Who are we?

Our group comprises a number of experienced family lawyers and a former children’s guardian who bring together expertise in complex financial and child-related matters. We have the necessary legal knowledge and expertise to guide couples towards fair and workable outcomes. Our non-legally qualified mediator is able to add invaluable assistance to parents who are struggling to agree on arrangements for their children as well as helping with the emotional issues that can all too often lead to a breakdown in constructive communication.

As like-minded practitioners, we formed Reading Family Mediation to promote good mediation practice in the local area and to provide an expert service for those choosing mediation.

Contact

Please email or telephone one of us for more information about mediation, to arrange an appointment and/or to discuss any practicalities.

Sarah Benfield

  • Sarah BenfieldI qualified as a solicitor in 1984, trained as a mediator in 1996 and as a collaborative lawyer in 2006.
  • I am an accredited specialist with Resolution and a member of the Law Society Children Panel and Family Law Panel.

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t: 0118 957 3425

Martin Kelly

  • Martin KellyI qualified as a mediator with the Family Mediators’ Association in 1993.
  • I qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and have specialised in the area of family law since that date.
  • I am also a member of Resolution and have trained as a Collaborative Lawyer.

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t: 0118 960 5768

Brenda Long

  • Brenda LongI qualified as a solicitor in October 1990 and have been a specialist family lawyer since then.
  • I qualified as an FMA mediator in 2000 and am also trained as a Collaborative Lawyer. 
  • I am a member of Resolution and the Law Society’s Family Panel.

Seona Myerscough

  • Seona MyerscoughI am a Family Law Solicitor.
  • I qualified as a mediator with the Family Mediators’ Association in 1993.
  • My specialist field has been Family Law throughout my career.
  • I am also a member of the Resolution Advanced Panel, the Law Society Family Panel and the Child Care Panel.

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t: 01635 508192

Nicholas Rodriguez

  • Nick RodriguezI qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and specialised in family law. 
  • I am a member of the Law Society's Family Law Panel and Children Panel. 
  • I am also an accredited specialist with Resolution (financial provision and child law). 
  • I am a trained Collaborative Lawyer and qualified as a mediator in 1998.
  • I am qualified to undertake MIAMs.

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t: 0118 978 0099

Julie-Ann Burger

  • Julie Ann BurgerSince qualifying as a solicitor in 1990 I have specialised in all areas of family law matters. 
  • I am a Resolution trained Collaborative lawyer and Mediator.
  • I am qualified to undertake MIAMs.

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t: 0118 957 4424

Judi Lyons

  • Judi LyonsHaving qualified as a social worker in 1978, I initially worked as a Family Court Welfare Officer/Probation Officer.
  • From 1984 - 2010, I worked as a Children's Guardian. I have been a family mediator since 1998.
  • I also undertake Children's Mediations.
  • My area of specialism is in working with children in their family in both private and public law.
  • I am qualified to undertake MIAMs

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t: 07710 038106

Sandra Marshall

  • Sandra Reading Family MediationI qualified as a mediator in 2000.
  • I have been practising as a Legal Executive specialising in all areas of family law since 2002 and am a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel.
  • I am also a member of Resolution and a collaborative lawyer.

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t: 07500 080361

Paul Wild

  • Paul WildI qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and specialise in all areas of family law.
  • I have undertaken numerous collaborative cases since 2007.
  • I am a qualified Mediator and also a member of Resolution.

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t: 0118 958 9711

Self referral

Once you have made contact with one of our mediators, you can download a referral form here to complete and send to the mediator. 

Download Self Referral Form

Solicitor's referral form

If you are a solicitor referring a client to Reading Family Mediation, please download and use this form to send to the mediator you have spoken to.

Download Solicitor's Referral