Family law specialist achieves national mediation qualification

Newly qualified mediator, Antony Ball

hlw Keeble Hawson senior associate and family law specialist, Antony Ball, has further enhanced the firm’s offering to clients after being accredited as a mediator.

Antony, head of the family team at the Doncaster office, is the firm’s second qualified mediator – a process which provides separating couples with a faster and more cost effective alternative to public court confrontations.

He said: “Mediation is an increasingly recognised conflict-free option in divorce and other family disputes. Its collaborative approach seeks to dispel arguments and forge a fair agreement to help both parties plan for the future and avoid lingering acrimony and resentment. I’m delighted to be accredited and further expand our services to clients.”

Vanessa Fox, head of the department which is commended for its: “high-quality, practical family law advice with a good range of alternative dispute resolution options” in the latest Legal 500 guide, also champions mediation, which all family lawyers are obliged to offer those seeking a divorce.

She said: “We have always encouraged our clients to consider mediation and other collaborative methods to resolve their differences. Antony’s latest achievement is a powerful endorsement of our continuing drive to promote its wide-ranging benefits, particularly when children and their well being are involved.”

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