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One of the most effective mediators operating in the market’, Jane Andrewartha at Clyde & Co LLP is ‘very useful for cases where the clients are sophisticated or where legal analysis is required; she has a tremendous knack of getting to the nub of a dispute and of making the parties see the risks of litigation, and is good at constructively challenging both parties to drive a bargain’. Andrewartha retains a full private law practice, while still accepting up to two mediation appointments a week; and has in-depth knowledge of insurance and reinsurance matters. She also has experience of industries that are serviced by (re)insurers, including financial services, marine and energy, aviation, construction, as well as the professions, employment matters, and a range of contractual and agency issues. Andrewartha also specialises in high-value, cross-border disputes, having mediated disputes in the US; the Middle East; the Far East; and in European countries such as Norway, Greece and France.

Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) recently became CEDR Solve’ principal mediator, having previously served as its deputy chief executive. Carroll is ‘committed and engaged, and has a very diligent and painstaking approach to setting out the respective parties positions, which works particularly well with unsophisticated opponents; she is also very effective in closing the gap in negotiations where the clients’ position seems intransigent at the outset’. Carroll is highly rated for the resolution of highly complex, multi-party, high-value disputes. She recently mediated disputes in financial services (including banking and insurance), TMT, property, employment, and infrastructure, as well as partnership, major joint ventures, shareholders, and IP; many of her cases involved international commercial and public sector parties, including sovereign states. Highlights included mediating a conflict arising out of an exclusive licence between a well-known luxury manufacturer and another manufacturer to create a branded high-end product.

Independent Mediators’ Charles Dodson is ‘a go-to mediator for commercial cases where heads need banging together; he has a robust personality and charm and a persuasive style’. Other praise Dodson for being ‘acute, and an effective, practical, hands-on mediator’. His recent mediations focused on professional negligence claims, involving solicitors, surveyors and valuers, financial advisers and insurance brokers; and commercial claims involving the construction and insurance sectors, as well as partnership issues. In addition, he mediated disputes regarding pensions and insolvency.

Undertaking over 50 mediations in 2016, Phillip Howell-Richardson at Independent Mediatorshas a highly facilitative style; he is a fabulous mediator who is tenacious, incisive and challenging, yet also great with clients and commercial in his outlook’. Howell-Richardson is also ‘appreciated for trying different ways and approaches to move matters forward’. The majority of his recent mediations related to commercial claims, including company and commercial contract issues, professional negligence, insurance matters, international commercial claims, and banking and finance conflicts. Other areas include disputes involving IP and IT issues, employment, partnership, property, construction, and probate.

Independent Mediators’ Kate Jackson is ‘an extremely capable mediator, who is calm and assured at all times, and has an innate ability to get to the heart of a dispute; she is unflappable, excellent at dealing with more emotional clients, and works extremely hard to get a result’. Jackson’s practice covers a range of commercial, banking and employment disputes.

Recommended for disputes when tension and emotions are running high’, In Place of Strife’s Mark Jackson-Stops is ‘held in high regard; he has a very endearing character and style which give the impression that he is looking after everyone’s interests to achieve a fair result’. Others report Jackson-Stops to be ‘an excellent mediator who brings calm and straight talking to difficult situations; he is also great with clients and can be tough when necessary’. Regularly mediating between 70-80 cases a year, Jackson-Stops is highly rated for disputes involving professional negligence, property and construction, as well as insurance, probate and inheritance, financial services (including mis-selling) and commercial contracts.

A ‘go-to mediator who has gravitas with clients’, Michel Kallipetis QC at Independent Mediatorstests cases during private sessions, helping to manage clients’ expectations, and he does not give up on a settlement, even when the parties want to’. Conducting over 85 mediations in 2016, recent work involved disputes surrounding professional negligence, construction, oil and gas, insurance, property and commercial matters; he also acted in employment, fraud, insolvency, partnership and probate-related conflicts. Highlights included high-value claims against various banks for alleged mis-selling of financial products.

