Jane Andrewartha – Clyde & Co Additionally maintaining a full private legal practice, Clyde & Co‘s Jane Andrewartha is 'an outstanding mediator, who is effective, smart and incredibly well prepared.’ Andrewartha, who 'prepares carefully and comprehensively, is forceful when she needs to be, and sees clearly where the deal is', has several decades in the legal and insurance industry that afford her substantial insurance and reinsurance expertise. She is also a specialist in areas that are covered by (re)insurers, including the entire financial services sector, marine and energy, aviation, construction, the professions, employment, and a range of contractual and agency matters. Recent work includes multiple mediations involving disputes arising from Covid or Covid-related circumstances.
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CEDR Chambers‘ principal mediator and co-founder Eileen Carroll QC (Hon) is ‘personable, active and really tries to bridge the gap between the parties’; and notwithstanding the pandemic, Carroll has maintained an enviable practice in complex multi-party cases involving parties from multiple jurisdictions, as well as domestic matters. Her track record includes mediating high-value disputes in a range of sectors, such as financial services (including banking, insurance and pensions), IT and telecoms, the public sector, and property. Other areas of expertise range from employment, infrastructure and pensions, to partnerships, joint ventures, shareholder disputes, media, music, IP, energy pricing and railway industry franchising.
Stuart Chapman – Independent Mediators Stuart Chapman at Independent Mediators is ‘very effective in finding a way to keep temperatures down and get the parties focusing on a way forward, rather than the reasons for the breakdown in the relationship.’ Chapman’s practice covers a broad cross-section of practice areas, including general commercial, construction, insolvency, insurance, partnership, professional negligence and shareholder disputes; and he has conducted over 600 mediations since he began mediating in 2008, including many recent mediations conducted remotely.
Fiona Colquhoun – CEDR Chambers CEDR Chambers' Fiona Colquhoun is 'capable of understanding the main issues of a dispute quickly and the end goal both sides seek. She is careful to listen to both sides and give polite prompting to the clients to consider their position on certain points, while never pushing them to decide one way or another, yet certainly giving them food for thought on key issues'. Colquhoun has handled over 500 mediations to date, her expertise covering complex employment, business-to-business, clinical negligence and commercial law cases. She is also increasingly active in matters involving free speech.
Chris Fitton – IPOS Mediation Chris Fitton at IPOS Mediation 'does an excellent job, at times in the face of obstructive and unprepared parties, and is proactive and pragmatic. He really drives mediations forward, and is not afraid to test and challenge all parties' positions'. In 2021, Fitton mediated approximately 50 high-value cases, including several cases with three or more parties (and one involving over 100 claimants). A notable feature of his practice is his ability to mediate cases remotely, with over 75 mediations concluded via video link to date; and recent highlights include a claim against accountants for a failed tax avoidance scheme, and a financial services mis-selling class action against a bank.
Phillip Howell-Richardson – Independent Mediators One of the UK’s most experienced and widely-respected commercial mediators, Independent Mediators' Phillip Howell-Richardson is an 'excellent all-rounder for commercial and professional liability disputes'. With longstanding experience in mediating complex cases in the UK and internationally, Howell-Richardson's mediation track record includes claims involving fraud, commercial contracts, professional negligence claims, banking, finance and insurance disputes, and international conflicts involving governments, companies and individuals. He is also experienced in mediations involving insolvency, engineering, oil and gas, property, IP, sport, employment, and group actions involving large numbers of claimants.
Kate Jackson – Independent Mediators Qualified as a lawyer both in England and Wales, and New York, Kate Jackson at Independent Mediators 'displays all the hallmarks required of a first-rate mediator - knows when to listen, when to interject, when to offer guidance/reassurance, and when to leave the parties to make their own choices, while maintaining impartiality'. A full-time mediator since 2009, ex-Magic Circle litigator Jackson is experienced in mediating high-value, high-profile disputes for large public and international companies, as well as individuals with personal grievances. She is additionally appointed to the Court of Appeal Mediator Panel, and is a former member of the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea's Approved Panel of mediators.
