Coram Chambers, 9-11 Fulwood Place,
London, WC1V 6HG

Phone: 020 7092 3700
Fax: 020 7092 3777

St Martin’s House, 63 West Stockwell St,
Colchester, CO1 1HE

Phone: 01206 591010
Fax: 01206 548704


Our mediators A-Z
Our team is made up of multi-disciplined, insured, accredited and registered mediators, able to handle a wide variety of disputes.

What does a Mediator do?

Mediation leaves the responsibility for resolving a dispute in the hands of those involved in it. The mediator manages the process for them but will not provide legal advice, make any judgement or seek to impose any solution. However the mediator may probe some assumptions, seek clarification of some positions and reframe some problems to help develop options that could lead to a settlement acceptable to all parties concerned.

The skills and techniques of mediation used by mediators are suitable for most kinds of dispute but their application needs to take account of the different context and circumstances of family, civil, commercial, workplace and community disputes. The mediators are trained experts with in-depth specialist knowledge in the areas in which they offer mediation service.

Catherine Ashton – Solicitor Family Mediator

Catherine is a Resolution trained family mediator. She is a specialist registered member of Resolution with particular specialisms in cohabitation, financial provision and domestic abuse. Catherine is also an advanced member of the Law Society family law accreditation scheme, specialising in financial matters and cohabitation disputes.

Simon Barry – Barrister Mediator

Simon is a barrister specialising in Family, Employment and Civil law and an registered and experienced civil/commercial mediator, workplace mediator and volunteer community mediator with Lambeth Mediation. His background includes several years of practice at 1 Pump Court, Temple; he also led the teaching and assessment of negotiation at the Inns of Court School of Law for some years; is an experienced trade union negotiator; was editor and contributing author to the Family Law in Practice manual for 6 years; and has a particular expertise in matrimonial finance.

Robin Bramley – Surveyor Mediator

Robin is a long-standing, highly qualified and experienced civil/commercial mediator who is also an Adjudicator, Arbitrator, Expert Witness and Justice of the Peace. By profession, Robin is a Surveyor and Farmer, and as a mediator is particularly experienced in handling commercial, property and agricultural matters – especially those involving family businesses, developments, construction matters, boundary issues and all aspects of farm management.

Sarah Branson – Barrister Mediator

Sarah is a Bar Council approved mediator and is qualified to mediate on all civil disputes. She worked in China and Japan, and studied Politics and Philosophy at University of Liverpool before working for a MP in the House of Commons whilst training to become a barrister. Sarah then worked in Iran and Afghanistan with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees on Human Rights issues and doing specific work with rural women on creating local industry to generate income, to prevent migration to cities and proliferation of shanty towns.

Sarah has a busy practice at Coram Chambers specialising in family law. With a focus on public law, she represents parents from all different backgrounds as well as acting for Local Authorities and children. Sarah acts at every level of court, including the Court of Appeal.

David Brown – Solicitor Mediator

David is a solicitor of over 40 years standing, a past president of The Suffolk and North Essex Law Society and current Senior Partner of GoodyBurrett LLP. David is able to draw on his specialisation in commercial property and corporate insolvency, as well as his much more extensive experience gained as a long-standing solicitor, when conducting civil/commercial mediation.

Sabuhi Chaudhry – Barrister Family Mediator

Sabuhi is has practiced exclusively in Family Law since qualifying as a Barrister in 1993. She is a member of the Family Law Bar Association. Sabuhi is a Mediator (ADRg trained) and also a Collaborative Lawyer (Resolution trained).

As a Mediator, Sabuhi brings 20 years of experience within the field of Family Law where she has successfully assisted clients in achieving agreements without the need for increasing costs and litigation in the court arena which can often polarize parties even further. She has seen first-hand the long term merits and overall success of cases where parties have been encouraged to engage in fruitful discussions which have resulted in mutual agreement. Sabuhi is committed to facilitating and proactively assisting clients to achieve a resolution of their family issues in what can often be a very challenging time in their lives with the breakdown of their relationship.

Neil Fry – Barrister Mediator

Neil Fry is a trained civil and commercial mediator. A large part of Neil's work is in care proceedings. He has considerable experience of cases of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. A particular area of focus for him has been work involving parents with long-term addiction or mental health problems.

Neil also deals with all types of financial remedy cases and property disputes, both in terms of written advice and advocacy. He is frequently instructed in those cases in which there is also an argument about children. He continues to act in private law children's cases, where there are allegations of sexual abuse and non-compliance with contact orders.

Bryan Johnston – Solicitor Mediator

Bryan is Managing Partner of GoodyBurrett LLP, Solicitors and specialises in commercial and civil litigation. He is an registered civil/commercial and workplace mediator drawing on his specialist knowledge of employment law, personal injury and professional negligence matters, as well as his wider experience gained as a solicitor. Bryan is an ex-Army Officer, a former Tendring District Councillor and stood for Parliament at the 1997 election. He is a non-executive Director of a Pension Company, Vice President of Colchester Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Law Society Dispute Resolution Section.

Niki Langridge – Barrister Mediator

In the Legal 500 Niki is recommended as being “simply superb, with an excellent client manner”. Niki is a firm believer in the merits of ADR for the right cases and is a qualified Mediator and collaboratively trained. Niki specialises in financial remedies and private law children matters. Her financial work covers all levels but in particular she deals with medium to high income and asset cases and matters that contain complex legal or factual issues.

Niki’s preparation is meticulous with great attention to detail but she is also able to provide sound commercial and pragmatic solutions. She is regarded as having excellent judgment and clients feel instantly comfortable and confident with her. Most of her work reaches resolution by settlement following negotiation.

