Lighthouse Mediation was established by Nichola Gough, an accredited mediator and collaborative Family Lawyer with over 20 years’ experience.
Nicky offers a highly professional yet friendly approach to Family Law and mediation, recognising that family disputes can be extremely stressful. Nicky is an accredited child consultant, if parents wish to consider this as part of the mediation process.
After graduating from Cambridge University, Nicky practised law with national law firm Pinsent Masons before spending over seven years in Uganda as part of the management team for Mengo Hospital in Kampala, whilst also working with local lawyers and non-government agencies on a variety of aid projects.
On returning to the UK Nicky joined Christian Aid as a legacy officer, studied for a Masters degree in Law and Development at Warwick University followed by a Masters degree in Development Management from the Open University.
In 2008 Nicky went to Palestine as an International Peace Volunteer and worked with organisations in both Israel and Palestine engaged in conflict resolution. As part of her work there she produced a research paper on organisations working in conflict situations.
Nicky has been a member of the Law Societies Children Panel, and is a former Trustee of a housing charity, of the Sunshine Children’s Centre [Banbury] and of the Banbury Therapy Centre. She is a member of Resolution, the National Association for Family Lawyers, and is a trained Collaborative Lawyer as well as a Mediator – being a founder member of the North Oxfordshire Collaborative Group. She is a voluntary representative for Traidcraft, and a member of the Howard League for Penal Reform and of Amnesty International. Now in Norfolk, Nicky has worked as a consultant solicitor in Norwich and Lowestoft and is a member of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
Lighthouse Mediation is happy to support Home-start Norfolk. Home-Start Norfolk is a unique service providing support to families with children under 5 with weekly home visits. Support is offered for emotional and practical issues, as well as budgeting, boundaries, routines, school readiness and many other challenges faced by families.
As a keen cyclist, Nicky averages over 200 miles a week. She has five children of her own which has given her plenty experiences of the realities of family life.
Your quiet calming presence was reassuring
Mrs S, Stratford
It was not an easy process but by the end we both felt that you had helped us to come to a fair agreement.
Mr & Mrs A, Chipping Norton
I felt able to have my say.
Mrs LB, Kineton
I really appreciated Nicky’s willingness to work around our schedules
Mr & Mrs S, Banbury & Brighton
The approach is to get the job done but with a very personal touch.
It was useful to have someone in the room who was not going to lose it and could even bring us to see some creative alternatives
Mr J, Banbury