within the system, and is at the opposite end on the scale from fluffy - what you want as a participant seeking closure.'
'...the "calm and pro-active" Suzanne Kingston garners much praise. She is "steeped in ADR" and is able to keep a clear head even when the temperature rises between the parties and can steer the discussions in the right direction'
Legal 500, 2013, 2014 & 2015
''"highly skilled at dealing with high-conflict cases", (and) has led the way in introducing dispute resolution (DR) into family law.’
'colleagues from the country's top law firms have nothing but praise for Kingston, who is described as "hardworking, rigorous and reliable"'
Spears Wealth Management Family Law Index 2013 & 2015
'queen of mediation, collaborative law and arbitration'
'She is very good with clients and very sympathetic. She will avoid court where possible, but can litigate when she needs to.'
'exudes passion towards achieving the best outcome for each client and is available to her clients 24/7'
'extremely bright, very professional, organised and thorough'
'a phenomenal operator, intellectually brilliant and very knowledgeable of the law in complicated financial situations'
Publications and speaking engagements
Suzanne is often quoted in national newspapers on family law topics and is a renowned trainer in collaborative, mediation and she has spearheaded the arbitration training in England & Wales and assisted in Scotland, Jersey and South Africa.
- Why arbitration is good for children - The Brief
- A day in the life of ... Suzanne Kingston (Partner, Withers LLP) - Family Law
- Family arbitration - Halsbury's Law Exchange Blog
- Spearheaded Resolution's training of collaborative counsel
- Lectured at the Hong Kong Family Law Association
- Guest speaker at the Ville D'Este for Barclays Wealth
- Contributed to the Alternative Dispute Resolution handbook published by the Law Society
- Contributed to Jordans publication on prenuptial agreements
- Fellow of IAML
- Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association)
- Creative Divorce
On a personal note
On a personal note Suzanne loves the outdoors and enjoys skiing, sailing, hiking and of course wine tasting!
Tristan specialises in dispute resolution. He is a Resolution trained mediator, an arbitrator (in both financial and children cases) and a collaborative lawyer. He also conducts private FDRs and early neutral evaluations.
Tristan’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law, with an emphasis on matrimonial finance and private law children matters. He has also represented clients in Schedule I applications, trust of land disputes and applications under Part IV Family Law Act 1996.
Tristan has lectured on a range of subjects including pre-nuptial agreements and trust of land disputes.
Appointments and Memberships
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Family Arbitration
Family Law Bar Association
Resolution affiliate member
Having studied at Pomona College, California for one year under the Pomona-Downing Scholarship, Tristan read Law at Downing College, Cambridge. He was subsequently awarded the Jules Thorn Scholarship by Middle Temple.
Tristan is married with two daughters. He enjoys playing golf and the piano, neither particularly well.