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Sally Clark
Director/Accredited Family including Child Inclusive Mediator/Workplace/Civil and Commercial mediator

I understand the process of divorce and separation having gone through it myself a number of years ago. As such I am very aware of how challenging separation can be particularly where there are children involved. My personal experiences, as well as my 18 years of legal experience as a solicitor and mediator, equips me with skills to help parties through the most challenging of times.

Before I became a lawyer and mediator I did a degree in mental health and spent my early 20s working as a mental health nurse. As a result, I have significant experience of working with children and young people dealing with mental health issues, quite often precipitated by family breakdown. This experience has really assisted me in my work as a Child Inclusive Mediator, an area in which I specialise.

I qualified as a solicitor in 2006. I went on to train to be a family mediator and became accredited in 2010 before qualifying as what is now called a Child Inclusive Mediator in 2012. I trained as a work place mediator in 2014 and then became an accredited Civil, Commercial and Work Place mediator in 2020.

I have been a Board Member and Charitable Trustee of the Family Mediators Association for a number of year and I am currently Vice Chair of the FMA. I also sit on the West and North Yorkshire Family Justice Board as the Family Mediation representative for this region.

I also work as a PPC supervising other mediators which is hugely rewarding.

I have worked in a number of legal practices over the years from large regional firms to being a partner in two smaller firms. I joined forces with Alison in 2018 to create what is now Barnes Clark Family Law. Alison and I share the same passion, commitment and drive for client care.

When I am not working I am a very keen runner. I also love travelling with my family and all things Italian. I spend a lot of my weekends cheering my children on in their various sporting activities and taking part in park runs.

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Lee Fletcher
Accredited Work Place Mediator and Family Mediator

I have over 25 years experience in conflict management and resolution, predominantly within the public sector and, in more recent years, successfully adapting this to the private sector. My skills and focus have always been on developing and coaching people.

I have been recognised for my work and contribution to conflict and crisis management, receiving several awards.

As well as a proven track record in investigation, I am proficient in advanced communication skills and tactical delivery. I have delivered training in these areas to delegates from large organisations both internationally and here in the UK, receiving positive feedback on every occasion.

I am an accredited workplace mediator, and I am currently working towards accreditation as a family mediator.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with his family, walking, sports and attending live music concerts. I regularly assist at my local football club, specifically coaching grass roots football to children of all ages. I regularly enjoy cycling and I have successfully competed in several triathlons over the years, using this as an opportunity to raise money for local charities.

Head and shoulders photograph of Alison Barnes

Louisa Pyrah
Mediation Administrator

I am 21 years old and I live at home with my parents, my 12 year old sister and our many, much adored pets. I graduated from Huddersfield New College in 2021 where I obtained 4 A Levels, two of which were A’s in Law and Criminology. I decided I wanted to pursue a career within the Legal Profession and was delighted to obtain a position of Legal and Mediation Assistant following my graduation and have been in that industry for 2 years now.

I am thoroughly enjoying the opportunity of working and gaining experience from such a professional and friendly team but mostly working so closely with Sally Clark Mediator. I work daily with very sensitive and emotional situations and also corporate scenarios.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to watch my Sister Show Jumping and at Dancing Shows. I also enjoy travelling to Spain over the Summer for a beach holiday or to colder climates in the winter for a thrilling ski holiday. I have just recently returned from my 21st surprise holiday to the Maldives which was the most magical experience, I swam with Manta rays, Dolphins and even Sharks! But most of all I love socialising with my family and friends on the weekends.

Head and shoulders photograpg of Sally Clark

Anneka Howie
Office Manager

I have worked within the Legal sector for 13 years. Mediation is a natural add on to any legal field and it is something that I find really benefits our clients whether it be for personal close to home family issues, civil matters or workplace disputes.

I really enjoy my job and the great team of people I work with.

As a new mum, I am finding my feet with the whole work life balance but really enjoying all the new challenges I am facing.