What happens in Benidorm stays in Benidorm?

This seems like a very random title for my blogpost but I have my reasons for mentioning one of my favourite places. Yes, I never thought I would say this, but Benidorm is where I would choose to go every time on a Saturday afternoon. What I love about the party town is that it […]

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Where should the drama be?

The BBC has just started a new series called The Split written by Abi Morgan and Jane Eden. So far there have been three episodes out of the total six. If you have missed it, you can catch up on the BBC iplayer. I saw it advertised about a month ago and it caught my […]

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LGBT+ Working Group

We are pleased to announce that our Head of Practice, Stuart Hanson, and our LGBT+ champion, has been asked by The College of Mediators to join their LGBT+ working group. The term LGBT+ refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. The College of Mediators is a membership body for mediators working in all areas of […]

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Mediation vs Meditation

Imagine the scene, I am at a party and the canapés are being offered along with glasses of Asti, which the host is passing off as champagne. The conversation between the guests is slowly becoming more and more animated, as a result of it being fueled by the free alcohol which the mingling guests consume […]

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A song for mediation?

When I did my foundation qualification in family mediation my tutor asked me to think of songs that could be the sound track for the work we were going to be doing as family mediators. At the time, I did not come up with anything, but I kept thinking about it. In my late teens […]

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College of Mediators

Conference Calls for Managing Partner and Mediator, Stuart Hanson. Managing Partner of Direct Mediation Services and family mediator, Stuart Hanson, has had his conference paper accepted by the College of Mediators for their Annual Conference in London. The conference will be held at Regent’s University, London – 15th and 16th June 2018. This conference is […]

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International families in mediation

Before coming a family mediator, Stuart Hanson, worked as an immigration advisor. In this article, he explains how his knowledge of the UK immigration system now benefits his work in the mediation room when working with international families. “I became registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) over ten years ago. I […]

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What are the benefits of family mediation?

Mediation Benefits In many countries family mediation is well known and growing such as Canada and the USA, but in the UK many separating couples initially go to their respective solicitors/lawyers to prepare for a court case. These YouTube videos hopefully will let families see that mediation offers an alternative route to court. In the […]

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LGBT families

At Direct Mediation Services we believe that mediation is a process suitable for all families, and can extend to as wide a circle as necessary, including grandparents, step-parents and young people. Managing partner, Stuart Hanson, has written and delivered accredited training to mediators about the LGBT family in the mediation room. LGBT stands for Lesbian, […]

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My journey to becoming a family mediator

In 2015 I started my training as a family mediator, after having been a family magistrate for a number of years. My work in the court had created an interest in working with families, but I had felt frustrated and limited by what I could achieve within an hour in a court room and in […]

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