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Mediation. Helping solve family relationship issues.

10th February 2020 by Kenneth Clarke

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With National Mediation Week having recently taken place in January, Laceys Mediation wanted to share a couple of success stories that developed during that week to help demonstrate how Mediation can resolve relationship issues in a quick and cost-effective way.

Day 1:

He hadn’t seen his children for three years…..

A miracle of sorts occurred when we chaired an “ice-breaking” 30 minute contact session between an Indian father and his three children, aged nine, seven and three. This was the first time dad had seen his children for three years. Previous Child consultation with the two eldest children enabled mediation to lay the foundation for a safe re-introduction of contact. After three years of frustration, a dysfunctional family are now working together to enable dad to spend regular time with his children.

Day 4:

Kids in the middle became the centre of attention….

He could barely look at his wife as all-consuming anger at her “affair” had eroded any semblance of rationality. She blamed him for turning the children against her. A sea of vitriol exploded across the table. The mediator administered a dose of empathy to calm the troubled waters. This was followed by reconnecting the parents with the one vital thing they still have in common, the love for their son and daughter. The session approached it’s end, a calm descended and the first positive note of the promise of better communication and cooperation emerged. The parents even managed to have a sensible discussion about finances. Two people who entered a mediation session out of control, left it with expressions of hope, thanks to the mediator for his patience and “how soon can we have another session.

Both these cases prove mediation can solve difficult and supposedly intractable cases.

For further advice on mediation please contact us in confidence on 01202 721822 or who will be happy to help.



Kenneth Clarke

Senior Associate — Family Mediation

Direct dial: 01202 377993


Kenneth Clarke, Family Mediator at Laceys Solicitors
  • “Came to Laceys Mediation after my previous solicitor wasn’t living up to expectations. Laceys Mediation was the best decision I ever made, Kenneth Clarke is some awesome mediator, he was so patient and his knowledge was very helpful. Thank you all for your support.”

    Rejoice Aggor-Mensa

  • “I was very happy with the sensitive way the issues around my divorce was handled by Kenneth Clarke. I was also more than satisfied with the way my daughter, Nina, was spoken to and helped her voice to be heard in the decision making process.”

    Brian Charles Hart

  • “What could have potentially been an extremely upsetting and inflammatory scenario, proved to be a surprisingly smooth and conflict free process through Laceys Mediation. With Kenneth’s extensive experience we were able to reach an agreeable outcome without spending our life savings!”

    Julie Morris

  • “Kenneth went that extra mile to explain and reiterate it to other party. outstanding and so very professional.”

    Lee Emm

Kenneth is the elder statesman of our mediation team, with forty years’ experience as a family lawyer, and qualified as a mediator in 1996. Kenneth has been a key member of the Laceys mediation team since 2005, specialising in financial and children cases, with a particular interest and specialisation in high conflict cases.

Kenneth is also qualified to consult with children, a growing part of the mediation process. Always looking to expand the boundaries of mediation practice,  Kenneth brings a degree of gravitas, humour, understanding and empathy when he mediates with clients,  creating a positive environment in which clients work together to resolve their issues quickly and cost-effectively.

Out of office hours, Kenneth’s main passion is writing musical theatre. When he has time Kenneth also enjoys travel, especially cruising.

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