A full-time mediator since 2005, Jon Lang of In Place of Strife is ‘a heavyweight mediator, who has an unassuming demeanour, but this belies his toughness, resilience, and commitment to the mediation process; he always works hard to ensure the parties maximise the opportunity to settle and his approach is very effective’. Lang has a wide practice but is regularly instructed in mediations from the IP and IT sectors, as well as construction and engineering claims, shareholder and probate disputes, and general commercial matters.

Independent Mediators’ Mark Lomas QC is ‘really one of the very best mediators out there; he is tough, robust and has strong analytical capabilities. Rarely do his energy levels wane and he is rarely anything other than an effective conduit between the parties, even where there is significant complexity’. Lomas’ practice includes commercial contracts, professional negligence, insurance, and banking and financial services, as well as general common law disputes, construction, probate, and trusts.

Jonathan Lloyd-Jones at Independent Mediators is ‘an effective mediator who is good at listening to parties and focusing on a dispute’s key points; he can be robust and challenging when necessary and will keep going to get a result’. Lloyd-Jones is also praised for being ‘receptive to the emotions that often ride high between clients at a mediation, and he is quick to adapt the structure of the mediation to suit and accommodate the clients’ wishes, rather than impose his own views’. His practice covers commercial topics, including claims for fraud-based restitution, breaches of restrictive covenants, and professional negligence claims; and he is often involved in insolvency, construction and property matters.

CEDR Solve’ ‘hugely experienced’ founder president Karl Mackie CBE is ‘very calm and methodical; he is a safe pair of hands who controls the pace of the mediation nicely when a resolution is in sight’. His recent experience includes international commercial disputes, professional negligence, engineering, energy, and technology, as well as healthcare, partnerships, and family businesses; other areas include banking and finance, insurance, joint ventures, property, and the media. Recent clients include oil companies, banks, government departments and international brands; and mediation highlights included a Middle Eastern family dispute with a bank over wealth-management losses.

Bill Marsh at Independent Mediators is ‘a mediator who has seen and done it all before, yet he still manages to bring a freshness and energy to each mediation. He has a nicely understated style, but forceful when he needs to be, and hugely experienced at getting a sense of how the parties want to negotiate, and where a deal lies’. Marsh covers a broad range of UK-related and international commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, product liability, insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence; he also acts in disputes involving shareholders, sports, medical negligence, pensions, IT and shipping.

In Place of Strife’s Charles Middleton-Smith ‘performs his role with great professionalism, calmness and focus; he is informative and acts fairly and skilfully to bring parties to nuanced and novel resolutions’. His specialisms include arts, media and entertainment; financial services; M&A; inheritance; and general commercial, contract and sale of goods. Representative experience includes mediating an asset-finance case regarding commercial agreements; a dispute over an agreement for international film production; and an international high-value joint venture dispute, involving the development of a contemporary art business.

Andrew Paton of Independent Mediators is ‘a very able mediator, who works hard to achieve a settlement; he ensures that he is properly prepared and that he understands what a case is about in order to keep a mediation heading in the right direction. He also has a very pleasant and approachable style, which helps to put clients at ease’. Paton is a former Pinsent Masons LLP partner who undertook undertook 57 mediations during 2016; and a large portion of his work focused on professional negligence claims, with the balance spread between construction, insurance, property and commercial matters. Case highlights included a tracing claim to recover monies that were used to buy a new home.

Independent Mediators’ Nicholas Pryor is ‘an exceptionally experienced mediator, who carries significant gravitas and is easy to work with’. Pryor’s cases recently covered a broad gambit of UK-based and international commercial issues; other disputes included insurance and professional negligence claims.

Beverly-Ann Rogers of Serle Court is ‘innovative, intelligent and thoughtful in moving parties towards settlement’; Rogers is a full-time mediator, whose practice is recommended for Chancery disputes, including trusts, probate, company, partnership and property matters. She also mediates commercial, professional negligence and employment disputes; and has experience of multi-party and cross-cultural disputes, including mediations in the Far East and the Middle East. Rogers recently mediated a shareholder dispute with several related parties, which involved a high-value property company and required consideration of share valuation, tax, corporate structure and trust issues. She is also at In Place of Strife.

