Mediate and celebrate

Claire Webb and Rebecca Hawkins
Claire Webb and Rebecca Hawkins
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THE UK’s first lawyer-led mediation service has celebrated its 10th birthday.

Claire Webb and Rebecca Hawkins’ firm Mediation Now helps couples communicate and manage issues that arise as a result of relationship breakdown.

‘It is hard to believe it has been a decade since we started Mediation Now’ said Rebecca.

‘Mediation wasn’t at all mainstream back then, but we knew it could work and now it has become standard practice.

Claire added: ‘We’re going from strength to strength and have plans to open an office on the Isle of Wight soon, which will give people who live on the island more convenient access to our services.

The firm has grown to employ fully-qualified mediators in Havant, Fareham and Emsworth and has helped more than 10,000 couples in the area.