Mark Jackson-Stops – IPOS Mediation At the forefront of the mediation profession for over 25 years, IPOS Mediation's chambers head Mark Jackson-Stops, 'conducts mediations in a manner that garners respect from the parties'. Jackson-Stops, who to date has mediated over 1700 cases, is particularly sought out for mediations involving professional negligence, property, construction, insurance, probate, inheritance, and financial services (including mis-selling and commercial contract disputes). In recent highlights, he mediated a claim by a main contractor against a cladding sub-contractor, which concerned several tower blocks; and a property portfolio manager's claim to a contractual right to commission upon the sale of properties.
Rosemary Jackson QC – Keating ChambersKeating Chambers' Rosemary Jackson KC is 'calm and thoughtful, easy to talk to, and capable of compartmentalising the issues and the parties' viewpoints'. She also impresses with her 'ability to understand the technical and contractual issues around cases, and to steer the parties to the key disputed items, having first found some areas of commonality'. A highly regarded commercial mediator in the UK, abroad and online, Jackson (drawing upon her previous experience as a barrister, part-time judge, arbitrator and adjudicator) regularly mediates complex construction, engineering, energy, offshore, professional negligence and insurance disputes, including multi-party matters and mediations that require careful project management.
Michel Kallipetis KC – Independent Mediators The former head of Littleton Chambers, Independent Mediators ' Michel Kallipetis KC is 'brilliant at building rapport and getting parties to settle'. Many of Kallipetis' mediations are multi-party disputes, while others involve international companies and the laws of other countries; and he consistently mediates a broad range of disputes involving banking, partnerships, insurance and re-insurance. Kallipetis is also active in all aspects of employment disputes, including racial and sex discrimination claims and pension rights, solicitors and valuers’ negligence claims, and medical negligence and personal injury matters. Additional areas of expertise include large-value construction, engineering and commercial disputes, including referrals from the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court.
Jon Lang – IPOS Mediation A full-time mediator since 2005, IPOS Mediation‘s Jon Lang is appreciated for his 'commitment and drive to achieve settlement in the knowledge that it is invariably in the parties' best interests, together with his ability to adapt to a changing landscape as a mediation develops and the parties' true positions become clearer'. Conducting over 50 mediations each year, Lang (a past chair of the Mediation Committee of the International Bar Association) is instructed in a wide variety of disputes both in the UK and overseas, from multi-party international trade cases comprising proceedings in various jurisdictions, to mediations involving multiple and diverse claims between partnership members.
Jonathan Lloyd-Jones – Independent Mediators Independent Mediators' 'calm, professional and highly intelligent' Jonathan Lloyd-Jones is actively involved, not only in practicing as a commercial mediator, but also in the development of mediation practice in the UK. His practice covers a wide range of commercial topics, particularly professional negligence claims against a wide range of professionals, including solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors and insurance brokers; and Lloyd-Jones additionally handles claims for restitution based on fraud, breaches of restrictive covenants by departing employees, insolvency disputes, and construction and property matters.
Mark Lomas KC – Independent Mediators A full-time mediator at Independent Mediators since 2009, Mark Lomas KC's 'attention to detail is the best there is for a mediator. On top of that he is measured, persuasive and fair between the parties.' For other clients, he is 'the best mediator out there - hardworking, straight-talking, evaluative and trustworthy'. An accredited mediator since 2001, Lomas' mediations frequently concern professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, insurance brokers, architects and other construction professionals, but he also handles claims in relation to insurance, probate, property, trusts, commercial law and insolvency.
Karl Mackie CBE – CEDR Chambers In addition to being a highly influential commercial mediator in both the UK and Europe, the track record of CEDR Chambers' founder president Karl Mackie CBE includes being responsible for the training of other leading mediators. In a recent 12-month period, Mackie spent approximately 100 days on mediations, with his caseload ranging from complex class actions and multi-party disputes to regulatory disputes with national and international implications. His recent experience also includes international commercial disputes, along with claims involving engineering, energy, business and human rights, public sector contracts, employee and shareholder disputes, insurance, insolvency, property, and banking and finance.
