Marc Lopatin Founder of divorce service lawyersupportedmediation.org.uk

I trained as a family mediator in 2011 and like so many before me I wondered how to persuade more separating couples to take advantage of the benefits of family mediation, especially those with children. Working with a small group of senior and lawyers and mediators I set about devising a new approach to divorce that prioritises dialogue and transparency. The result is lawyer-supported mediation – a client-led approach that combines the complementary strengths of lawyer and mediator to help both parties reach an agreement they’re each prepared to abide by. The service is now available across London through lawyersupportedmediation.org.uk and we plan to expand across the UK during 2013.