Hall Brown’s co-founder and senior partner, Sam Hall, described how the service is being headed by new partner recruit, Sarah Manning.
He stated; “We have offered various forms of dispute resolution, including mediation, since we launched. That is down to our conviction that we really should be trying to help couples deal with very sensitive and sometimes difficult problems in their lives as swiftly and with as little stress as possible. It’s no coincidence, I think, that those services have been in increasing demand as the pressure on the family court system has grown, resulting in matters which do require court proceedings taking ever longer to conclude. We decided, therefore, to expand our provision of mediation, making it a truly nationwide offer and, in Sarah, we have found the ideal person to lead that service.”
Sarah, who has become Hall Brown’s thirteenth partner, qualified as a mediator more than a decade ago and has focused on building her practice ever since.
Although based at the Leeds office which had seen a “tremendous” growth in work since opening less than two years ago, Sam outlined that her role would include developing and co-ordinating the firm’s mediation work across all of its offices.
Further senior appointments to assist the roll-out are likely, he said, in the coming months.
Only last month, Hall Brown opened premises in Birmingham, something which he explained was a “logical step” for the firm, which also has offices in Manchester, London and Sheffield.