Family Mediation & ADR

Family Mediation is a process by which family members who cannot agree about the arrangements for children, property or finances try to resolve their differences with the assistance of an impartial professional. Family mediation offers a safe environment for difficult discussions to take place with the input of a mediator.

At Zenith Chambers we have a range of trained mediators who can assist in resolving family disputes. All our mediators are practising barristers with considerable experience of family disputes, and some also hold judicial appointments. Within our team we are able to offer mediators with particular expertise in specialist areas such as:

  • Financial issues on divorce or dissolution
  • Financial issues for cohabiting couples
  • Financial provision for children
  • Day to day arrangements for children
  • Child protection issues
  • Medical or educational issues for children
  • Arrangements for children of same-sex families
  • Issues between family members living in different countries
  • Issues arising on the death of a family member

We offer a flexible and competitively priced mediation facility, whether in our mediation suite or at an agreed venue, which can accommodate different models of mediation tailored to the circumstances of the case, including family mediation, co-mediation, civil mediation, shuttle mediation and lawyer assisted mediation structures.

All of our mediators are committed to mediation as a cost effective means of resolving disputes without the damaging process of litigation, and we keep courtroom tactics out of the mediation room. Our focus in mediation is on listening, facilitating and enabling participants to reach their own decisions in safe environment with a safe pair of hands.

Family Mediation & ADR


Philippa Wordsworth

Philippa Wordsworth


‘She has expertise in all areas of matrimonial finance.’

Legal 500 (2017)

'Regarded as one of the leading sets for family law work on circuit'

Legal 500 (2020)