Northampton - Focus Mediation
Why choose Focus Mediation in Northampton?
If you are looking for help with separation or divorce, and you live in or around Northampton, you have come to the right place.
Mediation is the new way to approach divorce and separation. Instead of fighting over your children, you can discuss how best to share your parenting so the kids don’t lose out. Instead of worrying about how you are going to manage financially, you can take a critical look at your budgets and sort out a plan that makes it possible for you both to go forward.
You may need your solicitor’s advice on your proposals, and he or she will need to draft your Consent Order. But your Focus mediator will help you negotiate the settlement that best suits you both, thereby speeding up the process and dramatically cutting your costs. Focus works fast and effectively to help you sort everything out. Our mediators work full time on family mediation: they are family mediation specialists who have mediated for hundreds of couples – and it shows.
Focus Mediators in Northampton
A solicitor since 1979 and mediator since 1999, Mary has developed a reputation for supporting clients through one of life’s great ordeals: separation and divorce.
Mary is also a highly experienced mediator, based at Focus Mediation’s head office in Milton Keynes, but also sees clients in our offices in Bedford, Northampton and further afield for One Day Mediations. Mary’s practical, solution-based approach ensures a high resolution rate for people working with her.
Mary Banham-Hall LLB FMCA
Mary is a member of the Family Mediators’ Association and also of Resolution, so she is committed to a constructive and less adversarial approach to resolving family disputes. Mary’s Resolution accreditation in Advanced Financial Provision (substantial or complex cases and pensions) equips her to handle the most difficult cases - often helping clients save tens of thousands of pounds in tax, as well as protecting valuable final salary pensions. Mary was one of the first 100 Collaborative Lawyers in the country and has resolved many divorces in this way.
Focus is unique in Northampton
We always use lawyer mediators on financial cases so you can be sure your time and money is well spent. We help you avoid a contested court case and guide you towards a settlement which is highly likely to be approved by your solicitor and by the judge.
We work effectively on your finances, sending you away from your initial meeting (your ‘MIAM’) with the Form E to fill in and helpful instructions on what you need to collect, so that you come to your first joint session all ready to start work. This saves you time and money. We aim to get you done in 3 or 4 sessions!
We use specially trained mediators on children cases. All our mediators are experienced in family dynamics: if you need to sort out a suitable timetable for the children to share their time between your two households, we can help with this. We have seen so many cases, and have so much experience: you can draw on this and make the best possible plan for your family.
We are also qualified to consult with your children if you think it would help to hear what they think. This is a specialist area, which needs both parents consent, but if you and your partner have different impressions of what the children want, it can be revealing and helpful to ask the mediator to talk to them, in confidence, and then feed back to you.
We offer concessionary rates to those on a low income. Go to the section on costs to see how much you would pay for your mediation. Your costs are known from the start and you ‘pay as you go’, so it is easy to budget and there are no surprises.
Rachel qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and since that time has spent her working life immersed in Family Law. She initially trained as a Mediator with Resolution in 2000. The training enthused her greatly and she became passionate about alternative methods of resolving disputes. She subsequently went on to qualify as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2005 and was one of the first lawyers to do so in the North of England, where she was based at the time.
Rachel continued to practise as a Family Solicitor, embracing Mediation and Collaborative Law when she could. After 20 years working mainly in Legal 500 commercial law firms and subsequently a top tier niche family practice, (where she remains a Consultant Solicitor), Rachel joined Focus Mediation in 2016, having made the decision to pursue Mediation wholeheartedly and to make it the mainstay of her work. She is a member of Resolution and is currently compiling a portfolio for accreditation with the Family Mediation Council. She works closely with Mary and her other colleagues at Focus. Rachel mediates primarily in Milton Keynes and Northampton.
Rachel believes that Mediation requires hard work and commitment from all involved and is not therefore the soft option that some people portray. However, she states that “the rewards for perseverance are plenty, not least a swifter and less costly alternative to court. Mediation is forward looking with the couple retaining control of the final decision. They have a far greater chance of a civilised relationship in the future, imperative when there are children involved (of whatever age!). Whilst Mediation can mean having to confront uncomfortable emotions at times, it can help enormously with the journey through to the next chapter in life and overall help to enable that transition to be a more positive experience. Mediation is about so much more than legalities; it is about people”.