Family Law in Partnership is an award-winning team of specialist family lawyers, mediators, arbitrators and family consultants

Dominic Raeside

Head of Mediation


Dominic is one of the five principals who founded Family Law in Partnership in 1995. As Head of Mediation, Dominic holds the strong belief that whilst separation and divorce is often a difficult and painful transition, it does not have to destroy a family.

Dominic’s practice is focused on helping couples reach a consensus about their future as it relates to their children, finances and housing. Dominic mediates both domestic and cross border family disputes including international child abduction, access and custody cases. Having worked for many years in the Courts advising the judiciary in contested children’s matters and previously having worked in the field of adult psychiatry, Dominic has a range of skills, knowledge and experience which he uses to help his clients to reach agreement. His work has earned Dominic a reputation as one of the most experienced and respected mediators in the country – many of his mediation clients are referred to him by the top family lawyers in the country. In 2013 Dominic took up the prestigious role of the Family Mediator member of the Family Justice Council.

Dominic is ranked as a leading family mediator by The Legal 500 UK 2020 which comments that he is “an outstanding mediator” and notes “Dominic Raeside is one of the “go-to” mediators in London, if not in England and Wales, for high-conflict mediation clients. He has a huge armoury of mediation skills which can deal with the most complex relationship breakdowns and children issues'”. Previous editions of The Legal 500 UK have described Dominic as “calm and constructive….he is immensely experienced” and “at the top of his game; he manages to put people at ease, and has a way of unblocking even the most intractable disputes.“ The 2016 edition notes that he is “very effective for tricky children disputes” while the 2019 edition notes that Dominic can “work magic – almost like pull a rabbit out of a hat and get terrific results“….he “can usually crack even the hardest of cases“. Dominic was named Family Law Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year 2015.

What Dominic’s clients say:

“You deftly and professionally led us all through very sensitive issues, expertly enabling us to reach a satisfactory result. This would never have been possible without your expertise and experience. We still don’t know how you achieved this but your skill and patience were clearly evident from the very start”

“Dominic is excellent”

“You added an orderly calm and dignity to proceedings and I feel lucky that we found you”

“The service was exceptional and expedited a settlement so mission accomplished!”

“Life is greatly improved for us all and the children are so much more settled, I shall always be grateful for your help”

“Please convey to Dominic my gratitude for his role in the mediation process. I was very impressed by his impartiality, professionalism and skill in directing the conversations to a satisfactory conclusion”

“At every turn of the discussions we had, Dominic handled tricky situations with care, skill, grace and aplomb and succeeded in allowing us to find a solution that necessarily involved compromises for both me and my former partner but which has allowed us to move forwards and hopefully build a new friendship with each other”

“A sincere thank you for your wonderfully calm, even-handed, reassuring and wise help during our recent mediation”

“The process was particularly helpful in counterbalancing the fear and insecurity which divorce raises”

“Please pass on my message of enormous thanks to Dominic. His help in getting us to an agreement was amazing. I know that it would never have been achieved without his careful guidance. I am particularly hopeful of better communication for the sake of our children going forward and Dominic will have encouraged this”

“I would also like to thank you for your time, and calm and considerate mediation. I would not hesitate to recommend your services to others”

“We found the sessions invaluable and would like to thank you so much for your professional input. Your calm, shrewdness and perception were very much what was needed”

“Your help and support has been invaluable”

“I was so impressed with how you handled our mediation”

“Thank you again for your support in helping us to find a way to agree on the relocation (of the children)”

“I found the session extremely useful and thought the chronology and logic you applied and managed throughout the meeting was brilliant. I dare say that you have saved a great deal of stress and cost so I just wanted to pass my sincere thanks to you once again”

“I am amazed at how much ground was covered in one session”.

Dominic’s mediation cases include:

  • Mediation involving a couple who were in their mid-sixties and had been married for over 15 years (second marriage for both). The couple had substantial assets. Over the period of six months and five mediation meetings the couple separated, initiated divorce proceedings and, in mediation, successfully negotiated all of their financial arrangements which were recorded into a binding financial consent order without the need for any formal court proceedings.
  • Mediation involving a dispute over schooling. The parents had been separated for a number of years and their financial and children arrangements had already been settled. A mediation meeting was held with the parents where their views and preferences were discussed. It was agreed that the son’s views should be taken into account. A child inclusive mediation meeting was held with their son who was very clear about his schooling preference. The results of this meeting were communicated to the parents who agreed to abide by the son’s wishes and agreed how this decision would be fed back to their son to avoid any feelings of guilt on his part.
  • Mediation concerning the relocation of a mother with her three young children to Australia following the mother’s application for leave to remove. There had been a violent incident in the past and, following an appropriate safeguarding assessment, the mother was willing to meet the father in the safe environment afforded by mediation. After a number of meetings the father agreed to the mother moving to Australia and arrangements were agreed for scheduled visits and regular contact via skype with the children. The mother withdrew her application for leave to remove.
  • Mediation between a lesbian couple and a gay male friend who had fathered a child for the couple. The couple had since separated with the mother starting a relationship with another woman. The father had a contact order but the child was refusing to visit. The father made an application for contact with the child. The matter was referred to mediation by the Court. The outcome of mediation was that the father agreed to withdraw the Court proceedings and the mothers agreed to encourage the child to begin to see the father again. Matters were reviewed in mediation which led to the child agreeing to see her father again.

In addition to his work as a Mediator, Dominic is a UKCP registered family and systemic psychotherapist and sees clients in conjunction with his lawyer colleagues where he offers consultation on the child related, emotional and psychological aspects of divorce and separation.

As well as being the Chief Assessor for the Family Mediation Council, Dominic is also involved in training mediators both in the UK and internationally. He was the mediator member of the Pensions Advisory Group and a member of the Family Mediation Task Force which made recommendations to improve the family mediation services in England and Wales. He is a member of the Ministry of Justice’s Voice of the Child Advisory Group. Dominic is also a member of the MiKK pool of qualified cross border family mediators and a member of the Cross Border Family Mediators Network. Dominic is a qualified Parenting Coordinator.

Read Dominic’s recent blogs:

The benefits – or otherwise – of settlement conferences in children cases

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  • ADR OTY 2013