Mediators in London
Jane Andrewartha of Clyde & Co LLP has a substantial mediation practice but also retains a full private legal practice; she acts in up to two mediation appointments a week, has served on a number of boards, and for the last five years, has been the chair of a well-known insurance company. Andrewartha has 45 years in the insurance industry, meaning she has substantial knowledge of insurance and reinsurance. She is well versed in the financial services, marine and energy, aviation and construction sectors. Other areas of expertise include employment issues and contractual and agency matters. Her practice is also international, including significant, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and she has mediated cases in the US, the Middle East and the Far East as well as other European countries.
Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) is 'energetic, friendly and immensely experienced'; she is one of the most sought-after mediators on CEDR Chambers' global panel of 175 mediators and has been involved in brokering the resolution of highly complex multi-party, billion-pound disputes, in addition to chairing various parts of complex procedures. Carroll has mediated high-value, complex disputes in financial services (including banking and insurance), IT and telecoms, the public sector, property, employment and infrastructure. Other mediations have involved pensions, partnership, major joint ventures, shareholders, media, music and IP. She is regularly involved with international clients and recently worked with clients from the US, the Middle East, South Korea, Norway, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, India, France, Canada and Russia. Highlights included mediating an international payment software dispute, which involved companies in five countries.
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Colin Russ (Independent) is an 'excellent' independent commercial mediator and former head of litigation at DLA Piper UK LLP's Birmingham office. Colin Russ is widely respected for the successful resolution of disputes involving commercial contracts, shareholder and partnership issues, professional negligence, construction, real estate and the financial services sector. Other areas of strength are IP rights, insolvency issues and the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. Completing 91 mediations in 2018, his client base is made up of most of the UK’s top 50 law firms and several of the Magic Circle firms.
CEDR Chambers' Fiona Colquhoun has conducted a large number of clinical negligence mediations. Her other key dispute areas include commercial matters, insolvency, professional negligence, public sector, charity, employment matters, education disputes and financial services, along with partnership and human rights disputes, social care and general discrimination cases. In a recent highlight, she mediated a multi-party dispute concerning the felling of street trees.
Independent Mediators' Charles Dodson was CEDR-accredited in 1996 and is experienced in mediating a broad range of commercial cases, including multi-party, high-value, international disputes. He is highly rated in the market for his mediation of professional negligence claims involving solicitors, surveyors, valuers, financial advisers and insurance brokers. Other areas of strength include construction, insurance and partnership, and Dodson has also mediated disputes surrounding probate, pensions, insolvency, franchising, inheritance, engineering, distribution and agency agreements, software design and business sales.
Independent Mediators' Phillip Howell-Richardson undertook over 60 mediations in 2018. He has a well-established national and international practice, and the range of commercial disputes mediated successfully by Howell-Richardson is mostly spread between company and commercial contract matters, international commercial claims, banking and finance issues, professional negligence and insurance. His experience also spans disputes involving IP and IT, employment, fraud, partnership, property, construction and probate.
Kate Jackson of Independent Mediators 'establishes gravitas immediately and fosters confidence - the parties know that they are getting informed interaction and this is what really sets her apart'. Jackson has been accredited as a mediator since 2005 and is appointed in over 50 high-value, complex commercial mediations each year. Qualified as a lawyer both in England and Wales and New York, Jackson has successfully mediated disputes in a variety of commercial sectors, including banking, general commercial, insurance, IP, employment, private client, public sector, real estate and professional negligence. Jackson's clients range from large public and international companies to individuals with personal grievances.
In Place of Strife's head of chambers Mark Jackson-Stops is 'simply excellent'. He has mediated over 1,500 cases to date and is regularly instructed by many of the UK’s leading law firms. Jackson-Stops is particularly well regarded for mediations involving professional negligence, property and construction, insurance, probate and inheritance and financial services (including mis-selling and commercial contract disputes). Examples of recent cases include a subrogated claim by insurers and a private company shareholder dispute.