Bill Marsh – Independent Mediators A leading European mediator, Bill Marsh at Independent Mediators' 'key skills are being able to distil down complex matters into the key issues facing the parties, and to explore alternative routes to bringing them closer together.' Active in full-time mediation since 1991, Marsh's practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes, including commercial contracts, product liability, insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence, shareholder issues, sports, medical negligence, pensions, IT and shipping; and his international practice covers parties from over 30 countries, including disputes in India, France, Canada, US, Switzerland, Spain and Italy, along with Turkey, the Gulf, the Balkans and the Caribbean.
Andrew Paton – Independent Mediators A former partner at Pinsent Masons LLP, Andrew Paton at Independent Mediators is 'one of the best mediators around - straightforward, no-nonsense, and works hard with the parties to deliver an outcome'. In addition, 'Andrew is always very well-prepared, and able to grasp the issues (both the legal ones and the commercial ones) very quickly'. Paton has mediated over 1,300 cases to date, including many recent online mediations. His experience covers professional negligence claims involving legal professionals, accountants, architects, surveyors, engineers, financial advisers and insurance brokers; and Paton's expertise additionally includes construction-related claims, and property and commercial matters.
Jane Player – Independent Mediators At Independent Mediators, Jane Player is ‘excellent. She manages to get on top of complicated material at very short notice, she settles the parties down, gets them to work out what they really want from the litigation, and manages mediations brilliantly. She is a very good influence on all of us’. Player’s wide-ranging practice focuses on general corporate and contractual claims, fraud and projects disputes, as well as Pharma, energy, technology, IP and media-related claims. Player also has particular experience in international dispute resolution, and is an expert in managing the cross-cultural aspects of joint venture and international shareholder disputes.
Alistair Pye – IPOS Mediation 'Brilliant both for virtual and in-person mediations', IPOS Mediation's Alistair Pye 'quickly gets to the nub of the issues and pushes clients to understand the true strengths and weaknesses in their case. Direct in his approach, he swiftly builds a rapport with clients, and gives clients the sense that he is genuinely invested in achieving a fair resolution'. During 2021, Pye conducted 62 mediations, receiving regular appointments from Magic Circle and leading litigation firms; and approximately 30% of his appointments are construction/engineering-related, while many are multi-party claims. The remainder of Pye's practice includes inheritance disputes (often within the farming community), insurance coverage matters, property and land disputes, and employment, partnership and shareholder claims.
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Quentin Smith - Mediator Quentin Smith - Mediator 'builds an excellent rapport with all parties, allowing him to communicate effectively and broker solutions. He is extremely thorough, bright, and appreciates where each party is coming from'. Smith is currently restricting his work to cases that are complex, high value or politically natured; and in a recent 12-month period, Smith was appointed in over 40 mediations, including several multi-party matters and large-value mediations. Recent mandates include a group action against a well-known specialist firm of accountants, which concerned offshore tax avoidance film schemes; and a large and politically sensitive claim, arising from non-payment of government subsidies to bus companies.
Beverly-Ann Rogers – Serle Court Beverly-Ann Rogers of Serle Court 'has a clear understanding of the issues and is quick to grapple with them; she is also calm, non-patronising, efficient, commercial, personable and commanding'. Rogers' main areas of practice reflect her expertise as a Chancery barrister, notably trust and estates, property, partnership, company law and professional negligence; and she is additionally sought out to mediate commercial and employment disputes. Recent matters include commercial law cases, disputed wills, Inheritance Act issues, proprietary estoppel claims in relation to stately homes, and an employment dispute between a teacher and a school.
Colin Russ – Colin David Russ Colin Russ at Colin David Russ is ‘able to deal extremely effectively with mediations where emotions may be running high; and he is calm, and able to bring the parties together through gentle persuasion‘. One of the most technology-embracing mediators in the UK, Russ launched a CDR Remote service at the start of the lockdown in March 2020; and during 2021, he completed 99 mediations, of which 74 were remote and 25 were in person. Russ’ mediation disputes expertise ranges from contracts, construction, insolvency and shareholder and partnership issues, to IP, financial services, professional negligence and real estate matters.
Stephen Ruttle KC – Brick Court Chambers Brick Court Chambers' Stephen Ruttle KC 'goes above and beyond in terms of making the clients comfortable, and inspiring confidence and trust. Stephen is fully prepared; invests considerable time and energy in understanding the issues and the case; and is not afraid to give an honest and frank opinion so that each party sees the other's point of view'. By January 2022, Ruttle had mediated approximately 1,800 cases, most of which have involved large values. He practises predominantly in London, but also mediates regularly in other parts of the UK and Ireland, as well as in several overseas jurisdictions.
