Audrey has conducted over 150 mediations almost all of which have been successful.
During her years as a barrister, then a solicitor and finally as a family and civil circuit judge she has had first hand experience of how expensive, time consuming and emotionally draining litigation can be and how rewarding a mediated solution is for all the parties.
Audrey is an Associate Member of the Civil Mediation Council which is relevant to her work as a civil and commercial mediator.
A strong advocate of mediation Audrey believes that almost every case, whatever the issues, the number of parties, the complexity, can be resolved through mediation. With her legal background Audrey's skills can be transferred into any subject area.
Turning to recent developments in the law Audrey is keen to say how pleased she was when “No Fault” divorce was introduced in April 2022. She believes this should lead to less acrimonious separations and therefore better financial outcomes for the parties.
With this in mind Audrey believes that mediation has become even more important enabling couples to resolve their financial issues without reducing the money available to maintain the family and themselves. Having to pay out the often very substantial costs of litigation is in Audrey’s opinion a loss of money which could be better used to support the parties and their children.
Audrey is particularly keen to help parties of moderate means where the way in which their capital, income and pensions are divided after a divorce for their short and longer term maintenance and that of their children, is vitally important.
Areas of expertise:
Probate matters and Inheritance claims (including Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents 1975 Act)
Family Matters including financial issues
Landlord and Tenant
Audrey is also a trained Family Mediator. During her career as a solicitor, barrister and a circuit judge she had extensive experience in family matters. These included disputes in the family court over the parties' financial affairs, their children and on occasions concerned vulnerable people with mental health issues which were sometimes dealt with by the Court of Protection.
Why choose Audrey?
She has excellent people skills, is confident and determined and a complete professional.
Flexible fees and travel
Audrey's fees are negotiable depending on the case and the parties’ financial situation. Please speak to the clerks on 01823 704099.
Audrey qualified as a civil mediator with Clerksroom in 2006 and as a family mediator with ADR in the summer of 2010.
Audrey has had a long and varied legal career dealing with almost every type of dispute whether civil or family. Her work as a judge extended her knowledge of human nature and behaviour. This has enabled her to assess parties’ strengths and weaknesses. With these in mind she is able to get parties to work towards a mediated agreement at the mediation appointment.
Audrey is married with three adult children and nine grandchildren ranging in age from eleven to early twenties. She is lucky to be able to see them frequently and they play an important part in keeping her well up to date and her feet firmly on the ground.
"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for all your efforts on Tuesday at the mediation meeting for my Dad. It was a pleasure to meet you at what was a very nervous and difficult time for us all but you bought a sense of calm and enabled us to reach an agreement. It has been a very long three and a half years and hopefully now things will settle down again. Thank you once again. You have been a light at the end of a very dark tunnel”.
"Audrey I would like to say a massive thank you for all your help.It made a tremendous difference to have someone impartial there to help. I now feel extremely positive about the future and excited about moving forward with my life."
"Her Honour Audrey Saunder is a credit to the mediation service you provide. She was keen to ensure that a result was achieved and stayed beyond her allotted time to achieve the result. Her people skills are second to none and she was brilliant in dealing with this very tricky and drawn out mediation. Thank you."
"Audrey prepared the parties well, explaining the huge benefit to them of reaching an agreement in Mediation and avoiding litigation.
“Audrey was the ultimate professional, working in a calm and friendly manner.
I would not hesitate in using Audrey again and I will be sure to recommend her services to my colleagues!"
“I would like to thank you for your tremendous work yesterday during the very long difficult but eventually successful mediation. I am in awe of your wisdom and boundless patience and commend your skill as a mediator”.
“Audrey was superb. She inspired the parties throughout with confidence in the mediation process and their own ability to find a solution to an emotionally charged dispute. It was a great pleasure to work with her".
"I have to say that Her Honour Audrey Sander was an exceptional Mediator. She was very professional at all times and her input in the days proceedings was invaluable and made what could have been a very stressful and upsetting Mediation for both parties run smoothly and provided an outcome which was, from my own Client's point of view very satisfying. I would not hesitate in recommending her in the future".