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Clyde & Co LLP's Jane Andrewartha is 'excellent; she is calm, steely, super-smart and utterly committed to helping both sides to find a resolution'. In addition to her extensive insurance and reinsurance practice Andrewartha allocates two days per week to mediation; and in addition to her insurance and reinsurance knowledge, she has experience of a wide range of the industries serviced by reinsurers, such as financial services, marine and energy, aviation, construction and the professions, as well as employment issues and contractual and agency matters. Andrewartha also specialises in high-value cross-border disputes and has mediated disputes in the US, the Middle East, the Far East and in Europe, most recently Norway, Greece and Paris.

CEDR Chambers' principal mediator Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) 'has an excellent manner and proves particularly effective in dealing with banking customers who are distressed or particularly in need of reassurance; and her careful case analysis coupled with a reassuring manner help produce excellent settlements'. Spending over 200 days mediating in 2017, Carroll is one of the most requested mediators on CEDR Chambers' global panel of 200 mediators. Representative work includes the resolution of highly complex multi-party disputes in financial services (including banking and insurance), IT and telecoms, and the public sector; she has also mediated matters involving property, employment, infrastructure, pensions, partnerships and IP. Recent highlights include a commercial contract mediation resulting from various disputes between a Central European company and its London-based parent company, which arose in relation to an outsourcing services agreement for analytical services; a longstanding IP matter involving distribution agreements and the breakdown of a joint venture; and claims in relation to the provisions of engineering services for the design, engineering, procurement, construction testing, and commissioning of a carbon steel pipeline.

Colin Russ (Independent) is 'a favourite mediator for many clients; he is thorough, hardworking and painstaking in pursuing a settlement; he is also particularly appreciated for the courteous, yet firm and pragmatic way with which he deals with the parties'. Russ is highly rated for his successful resolution of disputes relating to commercial contracts, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence, real estate and the financial services sector as well as disputes arising from IP rights and employment law.

Independent Mediators' 'genial' Charles Dodson 'combines excellent and wide-ranging technical background with a determined ability to instil quietly and confidently an air of practical realism in any mediation; he is also charming and energetic, doesn’t get bogged down in detail and constantly strives to keep things moving in a positive direction'. In 2017, Dodson was particularly busy mediating cases relating to professional negligence claims involving solicitors, surveyors, valuers and other construction professionals, financial advisers and insurance brokers; the balance of Dodson's mediations were spread between construction, insurance and partnership, but he also mediated disputes in pensions, probate, insolvency, freight handling, franchising, inheritance, engineering, farm tenancy, government contract, software design, distribution and agency agreements, and business sales.

'Highly recommended to those thinking about mediation', Phillip Howell-Richardson at Independent Mediators 'comes across as very calm and approachable and has a very good bedside manner'. Others report him to be 'an excellent mediator with a disarming and effective style as well as being always diligent, resourceful and excellent with clients'. Howell-Richardson has over 28 years experience of mediating the most complex cases in the UK and internationally.  His workload covers commercial claims, banking and finance, professional negligence and insurance; he has also mediated disputes involving IP and IT, employment, partnerships, property and construction, and probate.

In Place of Strife’s head of chambers Mark Jackson-Stops 'has a wonderful way of putting clients at their ease; he gets to grips quickly with the relevant issues, tests points in an incisive but not threatening manner and guides parties towards a resolution'. One of the UK’s most experienced mediators, Jackson-Stops has conducted over 1,400 mediations; he frequently acts in cases involving the insurance market, including coverage issues, breach of conditions, professional negligence, property damage and business interruption. Other areas of strength include construction and financial services, while  his 'knowledge of land and agricultural matters is a particular asset when dealing with disputes involving such matters or parties with that background'.

Independent Mediators' 'calm, considered and prepared'  Kate Jackson  is 'excellent in pointing out weaknesses without prejudicing her independence; she focuses on the commercial benefits of reaching a settlement and the fact that both parties need to move from their preferred positions in order to bridge gaps'. A full time mediator since 2009, Jackson recently mediated over 50 complex commercial mediations in a one-year period, with her clients ranging from large public and international companies to individuals with personal grievances. Examples of her expertise include commercial, banking and employment disputes as well as insurance, insolvency, property and IP-related matters.