Brick Court ChambersStephen Ruttle QC, who is also at In Place of Strife, is in ‘the top rank of mediators’. Ruttle has mediated approximately 1,200 cases to date, and a large proportion of his work is international in nature. Most of his mediations take place in London, but he regularly mediates elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, and has mediated in the US, Greece, the Gulf, the Caribbean and Hong Kong. Ruttle is well known for mediating large shipping disputes; but his practice also covers oil and gas, banking, insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence claims. Other areas of note are construction, employment, corporate matters, and general commercial disputes.

Quentin Smith (Independent) is ‘an experienced mediator for high-end commercial disputes, and he is sought-after with good reason - his relaxed and pragmatic manner is popular with clients, and disarms parties that are intent on being aggressive for the sake of it; and he understands that mediations are about building a deal and not arguing legal points’. Smith is recommended for large and complicated mediations that are often multi-party; recent highlights include mediating a dispute involving financial management and distribution issues and profit shares, following the financing of a major feature film.

The ‘incredibly creative and effective’ Patrick Walker (Independent)’s ‘obvious emotional intelligence allows him to keep the parties engaged, whilst at the same time testing the issues so as to really move matters on; he has a range of techniques which he uses to encourage parties to see their cases from a different perspective, while at the same time encouraging them to bridge the gaps’. Walker is well known for property litigation, including compulsory purchase, rights to light, flooding claims, and fraud and loan agreements, but he has broadened his practice to include professional negligence, construction, share purchase, M&A, and trusts and probate disputes, as well as pharmaceutical and commercial contract matters.

Tony Willis at Brick Court Chambers is also an In Place of Strife member. He has conducted over 1,000 mediations to date; beyond the UK, he has mediated in New York, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Romania, Guernsey, Jersey, the Republic of Ireland, and the Bahamas. Willis’ practice covers professional negligence; shareholder, partnership and M&A disputes; pensions; IT; employment; and family trusts. Other areas include insolvency, tax, charity, oil and gas, civil engineering and construction, insurance, and reinsurance.

A highly rated commercial and user-friendly mediator’, Brick Court ChambersWilliam Wood QC conducts around 80 mediations each year. Wood has broad experience, with recent matters including mis-selling disputes; contractor claims and professional liability disputes involving architects, engineers and surveyors; shipping and international trade disputes; pharmaceutical claims; and insurance and reinsurance disputes. Other areas of note include oil and gas; competition disputes; planning issues; and pension and employment-related disputes.

A professional mediator since 1995, Heather Allen (Independent) has a varied mediation practice, including commercial contracts for scientific products and services, e-markets, and shareholder issues, as well as charity, and inheritance and trustee disputes. Recent work involved mediating a complex inheritance dispute between two siblings (the executors), which involved questions about capacity and changes to the will, estate debts, and allegations of undue influence.

A first choice for difficult cases’, 3 Verulam Buildings’ Elizabeth Birch, also of In Place of Strife, is ‘a superb mediator, who is well prepared, commercially minded, and quickly develops the trust and confidence of all participants, facilitating settlements through tact, charm and perseverance.’ Mediating commercial and international disputes since 1995, Birch is particularly focused on maritime, commercial, and insurance and reinsurance disputes, which are frequently complex, high-value and cross-border.

Stuart Chapman joined In Place of Strife’s panel in 2011. Chapman’s ‘preparation for mediations is extremely thorough, as he has an excellent grasp of the details and arguments in cases, which helps throughout the day; he is approachable and professional from the start, and has tremendous patience, tenacity and calm authority, which is exactly what clients need from a good mediator’. Recent experience includes mediating claims involving banking and finance, employment law, probate issues, contractual disputes and pension matters.

In Place of Strife’s Chris Fitton is ‘well prepared, has a good manner with clients, and comes across as having credibility’. Fitton facilitated approximately 40 high-value commercial mediations in 2016, the most active practice areas being professional indemnity, financial services pensions, insolvency, and high-value commercial disputes. Highlights included a tracing claim by the liquidators of a collapsed hedge fund.

North Somerset-based Andrew Fraley at Fraley Bourne Ltd is ‘a very experienced mediator, with an idiosyncratic style’. Fraley has mediated in over 2,000 cases, including professional indemnity claims and disputes involving maritime, construction, agriculture, employment, partnership and shareholder issues. Other areas include inheritance, probate and trusts, IT, oil and gas transportation, and insurance claims.

