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.

Lucy Osafo

Lucy Osafo

A qualified mediator who trained with the Family Mediators Association, Lucy is also a solicitor who, when practising, specialised in dealing with social welfare and debt issues. She now mediates with private and legally aided clients across the south east of London. Lucy has experience and empathy for people dealing with complex family issues and is passionately committed to ensuring that, through mediation, clients re-build communication and reach satisfactory arrangements with the best interests of the child at the forefront.

Kathleen Straub

Kathleen Straub

Kathleen works with private and legally aided clients across west London. She is a trained family mediator with the Family Mediators Association, and holds the full Family Mediation Council accreditation. Kathleen has a wide range of experience in the field of family law. She mediates on all issues including children, property, and finances matters, arising out of divorce and separation. She has experience dealing with complex cases involving sensitive issues.

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.

Jules Waring

Jules Waring

Jules qualified as a Family Mediator with the FMA in 2017 and in the same year started working with FFMS. She feels passionate about helping people solve their family disputes at one of the most emotionally difficult time of their lives. Jules has had a career in the media for over 30 years and been responsible for running teams and nurturing people through a pressurised career path. These skills make her an empathetic and successful mediator, where she can draw on her experience with people to help families reach amicable and long-lasting solutions.

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