Patrick Walker – IPOS Mediation Qualified as a mediator since 1997, IPOS Mediation's Patrick Walker is 'always well prepared and quickly hones in on the real issues - great attention to detail, patience and persistence.' He works from bases in both London and Leeds, and is now firmly established as a provider of online mediations; and since March 2020, Walker has completed over 200 online mediations nationally and abroad. With a substantial property and commercial background, he currently mediates a wide variety of disputes, in relation to professional negligence, contentious probate, share purchases and construction. Recent work includes Covid-19-related lockdown property and commercial disputes, as well as cladding and other high-rise safety issues.
William Wood KC – Brick Court Chambers The 'highly personable and easy-to deal-with' William Wood KC at Brick Court Chambers is 'a tenacious, persistent mediator, who brings to his craft a stellar level of legal scholarship, an acute understanding of the law, and highly-developed mediation skills. He is always scrupulously well-prepared and, as a result, is able win the confidence of all mediating parties'. Wood conducts approximately 70 disputes each year, with his international mediation practice incorporating business disputes of all kinds, including insurance, banking, oil and gas, construction, engineering, product liability, Pharma and professional negligence matters. He is also increasingly active in human rights-related claims.
Heather Allen – CEDR Chambers A founder member of the CEDR Chambers' practice group, Heather Allen 'has a very calming presence, is very knowledgeable, and fantastic with clients'. Allen is also 'skilled at dealing with multicultural issues'. An expert in mediating clinical negligence claims, she is increasingly active in online mediations; and her experience further covers mediating disputes involving commercial contracts, clinical negligence, employment, and inheritance disputes. Allen's recent mediation clients range from individuals making claims against a hospital, to firms of solicitors (as both claimants and defendants), professional bodies facing employment claims, and individuals embroiled in workplace disputes.
Rebecca Clark – IPOS Mediation A full-time mediator with IPOS Mediation since 2016, Rebecca Clark is ‘one of the best mediators I have come across in over 20 years practice at the Bar. She is on top of her brief, and understanding yet firm with the parties‘. Clark mediates a wide range of commercial disputes, but is particularly well known for her financial services expertise and disputes involving SMEs. In addition to being appointed as a member of the Court of Appeal specialist mediator panel in October 2021, Clark became the Chair of the Civil Mediation Council in June 2022, the first female mediator and non-judicial holder of such office.
Andrew Hildebrand – IPOS Mediation 'A definite first-choice mediator', Andrew Hildebrand at IPOS Mediation is 'extremely emotionally intelligent and gifted at reading the room. He knows both when to be receptive to the client's concerns, and when to push and challenge the client'. Hildebrand is a highly respected entertainment, sports and licensing mediator, whose track record includes high-profile cases involving Hollywood studios, broadcasters, rights owners, agents, managers, distributors and producers (among others). He additionally mediates disputes between businesses, as well as conflicts within businesses, including between partners, shareholders and family members.
Paul Johnson - Exchange Chambers Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers is 'always very well prepared and completely focused on getting a deal. In my view, he is the best in the business'. Focused exclusively on mediating since 2006, Johnson has conducted over 900 mediations to date, including banking, commercial, trustee, construction, employment, IP and partnership disputes, along with property and professional negligence claims. In the world of sport, Johnson has handled commercial disputes involving both county cricket and football.
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Jacqui Joyce – The Property Mediators One of the most experienced mediators in the UK, The Property Mediators' founding member Jacqui Joyce 'has endless patience and enthusiasm, and is a great person to have around when it feels as if a mediation is stalling. Clients love her; she is incisive, determined, humorous and good-spirited - all the qualities that you require in a mediator'. Joyce has completed over 350 mediations to date, and handled 45 matters during 2021; and her practice covers professional negligence, breaches of repairing covenants, and professional partnership breakdowns.