Jacqueline Marks – Barrister Mediator

Jackie started her practice undertaking a broad range of legal work including landlord and tenant issues, personal injury claims and criminal law before focusing on developing a busy family law practice and she has considerable experience of dealing with complex financial remedies, co-ownership disputes and private law children disputes. In 2010 Jackie trained and became registered as a civil mediator.

Jackie sits as a deputy district judge at the Principal Registry of the Family Division where a significant part of her role involves presiding over mediated in court settlements in which she plays an active part in giving a neutral evaluation of each party’s case in order to facilitate a consensual outcome. Jackie has also trained as a volunteer at the Mildmay Mission Hospice, working with terminally ill patients, and has completed a diploma in psychology through the Open University, focussing on social, cognitive and child psychology.

Bridget Morris – Community and Workplace Mediator

Bridget worked in the voluntary sector in London for 25 years as a Manager for charities including Islington Victim Support and Volunteer Centres.  She undertook a Counselling & Psychotherapy Diploma training course to support her Victim Support work, such as supporting women who had experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. She subsequently worked for 2 national children’s charities.

She trained as a Community mediator with CALM Mediation and has carried out many community mediations for them. She subsequently trained as a Workplace mediator with PMR Ltd and has worked with Cognize Workplace Mediation and Eq8 Workplace Mediation. She is passionate about mediation and believes it is the best way to resolve disputes saving money, time and stress for all concerned. She has trained as a Personal Performance coach with the Coaching Academy and also works as a Confidence Coach.


Catherine Nicholes – Barrister Mediator

Catherine originally practised in crime, general civil and family law, and is a qualified civil and commercial mediator. Catherine is a member of Islington Free Legal Advice Centre and continues to assist there as a committee member and when senior or specialist knowledge is needed.

Catherine has particular expertise in care proceedings and working with clients who have personality difficulties, mental health issues or are accused of very serious abuse, including considerable experience of working with local authorities. Her work as a Deputy District Judge means that she has experience and perspective from "each end and both sides of the counter".

Martin Quinn – Solicitor Mediator

Martin is a solicitor based in Docklands with strong links to the local community. He has extensive experience of dealing with property, rental, leasing, and local business matters but also draws on his wider experience as a solicitor of long-standing when handling other disputes as a civil/commercial mediator.

Danielle Ratcliffe – Community and Workplace Mediator

Danielle is a qualified community and workplace mediator who has handled over 200 cases disputes ranging from anti-social behaviour to boundary issues. She uses clear, direct language and has worked in a range of roles across private, public and charity sectors, using a calm and diplomatic approach with people at all levels to empower them to come to their own arrangements. In her previous experience as Development Manager for youth charity Alone in London, she set up a project that offered training, advice (including on intergenerational matters), and networking opportunities, to over 200 mediation services across the UK.

Danielle has over 10 years insight in conflict resolution within a range of fields including; Community; Young People and their Families; Workplace; Divorce and Peer Mediation. She is also a qualified trainer, holding the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice, and has designed and delivered over 40 mediation training courses and ran workshops for both young people and job seekers on interview and transferable skills. She has completed an Ecclectic Life and Business Coaching course and volunteered as a Career Coach for a Career Development Group, assisting people to define realistic and achievable goals and increasing their confidence and self esteem. Danielle believes that when individuals feel heard and have their needs taken seriously, understandings can be reached and people can focus on the future.

Lauren Sadler – Managing Mediator & Accredited Family Mediator

Lauren is a Resolution-trained Family Mediator who has forged her career as a Family Lawyer for the past 10 years and has extensive experience of handling divorce, separation and ancillary relief matters as well as dealing with the arrangements for children, including Public Law and child abduction cases.

Christine Sheldrake – Barrister Mediator

Christine is a trained mediator who is prepared to accept referrals for family and all family related matters; contract and commercial matters, property matters, (which includes Agriculture & Farming Landlord & Tenant; Neighbour & Boundary Disputes; Trusts; Rights of Way, Adverse Possession Claims; Restrictive Covenants), Personal Injury, Tort - including Defamation; Negligence; Nuisance, and Wills - including claims under the Inheritance Act and Trusts.

The bulk of Christine’s practice as a Barrister is in the area of financial remedies post both marital and civil partnership breakdown. She regularly deals with proceedings involving foreign property and foreign divorce. Christine also drafts and advises on pre-nuptial agreements.

Tom Thomas OBE – Registered Civil, Commercial and Workplace Mediator

Tom is a civil/commercial and workplace mediator who is involved in community mediation and international conflict resolution as well. He has extensive experience of working with government and the public sector, broad experience of business and the private sector, as well as working in defence and international institutions. Tom is a member of the Civil Mediation Council’s Communications Committee, Registration Committee and Government Relations Committee. Other appointments include having been a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre, Department of Government, University of Essex and also Chair, Market Competition Dispute Resolution Panel, NHS South East Coast Strategic Health Authority.

Lucinda Wicks – Barrister Family Mediator

Lucinda trained as a mediator with the National Family Mediation Service having been a practicing barrister specialising in Family Law since 2009.

Lucinda handles all manner of family disputes concerning children within the public and private law context. She regularly assists parents who are unable to resolve the arrangements for their children between themselves; including with whom they should live and how much time they should spend with the other parent and has also often acted on behalf of the Guardian who is appointed to act on behalf of the children. Her wide experience from the considerable array of family problems she has handled has enabled Lucinda to develop the skills to approach each new problem with the sensitivity and creativity needed to bring about agreed solutions specifically tailored to seemingly intractable disputes.