Many of Independent Mediators' Michel Kallipetis QC's mediations are multi-party disputes or involve international companies and the laws of other countries. The former head of Littleton Chambers, he undertook over 80 mediation days in 2018 and regularly mediates a wide variety of disputes, including partnerships, banking, insurance and re-insurance, employment disputes, pension rights, solicitor and valuer negligence claims, medical negligence and personal injury matters. Kallipetis also has significant experience in high-value mediations involving construction and engineering, as well as land disputes in relation to rights of way and disputed boundaries.
Former White & Case LLP disputes partner Jon Lang at In Place of Strife became a full-time mediator in 2005, after almost 20 years as a solicitor in private practice. Regularly mediating two or three cases each week, Lang mediates across the gamut of business and commercial matters. His practice has seen particular growth in the areas of property, professional negligence, trusts and probate, public sector procurement, insolvency, banking, partnership and shareholder disputes.
Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is 'incisive and detailed; he understands the key issues and raises challenging questions to both sides'. Lloyd-Jones has been instructed to conduct over 400 mediations since joining Independent Mediators as a full-time mediator in 2012. His experience spans a broad 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 and insurance brokers. He is also often involved in insolvency disputes and has developed expertise in property and construction matters.
The 'highly effective' Mark Lomas QC of Independent Mediators ceased practice as an advocate to devote himself full time to mediation and arbitration. He averages over 80 mediations a year, and has mediated a wide variety of high-value commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, professional negligence, insurance, banking and financial services, along with general common law disputes, construction, probate and trusts.
Dr Karl Mackie CBE at CEDR Chambers is not only a widely praised commercial mediator in the UK and Europe, but he is also responsible for the training of several other leading mediators. In a recent 12-month period he spent approximately 100 days on cases. His caseload ranges from complex class actions and multi-party disputes to commercial and regulatory matters with broad implications. Recent highlights include disputes surrounding international commercial issues, professional negligence, engineering and energy, technology, the public sector, healthcare, partnerships and family businesses, along with banking and finance, insurance, insolvency, joint ventures, property and media.
Independent Mediators' Bill Marsh is 'one of the best mediators in the business - he has strong technical skills, a real understanding of the issues and works tirelessly with the parties to get a solution'. Marsh has been in full-time mediation since 1991 and he operates both in the UK and internationally. On the international side, recent instructions came from the Balkans, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Russia, India, Singapore, the US and the Gulf, and have involved areas such as banking, sport, environmental issues, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and gold mining.
In Place of Strife's Charles Middleton-Smith 'has a firm grasp of legal matters and is able to focus parties in any mediation; he also has a sharp sense of humour'. Middleton-Smith was a commercial litigation partner for over 25 years before becoming a full-time mediator in 2007, and he works in a wide variety of commercial and legal contexts where the sums involved can range up to £100m. Middleton-Smith is experienced in multi-party mediations and has particular expertise in the media and entertainment industry, and is also well known for the mediation of corporate and general commercial disputes.
The 'particularly good' Andrew Paton is a former Pinsent Masons LLP partner who was accredited by CEDR in 1993 and joined Independent Mediators in 2016. In 2018, Paton undertook 64 mediations and his mediation practice includes professional negligence claims, construction, insurance, property and commercial matters, along with employment issues, public law and insolvency.
Nicholas Pryor at Independent Mediators conducted his first mediation in 1986, and has mediated disputes in Britain, the US, Europe and the Middle and Far East regularly since 1990. He has been appointed in over 1,250 mediations to date, and was appointed in 40 mediations in 2018; his practice covers a range of UK-based and international commercial issues, as well as insurance and professional negligence matters. Other areas include construction, employment, fraud, insolvency and partnership.
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The 'very personable' Quentin Smith - Mediator (Independent) 'creates a relaxed atmosphere, prepares very thoroughly and generally presides over successful mediations'. Smith recently undertook 54 mediations in a 12-month period (predominantly in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and the Channel Islands), contributing to a total of over 1,000 mediations conducted. Recent cases include a defamation claim involving an allegation of sexual assault, a motorway incident and a subrogated insurance claim.
