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.

Harriet Harris

Accredited 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.