At Independent Mediators, Michel Kallipetis QC's  'experience is unrivalled; he is a senior statesman in the UK mediation market whose gravitas as well as legal expertise puts parties at ease and naturally diffuses tensions'. Kallipetis' recent mediation experience involved professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects and other construction professionals, financial advisers and insurance brokers; he also mediated claims involving construction, oil and gas, insurance, property, commercial, employment, fraud, insolvency, partnerships, personal injury, and probate.

At In Place of Strife, Jon Lang is 'fully engaged, prepares well and is able to assist in unlocking the difficult position of certain parties; he is also not deterred by lack of progress and perseveres with parties to consider alternative settlement offer structures to break deadlocks - through his hard work settlements are achieved'. A former disputes partner at White & Case LLP, Lang regularly mediates two or three cases each week across the full spectrum of commercial matters, but mediation work involving property, professional negligence, insolvency, banking, partnership and shareholder disputes (particularly minority shareholder actions) were recent growth areas. Lang is also increasingly instructed in complex multi-party and multi-jurisdictional cases, many necessitating pre-mediation meetings with parties alone or jointly.

The former chairman of Blake Lapthorn (now Blake Morgan LLP),  Jonathan Lloyd-Jones at Independent Mediators is 'a very intelligent dispute resolver who is able to grasp complex and detailed information very quickly and takes control of the  mediation without being overbearing; he is also a highly charming individual who makes what can often be a fraught experience relatively painless'. Lloyd-Jones has acted in approximately 600 appointments during his mediation career and his practice covers a wide range of commercial topics, including claims for restitution based on fraud; breaches of restrictive covenants by departing employees; and professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, independent financial advisers, and insurance brokers. He is also often involved in insolvency, construction and property matters.

Independent Mediators’ Mark Lomas QC is 'one of the best mediators around; he has gravitas and quickly gets to the heart of what has to be done to resolve a dispute and  is dogged in seeking a settlement, often going well beyond his original brief if permitted by the parties to do so'. One of the UK’s busiest commercial mediators, Lomas averages 90 mediations a year; he regularly acts as sole or lead mediator in mediations, covering a wide variety of disputes in areas including commercial contract, professional negligence (against solicitors, accountants, architects, financial advisers and insurance brokers), insurance, banking and financial services, general common law disputes, construction, probate, and trusts.

Dr Karl Mackie CBE of CEDR Chambers 'has emotional intelligence and quickly appreciates the dynamics between the parties, while his calm and understated manner quickly engenders trust with the parties; he is also approachable, rigorous and determined to achieve a settlement if at all possible'. Mackie's experience ranges from leading complex class actions and multi-party disputes, to handling commercial and regulatory disputes with national and international implications; his recent work includes international commercial disputes, professional negligence, engineering and energy, technology, and healthcare. Other areas include partnerships, family businesses, finance and banking, insurance, insolvency, joint ventures, property and media. Recent highlights include acting in a dispute involving large technology companies that wished to adopt new technology for mobile phone networks; the claim was for an alleged failure of software and services. He also mediated a partnership breakup, including a claim for part of the sales price and subsequent dividends on sales.

Independent Mediators' 'thoroughly recommended' Bill Marsh is 'excellent; he combines a strong intellect with a pragmatic, commercial manner, and deals with difficult and highly sensitive situations with pragmatism, tact and good humour'. Marsh's mediation practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes (both UK and internationally), including commercial contracts, product liability, insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence claims. Additional areas of expertise include shareholder, sports, medical negligence, pensions, IT and shipping disputes.

At In Place of Strife, Charles Middleton-Smith's 'style is of quiet persistence and urbane professionalism; he remains calm and polite at all times, but he gets his point across with a combination of blunt analysis and an ability to get people to focus on commercial priorities'. Middleton-Smith is focused on media and entertainment, family business and trusts (including offshore trusts) as well as financial services, property, insurance and education. He recently mediated a case involving disability discrimination.

Independent Mediators' Andrew Paton 'has an engaging but firm style and does not take any nonsense; he is always on top of the documents, identifies the key issues, keeps mediations moving at a good pace, never gives up, and will remain involved even if the parties do not settle on the day'. Paton undertook a total of 54 mediations in 2017, with just under half of the mediations relating to professional negligence claims involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, architects and other construction professionals, financial advisers and insurance brokers. The balance of his work was evenly spread between construction, insurance, property and commercial matters, but Paton has also mediated unfair prejudice, employment, public law, insolvency and Inheritance Act cases.

