Lynne Passmore is a family lawyer with over 20 years' experience. In January 2011 Lynne established her own firm specialising a non-adversarial approach to dispute resolution for couples and families. This may be collaborative family process, constructive negotiation or mediation. Lynne does not go to court as she believes that the individuals involved should have control over their own decision making and be encouraged to work constructively to find solutions, looking to the future and not dwelling on the past.
In her mediation practice Lynne works closely with other professionals to ensure that individuals receive the right advice and support throughout. These include independent financial advisors, counsellors and coaches. Lynne has worked locally to establish a close network of professionals who work collaboratively to provide this support (Brighton and Hove Collaborative Network).
Mediation is predicated on considering the needs of any children first and foremost. Even when couples separate and end their personal relationship if children are involved they need to continue to work closely together as parents. Sometimes help is needed to redefine this relationship and Lynne has also helped to develop a local Parenting after Parting Program.
Mediation is a forum which can be used not only when a relationship breaks down but to consider parenting issues and to work out the content of pre-nuptial or cohabitation agreements at the beginning of a relationship.
Lynne is also able to offer MIAM assesments for parties who might be considering embarking on a court process.
Lynne is a member of The Law Society's Family Law Panel and is trained by Resolution as a collaborative lawyer and mediator. She offers mediation on all family issues throughout Sussex and London.