Could hybrid mediation be the holy grail? Sarah Manning

Sarah Manning for Smart Divorce

Tamsin speaks to family mediator Sarah Manning about hybrid meditation and how it can be used for couples, including those who have suffered abuse and domestic violence.

I am a Senior Associate Solicitor and accredited family mediator and highly experienced having previously worked in family law for over 10 years. I advise and assist individuals in all aspects of private family law matters. I am also a Director of Family Mediators Association, a member organisation for mediators in a voluntary capacity and I have an input into the future of mediation. I am also the chair of the Family Mediation Week committee raising awareness of family mediation. I was also short listed for ‘Mediator of the Year 2020’ in the National Mediation Awards. I am a member of Resolution which is an organisation setup for professionals who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. I pride myself on the service I deliver and ensure that I have a good rapport with my clients whilst remaining focused on achieving the best possible outcome. I pride myself on dealing with matters amicably whilst ensuring that my client’s needs or any children involved are at the forefront of any discussions and arrangements reached. In some instances, court is of course necessary and I will do everything I can to keep matters constructive and non-confrontational whilst achieving the best possible result for my client. As a mediator, I am also qualified as a hybrid mediator which follows more of the civil mediation model and allows other professionals to be involved within the process. This is more suitable to high conflict, complex and high net worth cases. I also recently qualified as a Child Inclusive Mediator which allows me to speak to children within the mediation and allow them to have a voice. I offer a free initial consultation to all new clients as I believe it is important that both the legal advisor and the client should have a good rapport with one another, and the client is both relaxed and has confidence in the advice provided before they proceed. Meetings can take place either face to face, over the phone, by email or through Microsoft Teams/Zoom.

Senior Associate / Solicitor Mediator
Direct Dial: 0113 336 3435
Mobile: 07741 667 370

Tamsin is a Chartered Financial Planner with over 20 years experience. She works with couples and individuals who are at the end of a relationship and want agree how to divide their assets FAIRLY without a fight.

You can contact Tamsin at or arrange a free initial meeting using She is also part of the team running Facebook group Separation, Divorce and Dissolution UK

Tamsin Caine MSc., FPFS
Chartered Financial Planner
Smart Divorce Ltd