Mediator Profile : Tracey-Leigh Wessels



Tracey-Leigh Wessels is a Durban Family & Divorce Mediator and Attorney.  She specializes in the field of  Family Law and Family & Divorce Mediation.

Tracey-Leigh received her LLB degree in 1990 from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg). She subsequenly went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM -Thesis). Nearly a decade later she returned to her studies and received a second Master’s Degree in the multi-disciplinary field of Family Law and Social Work, graduating cum laude.

Tracey-Leigh has been practicing as a Family Law attorney since 1997. She obtained her accreditation as a Family & Divorce Mediator in 1996 while still a candidate attorney. The 1990s was a time when mediation was for the vast majority of attorneys hardly even considered a viable alternative to litigation. Despite the slow acceptance of mediation, Tracey-Leigh continued over the years to upskill herself in the field, taking on Family and Divorce Mediation matters whenever and wherever the opportunity arose, moving to a predominantly mediation-orientated Practice after the 2010 enactment of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. In 2012, Tracey-Leigh attended a Civil and Commercial Mediator Training Programme run locally under the auspices of the ADR Group (London). This opened up the opportunity for her to extend her mediation practice experience to a variety of other civil matters as well.

Tracey-Leigh has over the years obtained extensive mediation experience in a wide array of Divorce and Family-related disputes. Recently her experience in Family and Divorce Mediation was extended to include Elder Mediations as well as Marital Mediation which is also commonly known as Mediation to Stay Married. 

The focus of Tracey-Leigh’s Mediation practice remains primarily on Family and Divorce related disputes. More specifically, on assisting couples and families involved in intractable, high conflict disputes to reach a workable resolution that brings with it peace and understanding and meets the best interests of all the parties involved. In particular, the best interests of the children who are generally caught in the cross-fire of the dispute.

As a Mediator, Tracey-Leigh’s role is to manage the process of conflict resolution, to maximize party self-determination, and the opportunity for peaceful resolution of the dispute. Tracey-Leigh avoids assuming an adjudicative role in a matter but rather facilitates the opportunity for the parties to work towards a resolution that suits their individual and the broader family needs, whilst still meeting the general standards required by the Law.



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