Serle Court's Beverly-Ann Rogers is also a member of In Place of Strife. Rogers has mediated hundreds of disputes across a broad spectrum over the last 20 years. While commercial in nature, many of her disputes involve family members or previously close associates, and she is experienced in multi-party, cross-cultural disputes.
Brick Court Chambers' Stephen Ruttle QC, also at In Place of Strife, regularly mediates large cases where high values are at stake, and he is increasingly active as a mediator of community and faith-based disputes. He practices mainly in London but also mediates in other parts of the UK and Ireland, as well as many jurisdictions abroad. Recent matters include a large construction dispute between high-profile entities, a dispute over the ownership of valuable personal assets and various shipping claims.
Working from bases in London and Leeds, In Place of Strife's Patrick Walker is 'an exceptional mediator, who is easy to work with, trustworthy and focused - his no-nonsense approach is to be admired and he is skilful in handling difficult clients'. Walker has a significant property and commercial background and has worked full time as a mediator since 2016; he is highly regarded for his mediation of disputes, including professional negligence, contentious probate, share purchases and construction matters.
Tony Willis at Brick Court Chambers is a former Clifford Chance LLP litigation practice head. An independent mediator in commercial, business and regulatory matters, he has been a full-time mediator, negotiator and designer of dispute resolution processes since 1998. His representative mediation experience includes professional negligence, shareholder and M&A disputes, partnerships, pensions and IT matters. Willis has also mediated disputes involving employment issues, trusts, insolvency, tax, construction, insurance and reinsurance.
Conducting approximately 80 mediations each year, the 'very agreeable' William Wood QC of Brick Court Chambers has a mediation practice that takes him to Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris and New York, as well as to all parts of the UK. Wood's mediations involve complex, high-profile matters, including competition disputes, financial services, employment, share sales, internet and telecoms-related disputes, professional negligence and international trade, as well as insurance, reinsurance and aviation.
Heather Allen rejoined the CEDR Chambers' panel in 2019. A commercial mediator since 1995, Allen covers a range of disputes, including commercial contracts, employment, inheritance, shareholdings and property. She stands out for her handling of multi-cultural issues, having worked with several organisations in the UK on equality policy implementation. A particular highlight for 2018 was the development of Allen's clinical negligence practice.
3 Verulam Buildings' Elizabeth Birch is also a member of In Place of Strife. Birch has been mediating commercial and international disputes since 1995, and is particularly focused on maritime, commercial, insurance and reinsurance matters, and receives appointments from the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and other international panels.
Stuart Chapman at In Place of Strife is 'very bright and personable, understands a case's dynamics, and doesn't give up' and 'he is able to achieve the resolution of acrimonious disputes and has an impressive handling of clients'. Chapman mediates across the UK and internationally and has a very broad experience of parties and disputes; he has mediated disputes involving parties from over 20 jurisdictions.
In Place of Strife's Chris Fitton facilitated 42 high-value commercial and insurance mediations in 2018; his Scottish practice also continued to develop during the year. Fitton's most active practice areas have been professional indemnity (particularly construction), financial services (including pensions) and public sector matters.
Keating Chambers' Rosemary Jackson QC gave up advisory and advocacy work approximately four years ago to focus on her full-time mediation practice. She is highly rated for her mediation of complex construction, engineering, energy and offshore disputes, particularly multi-party matters and insurance claims.
Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers in Manchester is 'approachable, commercial, pragmatic and persistent - if anyone can get a settlement, Paul can'. Johnson has mediated over 700 disputes, and his mediation practice includes insolvency, shareholder and partnership disputes, inheritance and probate, professional negligence and banking.
The Property Mediators
Jacqui Joyce is a founding member of The Property Mediators. Joyce 'really knows her stuff and gets to the bottom of tricky situations while maintaining a commercial focus'. She has been a full-time mediator since 2012 and averages over 40 mediations a year. Examples of mediations include the breakdown of a professional partnership; breach of repairing covenants; disputes over professional fees; and professional negligence matters.