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC at 39 Essex Chambers has successfully settled over 90% of the mediations in which he was appointed, both domestically and internationally, with particular experience in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Glasgow specialises in the resolution of substantial and complex financial, commercial and construction disputes, and professional negligence matters.

Keating ChambersRosemary Jackson QC is ‘a first-choice mediator due to her tenacity’; she also ‘impresses with her effortless manner, calm authority and ability to keep very strong personalities engaged throughout the process’. Jackson is recommended for mediations in the construction sector, as well as a variety of commercial and professional negligence disputes.

Paul Johnson recently joined Exchange Chambers in Manchester from Kings Chambers. Johnson is ‘an excellent mediator for complex, multi-party disputes; he has the ability to cut to the chase and quickly change the position of the most intransigent parties’. Johnson has mediated over 700 disputes, and his practice covers banking, commercial and contract, competition law, construction, group actions, employment and fraud-related claims.

Completing 40 mediations in 2016, Jacqui Joyce (Independent) ‘brings to mediations a tenacity, enthusiasm and integrity that clients of all types instantly warm to; she is very personable, professional, straightforward, and knowledgeable on the subject matter of the dispute’. Joyce is recommended for large commercial property claims and contractual disputes, and is a founder member of The Property Mediators, a leading group of specialist property mediators in the UK. Her recent work involved multinational companies with high values at stake, as well as smaller, more personal property disputes, frequently involving neighbours.

Lawrence Kershen QC at In Place of Strife is ‘an excellent mediator, who is calm, friendly and tends to put the various parties, including the lawyers, at their ease’. A specialist in corporate and commercial matters and employment claims, his mediation experience also includes banking and financial services, construction and engineering, and inheritance disputes. In addition, Kershen has mediated insurance, IP, manufacturing, media, partnership, professional negligence, property, and shareholding cases.

Christopher Newmark at CEDR Solve specialises in large commercial disputes, and is particularly well known for mediating in the IT and telecoms sectors. Highlights included a multi-party dispute between investors in a unit trust and the professionals, who set up and advised on the trust; Newmark also mediated a dispute over the termination of a licence to develop an international brand in the eyewear sector.

CEDR Solve’ Nick Pearson is ‘a very senior mediator with a calm presence and good manners; he is also very bright and totally unruffled by difficult cases’. Pearson’s recent disputes involved professional negligence, trusts and probate, shareholder and partnership claims, breach of contract, insolvency, and banking and finance matters. Examples include a joint venture dispute between senior management.

Charles Powell at Freeths LLP is ‘an experienced mediator, who has the necessary gravitas to get a deal in difficult cases’. Powell’s active mediation practice specialises in commercial disputes, including professional negligence claims; subrogated claims; banking and finance matters; and partnership and shareholder disputes.

Undertaking 71 mediations in 2016,Alistair Pye at In Place of Strife is ‘not slow to roll his sleeves up and get straight into the issues at the heart of the matter; he is straight talking, and his approach is key in difficult mediations where emotional issues hold the parties back from resolution’. Pye is a construction and engineering specialist, whose wide practice includes complex neighbour disputes and high-value, multi-party, insurance-backed construction claims.

In Place of Strife’s David Richbell’s ‘mediation approach is focused on building relationships, and he is vastly experienced’. Richbell is originally from a construction background, has over 20 years’ experience as a mediator, and is particularly well known for the mediation of construction and engineering disputes; he also mediates a range of high-value, high-emotion, high-complexity conflicts in other areas of the law.

Colin Russ (Independent) is ‘a firm favourite as a mediator; he is very sensible, commercial and builds an easy rapport with clients and lawyers alike’. Russ is recommended for the successful resolution of disputes relating to professional negligence, commercial contracts, shareholder and partnership disputes, real estate, and the financial services sector, as well as disputes arising from IP rights and employment law.

