Family Law in Partnership Head of Mediation, Dominic Raeside, is a member of the Family Mediation Task Force which has just published its Report (June 2014).
The Family Mediation Task Force, chaired by David Norgrove, examined mediation and its role in supporting separating couples. Since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 came into force, publicly funded mediations have fallen by over a third, with a number of mediation practices going out of business. This has contributed to a heightened focus on the recommendations of the Task Force.
The Task Force has made a series of recommendations including proposals for government funding of MIAMs and mediations, together with a campaign to promote awareness of mediation more generally.
Dominic’s membership of the Task Force derives from his role as Family Mediator member of the Family Justice Council, an appointment which Dominic took up in August 2013. Dominic is widely regarded as one of the top family mediators in the country. He and his colleague Ruth Smallacombe work closely with the directors and associates at Family Law in Partnership to offer a range of family mediation models, including child inclusive mediation in cases where this is appropriate.