In Place of Strife's Lawrence Kershen QC is 'exceptionally helpful and easy to work with'. He is one of the UK’s longest practising mediators, and the recent subject matter of the disputes he has mediated include financial services, media and entertainment, banking, gaming, breach of contract, inheritance and shareholder disputes.
4-5 Gray's Inn Square's Colin Manning has been an accredited mediator since 1997. His practice covers a wide range of commercial disputes, including contractual issues, professional negligence, company and shareholder disputes, partnership and construction. Manning is also experienced in mediating employment, property, landlord and tenant, trusts and probate, copyright and international trade claims.
CEDR Chambers' Christopher Newmark is also a partner at dispute resolution law firm Spenser Underhill Newmark LLP. Newmark specialises in large commercial disputes and is well known for mediating in the IT and telecoms sectors, as well as in international cases where arbitration proceedings are pending or may be issued. In a recent 12-month period, he spent approximately 20 days working on new cases; examples include a dispute between a joint venture vehicle and a bank, which involved warranty claims under a sale and purchase agreement.
CEDR Chambers’ Nick Pearson is Baker McKenzie's former global dispute resolution head; he specialises in corporate and commercial disputes and currently mediates three or more cases each month, many of which have an international element. The disputes handled by Pearson in 2018 included insolvency, wills and probate, professional negligence, banking and financial services, partnership claims, breach of contract and shareholder disputes.
Freeths LLP's Charles Powell, who is also at In Place of Strife, is 'an exceptional mediator'. He 'finds patches of common ground in battlefields littered with casualties' and 'parties trust him to guide them towards a resolution because he understands the necessary ingredients for settlement and does not allow himself, or the parties, to become hung up on irrelevant aspects'. Powell has over 20 years of mediation experience and has conducted over 500 commercial mediations; he specialises in commercial and partnership disputes, property and fire damage claims, professional negligence and banking and asset finance disputes.
In Place of Strife's 'excellent mediator' Alistair Pye undertook 62 mediations in 2018, predominantly in England and Wales but also in Dubai, Jersey and Guernsey. Pye's mediations have involved construction and engineering and professional negligence, as well as a broad range of civil and commercial matters, including partnership and shareholder disputes, inheritance, banking, insurance, land, insolvency claims and general commercial and contract matters.
Core Solutions Group Limited
Core Solutions Group Limited’s founder and senior mediator John Sturrock QC (also at Brick Court Chambers) has mediated hundreds of disputes in a wide range of commercial, professional and other settings; his matters frequently involve complex issues or multiple parties, while the value of claims ranges from tens of thousands of pounds to hundreds of millions. Examples of work include a long-running dispute over employment and health insurance rights under a policy of insurance, as well as a personal injury and employment claim in the oil and gas sector.
S Walker Mediation
S Walker Mediation (formerly SWM Mediation)'s Stephen Walker is a full-time mediator who has mediated over 600 mediations; over the past few years, he has developed niche specialisms in mediating professional negligence disputes, shareholder claims, insolvency, art law, contentious probate and construction and property disputes. In 2018, Walker was appointed as lead mediator in 76 mediations.
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Andrew Manning Cox (Independent) retired as senior litigation partner from Gowling WLG in 2018. He has been an active mediator since 1996 and works on disputes spanning a wide range of sectors, including international work from the US, Europe, Near and Far East and Russia.
In Place of Strife's Rebecca Clark is 'a highly impressive mediator who just gets it - she has empathy, gets into the detail and her hard work ethic commands the respect of both sides, which then unlocks opportunities for resolution'. Clark is a full-time mediator, who is particularly known for her expertise in financial services and SMEs; she has also developed a reputation for handling particularly emotional disputes, such as those involving family businesses and trusts. Highlights included an international claim between parties to a joint venture agreement.
'Showing exceptional mediation skills', Blackstone Chambers’ Charles Flint QC (also at In Place of Strife) regularly mediates commercial disputes, primarily in relation to banking and financial services, and he has mediated a number of substantial financial disputes in the UK and overseas. Other areas of strength are employment, fine art, insurance, professional negligence, public procurement and sports law disputes.
