Family Mediation People

Austin Chessell

Austin Chessell


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 Family 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 families.

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 was an Honorary Legal Advisor at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

He formed a Family Mediation clinic at the Central Family Court and was previously 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, and 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 worked for several years as a civil servant.

Experience as a McKenzie 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.

Margaret Kelly-Edwards

Margaret Kelly-Edwards

Consultant Family Mediator

Margaret is a skilled, talented, and experienced family solicitor and practitioner, qualifying in the UK in 1982, and in Australia in 1985.

She is an accredited mediator having completed her initial training in 1995.

She qualified as a hybrid mediator in 2018.

Margaret trains other family professionals in non court dispute resolution options

Margaret is a family arbitrator qualified to hear cases about financial matters and children.   She sits as a Deputy District Judge in London and is able to draw from the knowledge and skills acquired in that role when working on cases.

She is able to mediate for couples in London in person at a location to suit them.  She is also comfortable mediating remotely and has undertaken mediations with the participants being as far afield as Australia.

Margaret enjoys assisting couples reaching their own decisions in mediation wherever possible, but she is ready willing and able to signpost them to other options if mediation is not suitable.

In her spare time Margaret is a tennis fan both playing and watching.  Her other love is dance and she can often be seen in the audience at Sadlers Wells.

Guin Bell

Guin Bell

Consultant Family Mediator

Guin is a trained Family Mediator and is registered with the Family Mediation Association and the Family Mediation Council.

Guin completed the FMA Family Mediation training.

She has an Honours Degree in Psychology and has worked as a counsellor, mentor, trainer and group facilitator.

Having being divorced herself with two young children at the time, Guin understands the value of coming to an agreement collaboratively.

This difficult, emotive process can be significantly eased by a confidential, neutral third party, establishing and highlighting mutual goals and working steadily towards their fulfilment.

Guin brings an understanding of children’s developmental needs and the impact of separation on them, an impartial and trained view when it comes to financial matters, as well as empathy and compassion to help to find solutions tailor-made for you.

Guin enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with family.

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.