Independent Mediators' Nicholas Pryor 'really impresses with his ability to cut through difficult situations and get parties talking; he is extremely commercial and parties are made very aware of the financial implications of continuing with claims and the risks involved. He also spends considerable time on the phone to parties in advance of mediations to tee matters up, meaning that parties can really make the most of the mediating day when Nicholas focuses minds on settlement'. Pryor has been appointed in over 1,250 mediations during his mediation career and over half of his practice covers a range of UK-based and international commercial issues, with a further 25 per cent involving insurance and professional negligence matters.

'A supreme people person who has fantastic interaction skills and a good commercial mind', Quentin Smith (Independent) 'has a nuanced and flexible approach and is able to adapt as the case requires; one of the great advantages of this flexibility is that he is able to gain the trust of the parties at an early stage of the process and is able to drive the mediation process forward towards an early settlement, rather than losing the early hours of the mediation as many other mediators have a tendency to do'. Smith recently undetook 57 mediations in a 12-month period; work highlights include a dispute over a distributorship and service agreement between a German manufacturer and a Chinese company; a matter arising from an undocumented partnership, created by the patriarchs of two family dynasties; and a 12-party dispute over a disparate and valuable estate containing businesses, an industrial park and properties that concerned arguments over shareholdings and the management of minors’ interests.

Serle Court's Beverly-Ann Rogers is also a member of In Place of Strife. Her recent case examples include a breach of trust claim involving a Lebanese estate and trusts, American corporations and Canadian real estate; state and probate claims including disputed wills, Inheritance Act claims and proprietary estoppel; and professional negligence claims against solicitors and dentists. Rogers also mediated property claims, including joint residential property and commercial property investment disputes; partnership matters concerning farming partnership and land disputes; and company and shareholder cases.

Brick Court Chambers's Stephen Ruttle QC, who is also a member of In Place of Strife, 'brings the experience that clients would expect from one of the top mediators in the business and clients are left impressed'. Ruttle practises predominantly in London, but also mediates regularly in other parts of the UK and Ireland and in several jurisdictions abroad; and he is increasingly active as a mediator of community and faith-based disputes. Recent highlights include mediating a large construction dispute between high-profile Asian entities; he also mediates a high proportion of large shipping disputes.

'Playing out his role very articulately, fairly and confidently', In Place of Strife 's  Patrick Walker is 'a very professional mediator who is measured and well versed in legal principles and he fully appreciates and delivers to the client the commerciality of settlement over litigation'. Typically mediating two or three times a week, Walker's clients include PLCs, developers, government departments, statutory undertakers, banks, professional indemnity clients and a cross-section of corporate and private clients; he mediates in a range of disputes, including professional negligence, contentious probate, share purchases and construction.

Tony Willis of Brick Court Chambers is a former Clifford Chance LLP litigation practice head who has conducted over 1000 mediations to date. His mediations have included disputes involving professional negligence, shareholder and M&A disputes, partnerships, pensions and IT matters. Other areas include employment, family trusts, insolvency, tax, construction, insurance and reinsurance, among others.

Brick Court Chambers’ 'extraordinarily well-prepared' William Wood QC is 'such an effective mediator because he is extremely cerebral and, at the same time, immensely modest; he is able to bring enormous scholarship to bear in a manner which gains the utmost respect of the parties, but does so in a way that is extremely self-effacing and that does not intimidate the parties'. Wood handles approximately 75-80 disputes a year; his practice embraces business disputes of all kinds but he is particularly focused on insurance, banking, oil and gas, construction and engineering, product liability and professional negligence. In 2017, Wood mediated in Mexico City, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Geneva, Singapore and New York, as well as throughout the UK. Recent work included an oil rig fire insurance claim in an overseas jurisdiction; a dispute over family business and assets worth approximately $10bn; and an excess loss reinsurance dispute arising out of product liabilities and pollution exposure.

3 Verulam Buildings’ Elizabeth Birch, who is also at In Place of Strife, is 'an outstanding mediator; her style is one of warmth and understanding but allied to a steely determination and willingness to persevere, which means that she enjoys a very good success rate, even in the apparently insoluble case'. Birch has successfully conducted over 250 mediations in commercial and cross-border disputes; she specialises in international and commercial disputes involving shipping, oil and gas, insurance and reinsurance, international distributorship and franchise, banking and finance, joint ventures, IT and telecoms.