Stephenson Harwood’s commercial litigation head John Fordham is 'an excellent mediator who exudes both gravitas and empathy during mediations; he facilitates discussion at an appropriate level and achieves settlements that at the outset seem impossible'. Fordham is regularly instructed in high-value, complex mediations, and he has particular strength in financial services disputes. On the international side, he has carried out mediations in France, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Jersey and the US. Fordham recently mediated a dispute that arose from the share-out of a hotel business.
Fraley Bourne Ltd
Fraley Bourne Ltd's Andrew Fraley conducts three to four mediations per week and has mediated over 2,000 cases to date; these have involved professional indemnity claims, personal injury, maritime, construction, agriculture, employment, inheritance and partnership and shareholder disputes. Other areas include probate and trusts, landlord and tenant, oil and gas transportation and insurance.
CEDR Chambers' Neil Goodrum is a former equity partner at McCormicks (where he remains a consultant). Goodrum has mediated cases involving commercial and contractual issues, employment, partnerships, shareholder claims, professional negligence, clinical negligence and personal injury. Other areas include sports law, sale of goods and services, commercial property and trusts and probate.
In Place of Strife's Jane Gunn has mediated hundreds of disputes; she is frequently chosen both for her extensive mediation experience and her ability to handle complex and emotional cases. Gunn's mediation work has included business and partnership issues, boardroom disputes, joint ventures, property and construction, family business and trusts, employment and workplace matters, medical negligence and personal injury.
Kerry Gwyther at TLT 'has a great manner and is determined to see the mediation process succeed, so he works hard even after the mediation to ensure that parties can reach a compromise'. Gwyther is an expert in areas such as warranty breaches, indemnities and misrepresentation, shareholder and partnership claims, franchising, medical and professional negligence and inheritance.
In Place of Strife's Andrew Hildebrand is 'excellent - he goes above and beyond to help parties achieve a settlement'. Hildebrand is particularly well regarded for his mediation experience in the entertainment industry, as well as highly complex and emotional family business and partnership disputes.
In Place of Strife's Mark Linnell 'does a good job of reading parties, identifying how far people can be pressed and facilitating settlements in long-running disputes'. Linnell has been a CEDR-accredited mediator since 2005 and recently mediated ten cases in a twelve-month period. His disputes have involved fraud, professional indemnity, insurance, commercial property, renewable energy, family partnerships, commission agreements, non-payment of professional fees and building projects.
CEDR Chambers' Eve Pienaar has acted as lead mediator on over 150 commercial cases to date. With specialist experience in property and construction disputes, Pienaar has mediated cases that range from public sector utilities to probate and partnership disputes. Recent matters include an indemnity claim under a settlement agreement's terms.
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Jane Player, formerly at King & Spalding LLP, is regularly appointed for IT, IP and media matters; she has also experienced an increase in work involving large-scale oil and gas projects as well as infrastructure and construction cases. In addition, Player has mediated a number of family trust disputes.
In Place of Strife’s Liz Rivers specialises exclusively in boardroom, workplace and employment disputes, with particular expertise in sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination disputes. Rivers recently successfully mediated a number of sexual harassment disputes for a range of organisations, including investment banking and manufacturing.
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Birmingham-based Andrew Eastgate (Independent) is regularly appointed to mediate a broad range of commercial disputes, from commercial contracts and agency through to disputes arising from the sale of businesses or financing. Eastgate also mediates shareholder and partnership issues.
Anthony Glaister (Independent) has over 20 years' mediation experience in a broad range of commercial cases (including agriculture, commercial contracts, construction, property, trusts, partnerships and professional negligence), which frequently involve multi-party disputes.
Stephen Barker at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square is 'a very practically minded and proactive mediator, who gets into the papers and works hard to keep the parties invested in the process'. Barker is an independent commercial mediator, whose experience includes a shareholder dispute that arose out of a joint venture.
