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Dr Catherine Frances

Dr. Catherine Frances


FMC Accredited Family Mediator 1569A

Child Inclusive Mediator and Integrated Mediation Practitioner

Catherine gained an MA and PhD in international child abduction, models for co-parenting with associated law and psychology, and worked for the United Nations University in Japan before returning to the UK.

She is accredited by the Family Mediation Council to mediate all issues – property, finances and child arrangements – is a member of the Family Mediators Association, and has co-authored and contributed to books related to mediation.

Catherine’s passion is to help you avoid going to court. No one needs more stress in their lives.

Catherine is a Taekwondo black belt, is an enthusiastic amateur gardener, enjoys playing badminton and walking her beloved dogs, Betsy and Tuppence.

Catherine was a Finalist at the National Mediation Awards and Stratford Family Mediation was a winner at Stratford Herald Business and Tourism Awards 2022.

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Philippa Johnson


Professional practice consultant *

FMC Accredited Family Mediator URN 0676A, Child Inclusive Mediator, Integrated Mediation Practitioner, Trainer, Family Lawyer, Law Consultant and Law Reporter

Philippa Johnson is accredited by the Family Mediation Council (FMCA).

She is a member of and former chair of the Family Mediators Association (FMA).

She was called to the Bar in 1999, is a member of Middle Temple and has worked for over 20 years as a legal consultant to barristers, solicitors, publishers and legal organisations, providing family specialists with information on changes in family law.

Philippa is particularly well known in the family law world for her work as a law reporter (she is now the lead reporter on the Family Court Reports), and as the former Executive Director of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (now the International Academy of Family Lawyers).

Philippa is qualified to meet with children within mediation (child-inclusive mediation). She provides other family mediators of all levels of experience with training and is one of the FMA’s foundation trainers and also acts as a supervisor for other family mediators.

Philippa was one of two editorial consultants for the family mediation ‘bible’, Lisa Parkinson’s Family Mediation (4th edition).

Philippa has four sons and four grandchildren, and is a whizz at making cakes!

*Every family mediator must have a Professional Practice Consultant (PPC), an experienced family mediator who acts as their mentor and supervisor.