Lawrence Kershen KC – IPOS Mediation IPOS Mediation‘s Lawrence Kershen KC is 'calm and calming and very personable, but firm when necessary. He has real gravitas'. Kershen's recent highlights include mediating in relation to a film finance scheme disallowed by HMRC; pharmaceuticals-related contract terms; a breach of confidence and data protection claim regarding unauthorised disclosure of information; an aviation joint venture; and accountants’ professional negligence. He also recently trained mediators from both across the UK and internationally in mediation and advanced techniques.
Mark Linnell – IPOS Mediation IPOS Mediation's Mark Linnell is 'an excellent mediator, who brings a wealth of experience with him; and he is particularly adept at messy business disputes between former friends involved in small to medium-sized private companies/joint ventures'. A commercial mediator since 2005, Linnell's practice covers financial services-related commercial contracts, shareholder-related disputes, and commercial property-related landlord and tenant issues. He also mediates insolvency and property development matters, and is increasingly active in contested probate claims and battles between siblings.
Colin Manning – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's Colin Manning 'understands how to deal with different personalities, and how to manage the emotional and personal perspectives on a dispute, while keeping the legal and financial aspects firmly in mind'. An accredited mediator since 1997, Manning mediates a broad range of commercial disputes, in relation to contracts, professional negligence, partnerships, company law, shareholder conflicts, construction, property, trusts, probate and international trade.
Eve Pienaar – CEDR Chambers Eve Pienaar at CEDR Chambers 'was able to build rapport and trust with both sides, displayed empathy, and showed great stamina in getting us to a deal after 14 hours'. Pienaar regularly mediates high-value, multi-party and complex cases, with her practice encompassing a wide range of commercial mediations. She is a specialist in property, construction, professional negligence, partnership and shareholder disputes, as well as general commercial or contract claims; and additionally works on workplace and employment mediations. Pienaar spent approximately 100 days mediating commercial cases during 2021.
Charles Powell – Freeths LLP Freeths LLP's Nottingham-based Charles Powell is also a member at IPOS Mediation. Powell is 'a very experienced and effective mediator, who is able to handle difficult mediations well and gets the key commercial points quickly'. He has conducted over 500 commercial mediations to date; and specialises in commercial disputes, partnership issues, professional negligence, property claims, insolvency, and banking and asset finance disputes.
Stephen Walker – S Walker Mediation Stephen Walker at S Walker Mediation is 'always fully committed to bringing the parties together and to achieving commercial resolution of the dispute. He has the ability to bring about recognition on both sides of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective positions and to focus on negotiated settlement'. Walker has mediated over 800 mediations during his approximately 20-year commercial mediation career; and his practice covers a professional negligence, financial services, insurance coverage, landlord and tenant issues, construction disputes, insolvency and trusts. His experience additionally includes personal injury, property, probate, partnerships, shareholders and employment matters.
Rebecca Attree – IPOS Mediation Rebecca Attree at IPOS Mediation is ‘an exceptional mediator. She is intelligent, well prepared, has excellent inter-personal skills, and works tirelessly to try to conclude mediations with a satisfactory outcome‘. Fully accredited to mediate in the UK, US and online, Attree's main mediation areas cover commercial contracts, workplace disputes, aviation, property, construction and family offices. She also has considerable experience in international disputes.
Stephen Barker – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's Stephen Barker is an independent commercial mediator, who practises jointly through CEDR Chambers. Barker's mediation experience includes commercial contracts, international distribution agreements, professional negligence, shareholder and partnership disputes, property rights, and corporate transactions (among others).
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Sara Benbow – The Property Mediators The Property Mediators' founding member Sara Benbow (also a member of Gatehouse Chambers) 'has an excellent manner with mediating parties, and she is capable of expressing empathy, objectivity and authority all together. She also keeps the parties focused on the key issues and sobering realities of cases'. Benbow mediates a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, but is particularly well known for property-related matters.
Michael Cover – IPOS Mediation IPOS Mediation's Michael Cover 'was great at managing the parties' time, and ensuring that the settlement was secured and signed many months after the main mediation'. Cover's core areas are IP, IT, and shareholder and partnership disputes, including many with international features. He recently mediated a major global trade mark dispute.