Michael Cover of In Place of Strife is particularly focused on mediations involving IP, IT and insurance, as well as public procurement, international contract and maritime disputes. In 2018, he mediated disputes in relation to shareholders, professional indemnity insurance, international contracts, design disputes and pharmaceuticals.
CEDR Chambers' Tim Hardy is CMS' former head of commercial litigation; Hardy left private practice in 2018 to pursue a full-time mediation career. He also mediates at In Place of Strife and has mediated an average of one case a week since the start of 2019. He mediated a shareholder dispute between the founder of a luxury brand of goods and a private equity fund.
Exchange Chambers' Paul Kirtley in Leeds is 'an excellent mediator who is approachable and sympathetic to the needs of parties and takes the time to put them at ease and explain things'. Kirtley is an accredited civil and commercial and workplace mediator, who has mediated in over 50 mediations. He regularly mediates in commercial, employment, public sector, negligence, personal injury, probate, trusts and property and boundary claims.
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Mark Mattison (Independent)'s mediation practice encompasses construction and engineering, banking, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence and general commercial and contractual claims. Other areas of expertise include landlord and tenant and rights of way issues.
Norwich-based Martin Plowman of Mediation 1st has successfully mediated over 1,000 cases; he is a specialist in commercial litigation, contractual claims, inheritance disputes, property disputes and Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustee Act 1996 claims. Recent mediations include a multilingual mediation in Brussels of an international master licence dispute.
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Rebecca Attree (Independent) is fully accredited to mediate in the UK, the US and online, and has considerable experience of international disputes. Attree specialises in assisting parties resolve commercial and workplace disputes.
In Place of Strife's Mark Shaw QC (also a member of Blackstone Chambers) 'has an outstanding character and extremely high level of expertise'. Shaw mediates a broad range of cases, though his work frequently focuses on the public sector. Recent mediations include resolving two long-running disputes concerning changes to pension arrangements.
Maitland Chambers' Beverley Vara is 'a very able, personable, sensible and tenacious mediator'. A former Allen & Overy LLP real estate litigation head, Vara transferred to the bar to focus on mediation work. Approximately half of her practice is property related, and she has also recently undertaken banking, professional negligence, corporate, commercial contract and trust-related mediations.
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Adrian Llewelyn-Evans (Independent) is a full-time independent mediator, who has particular experience in multi-party disputes, including partnership claims, professional negligence, franchising, construction, engineering, banking and manufacturing disputes.
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Kings Chambers' Lesley Anderson QC also practices from Hardwicke; she became a CEDR-accredited mediator in 2000 and is particularly rated for partnership matters. Recent mediations undertaken include a professional negligence claim involving a will, and a shareholder dispute surrounding a film distribution rights company.
The Property Mediators
The 'clever and cool-headed' Sara Benbow of The Property Mediators has been a mediator since 2003; she is also a member of Hardwicke’s property team, with mediation work forming the vast majority of her practice. Benbow is instructed on approximately 25 mediations a year, including property, inheritance and business disputes.
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Jonathan Lux (Independent) is the former joint head of Ince & Co's arbitration and mediation group. Lux has particular expertise in settling cases in shipping, maritime, energy, insurance and international trade and commerce.
Concentus Mediation was set up by Samantha Lowe, who has mediated full time since September 2018; Lowe is 'an amazing mediator with the right mix of compassion and strength to be empathetic to clients and yet achieve fair settlements'. She is particularly focused on private wealth litigation, ranging from contentious probate disputes to complex trusts and estate claims, agricultural disputes and issues surrounding private business ownership.
Twenty Essex's David Owen QC has been mediating disputes since 2002. His cases are often international, with recent mediation appointments including disputes involving shipping and maritime issues, commodity sales, finance, corporate fraud, joint ventures, product liability and infrastructure projects.
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Paul Houghton (Independent) became a full-time mediator in 2017; his cases range from two-party claims with no monetary value through to multi-party claims that are valued at tens of millions of pounds.
Roger Levitt Mediation
Roger Levitt Mediation (Independent) is an experienced property and commercial mediator who has completed over 100 mediations to date. Examples include a family business partnership claim and a boundary dispute.