Jane Louise Smith

Accredited Family Mediator

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Jane is a solicitor and has over 20 years’ experience as a family lawyer in private practice in Lincolnshire. After taking a career break in 2010, Jane completed her Foundation Mediation Training in December 2015.

Jane joined Family Matters Mediation as an associate mediator in February 2016. Jane gained her Family Mediation Council Accreditation in May 2018 and is now accredited to carry out financial and children mediations.

Jane continues to work on a self employed basis through Family Matters Mediation, offering mediation in Lincoln, Boston and other Lincolnshire towns as well as Newark, Notts.

Jane describes “thinking as a lawyer” and “thinking as a mediator” as very different. She believes her skills as a mediator are continuing to evolve. Her legal background does enable Jane to give mediating clients information about the Family Court and its procedures, whilst assisting them in resolving their family disputes within the mediation process, away from the court arena.

Jane says “Family Matters has provided me with the support, encouragement and practical experience to develop my mediation skills. I very much enjoy working alongside the experienced mediators at Family Matters who are generous with both their time and their encouraging feedback”.

Away from work, Jane enjoys the challenges of being a school governor and spending time reading with the infant school children.