Jenny Sanders – Director

Accredited Mediator

I worked as a family solicitor in both Oxfordshire and Dorset for more than 20 years before becoming a full-time family mediator in 2013 and setting up Gateway Family Mediation. I had qualified as a family mediator in 2001 becoming a Resolution accredited family mediator shortly afterwards. I am qualified to directly consult with children within the mediation process should it be appropriate to do so.

In 2010 I qualified as a Mediation Professional Practice Consultant. This means I am qualified to offer supervision services for other mediators.

As a mediator recognised by the Legal Aid Agency I am able to provide mediation funded by legal aid.

I continue to be a member of Resolution, the organisation commited to non-adversorial family litigation and putting families first. I remain a member of the Law Society family mediation panel. I am also a member of the Family Mediators Association. All three groups are members of the Family Mediation Council. In addition, I belong to the local group of solicitor mediators, Phoenix Mediation.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, walking and cooking.

I can be contacted on jks@gatewaymediation.co.uk.

Cherise Luke-Bennet – Director

Accredited Mediator

I qualified as a solicitor in 2000. Since then I have practised locally in West Dorset as a family solicitor specialising in divorce, separation, financial issues on divorce and separation, children issues and dealing with domestic abuse. I attend court regularly to represent my clients.

I am a Resolution solicitor and accredited specialist in financial provision on divorce as well as domestic abuse.

I have been a family mediator since 2011 and I gained mediation accreditation in 2012. I am also a qualified mediation Professional Practice Consultant. I am also qualified to directly consult with children within the mediation process if appropriate.

I am currently Vice President of the Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce and have been an executive committee member for four years. I am also a trustee of the Charity “Safe Partnership”.

I am passionate about my work both as a solicitor and a mediator and while they are very different roles, my knowledge and experience in each career complements the other.

In my spare time I enjoy running and cake making and I am a member of the Bridport Branch Sugarcraft Guild.

I can be contacted at clb@gatewaymediation.co.uk.

Laura Martin

Accredited Mediator

I qualified as a family law solicitor in 2008 having practised family law since 2004. Since qualifying as a solicitor I have practised family law locally in Dorset advising clients on separation, divorce, financial issues arising from separation or divorce and arrangements regarding the children. I regularly attend Court to represent my clients. I am a Resolution solicitor and am committed to constructive resolution of family disputes and putting the needs of the family first.

I trained as a mediator with Resolution in 2010. I bring my knowledge of family law to mediation and have a wealth of experience in dealing with all features of family difficulties and relationship breakdown. I care about my work and enjoy helping individuals reach a solution that works for them and most importantly the whole family.

In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy swimming, camping and getting to the beach as much as I can.

I can be contacted at ldm@gatewaymediation.co.uk.

Harriet Harris

Mediator

Originally from London, I began my legal career in Salisbury, moving to Oxford when I qualified as a solicitor. I moved to the Dorset area 4 years ago and haven’t looked back!

I have practised as a family law solicitor for more than 20 years.

I qualified as a Resolution all issues mediator 4 years ago. I therefore have a wealth of experience in dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdown.

I have always had a keen interest in trying to resolve difficulties between separated partners and families in as constructive a way as possible, bearing in mind not only the legal aspects but also the emotional and practical elements of separation. Mediation is a useful forum within which to try to resolve issues and I strive to work with clients to help them with this.

I am a committed member of Resolution: First for Family Law (www.resolution.org.uk), having sat on the committee in Oxfordshire for many years. Whilst in Oxfordshire, I was also very involved in dealing with issues arising out of domestic abuse. I am an active member of a local lawyer/mediator group, www.phoenix–mediation.co.uk and continue to practice family law as a Consultant in West Dorset.

My spare time is taken up with cheering my two sons on at the football touchlines on a regular basis, long walks in the Dorset countryside and any time I can find to spend on the beach.

I can be contacted at hjh@gatewaymediation.co.uk.

Richard Sharratt

Mediator

In 2003, I joined the British Army and qualified as an HR Administrator within the Staff and Personnel Support branch of the services. During my time in the military I gained a wealth of knowledge about the effect of stress on relationships and the impact of separation on people. I dealt with many cases involving welfare, coaching and family separations including the emotional aspects.

I gained qualifications in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Adult & Child Counselling (Advanced), Life Coaching and Trauma Risk Management. I also have Level 5 in Leadership and Management.

I left the Army in 2017 and opened my own practice helping people with individual and family therapy.

I also decided to pursue a new career in Family Mediation qualifying in 2017.

Outside work, I love to spend time with my family, I enjoy learning and frequently find myself starting new courses. I love to read and am currently volunteering with a charity working with veterans in Hampshire. 

I can be contacted at ras@gatewaymediation.co.uk.