Charles Flint KC – Blackstone Chambers Also a member of IPOS Mediation, Blackstone Chambers‘ Charles Flint KC, has a significant reputation as a commercial and human rights mediator, as well as expertise in banking and financial services-related mediations. Flint also mediates across a range of commercial disputes involving individuals, businesses and government, including employment, fine art, insurance, professional negligence, public procurement and sports law.
Charles Gordon – IPOS Mediation Charles Gordon at IPOS Mediation is 'excellent at quickly picking up the issues and where concessions could be made by both sides to achieve a commercial resolution'. Gordon is well known for insurance and reinsurance disputes (including recent insurance cover-related mediations for pandemic losses), but is also increasingly active in construction, financial services, IP and insolvency cases.
Jane Gunn – IPOS Mediation IPOS Mediation's Jane Gunn is 'clear and precise, measured, and easy to communicate with'. An experienced commercial mediator, Gunn mediates a wide variety of disputes involving commercial matters, business and partnership issues, boardroom clashes, joint ventures, and property and construction. Other notable areas include family businesses and trusts, employment and workplace matters, medical negligence and personal injury.
Tim Hardy – IPOS Mediation IPOS Mediation's Tim Hardy (a former commercial litigation team head at CMS) ‘stands out for his ability to ride out the emotions of the parties, and then guide them to a successful resolution‘. Hardy conducted 35 appointments during 2021, his mediation practice particularly focused on high-value and complex financial and commercial disputes.
Mark Keeley – Freeths LLP Freeths LLP's Nottingham-based Mark Keeley is 'an excellent mediator who has an excellent manner with participants, and is able quickly to build a rapport with them. However, his standout quality is the ability to get individuals to focus on the true merits of their case, without at the same time alienating them'. Keely is one of the leading mediators in the country for contentious trust and probate disputes. He also mediates professional negligence claims.
Paul Kirtley – Exchange Chambers An accredited civil and commercial and workplace mediator, Exchange Chambers‘ Paul Kirtley 'has considerable empathy and uses this with great ability. This is a unique quality I have not seen in other mediators and sets him apart. When this is combined with his wide legal knowledge, it makes him invaluable'. Kirtley has an active offshore mediation practice, particularly in the Isle of Man, where he frequently mediates significant claims.
Andrew Miller KC – 2 Temple Gardens Andrew Miller KC is a member of both 2 Temple Gardens and IPOS Mediation. Miller is 'superb. He knows when to press and to pose difficult questions, and when to stay in the background. We would not have got anywhere close to settlement without him.' He is highly regarded for major commercial disputes; and in a recent 18-month period, Miller extended his client base within both the insurance and construction sectors.
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Sue O’Brien – The Property Mediators A full-time mediator since 2016, The Property Mediators' Sue O’Brien (former dispute resolution head at legacy firm Pitmans) 'has the ideal combination: great knowledge of property law, a kindly manner, and a laser-like focus on the issues that really matter in resolving a dispute'. O'Brien's mediation practice covers the whole range of mediations, from small emotionally-charged disputes involving (often vulnerable) private individuals, to very large commercial cases.
Penelope Reed KC – 5 Stone Buildings Accredited since 2009, Penelope Reed KC of 5 Stone Buildings is 'a standout star in the field of mediation. She commands 100% universal respect and admiration, and her assessment of a situation is always impeccable. She is always at the top of my list of go-to mediators'. Reed's recent mediations have all involved complex trust and estate disputes.
Liz Rivers – IPOS Mediation The first woman in the UK to become a CEDR-accredited mediator in 1992, IPOS Mediation's Liz Rivers' 'capabilities in leadership coaching, team dynamics management and conflict resolution are remarkable'. Rivers is a highly rated mediator for boardroom and senior team disputes, and has particular expertise in cases involving sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Rivers is also a qualified psychotherapist.
Caroline Sheridan – CEDR Chambers Accredited in 2006, CEDR Chambers' Caroline Sheridan works on a wide range of workplace and commercial mediations, her expertise covering claims involving sports, banking, finance, property, hospitality, partnerships, professional negligence and contracts. Sheridan has acted as lead mediator on approximately 400 mediations to date.
