Family Mediation Services News

Free Legal Advice Service in Hebden Bridge 11 October 2019

Our next free legal advice clinic will run from 2pm to 4pm on Friday 11 October 2019 at the Upper Valley Community Hub in Hebden Bridge.  Our legal team will be on hand to offer free, expert legal advice on: Divorce and relationship breakdowns...

Free Legal Advice Service in Hebden Bridge 13 September 2019

Our next free legal advice clinic will run from 2pm to 4pm on Friday 13 September 2019 at the Upper Valley Community Hub in Hebden Bridge.  Our legal team will be on hand to offer free, expert legal advice on: Divorce and relationship...

The Northumberland Mighty Hike: Thank you

Thank you to everyone who sponsored our Head of Family Law Penny Manock and Managing Director Maureen Cawthorn when they completed the Macmillan Northumberland Mighty Hike earlier this month. Thanks to your generous support,...

Maureen and Penny tackle The Northumberland Mighty Hike

This weekend our Managing Director Maureen Cawthorn will be joining our Head of Family Law Penny Manock to walk in memory of our much loved colleague Liza Pickles. Organised by Macmillan, the 26-mile route starts at Alnwick Castle and ends at...

Wilkinson Woodward Charity Quiz Night: Friday 7 June 2019

Fancy a great night out with family, friends or colleagues while supporting an amazing local charity? Then don’t miss our Quiz Night at the MBi Shay Football Stadium at 630pm on Friday 7 June 2019. Tickets cost £10 per player (including a...

Why we are backing Family Mediation Week 2019

21-25 January 2019 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), the campaign aims to raise awareness of mediation as an alternative to court battles for separating couples.  Mediation can help you take control of your...

Liza Pickles

We are saddened to report that our much loved colleague Liza Pickles passed away on 25 November. Liza was an enormously popular member of the matrimonial team. Her kindness, common-sense and tremendous legal knowledge and skill will be greatly missed. Liza...

Tim and Penny Manock mark a double legal milestone

Husband and wife solicitors Tim and Penny Manock are celebrating a double milestone this week by each marking three decades as qualified solicitors. The couple both qualified as solicitors thirty years ago on 1 October 1988. Tim and Penny met as...

Mark Green joins Wilkinson Woodward's family team

We're delighted to welcome solicitor and family mediator Mark Green to our Family team. Mark is a highly experienced family lawyer and mediator, handling all aspects of relationship breakdown including finance, property and arrangements for...

Liza Pickles transfers to our Halifax office

We're delighted to welcome Liza Pickles to our Halifax office. Liza, who joined us in 2002, is an experienced family lawyer/ mediator. She has been a familiar face at our Brighouse office since 2013. Liza recently...

Why we are backing Family Mediation Week 2018

22-26 January 2018 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), the campaign aims to raise awareness of mediation as an alternative to court battles for separating couples.  Mediation can help you take control of your...

Penny Manock joins Sue Ryder Starlight Hike

Our Head of Family Law Penny Manock is joining fellow charity supporters in a 10k overnight hike. Penny will join fellow walkers on Saturday 30 September to hike along a marshalled route which takes in the villages surrounding Oxenhope...

Cohabitants need special financial protection if they split

When the recent case of a widowed cohabitee’s rights to her late partner’s pension made the news, I did wonder whether the decision may have an effect on co-habitation law generally. Rights for cohabitants are limited Cohabitation does not...

Why we are backing Family Mediation Week 2017

23-27 January 2017 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), the campaign aims to raise awareness of mediation as an alternative to court battles for separating couples.  Mediation can help you take control of your...

Why We Are Backing Good Divorce Week

We’re pleased to support this month’s Good Divorce Week campaign, which supports the rights of all family members (and especially children) who are affected by a relationship breakdown. The campaign runs from 28 November to 2 December 2016...

Grandparents Day: 11 September 2016

Originating in the United States but increasingly recognised in other countries, National Grandparents Day aims to recognise and celebrate the vital role of grandparents. I have fond memories of my own grandparents and was...

Mr V Mrs: Call The Mediator Highlights Benefits of Mediation

The current BBC TV series “Mr V Mrs: Call the Mediator” provides an insight into the role of mediation for couples who have decided to part company. It’s important to note that mediation is not to be confused with counselling; mediation is...

Liza Pickles Accredited by Family Mediation Council

This month our congratulations go to Liza Pickles, a family law specialist at our Brighouse office. Liza is now accredited by the Family Mediation Council to conduct mediation in cases funded by Legal Aid as well as privately funded mediation. For couples...

Caroline Price Accredited by Family Mediation Council

This month our congratulations go to Caroline Price, a family law specialist at our Huddersfield office. Caroline is now accredited by the Family Mediation Council to conduct mediation in cases funded by Legal Aid as well as privately funded mediation. For...

Wilkinson Woodward Support Family Mediation Week 2016

Every year, thousands of families are torn apart by bitter court battles. Relationships between separating parents are irretrievably broken and, all too often, their children are caught up in the middle. It doesn't have to be that way. Mediation has...

Christmas and the New Year Can Be a Tough Time for Relationships

It is a sad reality that holidays put pressure on family life. This is especially true of the Christmas period. Here's what to do if this affects you. The strain on families over the Christmas and New Year period can often lead to relationship...

Download Your Free Guide to Resolving Family Disputes Without Going to Court

It is a sad reality that holidays put pressure on family life. This is especially true of the Christmas period. For couples who decide to separate, it is important to know that there are alternatives to court.  Collaborative law is a legal way of...

Changes to Mediation Funding Will Help Families In Calderdale and Kirklees

From 3 November 2014, changes made to family mediation funding will make financially ineligible parties exempt from the financial means test for the first joint mediation session where their partner is financially eligible for legal aid. From 3 November...

Government Announces Plans to Fund More Free Mediation Sessions

Couples should avoid confrontational courtroom battles and use mediation as more free sessions will be funded by Government, Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced this week. Last year nearly two thirds of couples who attended a single mediation...

Mediation Provides Alternative to Court in Family Disputes

It’s a sad fact of modern life that resolving family disputes in court can be a long, stressful and expensive process. To add insult to injury, last year’s cuts to legal aid left many separating couples trying to navigate the court process on...