The first mediations Fiona handled after qualifying were matrimonial mediations, since that time she has guided many couples towards resolution and calm acceptance of the marriage breakdown. Being married and a mother herself, she has first hand experiences on the pressures and stresses that can strain a relationship and while she is always careful not to make assumptions or judgements, she can empathise well with both the couple and help them to navigate and understand their emotional responses to the situations they find themselves in.
Additionally, as a lawyer, Fiona is able to guide the parties through the mine-field that is the court system, but at the same time offering pragmatic and practical options to help avoid costly legal process. Fiona is experienced in bringing couples to the table (literally) and re-opening lines of communication to help steer a safe path through emotion and hurt and towards resolution. She does this slowly and systematically, taking time to get to know each party first individually and then agreeing a time frame for joint meetings. With a deep desire to help couples find workable and practical solutions to their matrimonial issues, Fiona will use every tool she has at her disposal to help couples explore the best solution for them and their children.
“Being a good mediator is all about having life experience. It is about meeting all sorts of different people and liking them for who they are. It’s also about understanding and appreciating cultural differences, age differences and difference of perception. Travelling to and working in different countries has helped me with keeping an open mind but the most important mediation training I have had is being a wife and mother - there is no better place to practice mediation skills than between small squabbling siblings or with demanding teenagers!”.
This is more than just a method of conflict resolution. It is training on how to successfully navigate a world where conflict, disagreement and problems are all around us all the time.