David Schoon

Mediator
David Schoon

David Schoon

Mediator

David joined Family Law Group in December 2014. He is an accredited mediator with the Family Mediation Council and a member of the Family Mediators Association and National Family Mediation. He is qualified to provide mediation for both private and legally aided clients on all issues and to consult with children where there is a need for child inclusive mediation.

He works at our Nottingham and Chesterfield offices and specialises in the mediation of child arrangements and financial arrangements, often where there are difficulties with communication.

Before qualifying as a mediator, David practiced as a family law solicitor for 15 years, was a member of Resolution and on the Law Society’s Family Law panel. Originally he intended to practice as both a lawyer and a mediator but he found that he enjoyed mediation more, partly because of its holistic approach.

“When I first meet my clients they are usually stressed and experiencing a difficult time in their lives. Something has gone wrong and they may feel aggrieved about how they have been treated. At the same time they may also feel that the issue needs to be resolved but they cannot do this on their own. The process of mediation offers an opportunity for clients to work out their solutions to problematic issues, in a neutral setting with an independent trained professional.”

David’s approach within mediation is child focused (where there are children) and solution focused. The solution in each case will be individual to the needs of the parties involved but would ideally be a win/win outcome. David’s many years of experience within law helps him to assist his clients to make the right choices regarding financial issues.

David’s calm and patient manner helps clients as they start to work through divorce and separation issues and the feelings generated in these circumstances. He encourages them to view the situation from a new perspective and often clients realise that they have areas of common ground. David enjoys helping people find agreements to problems which they previously felt to be insurmountable, and is pleased that he can provide mediation as it is a lot quicker and cheaper than Court proceedings.

Outside of work David keeps fit and enjoys listening to music for relaxation. He also plays the guitar badly.

David can be contacted on 0115 945 4555 or email: slockson@familylawgroup.co.uk