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Janet Smithson

Janet Smithson

Janet’s latest project is the ‘Family Dispute Resolution Toolkit’ working with Leanne Smith and Teignbridge Citizens Advice to produce an app that will enable individuals to take practical and informed steps to resolve private family law disputes. Her research themes within the network mainly focus on family justice.



Smithson J (2020). How Mediation Works: resolving conflict through talk. Studies in Interactional Linguistics. Journal of Pragmatics, 159, 98-99


Hunter R, Barlow A, Smithson J, Ewing J (2018). Law, Discretion, Gender and Justice in out-of-court financial settlements. Australian Journal of Family Law, 32/1


Barlow A, Ewing J, Hunter R and Smithson J (2017). Creating Paths to Family Justice: Briefing Paper and Report on Key findings. Exeter, University of Exeter. 

Barlow A, Hunter R, Smithson J and Ewing J (2017). Access to What? LASPO and Mediation. In Flynn A, Hodgson J (Eds.) Access to Justice and Legal Aid Comparative Perspectives on Unmet Legal Need. Oxford: Hart Publishing Limited, 239-253.

Barlow A, Hunter R, Smithson J, Ewing J (2017). Mapping Paths to Family Justice: Resolving Family Disputes in Neoliberal Times. London, England, Palgrave Macmillan.

Smithson J, Barlow A, Hunter R, Ewing J (2017). The Moral Order in Family Mediation: Negotiating Competing Values. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 35(2): 173-196.


Ewing J, Hunter R, Barlow A and Smithson J (2015). Children's voices: Centre-stage or side-lined in out-of-court dispute resolution in England and Wales?. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 27(1): 43-61.  

Hunter R, Barlow A, Smithson J and Ewing J (2015). Paths to Justice in Divorce Cases in England and Wales. In Maclean M, Eekelaar J, Bastard B (Eds.) Delivering Family Justice in the 21st Century. Oxford: Hart Publishing Ltd, 145-162. 

Smithson J, Barlow A, Hunter R and Ewing J (2015). The “child’s best interests” as an argumentative resource in family mediation sessions. Discourse Studies: an interdisciplinary journal for the study of text and talk, 17(4): 1-15.