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 graduated from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg) with an LLB degree in 1990. She thereafter in 1993 went on to achieve 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.

Family Attorney & Mediator 

Tracey-Leigh has been practicing as a Family Law attorney since 1997. She obtained her accreditation as a Family & Divorce Mediator in 1996 while she was still a candidate attorney. The 1990s was a time when mediation was hardly even considered as an alternative to litigation. Despite the slow acceptance of mediation, Tracey-Leigh continued to upskill herself in the field, taking on Family and Divorce Mediation matters whenever the opportunity arose. She adapted her Practice to a predominantly mediation-orientated Practice in 2010. 

Civil Mediations 

In 2012, Tracey-Leigh attended a Civil and Commercial Mediator Training Programme run by the ADR Group (London). This opened up the opportunity for her to extend her mediation practice experience to a variety of civil mediation matters.

Current Areas of Practice 

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 extended to include Elder Mediations as well as Marital Mediations.  (More commonly known as Mediation to Remain Married). 

Mediation Ethos 

The focus of Tracey-Leigh’s Mediation practice remains primarily with Family and Divorce related disputes. Her aim is  to help couples in high conflict disputes to reach workable solutions. Tracey-Leigh believes that Mediation is the best way for families to attain peace in times of conflict. She sees Mediation as providing opportunity for meeting the needs of the Parties, and for protecting the best interests of the children who are often caught in the cross-fire of the parents’ conflict. 

As a Mediator, Tracey-Leigh’s role is to manage the process of conflict resolution, to maximize party self-determination, and to help the Parties achieve peaceful resolution of their dispute. 



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