In Place of Strife's Stuart Chapman is 'very impressive in the way in which he handles difficult mediations; he not only understands the legal and factual issues in dispute but what each party needs from the day and he works hard to get a deal done'. Mediating full-time since 2008, Chapman has mediated disputes involving contracts, pensions, probate, banking and finance, and employment issues.

CEDR Chambers' Fiona Colquhoun is 'very good at getting results and at going the extra mile where necessary; she makes what is pretty difficult look relatively easy and she instils confidence in the ability of a mediation to deliver, which is often exactly what the clients need'. Colquhoun's practice includes commercial law, discrimination, partnership, education, healthcare (particularly NHS funding and clinical negligence cases), employment and workplace, IT, and shareholder disputes; she also mediates group disputes and is well known for her work with particularly emotional, sensitive claims and claimants as well as mental health cases.

With 'a user-friendly and commercial style that is well received', In Place of Strife's Chris Fitton is 'a reliable mediator whose genuine and personable approach during mediation is very useful for bridging the gap between parties'. In 2017, Fitton mediated cases involving professional indemnity, pensions, financial services, public sector disputes and insolvency.

39 Essex Chambers' Edwin Glasgow CBE QC is 'very charming but also very authoritative and persuasive; he looks for areas that will provoke settlement'. Glasgow  specialises in the resolution of substantial and complex financial, commercial and construction disputes and professional negligence matters.

Heather Allen (Independent) has a varied mediation practice ranging from shareholder difficulties, inheritance claims, charity and trustee disputes and personal matters between individuals or teams, to commercial contract claims, including e-markets, scientific products and services, and distributor disputes; she also mediates high-value, complex employment claims, which involve discrimination, harassment, victimisation, equal pay claims, defamation and personal injury issues. Allen is also increasingly instructed in clinical negligence disputes.

Keating Chambers' Rosemary Jackson QC is 'simply great'. Jackson is a highly rated mediator for construction, engineering, energy and offshore disputes, particularly multi-party disputes, private finance initiative claims and insurance cases.

'A mediator of choice for complex and high-value disputes', Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers in Manchester 'understands complex factual and legal issues and has an enviable ability to digest and recall the facts of the matter being mediated'. In 2017, Johnson undertook approximately 60 mediations; his recent key areas of work were shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence, banking, inheritance and probate, and insolvency.

'One of the elite mediators for property disputes', The Property Mediators Jacqui Joyce  is 'one of the best mediators around; she has a wry sense of humour and a gentle, disarming way of goading reluctant parties towards a settlement that is in their common interest'. Joyce handled 53 mediations in 2017; she mediates complex multi-party mediations involving high-profile corporations, public bodies, litigants in person and vulnerable individuals.

In Place of Strife's Lawrence Kershen QC is 'wise, concerned, committed, astute and fully wins the confidence of clients and fellow professionals'. Kershen's mediation experience includes commercial contracts, banking and financial services, construction, defamation, engineering, inheritance, insurance, IP and  manufacturing. He also has experience in mediating media, partnership, professional negligence, property and shareholding disputes.

Now joint group header of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's mediation group, Colin Manning is 'very versatile, always calm and well prepared. He is happy to challenge all parties but always remains neutral and works very hard to get cases across the line; and in the rare event the mediation doesn’t settle, Colin remains available to continue negotiations in the days following'. Manning mediates in a broad range of commercial disputes, including contract, professional negligence, partnership, company and shareholder disputes. Other areas of strength include construction, employment, property and landlord and tenant, trusts and probate.

Also a partner at specialist dispute resolution law firm Spenser Underhill Newmark LLP, CEDR Chambers' Christopher Newmark is 'hugely experienced and deserving of his reputation. Meticulous and bringing the right level of touch to the process, he is also good at judging when to put pressure on parties and effectively follows up'. Newmark has mediated over 200 cases; he specialises in large commercial disputes and is particularly well known for mediating in the IT and telecoms sectors and in international cases where arbitration proceedings are pending or may be issued.

CEDR Chambers’ Nick Pearson's 'style is calm and he quickly builds up trust'. Pearson has acted as mediator, both in the UK and abroad, in over 300 commercial mediations, including multi-party claims; his 2017 disputes involved professional negligence, wills, trusts and probate, employment and partnership claims as well as breach of contract, shareholder disputes, insolvency, and banking and financial services. Pearson mediated a claim for misfeasance by a liquidator against the administrator of an insolvent company, who allegedly negligently carried out a sale of the company’s assets and failed to protect the company’s assets.

