janet flawith

Founder and Director of AIM Mediation Limited

Janet L Flawith

Lawyer, Mediator, Trainer

…without you, we would never have achieved what we have. My life is about to go forward on a new course…
CB
Janet was the nicest, most approachable person. She made me feel very comfortable and reassured.
SR

Janet is accredited by the Family Mediation Council to offer mediation in All Issues and is also able to offer Direct Consultation with Children. Janet is a member of Resolution and the College of Mediators.

Janet qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and for some years ran a general practice of crime, family, general litigation and personal injury. The majority of her work, however, was family and she specialised in representing those who had suffered domestic abuse.

Janet was on the management committee of a local refuge and also Chair of the management committee for a local project that ran a telephone helpline and provided other support to the local community. Janet still works closely with local groups working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse and is still regularly called upon to deliver training on issues regarding changes in law and policy. Janet was the implementation manager for the Specialist Domestic Violence Court in Leicestershire and is used to working in a multi-agency arena, having also been a local government policy and development officer, where she was responsible for managing large budgets and initiatives to help reduce domestic abuse and raise public awareness. Janet is also an accredited trainer for CAFCASS and NAGALRO in domestic abuse.

In the final years of her practice, Janet spent four years as a local authority solicitor, specialising in adults and childcare work. She had a reported case involving a vulnerable adult. Whilst in private practice, Janet regularly advised and represented parents, and children’s guardians in some complex cases.

Janet has a particular interest in disability and special needs and is a trustee of Menphys (SPL) a local charity that supports children with special needs and their families. Janet is also a Vice Chair on an independent fostering panel and an adoption panel. Janet is on the Legal Advisory Group for BAAF and Secretary of the Training sub Committee of Leicester Family Justice Board and is responsible for organising training events and an annual conference for family practitioners. Jan is on the panel of approved mediators for SEND mediators in the West Midlands.

John Walker

Solicitor and Mediator

John qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has spent his entire legal practice dealing with law relating individuals, families and children. Following successfully training as a mediator he is pleased to be a member of the College of Mediators, and has successfully obtained the MIAMS accreditation.

John’s unique career means that he can offer mediation in a range of specialist areas, where there is dispute between individuals, third parties and statutory agencies.

John was a member of the Law Society Children Panel for many years, and has dealt with proceedings from simple contact disputes through to complex medical and sexual abuse allegations.

John has direct experience of advising in respect of issues that arise as a result of Mental Capacity or Mental Health matters, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, statutory obligations within social care, both around children and adults.

He has a particular expertise in education and school issues, including admissions, exclusions the impact of the Equality Act and Special Educational Needs (SEN). John has direct experience of the SEN framework and regularly advises and trains in these areas.

John regularly delivers training on a range of legal issues, from housing, domestic violence, education, safeguarding, child law and equalities to various groups and professionals.
John is on the panel of approved mediators for SEND mediators in the West Midlands.

Denise Taylor

Mediator

Denise is a fully qualified mediator, with experience in community and workplace mediation.

Denise has a particular passion for believing people should feel safe and comfortable in their own homes. She has worked with communities and individuals experiencing anti-social behaviour, or who find themselves in neighbour disputes, and has assisted them in finding ways to improve their quality of life.

Denise set up Leicester Witness Cocoon in 2000, the work done by this project came to the attention of the Home Office. Denise worked closely with senior civil servants and Ministers of State to look at ways of improving quality of life for communities affected by any level of anti-social behaviour. The Home Office commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to carry out a thorough evaluation. The findings of this evaluation concluded that the support offered by Leicester Witness Cocoon was most effective in terms of emotional support, encouraging reporting, use of resources and for having a positive impact on the quality of life of communities and individuals.

A natural progression from supporting witnesses was to mediation. With experience in the East Midlands, working with local authorities, social housing landlords and private individuals, Denise has gained a wide range of experience in bringing parties together to negotiate ways to settle disputes and disagreements and find workable and effective solutions for all.