Neil Robinson


Visiting professor, Staffordshire University; Mental Health Tribunal judge


Neil Robinson has a career-long commitment to encouraging families to resolve conflicts co-operatively. Legal Aid Family Lawyer of the Year in 2007, he has always seen his priority as encouraging access to justice for all by constructive interventions, whether as family lawyer representing children in entrenched private law disputes, or through mediation.  

He mediates â??on the marginsâ? on an independent basis, and is also a mediator and consultant for Family Mediation Centre Staffordshire, a new independent and privately funded mediation service which seeks to expand the services offered to families in dispute. In recent years he has promoted innovation in dispute resolution through his own mediation and through consultancy and training. He is increasingly called upon as a writer and a trainer, in which his interest is always to encourage dialogue and debate. He provides training through FMCS and independently, as a foundation and advanced trainer for the Family Mediators Association (FMA) and as a workshop presenter for Resolution. For Neil â??in the beginning is the conversationâ? â?? whether between family members, fellow professionals, or even government departments!

As recently appointed visiting professor to the Law School at Staffordshire University, he hopes to embed non-adversarial practice more fundamentally into legal training.

Neil is a former vice chair of the Family Mediators Association. He is committed to continue to contribute to the national and local development of dispute resolution, whether as member of the Resolution dispute resolution committee, FMAâ??s newly formed education committee, the Ministry of Justice mediation steering group, or as co-chair of the Stoke LFJB Mediation Group.

Neil has a longstanding personal and professional commitment to issues of mental health, joining the Mental Health judiciary in 1991. He believes that dispute resolution principles of inclusivity, respect, collaboration, flexibility and impartiality sit well with the mental health jurisdiction.

Neil contributed to the ADR Practice Notes in LexisPSL Family. 

Areas of Practice



Balliol College Oxford; MA Jurisprudence 1978


Solicitor of Supreme Court 1980-date
Family and Civil Mediator 1990- date