Clarion to mark Family Mediation Week 2022 with events

Clarion to mark Family Mediation Week 2022 with events

Leeds law firm Clarion is holding a programme of events for professional advisers working with separating families as part of Family Mediation Week from 17 to 21 January 2022.

Organised by the Family Mediation Council (FMC), the week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of family mediation and encourage separating couples to think about it as a way of helping them take control, make decisions together and build a positive future for them and their family.

Senior associate solicitor and mediator at Clarion, Sarah Manning (pictured), is currently chair of the FMC Family Mediation Week committee that is organising a series of events that can be found on the FMC’s website.

This is the first year that the FMC has organised a series of free seminars to promote Family Mediation Week to professionals working with separated families and the public.

With an eight-strong team of specialist family lawyers, Clarion is also playing an active role in promoting the use of mediation. Its events include: 

  • 18 January, 11am to 11.45am (for professionals working with separating families): Emma Heptonstall, a divorce coach from The Divorce Alchemist, and Manning from Clarion will be discussing the use of a divorce coach throughout the mediation process to assist parties to be ‘mediation ready’. 
  • 19 January, 10am to 11am (for those working with separated families or going through their own separation): Sue Atkins, ITV This Morning, BBC Radio and Disney Jnr UK’s parenting expert, is the guest speaker with Manning. They will discuss the effect of conflicting parents on children and how mediation can assist families going through separation. 
  • 21 January, 1.30pm to 2.15pm (for lawyers and mediators): Tamsin Caine, a chartered financial planner from Smart Divorce, Manning from Clarion and Justine Osmotherley, head of family and a solicitor at Clarion, will be discussing the use of a financial neutral within the mediation process to assist parties to reach a financial settlement. 
  • 21 January, 4pm to 6pm: Drinks reception to encourage collaboration with professionals in the local area. To be held at Clarion’s offices at Elizabeth House, 13-19 Queen Street, Leeds LS1 2TW. Please note, this event is by invitation only.

To register for any of the events, please contact Laura Courbet on 0113 336 3348 or via

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