Our Mediators

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Elizabeth Ashford

Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and has been involved in mediation for over 10 years dealing with commercial contract disputes, private and commercial property, landlord and tenant matters and insolvency.  She has considerable experience of working with parties in dispute, either as a solicitor in court proceedings or as a mediator qualified in both civil and commercial and community mediation.  Elizabeth is a firm advocate of the benefits of mediation and is now a full time mediator and co-founder of Monmouthshire Mediation Practice.

Steve Hancox

Steve is accredited by both CEDR and the ADR Group.   He has over 30 years experience as a practising barrister and accredited business adviser.   He regularly delivers CMC accredited training.  His style is facilitative, but he believes in thorough preparation and is able and willing to ask challenging questions. 

He is completely down-to-earth, endlessly patient and willing to go the extra mile to help the parties find a solution. Specialist in family business, contentious probate and property disputes.    Has the skills and expertise to handle disputes with a high emotional content.

Alyson Houghton

Alyson practised as a commercial litigation and contracts solicitor for 20 years.   She specialised in contractual disputes, insurance, negligence claims and  contract drafting and participated in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution throughout.   Her wide experience in practice gives her a realistic understanding of the motivations behind disputes and settlement and the benefits of mediation.  Alyson is now a full time mediator and co-founder of Monmouthshire Mediation Practice.  As a mediator, she has particular expertise in construction, development and insurance matters, but has also mediated a number of workplace, landlord and tenant and boundary disputes.

Claire Jackson - Family Mediator

Claire was called to the bar in 1994 and practised from 1 Dr Johnson’s, Inner Temple.    She was Principal Lecturer on the Bar Professional Training Course, leading Family Law before moving to the countryside and setting up practise as a mediator.   She is an Independent Lay Member of the Standards Committee for Powys.   Claire uses her legal and lecturing skills to explore the financial aspect of separation while her strong commitment to helping families move to a positive future ensures that she works with compassion and optimism.

Paul Newman

Paul is a private practice barrister at 3 PB barristers. He also has substantial in-house experience with two solicitors’ firms. Living in Cardiff, he is a specialist in property litigation and in party wall and construction disputes. He frequently advises / represents mediation parties as well as acting as a mediator in his specialist disciplines. 

Paul is an accredited mediator with ADR Group (December 2001) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is on the mediation panel of a number of bodies, including the Bar Council and ADR Group. Paul is a published author on dispute resolution and has lectured on ADR in the UK, Belgium and Sweden.

Lise Seager

Lise practises as a solicitor mediator.   She has been a solicitor for more than 20yers and as a lawyer, and as a mediator, has dealt with a wide range of disputes and a diverse group of people.   She trained as a civil and commercial mediator in 2004, and subsequently as a family mediator.   She is also a trained business coach.   Her motivation to become a mediator was a fervent belief that individuals and organisations involved in disputes could resolve them much more effectively by mediation that by the Court process.   Her thoughts and feelings on the subject have strengthened over the years as she continues to witness the positive benefits of mediation.

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