Family law solicitor Sue Brookes has qualified as a mediator, becoming the second based at the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve.
Ms Brookes, who has worked at the firm for six years, advises on all issues that arise from relationship breakdowns, focusing on financial settlements and child arrangements.
She specialises in the treatment of complex finances including businesses, trusts and pensions, as well as drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Ms Brookes' qualification takes the total number of mediators within the firm to nine nationally.
Marc Saunderson, partner and head of the family law team in Birmingham, said: "Sue's recent qualification and expert knowledge in this area of law adds another string to Mills & Reeve’s bow and further strengthens the quality of service our family law team offers.
"Mediation and other forms of out-of-court dispute resolution are large growth areas in law.
"The family law courts are now directing that mediation should take place before proceedings are issued; yet there is currently a limited number of qualified mediators in Birmingham with many only specialising in children or money issues as opposed to both.
"If you are a corporate client or a professional you would expect that any disputes at work or with other companies are dealt with through mediation, so why would you expect to litigate in terms of your personal life?"
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