About Us

Crowther Mediation is an independent mediation practice providing Family, civil and workplace mediation.

Our team also offer mediation training and supervision to mediators and HR departments across the UK and international markets.

Our on-line service is tailored to suit the needs of our clients and we are proud of the reputation we have developed over the years.

Registered with the Family Mediation Council and the Civil Mediation Council, our award winning team are also proud to be approved by the EU to provide services globally.

Nicola Crowther

After a successful career practicing Civil, Commercial and Family Law in the North East for over twelve years, Nicola retrained as a Mediator in 2010. Nicola is an accredited member of the Family Mediation Association and the Civil Mediation Council. She is also a Professional Practice Consultant (PPC) responsible for the training and supervision of other mediators. Nicola is an elected board member of the Family Mediation Association.

Areas of expertise:
Nicola deals with Civil and Commercial Mediations, often on an international basis, dealing more specifically with contractual disputes in a broad spectrum, from individuals to Plcs.

Family Mediation, including financial and children issues. Nicola, specialises in assisting high net worth clients to negotiate financial settlements and is qualified to consult directly with children during the mediation process.

Mediation Style:
Nicola has strong negotiating skills with an engaging and collaborative style.  She is quick to grasp the issues and engage the parties in looking for solutions.  Whilst showing a degree of empathy and understanding for the often difficult situations she is faced with, she takes a practical approach to moving parties towards resolution.

Judith Young

Judith specialised in family law for over 20 years before training as a family mediator. Judith is passionate about mediation as a form of dispute resolution and as such she joined Crowther Mediation in 2021 to concentrate on her career in this field. Judith brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, proving beneficial to clients and colleagues alike. Judith is a member of the Civil Mediation Council and the Family Mediation Association.

Areas of Expertise

Judith specialises in all areas of family mediation, including financial issues and arrangements for children. Judith has a particular interest in complex private law children matters (i.e. child arrangements) and parental alienation.  She works well with vulnerable clients with complex needs.
Judith has a great deal of experience in resolving financial issues and assisting clients with the division of matrimonial assets. In particular, Judith has a successful track record in dealing with high net worth cases and business assets.

Mediation Style

Judith has been described by clients as pragmatic and approachable. Her many years of experience have allowed her to develop options and help clients find solutions. She understands how being independent, impartial and providing a confidential, safe space for discussions can release possibilities, choices and ways forward for people, previously stuck. Seeing this happen makes Judith passionate about her role as a mediator and all the more determined to help her clients find a resolution.

Andrew Baines

Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and initially trained as a family mediator in 1998. He qualified as an accredited mediator in 2013 and subsequently went on to qualify as a Professional Practice Consultant and Child Inclusive Mediator. Andrew is currently a board member for the Family Mediation Association and contributes as Chair of the Standards and Ethics committee.

Area of Expertise

Andrew specialises in a broad spectrum of family mediation matters, including complex financial matters as well as issues involving children and parental alienation.

Of particular interest to him are the benefits that motivational interviewing by a mediator bring to a mediation. Most clients coming to mediation are ready for change, recognising the need to move to a better form of relationship with their former partner. Motivational interviewing helps the participants progress from readiness to willingness to actual change.

Mediation Style

Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the field of family mediation.  His relaxed approach inspires confidence in his clients, allowing them to overcome their conflicts and find solutions for the future.  Andrew is passionate about helping families come to terms with separation and move forward into new chapters.

Lisa Harvey - Business Manager

Lisa joined the practice as our Business Manager and Mediation Assistant after a successful career in the Royal Navy as a Service Police officer and a number of years in property management. Lisa is often the first point of contact for clients and is able to answer questions regarding the mediation process. She is also the person who will address any queries between mediation meetings.

Lisa has a positive, friendly and approachable manner which immediately puts clients at ease.