mediation Fountain Chambers

We understand that not all couples need or want to go to court when they are separating.

If you’re looking for mediation in the North East a number of barristers in Fountain Chambers are professionally trained family mediators who can help you resolve issues around children or finance without resorting to litigation.

They carry out their mediation practice through Fountain Mediation Limited, a specialist mediation service, and have been trained with the Family Mediators’ Association, one of the national mediation governing bodies.

Although public funding for legal advice was withdrawn for many family cases in April 2013, it remains available for mediation where you qualify financially. If you require help with sorting out difficulties with residence or contact or the financial consequences of your divorce and would prefer to avoid court then mediation may be an option for you.


Fountain Mediation has permanent offices in Middlesbrough as well as outreach locations in

  • Northallerton
  • Peterlee
  • Durham
  • Sunderland
  • Newcastle

Mediators can meet with clients at a location convenient to them to discuss whether mediation can help. If not, then they can provide the necessary forms required for applications to court. Where mediation can go ahead and if successful they can also provide the necessary forms for ‘Help with Mediation’ allowing for limited publicly funded advice on proposals reached during mediation.

Get in Touch

Fountain Mediation is happy to accept referrals either directly or via solicitors or other professionals. For more information, including a referral form please visit the mediation website. You can contact Shanaz O’Brien on (01642) 260455 to find out more or to make an appointment or email

Our Mediation Team