Core Solutions Group Limited's John Sturrock QC is ‘a leading mediator in Scotland who can hold the room and have the parties keep their eyes on the prize; he not only knows the law but is good with parties, and brings authority and ability to the role of mediator’. Sturrock’s broad practice extends to the rest of the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, and the Middle East and Africa, and covers commercial contracts, construction, IP, property, and professional negligence. He also mediates banking, sport, planning, environment, agriculture, and public sector issues. In 2016, he mediated a retail sector-related contractual dispute.

Stephen Walker (Independent) is ‘a reliable, approachable, no-nonsense mediator, who is ideal for cases where clients just need a deal; he is also good-humoured and comes up to speed quickly on complicated matters of fact and law’. In 2016, Walker was appointed as lead mediator in 50 mediations and achieved a higher than 90% settlement success rate. He has a broad practice, but has recently developed specialisms in mediating disputes involving professional negligence, shareholder matters, art law, contentious probate, and construction and property cases.

CEDR Solve’ ‘thoughtful, personable and charming’ Tony Allen is ‘the doyen of clinical negligence and personal injury mediation; nobody has more experience in the field, he is the go-to man for the most complex cases, and he has the knack of finding a way for entrenched parties to agree with one another’. Allen has mediated a wide range of disputes involving personal injury and clinical negligence, as well as public law, banking, construction, housing, partnership, professional indemnity, and general commercial claims. Recent commercial disputes included mediating between a European manufacturer and an English wholesaler.

At Fountain Court Chambers, the ‘very affable’ Sir Henry Brooke’s mediation areas include commercial and insurance matters; family property and inheritance disputes; defamation; construction disputes; and public law cases. Examples of recent mediations include a high-value claim in the banking industry; and the settlement of a professional negligence claim with cross-jurisdictional issues.

Amanda Bucklow at In Place of Strife mediates a wide range of commercial disputes and employment-related matters, including discrimination and dismissal issues; Bucklow has notable expertise in transport, IT and financial services claims, as well as disputes involving regulated sectors.

Fiona Colquhoun at CEDR Solve is ‘very approachable and facilitative, and her relaxed and informal style leads to resolutions; she is also able to step in and be more forceful when appropriate’. Colquhoun spends over 100 days each year mediating; her key areas include commercial, insolvency, professional negligence, public sector, charity, governance, and clinical negligence. Other areas include employment, education disputes, financial services and partnership disputes. Highlights included the mediation of major contract and funding disputes between different NHS entities.

At In Place of Strife, the ‘very active’ Michael Cover’s specialist dispute areas include IP and IT; competition and regulatory matters; insurance; pharmaceutical; international contracts and trading; major projects; and energy.

Blackstone ChambersCharles Flint QC’s mediation work is predominantly focused on financial services and regulatory matters, and he has mediated internationally in Thailand, Hong Kong and Africa. Flint also mediates significant environmental claims; and he recently assisted with fine art disputes. He is also a member of the specialist panel of international mediators at Jams International.

Stephenson Harwood’s John Fordham is ‘a mediator of choice for cases where some real force is needed on the part of the mediator and heads banged together’. Fordham’s mediation experience mirrors his work as a commercial litigator, and includes disputes in the corporate, commercial, banking and finance, insurance, IT and insolvency sectors.

McCormicks’ Neil Goodrum has a national reputation as a mediator in contract and commercial cases. Recent highlights include mediating a boundary dispute between estate owners; and a clinical negligence dispute regarding treatment in an NHS Hospital.

Nicholas Gould at Fenwick Elliott LLP is a dual-qualified solicitor-advocate and chartered surveyor, and has particular expertise in construction and engineering sector disputes, involving delay claims; defects; public sector issues; professional negligence; property and planning; transport; energy; and insurance. He also has particular international experience, including in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Andrew Hildebrand at In Place of Strifedeals with mediations excellently; he has an excellent style, asks the right questions, and puts a good amount of work into the pre-mediation period and pre-meetings with the parties, which very much helps on the day’. Hildebrand acts in a range of commercial, contractual and private client disputes; and has a specialist entertainment industry and creative businesses practice, mediating approximately 10-15 entertainment or sports-related cases a year. He also assists with early-stage mediation, particularly between business partners and family members.