Patrick Taylor – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square's Patrick Taylor is 'one of the best mediators I have worked with. He always sees the bigger picture; and even when the parties are entrenched in their positions, he finds a way through the impasse - a top-quality mediator'. A CEDR-accredited mediator since 2001, Taylor is experienced in mediating disputes involving construction, property, agriculture and shipping, along with professional negligence, company law, commercial matters, partnerships, and wills and trusts.
Beverley Vara – Maitland Chambers Beverley Vara at Maitland Chambers is 'an excellent mediator, who is not afraid to challenge each party's understanding of their case, quickly identifying areas where both parties can make concessions'. A former real estate litigation head at Allen & Overy LLP, Vara is experienced across a wide range of commercial disputes involving domestic and international parties from a range of sectors.
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Gary Webber – The Property Mediators 'One of the best and most effective mediators in the property litigation business', The Property Mediators' founder member Gary Webber has 'extensive knowledge and experience in resolving disputes'. Webber has mediated over 500 disputes to date, including 49 during 2021; and his experience covers a range of commercial, property and family matters, including complex and high-value claims.
Miranda Allardice – 5 Stone Buildings 5 Stone Buildings' Miranda Allardice is 'extremely knowledgeable, with a pedigree and experience that few can match. She has all the skills you would expect from a seasoned practitioner, which is why she was approached for our mediation, being a somewhat complex dispute'. Allardice is an expert in probate, Inheritance Act, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act, and estate administration matters.
Gillian Caroe - CEDR Chambers CEDR Chambers' Gillian Caroe is 'perceptive, patient, has excellent listening and reflective skills, and is sensitive and empathetic to the requirements of all parties. She also has the ability to draw difficult information from parties in a constructive way'. Caroe has been involved in hundreds of successful mediations; and in a recent 12-month period, she spent approximately 80% of her full-time hours on mediation cases, with the rest of her working schedule focused on delivering mediation training or conflict coaching.
Lyndsey de Mestre KC - XXIV Old Buildings XXIV Old Buildings' Lyndsey de Mestre KC's 'USP is her empathy and her ability to communicate that empathy to the client. She is incredibly diplomatic, as well as hugely knowledgeable - a key combination of skills for a mediator'. De Mestre has broad company and insolvency law experience, and is a specialist in directors’ duties and disqualification.
Emma Gooding (independent) Currently mediating approximately 25-30 disputes each year, Emma Gooding (independent)‘s ‘personal qualities include calmness, an attitude that encourages logic, and a disposition that forms an instant bond with the client without being overbearing‘. A former Magic Circle litigator, Gooding’s international experience means she is a go-to mediator for cross-cultural mediations and disputes with international features.
Neil Goodrum – CEDR Chambers 'Clearly a very skilled mediator', Neil Goodrum at CEDR Chambers (also a consultant at McCormicks) has mediated over 200 cases to date. In a recent 12-month period, his cases involved commercial contracts, employment issues, franchising, clinical negligence and shareholder matters, along with personal injury, sport, professional negligence, probate and commercial property.
David Hossack – Morton Fraser Morton Fraser‘s Edinburgh-based David Hossack ‘uses a facilitative style. His patient yet tenacious approach is also thoughtful and objective, and with a keen focus on moving towards settlement‘. Hossack has conducted over 105 mediations to date, and focuses on employment and commercial matters. He is one of only four lawyers accredited as commercial mediation specialists by the Law Society of Scotland.
Samantha Lowe – Concentus Mediation Mediating full time since late 2018, Samantha Lowe at Concentus Mediation is an 'absolutely outstanding mediator! She has extremely high levels of emotional intelligence, and is so good at putting clients at ease quickly that the mediations progress smoothly'. Lowe has a specialist practice in private client and private wealth litigation.
Gill Mansfield - Gill Mansfield Mediation Practising as a commercial mediator for over a decade, barrister Gill Mansfield at Gill Mansfield Mediation is 'effective, personable, realistic, practical, and firm where needed'. Mansfield has a broad commercial mediation practice, with particular expertise in disputes concerning IP, IT, technology, media and entertainment, and the brewing and hospitality sectors. She also regularly mediates company, shareholder and director disputes, as well as property claims.
Christopher Newmark – CEDR Chambers A former chairman of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, CEDR Chambers' Christopher Newmark (also a name partner at dispute resolution law firm Spenser Underhill Newmark LLP) has mediated over two hundred cases to date. Newmark is well known for mediating in the IT and telecoms sectors.