Charles Powell at Freeths LLP 'handles mediations exceptionally well; he establishes a good relationship with parties and assists in achieving results; he also has a good grasp of the facts and the law and explores the strengths and weaknesses of cases in a sensible manner'. Powell has over 25 years’ experience as a mediator, has now conducted over 450 mediations, and is a commercial litigation and professional indemnity specialist. Charles is also at In Place of Strife.

In Place of Strife's Alistair Pye is 'extremely well prepared, direct and down to earth, yet also highly professional'. Others praise Pye for being 'entirely focused on making progress with intractable matters'. He undertook 74 mediations in 2017 and is a construction, engineering and insurance specialist, although his recent mediation experience also includes land disputes, inheritance cases, trust, landlord and tenant disputes, commercial contract cases, employment law, company law, and agricultural disputes.

Originally a specialist in construction and engineering, In Place of Strife's  David Richbell has mediated commercial cases since 1992 and is best known for mediating construction and engineering disputes; his mediations also frequently have an international element, with at least one party being non-UK based.

Core Solutions Group Limited’s John Sturrock QC is 'considered to be the leading Scottish mediator; he has tremendous presence and personality but his technical skills as a mediator are also excellent'. Sturrock is particularly noted for disputes involving commercial contracts, construction, IP, property and professional negligence. Other areas of strength include banking, sport, planning, environment, agriculture and health. His practice also extends to England and to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

In 2017, S Walker Mediation's Stephen Walker was appointed as lead mediator in 51 mediations. His 'style is robust and direct and he is always on top of the materials; he is also effective as he will often force the parties to consider points they do not wish to grapple with'. Walker is a full-time mediator who has developed specialisms in mediating professional negligence disputes, shareholders disputes, insolvency, art law, contentious probate, and construction and property disputes.

CEDR Chambers’ Tony Allen is 'particularly valued for his measured and careful approach when dealing with sensitive issues; he creates an atmosphere where he can be trusted to assist the parties without the fear of pressure to come to a compromise just to achieve settlement'. Allen now  almost exclusively specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury mediation; in 2018 he mediated a right to life case concerning a child.

Gowling WLG's Andrew Manning Cox is regularly instructed to mediate disputes both in the UK and internationally; his recent experience includes disputes ranging in value from £100,000 to £24m that involved joint ventures and partnership disputes, property, construction and engineering matters, franchises, sale of goods and product liability as well as professional negligence, fraud, employment and shareholder disputes.

Blackstone Chambers’ Charles Flint QC mostly mediates on financial services and banking disputes, including a large number of interest rate swap cases; he also mediates interesting environmental claims, sports disputes and fine art disputes, and has mediated internationally in Thailand, Hong Kong and Africa. Flint also mediates at In Place of Strife.

Stephenson Harwood’s commercial litigation head John Fordham is regularly instructed in high-value and complex mediations; Fordham has particular strength in financial services and shareholder disputes and has a strong international practice. He recently mediated a high-value, unfair prejudice petition brought by a minority shareholder.

Andrew Fraley at Fraley Bourne Ltd works full time mediating with solicitors, barristers, professional bodies and companies. He has mediated over 2000 cases involving professional indemnity claims, personal injury, maritime issues, construction, agriculture and employment law as well as partnership and shareholder disputes, probate, trusts, landlord and tenant, and insurance cases.

Formerly an equity partner at McCormicks (where he remains a consultant), CEDR Chambers' Neil Goodrum 'remains unflappably calm even in the face of seemingly intractable positions taken by parties; he continues to question and probe and eventually excellent results are achieved'. Goodrum recently mediated a dispute involving a personal injury claim for psychiatric injury sustained during employment; and assisted with an agency fee dispute between a professional sportsman and his former agent.

TLT's Kerry Gwyther leads the firm's group of eight solicitor-mediators; he 'gets to the crux of the matter and works relentlessly to get the parties to reach a satisfactory conclusion'. His specialist areas are breach of warranties, indemnities and misrepresentation; directors, shareholder and partnerships; franchising; medical and professional negligence; and high-value inheritance claims.

In Place of Strife's Andrew Hildebrand  'works hard to understand the emotional aspects of cases and clearly establishes parties' trust; he is also very well prepared, thorough and quietly persuasive without resorting to browbeating'. Hildebrand recently handled over 30 commercial mediations in a 12-month period; he mediates a wide range of commercial and contractual cases but specialises in entertainment, sport and IP; and partnership, family business and private client.

