LMP supports Family Mediation Week

Taking place from 18 – 22 January 2021, the team at Levison Meltzer Pigott is proud to support Family Mediation Week by raising awareness about mediation.  The campaign, organised by The Family Mediation Council (FMC), advocates the use of mediation as means to “help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively.”

As a specialist family law practice, Levison Meltzer Pigott endorses all alternative means of dispute resolution and recognises that, whilst in some cases a Court-based approach is unavoidable, it should always be seen as a last resort.

As a voluntary form of alternative dispute resolution, mediation allows couples to discuss a wide range of family issues together with an independent and neutral third party.  The aim of the process is to reach an agreement with the parties maintaining ownership of the outcome, rather than it being dictated to them by lawyers or a Judge.

Mediation encourages active listening and an opportunity for both parties to have their say, whether about financial matters or child arrangements.  The mediator will support those conversations, and encourage discussion that facilitates a fair outcome for all.  When children are involved, their welfare will always be prioritised.

Simon Pigott, Partner at LMP and long-standing mediator, speaks of the benefits of the process for the clients:

“The increasing uptake in couples seeking to mediate their differences shows how the message for many has finally come through. Mediation offers you a way out of a difficult time in your life in a way that is not charged with the tensions, cost and delay that the “see you in court” approach so often generates. In particular, during these troubled times, mediation can move matters forward even when locked down with your spouse or partner.”

If you would like more information about mediation, please contact Simon Pigott ([email protected]) or another member of the LMP team

Rose Wylie – Lawn Tennis

This work, entitled “Lawn Tennis” is a typically ebullient “Rose” painted in 1999. It is a large diptych, oil on canvas, measuring in total 346 X 183 cm. Jeremy saw it exhibited in the railway arches in a derelict part of Southwark. How times have changed.

Rose Wylie’s career has taken off spectacularly in recent years. Unknown ten years ago, Rose’s works have, in recent times, been exhibited at the Tate Gallery in London (solo show), the Serpentine Gallery, also in London (solo show), the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and many other galleries and museums both in this country and abroad.

In 2010 Rose was the only non-American artist represented in the “Women to Watch” exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.

In 2011 she won the Paul Hamlyn prize for visual arts.

In September 2014 she won the John Moores painting prize.

She was made a member of the Royal Academy in February 2015. In June of that year, she won the Charles Wollaston award for the most distinguished work at the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition.

Rose is, simply, a force of nature. Her large, vibrant, bold works are in complete contrast to her (tiny) stature. Extraordinarily, she paints now, as she always has done, in the attic of her 16th century cottage in Kent.

Her paintings are now sought by and contained in public and private collections throughout the world. She has recently been taken on by world famous art dealer David Zwirner. Her career is one of the great art success stories of the new millennium.

Rose is 84 years old!