Jane Bridge


Jane Bridge
PPC and Accredited Mediator

Delivering professional mediation to the trust for 18 years, Jane brings her vast experience of family law to conduct child inclusive mediation sessions.

Jane has extensive experience in family law having worked as a barrister for 20 years. After co-authoring family law textbooks, lecturing nationwide, and having run her own private family mediation practice for five years, Jane has worked for the Family Mediation Trust as a family mediator from 2002 and conducts child inclusive mediation sessions.

Specialisms

Jane is fully accredited to conduct child inclusive mediation sessions and has a particular interest in this area as the sessions ‘give children a voice’.

Jane says, “As my mediation practice has progressed, I have developed a particular interest in child inclusive mediation, which gives me the opportunity (in suitable cases) to speak directly with children about the arrangements being made for them by their parents.

They often see and hear much more of the family conflict than parents realise and can have important contributions to make about how things could be made easier for them when spending time with mum and dad.”

Training and employment background

Jane previously worked as a barrister for 20 years specialising in family law and co-authored many family law textbooks and reference books. Also lecturing nationally, Jane covered subjects from finance and property to divorce reform and child law before running her own private family mediation practice for five years.

Also working for The Family Mediation Service as a Professional Practice Consultant from 2006, Jane is an accredited mediator and supervisor with the College of Mediators and is a recognised mediator for the Legal Aid Agency. Jane is also a lead PPC for the Centre of Excellence.

Jane regularly works as an At Court Mediator in the Family Court, Cambridge and is also a highly experienced speaker and trainer, being qualified to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector at IQ Level 3.

Jane says:

“I trained as a mediator because, having worked as a barrister for many years and seeing the huge financial and emotional impact suffered by my clients as a result of acrimonious litigation, I believed that there must be a better way to resolve family conflict than fighting it out in court.”