Gerard Khoshnaw heads up the dispute resolution team at Gateley Plc  in Leeds. Dual qualified as a mediator in the UK and in Chicago, Khoshnaw has, since 1999, handled mediations in several industry sectors; recently he conducted several high-profile mediations in the South East in the NHS and healthcare sector, which involved high-value contracts.

'An extremely competent mediator with a unique style', In Place of Strife'sMark Linnell 'has a very engaging manner which quickly wins trust and confidence; he is able to bridge the gap between difficult parties during intense mediations when things seem lost'. A commercial mediator since 2005, Linnell's practice includes disputes involving commercial agreements, contested probates, financial services, insurance, media and construction, as well as insolvency, professional negligence and property.

Mark Manley, who operates his mediation practice through Mediata, is 'frank, up-front, and straightforward; he is a very useful mediator in circumstances where parties are suffering delusions as to the strength of their case and he brings parties quickly back to reality, where they can then focus on resolution'. Manley has handled over 450 commercial mediations and has particular expertise in mediating media, sports and entertainment cases, involving highly sensitive issues of reputation, commercial interests and confidentiality. He also has experience of foreign jurisdictions, including mediations in Gibraltar involving overseas trusts and commercial disputes.

Jane Player at In Place of Strife 'has a fantastic manner and comes across as a great listener, while at the same time discreetly moving parties to the areas they need to focus on'. Player is now a full-time mediator, having left King & Spalding LLP in 2017, undertaking over 30 appointments in her first nine months. She acted as mediator in relation to a shareholder dispute arising out of a property project that involved allegations of an undervalue of assets; and mediated in relation to an international pharmaceutical collaboration and distribution agreement.

Working full time as a mediator since 1997, In Place of Strife’s Liz Rivers is 'a very experienced and skilful mediator; she has training not just as a mediator, but also as a lawyer and a psychotherapist, and she brings to bear an unusually wide-ranging skill-set in her mediations. She is particularly adept at dealing with highly emotional cases and difficult or vulnerable individuals'.  Rivers specialises exclusively in workplace and employment disputes.

Jams International's 'go-to person for insurance cases', Peter Rogan 'has in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry and is extremely helpful in getting deals done'. Rogan's experience includes a high-value professional indemnity dispute between a major Lloyds broker and a US company; and a $100m dispute in the aviation market concerning a missing aircraft.

Adrian Llewelyn-Evans (Independent) is Burges Salmon LLP's former head of commercial litigation. Llewelyn-Evans is a full-time independent mediator, who undertakes a broad range of commercial mediations and has extensive experience of settlement negotiations. His appointments average at least two per month.

Birmingham-based Andrew Eastgate (Independent) is regularly appointed to mediate commercial disputes throughout the country; his experience includes disputes arising from commercial contracts, agency, business sales and financing, as well as shareholder and partnership disputes.

In 2017, Stephen Barker joined 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's panel of elite mediators and  accepted the offer of a tenancy. Barker 'excels at putting the parties at ease and gaining their trust in both him and the process, which enables him to have early honest and difficult conversations, breaking down the barriers to a settlement'. He recently experienced a notable increase in appointments to mediate shareholder disputes, with an emphasis on high-value, family-owned and managed businesses. Barker has also mediated more inheritance disputes, yet remains busy with professional negligence, construction and property matters.

Formerly at 5RB, CEDR Chambers' Stephen Bate's 'grasp of detail and his ability to mediate pleasantly and persuasively between parties who could not be further apart are the main contributory factors to the success of his mediations'. Bate recently mediated matters involving sectors such as media and entertainment, healthcare, sport and banking as well as partnership and shareholder disputes.

Linklaters LLP's Katie Bradford is best known for her mediation work in high-value property-related cases; Bradford's other areas include cases involving employment law, pensions, trading, trusts and probate.

In Place of Strife's Amanda Bucklow is experienced in mediating commercial disputes and employment-related matters, including discrimination and dismissal-related cases; Bucklow also has expertise in transport, IT and financial services claims.

A full-time mediator since 2015, In Place of Strife's Rebecca Clark'very quickly gets to grips with the headline and underlying issues, and takes time to speak with the parties and understand their commercial positions and hurdles to proposed settlements'. Clark is particularly sought after for her expertise in financial services and small and medium-sized enterprises.

