Our Mediators

Graham Lyons

Graham Lyons

The founder and practice administrator of Family First, Graham was a practising barrister for 35 years following a career in commerce. He has been a specialist family law mediator since 1998. He has handled more than 1,000 family mediation cases; about half have been with Legal Aid clients for which he is quality mark licensed. He is qualified to supervise other family mediators nationwide and contributes to legal journals on family mediation.

Graham has a university Diploma for Child Protection, a Certificate for Counselling and is licensed to consult with children.

Akash Soni

Akash Soni

Akash is the owner of family law firm Breakthrough Solicitors and a member of the Law Society, College of Mediators, Family Mediation Council and Resolution. As a mediator, Akash has worked in the areas of clinical negligence, social housing, care proceedings and workplace disputes as well as family law. A successful business owner for over 25 years, he is also able to use his commercial expertise to find constructive answers to complex issues. Akash enjoys a reputation for finding practical and cost-effective solutions for his clients and for negotiating with difficult opposition to reach successful outcomes in protracted cases.

Akash has a wide experience of family law and mediating on issues dealing with children, property and finances arising out of relationship breakdown. A highly empathetic individual who strives to assist others to resolve their issues and make sustainable decisions for a positive future.

Sameena Alladin

Sameena Alladin

Sameena is an experienced and accredited ‘All Issues’ family mediator, which enables her to offer a wide range of topics for discussion during mediation, including child/ren arrangements; property and financial matters; separation and divorce; cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements etc. Registered with the Family Mediation Council and a member of the Resolution Alternate Dispute Resolution section, Sameena is a consultant mediator with Family First Mediation Service. She aims to facilitate the process of mediation by assisting clients to discuss their issues in a constructive and balanced manner, and to attempt the outcome sought by consensus.

As a practising solicitor specialising in family law, Sameena is able to enhance her family mediation work by utilising her skills and knowledge to appropriately share relevant information with clients that undertake mediation with her. Sameena cannot offer legal advice as a consultant mediator, but she does share appropriate information that can often assist clients in understanding their available options.

David Schoon

David Schoon

David qualified in 2010 as an accredited mediator with the Family Mediation Council, and is a member of the Family Mediators Association and National Family Mediation. He is qualified to provide family mediation on all issues such as finances or child related issues and is also qualified to consult with children where there is a need for child inclusive mediation.

Before qualifying as a mediator, David practiced as a family law solicitor for around 15 years and was a member of Resolution and on the Law Society’s Family Law panel. Originally he intended to practice as both a lawyer and a mediator but he found that he enjoyed mediation more, because it is more direct and more helpful to people. He feels that while there is a time and place for legal remedies, most family disputes can benefit from more co-operation, more understanding and less conflict. Mediation is the best way to facilitate this and provides a better way forward.

Legal Aid Agency
Family Mediation Council
Family Mediators Association
College of Mediators
Resolution