Serle Court’s Elizabeth Jones QC mediates cases across a number of sectors; examples of work include a compensation claim for the alleged breach of an offshore contract relating to IP rights.

Gerard Khoshnaw balances a busy role as a partner leading the dispute resolution team at Gateley Plc in Leeds with his mediation practice. He has wide-ranging expertise, with recent highlights including handling several high-profile mediations in the South East in the NHS and healthcare sector, which involved high-value contracts.

In Place of Strife’s Mark Linnell is ‘very balanced and measured in his approach, and he inspires confidence in the parties with his relaxed style, while remaining positive and creative in his approach’. Linnell is regularly instructed on disputes involving commercial agreements; engineering; IT; financial services; insurance; media; and construction. He also increasingly mediates cases relating to fraud, insolvency, professional negligence, and property and planning, as well as family matters concerning estates or contested probates.

The ‘very agreeable’ Adrian Llewelyn-Evans (Independent) is the former commercial litigation head at Burges Salmon LLP. His specialist areas of practice include corporate finance disputes, including share warranty claims and shareholder disputes; engineering disputes, particularly in the transport and defence industries; professional negligence; and partnership disputes. Recent disputes included contractual claims, software disputes, and shipping-related disputes for vessel owners and charterers.

Colin Manning joined 4-5 Gray's Inn Square from Littleton Chambers, where he was a founder member of Littleton Mediation Group. Manning mediates in a range of commercial disputes, including contractual issues, professional negligence, partnership, and company and shareholder disputes; he also assists with construction, employment, property, copyright, trusts and probate, and international trade disputes.

Gowling WLG’s Andrew Manning Cox is ‘definitely competent in terms of possessing a thoughtful and analytical, lawyer-mediator approach’. Recent experience includes acting as a mediator in disputes that ranged in value from £100,000 to £24m, involving joint venture and partnership issues, property claims, franchises, construction and engineering, as well as product liability, professional negligence cases, fraud, employment, and commercial agency agreements.

Mark Manley, who operates his mediation practice through Mediata, ‘achieves outcomes, relying on his experience to deploy every trick in the book’. Manley mediates disputes in media, entertainment and sports sectors, as well as general commercial claims.

Jane Player (Independent) ‘successfully mediates disputes in a calm and rational manner; in addition to considerable legal acumen, she has very impressive people skills’. Player recently retired from King & Spalding LLP to become a full-time independent mediator; she is frequently instructed in technology and IP disputes, but she also has a general commercial disputes practice, which recently included government party disputes arising out of infrastructure projects and defence matters.

Richard Price OBE QC joined 4-5 Gray's Inn Square from Littleton Chambers. Price has a wide range of mediation experience in disputes, involving commercial matters, employment, defamation, professional negligence, and property and construction. Other areas include banking, insolvency, healthcare and public law.

The ‘very experienced’ Peter Rogan at Jams International is well known for insurance and reinsurance matters; he is also noted for partnership and shareholder matters. Representative experience includes mediating a high-value professional indemnity dispute between a major Lloyds broker and a US company.

Lamb ChambersStephen Shaw is also a member of In Place of Strife; he is recommended for landlord and tenant work; property litigation; mortgage-based disputes; professional negligence, particularly regarding solicitors, surveyors, architects and engineers; and all contractually-based claims.

Lesley Anderson QC at Kings Chambers is ‘very committed to the mediation process, and guides parties away from areas of conflict and towards settlement’. A significant part of Anderson’s mediation practice focuses on professional negligence matters.

Stephen Bate at 5RB is also a member of CEDR Solve. Bate handles mediations in a wide range of civil matters, including media and entertainment disputes, with values of up to £250m; and he is a member of Sport Resolution’s panel of arbitrators and mediators.

Linklaters LLP’s Katie Bradford is best known for her mediation work in property-related cases; she has also mediated commercial disputes in employment, pensions, trading, international law, and trusts, wills and probate.

Andrew Eastgate (Independent) regularly mediates a broad range of commercial disputes, from commercial contracts and agency, through to disputes arising from the sale of businesses and financing; he also assists with shareholder and partnership issues.