In Place of Strife's Michael Cover has been a full-time mediator since 2008 and has been involved in around 225 mediations. Cover's practice includes both commercial and family business disputes, and he is particularly well known for IP, technology and insurance mediations.

At In Place of Strife, Anthony Glaister is 'enthusiastic and works hard to achieve a settlement; he has a very practical view of sensible outcomes and has the ability to talk knowledgably to parties. He also charges very reasonably'. Glaister is frequently instructed on property and partnership disputes, including cases involving family businesses, housebuilders, contractors and developers, as well as business restructuring, inheritance and trusts.

Fenwick Elliott LLP's Nicholas Gould is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered surveyor, and a specialist mediator in the construction sector;  he has acted as lead mediator in multi-party, high value mediations since 1997.

In Place of Strife's Jane Gunn is 'trusted by clients and is very approachable'. Gunn specialises in complex and highly emotive cases in  areas such as partnership, joint ventures, trusts and employment cases as well as medical negligence, and property and construction.

CEDR Chambers' Tim Hardy is CMS' former commercial litigaition head. Hardy is 'very effective; he shows skill, intelligence, common sense and patience in dealing with very tricky and challenging situations'. His mediation experience predominantly arises out of corporate transactions, finance and commercial contracts. Hardy also mediates at In Place of Strife .

Morton Fraser's Edinburgh-based David Hossack is 'held in very high regard as a mediator; he is approachable, highly skilled and has an open and enquiring style'. One of only four lawyers accredited as specialists in commercial mediation by the Law Society of Scotland, Hossack is focused on employment and commercial law matters.

Serle Court's Elizabeth Jones QC has been mediating since 1999; she has mediated cases with between two-ten parties, alone and as co-mediator; she mediates across a wide number of sectors, with underlying values ranging from £2,000 to over £50m.

Freeths LLP' Mark Keeley in Nottingham is 'frequently recommended as a mediator because he is practical, approachable and very client friendly; he also knows when to push and when to back off, and he is particularly good with vulnerable clients'. Keely undertook 36 mediations in 2017 and specialises in contentious trust and probate disputes as well as professional negligence claims.

An accredited mediator since 1998, Mark Mattison (Independent) has worked on over 500 mediations. His areas of expertise are construction and engineering, banking, shareholder and partnership disputes, and commercial and contract disputes. Other areas include professional negligence claims, landlord and tenant and property disputes.

At Blake Morgan LLP, David Miles' mediation practice encompasses construction, professional negligence, commercial law and partnership; he also mediates IT, IP, and procurement-related matters.

At CEDR Chambers, Eve Pienaar's 'approach is 'professional, practical and fair; she communicates to parties very clearly and clients feel comfortable speaking to her and voicing their views in cases'. With specialist experience in property and construction disputes, Pienaar mediates cases involving public sector utilities, probate and partnership disputes.

Norwich-based Martin Plowman founded Mediation 1st in 2003; he conducts over 100 mediations a year, has mediated cases from £50 to over £20m, and has been appointed to mediate throughout the UK and Europe. Plowman is a specialist in commercial and contractual claims as well as disputes involving inheritance and property.

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's Richard Price OBE QC has recent experience of mediating disputes in commercial matters, professional negligence, employment law, construction, property and land, IP and defamation.

Rebecca Attree (Independent) 'goes about her mediation using her calm authority, good manners, skilful communication and excellent grasp of the issues to focus the minds of the parties to reach a settlement'. Attree has particular expertise in mediating commercial disputes that are complex, multi-party, cross-cultural and involve relationship issues; her mediations often relate to contracts for directors’ and shareholders’ duties, property, family business, trusts, IP and professional fees. Attree recently mediated a complex and sensitive fee dispute between a care home and a deceased person's daughter.

Atkin Chambers' Michael Shane has acted as mediator in over 1,500 disputes; his mediations involve a wide variety of subject matter, including all areas of commercial disputes, particularly insurance, finance, construction and engineering, energy and IP.

Lamb Chambers' Stephen Shaw is well known for his mediation experience involving landlord and tenant, property and mortgage-related claims. Shaw also mediates professional negligence matters in relation to solicitors, surveyors, architects and engineers.

CEDR Chambers' Caroline Sheridan 'successfully resolves problems and is down to earth yet professional and knowledgeable; she also quickly identifies problems and remembers all the facts clients bombard her with and suggests excellent ways to reach resolution'. Sheridan has mediated hundreds of workplace-related cases; recently she mediated a dispute that arose from an appraisal grade given by a manager.

