Family Solicitor Mediator

Sarah is an accredited Family Mediator and Senior Associate Solicitor at the practice. She is highly experienced, having previously worked in family law for over 13 years.

Sarah specialises in financial matters from mid to high net worth cases in both her capacity as a mediator and solicitor. Sarah has a wealth of experience dealing with overseas financial matters, complex pensions and business owners.

Sarah also has experience facilitating discussions concerning the terms of complex Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements within the mediation process, including those involving trusts and farmland.

Sarah is a member of Resolution which is an organisation set up for professionals who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Sarah prides herself on the service she delivers and ensures she has a good rapport with her clients whilst remaining focused on helping them achieve a resolution.

Sarah has good connections with experts in the local area such as forensic accountants, financial advisers, property experts and pension experts to ensure that parties receives the best possible service.

In the event that mediation breaks down or parties are unable to reach an agreement, Sarah promotes other alternative dispute resolution methods within mediation to resolve matters which are cost effective, less time consuming and more amicable than issuing court proceedings.

As well as financial matters, Sarah deals with private children matters. Sarah ensures that any children’s’ needs are at the forefront of any discussions and arrangements reached. From Sarah’s experience as a mediator, she is able to put forward suggestions to improve communication between clients and use tools that have been successful with other parties she has mediated for.

Sarah believes that by discussing all issues that may arise in mediation it allows parties to be ‘proactive’ rather than ‘reactive’ to a situation which is usually the reason why communication breaks down in the first place. Sarah goes through with the parties in details the terms of a parenting plan which sets out clearly how parties wish to co-parent.

Meetings can take place either face to face, over the phone, by email or through Skype/Zoom. Depending on each person’s personal circumstances, Sarah will try to accommodate the client to ensure that regular discussions can take place to progress matters.

Here is what some clients have said about Sarah:

“A very professional service and caring support from Sarah, who has represented me in a very complicated and lengthy divorce. Sarah is always available to offer her expert advice. I would not hesitate in recommending her to future clients.” James Guthrie, York

“I emailed Sarah at Consilia and received a very quick response. Sarah agreed to call me the following day and called me at the agreed time so no waiting for the call! Sarah was fantastic, she offered great advice and left me feeling alot more positive and informed on my situation. I cannot recommend highly enough, professional and caring and highly informative. Thank you”

“Sarah is a professional yet down to earth mediator who I regularly instruct as I know my client’s will get a personal yet entirely neutral service. Sarah is entrusted by us to conduct all aspects of mediation including financial and children. I would not hesitate to recommend her services.”Melanie Hartley, Partner, Ridley & Hall Solicitors

“As a mediator, I really appreciate the work Consila is doing to draw together similar minded lawyers and mediators to facilitate a local, reflective learning community. The ADR conference they facilitated in Autumn 2018 was highly relevant to practice, with expert and diverse speakers but also providing the opportunity for lots of discussion and networking. Consilia are now running more regular ADR networking events which are proving to be a great success. Laura and Sarah are generous with their time, energy and other resources to put on these high-quality training and networking events.”Anna Vollans, Vollans Mediation

About Sarah

Sarah is passionate about Alternative Dispute Resolution methods and as part of ‘Dispute Resolution Awareness Week’ she hosts a yearly seminar for local solicitors that aims raise awareness on the benefits of dispute resolution within the legal sectors. Sarah is committed to changing the view of other legal advisors to put the needs of the client and any children involved at the forefront of their agenda rather than legal fees and ‘winning’ or ‘losing’.

Sarah is married herself with two small children and her children tend to keep her busy on a weekend. Sarah likes to keep fit by going on local walks and runs regularly whilst listening to audibles.

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What will it cost?

We offer a range of fixed fee packages on a pay as you go basis so that you can budget and costs are kept to a manageable level. We also offer reduced fees through our fee assistance scheme (based upon an income means test).

Trusted Names In Mediation

At Consilia Mediation we recognise that the process of the breakdown of a relationship, whether in your personal or work life, is stressful and can be a very traumatic time. Our accredited mediators are sensitive in approach and highly skilled at dealing with difficult and challenging situations.

Laura Clapton
Family Solicitor & Family Mediator

Laura is an accredited Family Mediator. Laura is known for providing the highest level of client care. Laura takes a constructive and non-confrontational approach to cases, whilst ensuring she is robust and focuses on achieving the best possible results for her clients.

Marie Walsh
Employment Solicitor & Workplace Mediator

Marie Walsh is a fully trained workplace mediator. As an employment law solicitor and mediator, Marie has a wealth of experience assisting parties inside and alongside the workplace mediation setting. Marie is able to act as the mediator in workplace disputes and assist in avoiding litigation.

What our clients say about Consilia Legal on

  • review rating 5  Marie and her staff have been very helpful. Marie had assisted me previously with an employment law issues so I had no hesitation in engaging her again. She helped me through an unpleasant job related matter when I was at a low ebb and feeling unable to fight my own corner. As before Marie gave sound, straight forward advice and took over the handling of communication with my employer until the matter was resolved. When I had to take action myself Marie was always there to consult if I was worried about something. I would thoroughly recommend Consilia Legal to anyone.

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  • review rating 5  Marie, Andy, Victoria and Emma were exceptional in their help, advice and support – all done with a non-nonsense super friendly approach. Really took the stress out of a difficult corporate employment process. I felt safe and confident in their capable hands, recommending them highly.

    thumb Sophie Webb
  • review rating 5  Very professional and got the right result for me in a very timely abs efficient manner. Great service, good advice and an excellent result I couldn’t have got on my own

    thumb Jon Geldart
  • review rating 5  Excellent service from Laura Clapton guiding me through a difficult divorce process. Super efficient, professional and carries out the work with understanding and compassion for your situation. Would highly recommend and have already recommended.

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  • review rating 5  Received a really good service from Marie and the team including Emma, who offered valuable support throughout. I contacted Consilia following a recommendation from a union representative. Was given great advise through her trusted associate who offered an accurate and professional assessment. Marie secured a really good outcome due to her knowledge, perseverance, conscientiousness and genuine desire to try and get the best outcome on my behalf. A lot of genuine empathy and respect expressed and a brilliant negotiator. Very well informed, experienced and brilliant communicator. True to her word re costs as discussion was upfront and honest. Very reasonable rate compared to other firms. Would recommend to others Thank you very much!

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Laura Clapton
Director, Family Solicitor & Mediator
0113 887 4672
0786 023 2975

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Marie Walsh
Director, Employment Solicitor & Mediator
0113 887 4670
07736 252 681

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