Littleton Chambers’ joint head Naomi Ellenbogen QC is ‘an excellent mediator who has an excellent grip of the law, but can cut through it to identify how the parties can resolve conflict’. Ellenbogen is particularly noted for high-value, complex employment and commercial litigation.

Robert Gaitskell QC at Keating Chambers conducts mediations in the commercial, construction and IP sector, many of an international nature. He has mediated disputes involving IT, patents and franchises; nuclear fuel, oil rigs, power stations and process engineering; commercial property developments, hospitals, and defence procurement and research facilities.

1 Chancery Lane’s Andrew Goodman’s areas of expertise include contract and commercial disputes; professional discipline and regulatory matters; professional negligence; property; and public and administrative law.

Jane Gunn at In Place of Strife mediates a wide variety of disputes, including business and partnership disputes; joint venture conflicts; trusts; and employment cases. Other areas of note include medical negligence; and property and construction.

TLT’s Kerry Gwyther is ‘excellent, attentive and grasps the crux of matters quickly; he also works tirelessly with parties to reach settlement’. Gwyther’s specialist areas are contractual disputes; issues involving directors, shareholders and partnerships; franchising; medical and professional negligence; and high-value inheritance claims.

Edinburgh-based David Hossack at Morton Fraser is recommended for both employment issues, and contractual and commercial matters; Hossack ‘has a considered and calm approach during mediations, which he uses to settle any emotional turbulence between the parties’.

Paul Houghton (Independent)’s former litigation practice mostly involved commercial contract matters, with a large amount of engineering-related work and professional negligence claims; but as a mediator, Houghton has a broad spectrum of work that includes multi-party and high-value claims.

Mark Keeley at Freeths LLP is ‘extremely practical, has in-depth knowledge of this field and goes the extra mile’. Keeley conducted 34 commercial mediations in 2016, and specialises in contentious trust and probate disputes, and professional negligence claims.

Jonathan Lux of St Philips Stone Chambers is ‘a very accomplished specialist mediator; his highly skilled and personable approach is coupled with a tenacious enthusiasm to help parties reach a settlement’. Lux is well known for maritime disputes and international commercial law matters; he recently mediated a dispute between the owners of a substantial private residence and a building contractor.

Mark Mattison (Independent)’s areas of expertise are construction and engineering claims; banking, shareholder and partnership disputes; general commercial and contract cases; professional negligence claims; and landlord and tenant, and boundary and right of way issues.

David Miles at Blake Morgan LLP regularly mediates a range of disputes, particularly construction cases; Miles also handles disputes involving professional negligence, commercial matters, partnership, IT, IP, and procurement issues, both in the UK and abroad.

Martin Plowman at Mediation 1st mediates over 100 cases a year; he is a specialist in commercial litigation, contractual claims, inheritance and property disputes, and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act claims.

In Place of Strife’s Liz Rivers is ‘an excellent mediator, with a very wide and diverse skill set; she also has incredible personal skills, which she brings to the process’. Rivers is recommended for workplace and employment law disputes, including bullying and harassment, discrimination, and partnership issues.

Michael Shane at Atkin Chambersunderstands the issues, explores ways to get the parties to bridge their differences, and has a very good sense for what will work in a particular situation’. To date, Shane has acted as mediator in over 1,500 disputes, involving insurance, finance, construction and engineering, energy and IP claims.

Caroline Sheridan at CEDR Solve is recommended for mediating across the full range of employment disputes in the UK. She recently mediated a dispute arising from a grievance raised by an employee, who cited racial discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Patrick Sherrington at Hogan Lovells International LLP has conducted mediations involving high-value claims with cross-border elements, particularly banking and finance disputes; he also mediates disputes relating to construction and engineering, product liability, property, and professional negligence.

Tim Wallis (Independent) ‘has a relaxed style, but at the same time he is tenacious and quite prepared to encourage clients to try and achieve settlement’. Wallis mediates on a range of commercial disputes, with particular expertise of multi-party disputes. Other areas of specialism include personal injury and clinical negligence, and insurance claims.

Miranda Allardice at 5 Stone Buildings is ‘direct and to the point; she knows her audience and gets the right deal done’. Allardice is well known for cases involving contentious probate disputes.