Jonathan Lux (Independent), the former joint head of Ince's arbitration and mediation group, is well known for maritime and commercial disputes as well as international mediations, partly thanks to Lux's fluency in French and German.

A former High Court judge, Sir Robert Akenhead at Atkin Chambers is 'an excellent mediator who is best appointed for large, complicated construction disputes; he excels at managing strong personalities and is very tenacious in trying to achieve a settlement'. Akenhead's experience includes mediating a dispute concerning defects to a UK hotel.

Since joining 5 Stone Buildings in 2012, Miranda Allardice  has conducted over 75 mediations; these include trust, probate and Inheritance Act disputes.

Kings Chambers' Lesley Anderson QC is highly rated for mediating professional negligence claims. Anderson also practices from Hardwicke and, in addition to mediation, she offers Early Neutral Evaluation, a process in which the parties present their cases to a neutral third party, who renders a non-binding reasoned evaluation on the merit of the case.

Formerly of 5RB and now a 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, Iain Christie 'handles situations with courtesy and authority and is a safe pair of hands for commercial mediations'. He is particularly noted for civil and commercial mediation.

Specialising in technology, engineering and construction disputes, Keating Chambers' Robert Gaitskell QC' experience includes mediating  a Singaporean hi-tech dispute.

1 Chancery Lane’s Andrew Goodman is the Convenor of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates; his areas of expertise cover professional indemnity, disciplinary and regulatory claims as well as commercial matters, property and administrative law.

At Jams International , Charles Gordon's mediation practice focuses on reinsurance, restructuring and insolvency, financial services, and joint venture, shareholder and partnership disputes. Gordon also mediates at In Place of Strife.

At Serle Court, Jennifer Haywood is 'exceptionally good with difficult clients and works extremely hard to steer parties towards settlement'. Haywood has particular experience in partnership and trust disputes.

XXIV Old Buildings’ Michael King is 'a highly effective mediator who has a wealth of experience and legal knowledge to draw upon; he is unafraid and authoritative enough to challenge views and keeps momentum going'. King has particular expertise in mediating trust-related disputes, often involving estates and probate, and partnership issues.

Atkin Chambers' Her Honour Frances Kirkham CBE 'shows a clear understanding of the issues in dispute, handles difficult attendees with professionalism, and works exceedingly hard to achieve a result'. Kirkham is recommended for construction and engineering law-related mediations.

Exchange Chambers' Leed-based Paul Kirtley is 'an excellent mediator'. Kirtley mediates disputes involving commercial law, race and sex discrimination employment claims, public sector matters, and solicitors and valuers' negligence claims. Other areas of strength are medical negligence and personal injury claims, probate, trusts, and property and boundary disputes.

Twenty Essex's David Owen QC frequently mediates cases with international elements, including: banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, shipping, international trade, and general commercial matters.

Since 1994, Paul Houghton (Independent) has mediated over 600 disputes;  his cases range from two-party claims with no monetary value through to high-value, multi-party cases.

Keating Chambers' Elizabeth Repper mediated 24 appointments in 2017.  Best known for mediating property and construction disputes, Repper also assists with insolvency, banking and solicitors’ negligence cases.

Quality Solicitors Howlett Clarke's consultant solicitor and former managing partner Richard Schaverien mediates disputes concerning professional negligence, commercial litigation, landlord and tenant, property and building matters, partnership, and personal injury.

In Place of Strife's Mark Shaw QC is also a member of Blackstone Chambers. Shaw acts in mediations that compliment his significant public law background. Other mediations include partnership, property and land development, professional negligence and commercial disputes.

With particular expertise in multi-party disputes, the mediation specialisms of Tim Wallis (independent) include personal injury, clinical negligence and insurance claims.

Maitland Chambers’ Beverley Vara 'conducts successful mediations and impresses clients'. Vara mediates a range of commercial and private client disputes, including property, insolvency, professional negligence and breach of contract claims.

Radcliffe Chambers' Simon Williams is an experienced mediator of property and commercial disputes; he is 'very bright and personable, has the right temperant for being a mediator, and has considerable knowledge of property and landlord and tenant law'.

Jonathan Winegarten at Radcliffe Chambers 'has a great manner with clients, being firm but not overbearing when exploring their thinking about the case'. A former Chief Chancery Master, Winegarten is experienced in dealing with all types of Chancery disputes but 'he is particularly great for probate and estate disputes'.

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