LKW Family Mediation was started by Louisa Whitney in 2013. After working as a family lawyer for 11 years, Louisa shifted her focus to family mediation. Louisa found that her expertise in communications, understanding separating couples’ needs, as well as her ability to empathise were better suited to this approach to separation.
Now, as a family mediator, she is better equipped to give her clients the tools they need to avoid escalating situations and to make the process run more amicably. She helps them to minimise the effects of their separation on their families, and on themselves.
Louisa’s approach to mediation is tailored to the couples themselves. What makes Louisa unique is her connection to spirituality. Being a Reiki and yoga practitioner in her personal life has helped Louisa to be more in-tuned with her clients’ needs during mediation.
She brings patience and a certain calm to a space that fosters constructive and practical conversations, this is very beneficial when the couple can be feeling overwhelmed by fear and anger.
Don’t let the spirituality fool you. Louisa is also an expert number cruncher and a whiz at spreadsheets when it comes to finances. Her formal training as a lawyer keeps her grounded in her practice and she brings the knowledge from her practice as a lawyer into the mediation room.
Outside of work Louisa enjoys yoga and swimming and is often to be found in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes in the vain hope of finding a dish that everybody in her house will eat.
Exciting news that from November 2020 LKW Family Mediation will also be offering mediation with Emma Ingham
Emma is a trained Mediator, working towards Accreditation, with experience of mediating child arrangements, property and finance matters. She is also a non-practising solicitor, with over 8 years’ experience of all aspects of family law. She has a particular specialism in children and parenting matters, having a Masters Degree in Child Law. Emma is a member of the Family Mediation Council and the College of Mediators.
Emma decided to train as a Mediator after taking a career break to raise her two daughters. When thinking about returning to work, she realised that she missed helping and supporting her clients but she did not miss the court process! Emma is known for her empathetic and caring approach to mediation. She takes great pride in applying her legal knowledge and communication skills to support her clients with moving on from the issues that are causing them difficulty.
Emma enjoys spending time with her friends and family (usually over coffee and cake), reading and recently started running (very, very slowly).
What to expect when you work with LKW Family Mediation
- Extensive knowledge about the divorce process
- 17+ years’ experience working with separating couples and seeing the different arrangements that have worked for each of them
- Individualised approach to each problem
- Technical know-how around financial issues
- Understanding of child development and the effects of separation
- Empathy and Compassion
- A sense of humour!
Louisa Whitney also trains and supervises other professionals to help them develop their own skills.
If you’d like to hear more from Louisa talking about her passion for family mediation then have a look at the video below. It’s under 5 minutes and gives you an idea of why Louisa is so passionate about using this process for separating couples and how this led her to set up LKW Family Mediation:
From January 2021 we will be able to provide civil mediation services. David Whitney is our civil mediator.
David originally trained to be a barrister and qualified as a solicitor in 2002. Throughout his career David has been a litigator focusing on property litigation. David trained as a civil mediator in 2010 after experiencing first hand mediation in practice and seeing that this was the way forward for the great majority of disputes and becoming a complete convert to the progress. David was appointed as a First Tier Tribunal Judge in 2011. Subsequently David has been appointed to the Property Chamber mediation panel and has mediated countless disputes via this scheme. David is happy to mediate any dispute but has particular experience of all property issues including residential service charges, neighbour disputes, including boundaries and construction disputes. You can contact David directly to discuss your civil mediation needs.