Rebecca Attree (Independent) is ‘a capable, commercial mediator, who is well regarded in the mediation fraternity’. She has particular expertise in mediating commercial disputes that are complex, multi-party, cross-cultural, and involve relationship issues; these frequently relate to contracts for director and shareholder duties, property, family businesses, trusts, and agency matters.

Stephen Barker (Independent) conducts mediations all over the UK, with a key geographic split between London, Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands; Barker has also experienced an increase in international mediations, and recently mediated a distribution dispute.

Rebecca Clark at In Place of Strife is ‘undoubtedly one to watch; she has a calm, understated manner and is extremely bright’. Clark is particularly noted for financial services disputes.

Anthony Glaister at In Place of Strife is ‘an experienced mediator, who has a down-to-earth, practical approach and is not afraid to explore unusual ideas to promote settlement’.

Jams International’s Charles Gordon’s mediation practice focuses on reinsurance, restructuring and insolvency, financial services, joint ventures, and shareholder and partnership disputes.

Tim Hardy at CMS is ‘thorough, very even-handed, and clearly has a lot of experience in dealing with commercial disputes’. Hardy, who is also a CEDR Solve panel member, recently mediated a retail sector and minority shareholder-related dispute.

With ‘an approach that is sensible, commercial and well-reasoned’, Tim Jones of Higgs & Sons is ‘an excellent mediator, who is very good at assisting parties to understand the arguments that the other is advancing’. In addition to assisting with commercial disputes, Jones is qualified to mediate workplace disputes.

XXIV Old Buildings’ Michael King is ‘very effective, with a calm and soothing style that is good for lay clients, yet he also poses serious, intelligent questions, which bring parties close enough together to reach a compromise’. King is recommended for mediations concerning business, partnership, and commercial issues; he is also noted for complex trust, probate and estate disputes.

At Atkin Chambers, Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE’s ‘experience as a Technology and Construction Court judge gives her credibility in the eyes of the parties and a ready ability to get to the heart of the issues in a case’. Construction and engineering sector specialist Kirkham also acts as arbitrator, adjudicator and expert determiner, in relation to international and domestic disputes.

Paul Kirtley of Exchange Chambers is ‘excellent at achieving results that are agreeable to the parties; his experience is great and he moulds his style to what is appropriate in the circumstances’. Kirtley’s mediation practice covers the North of England, and he has also developed a busy offshore mediation practice, particularly in the Isle of Man. He regularly mediates disputes involving commercial and employment law; public sector issues; negligence; probate and trusts; and property and boundary matters.

David Owen QC at 20 Essex Street is well known for mediating disputes involving commercial law, shipping, energy and natural resources, banking and finance, and insurance and reinsurance.

Eve Pienaar at CEDR Solve is ‘compassionate, creative and sensitive, and she adopts a pragmatic approach throughout’. Pienaar is well known for property and construction disputes; she also mediates cases involving professional negligence, public sector issues, commercial and contractual matters, partnership disputes, and probate.

Penelope Reed QC at 5 Stone Buildings has experience of mediations involving probate claims, trust litigation, applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and proprietary estoppel claims.

Keating ChambersElizabeth Repper has mediated disputes throughout the UK and in the Channel Islands. Along with mediating construction, property and professional negligence disputes, Repper has a growing practice in general commercial cases, including disputes involving liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy.

Mark Shaw QC at Blackstone Chambers is a mediator who has specialist expertise in public law, regulatory matters and utilities. Shaw is also a member of In Place of Strife.

At CEDR Solve, Richard Schaverien’s disputes expertise includes commercial contracts; construction and engineering; employment and workplace matters; partnership and shareholder cases; professional negligence; and property.

Maitland ChambersBeverley Vara mediates a wide range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on property disputes; she also recently mediated a significant number of professional negligence disputes.

Radcliffe ChambersSimon Williams is ‘a very patient, calm mediator, who quickly puts parties at ease and instils confidence’. Williams mediates property and commercial disputes, with expertise in commercial contracts; company, shareholder and partnership cases; landlord and tenant conflicts; property and trusts and probate disputes; and professional negligence.

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    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

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