Barcan Woodward appoints UK founder of family mediation, Lisa Parkinson

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Lisa Parkinson, one of the founders of family mediation in the UK has been appointed as consultant and part-time mediator to Bristol based Barcan Woodward Family Mediation.

Barcan Woodward Family Mediation has appointed Lisa Parkinson, one of the founders of family mediation in the UK, to its Bristol-based team in the role of consultant and part-time mediator.

Lisa is a highly respected mediator who co-founded the UK’s first family mediation service in 1978. She is a Vice President of the Family Mediators Association (FMA), having co-founded the FMA in 1988, and was FMA’s Director from 1988 to 1994. She is involved in training family mediators in the UK and Europe and is a regular contributor and keynote speaker at international conferences on mediation and family law reform.

Lisa’s book ‘Family Mediation’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 1997, 2nd edition Family Law 2011) has been published in six languages. She is also the author of numerous articles and papers in family law publications. Lisa has a special interest in helping children and young people, as well as parents, in managing the changes and adjustments of parental separation and divorce.

Tom Powles, head of Barcan Woodward Family Mediation, said: “I am delighted that Lisa has agreed to join us. As well as being a leading authority on family mediation, Lisa brings with her a unique perspective and I am confident that her skills and expertise will prove invaluable to us.”


For further information, please contact:

Samantha Furley
Marketing Manager, Barcan Woodward
Tel: 0117 978 6043, Mob: 07725 026 873


Barcan Woodward was established in 1992 and is a four partner firm of solicitors. Based in Bristol, the company has four offices in the city centre (King Street), Bedminster, Horfield and Bishopston (Gloucester Road).

Barcan Woodward Family Mediation was established in 2013 with mediation services provided separately to Barcan Woodward’s established family law services.

Barcan Woodward's family mediators are members of the Family Mediators Association and recognised by the Family Mediation Council to undertake private and legally aided mediations.

For further information about Barcan Woodward Family Mediation, please visit our website at or call 0117 963 6202.

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