Jo Chawla LL.B (Hons) FMCA
Watford, West & Central London and Oxford
With a background as a solicitor specialising in litigation Jo has been working as a family mediator in London and Watford for the last 10 years and more recently in Oxford.
Accredited by the Law Society and Family Mediation Council in 2014 to undertake family mediation she has also completed the recently introduced CIM course which means she is authorised to work with separating couples and their children, giving children a voice in the mediation process and informing parents’ decisions around child arrangements.
As an accredited mediator and member of Resolution and the FMA Jo is also able to sign forms for Court, and because she is also accredited as a civil mediator with CMC she offers couples One Day Mediation where clients bring their lawyers into the process with the aim of reaching a binding agreement in a day.
With an open and non-adversarial approach, Jo aims to help clients find a way through the ending of their relationship working through issues of child arrangements and finances.
No one enters into any relationship intending to separate and the changes separation brings about can often feel overwhelming and frightening. Confronted with court, clients can often become entrenched and positional and working together gets lost.
The mediation process allows clients a space in which to discuss the often difficult, both practical and emotional issues that confront them as they separate, to work at their own pace and to make decisions together for their family, decisions they know will work because they have made them together. And with her wealth of family mediation experience Jo knows what will and what will not be acceptable to a court in clients’ decision making.
Jo qualified as a PPC with Resolution in 2018, supporting and supervising fellow family mediators in their family mediation practices.
What Jo’s clients say
“Many thanks to Jo who dealt with what was still a fairly raw situation. Taking the time to listen and understand whilst still being very professional but very approachable!”
“Jo did an excellent job. It kept the heat out of the situation and avoided court proceedings.”
“Thanks to you for facilitating a solution, which was probably the optimum achievable in the circumstances.”