Family Mediation People

Austin Chessell

Austin Chessell

Founder

Austin covers Central London, North London, East London, West London and South London

He trained as a Family Mediator in 2009 at Hertfordshire Family Mediation Service.

He is an accredited Family Mediator with the Federation Mediation Council and the Law Society.

Austin is a member of Resolution and the Family Mediator’s Association.

He is approachable and helpful to clients, and clearly explains whatever clients need to know about mediation and works hard to help them come to proposals that suit both clients and their family.

Austin is involved in charity work in his free time. He was a member of the National Association of Child Contact Centres and previously volunteered in Contact Centres.

Austin is also a Family Solicitor. He is an Honorary Legal Advisor at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

He formed a Family Mediation clinic at the Central Family Court and is now involved with the Family Mediation service at Barnet Family Court.

Austin formed the London Family Mediation Group in 2011 for mediators and non mediator professionals to share ideas on good family mediation practice.

He has written and spoken for the Solicitors Journal from 2011 – 2017 on Family Dispute Resolution topics.

Austin plays football, likes running and cooking.

Jane Mace

Jane Mace

Consultant Family Mediator

Jane grew up in Norfolk and moved to London at the age of 18. After graduating with an honours degree in French and German, she joined the Civil Service fast stream and worked for several years as a tax inspector.

Experience as a Mackenzie Friend in race equality complaint cases helped her obtain a post as the Chairman’s aide at the Commission for Racial Equality, and she later headed up the diversity drive for two government departments. She is a member of her local Race Equality Council.

Jane’s legal and accounting knowledge inform her mediation, and she is a seasoned negotiator. She combines her ability to assimilate large amounts of complex information with a natural warmth and empathy.  She is a member of the Family Mediators Association and the Family Mediation Council.

Bettina Siddiqi

Bettina Siddiqi

Virtual PA

Bettina assists with administration and organising Family Mediation Centre networking events. 

She lives with her partner and two children in Maidenhead. 

Asma Butt

Asma Butt

Family Intern

Asma is an LLB (Hons) Law student at the University of Reading. Asma wants to excel in a legal career in the future and is also committed to resolving matters outside of court where this is possible through family mediation.   

Asma is looking to gain mediation experience and improve on her strengths of helping clients through divorce, developing empathy with clients and learning more about family mediation.  

Asma is fluent in Urdu and conversational in Punjabi.  

Asma enjoys reading, baking and travelling.   

Asma has been assisting at the Family Mediation Centre since November 2021.