Michael Shane – Atkin Chambers Atkin Chambers' Michael Shane has 'excellent technical knowledge, as well as the ability to get to the core of the issues. His commercial background also greatly assists interaction with clients'. Shane's recent experience includes mediations involving both the construction (including transport and social infrastructure) and energy sectors (including renewables). Insurance mediations are also a key feature of his practice.
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Ian Terry – One Essex Court Joining One Essex Court in 2016, Ian Terry, a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP dispute resolution head, consistently acts as a mediator of substantial and complex commercial disputes. Recent highlights include a professional negligence case brought against a major law firm, in relation to tax advice and estate planning.
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Iain Travers – The Property Mediators A mediator since 1999, The Property Mediators' Iain Travers 'brought a calmness and understated authority and gravitas to the mediation process, which was challenging due to the number of people involved and the strength of feeling among those involved. Iain successfully managed to build a rapport with both sides, which enabled the process to be as productive as it could have been'. Travers, a former Ashurst real estate disputes head, is appointed as a mediator up to three times per month.
Tony Willis – Brick Court Chambers Brick Court Chambers' Tony Willis, the former head of litigation at Clifford Chance LLP is an independent mediator who is routinely instructed on commercial, business and regulatory matters. Willis' experience includes handling over a thousand mediations, with the parties ranging from multinationals and individuals, to governments and government departments.
Sir Robert Akenhead – Atkin ChambersSir Robert Akenhead at Atkin Chambers is ‘personable and able to articulate clearly the arguments of the dispute that require compromise‘. Since his retirement as a judge in December 2015, construction law specialist Akenhead acts as mediator in disputes across the world, in addition to being an arbitrator, adjudicator, expert and conciliator.
Jonathan Arkush – Enterprise Chambers Jonathan Arkush at Enterprise Chambers is a member of the mediation panels of the Chancery Bar Association, Property Bar Association, Property Law UK, Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Practitioners, and Dispute Mediation. To date, he has conducted over 350 mediations across a wide range of practice areas.
Rachael Bicknell - Squaring CirclesSquaring Circles ' Rachael Bicknell is 'well prepared, organised, conciliatory, and has excellent communication skills - all traits of a very effective mediator'. A full-time practising mediator since early 2020, Scotland-based Bicknell has since mediated over 40 commercial and civil disputes.
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Amanda Bucklow – IPOS Mediation Many of the recent cases of IPOS Mediation's Amanda Bucklow had an underlying connection to COVID-19. An accredited commercial mediator since 1996, Bucklow is noted for her expertise in engaging parties who are suffering from stress, as well as those who require consideration of attributes such as autism, ADHD or disabilities (including mental health issues).
Julia Burns - Dove in the Room Dove in the Room was launched in late 2019 by Julia Burns, who mediates a range of private client and inheritance disputes, from contentious trust and probate matters to Court of Protection conflicts. Burns is 'skilful at connecting with the parties to tease out their motivations, and identify what carrot or stick will get them to come, willingly, to the table'.
Robert Evans - Keating Chambers Keating Chambers' Robert Evans is 'an extremely capable mediator. He understood the issues in dispute, established a good relationship with the parties and their legal counsel, and managed the process very effectively'. Evans specialises in construction, engineering and energy disputes, as well as professional negligence matters and ship building claims (including matters involving military vessels).
Hatch Brenner LLP
Mark Fitch – Hatch Brenner LLP Mark Fitch at Hatch Brenner LLP 'has a pragmatic and empathetic style as a mediator, putting the parties at ease while trying to move them towards settlement. He is also calm, when faced with difficult situations'. Fitch is regularly appointed to mediate contested probate, property, commercial law and employment-related claims.
John Gosling (Independent)John Gosling (Independent) is 'extremely measured, immediately puts the clients at ease, is very sharp, and focuses on the key issues to resolve straight away'. Since leaving Addleshaw Goddard in 2017, where he was a partner for over 25 years, commercial dispute resolution specialist Gosling has received a range of mediation appointments from law firms in London, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds and Liverpool (among others).
ASK Mediation Limited
Amrik Kandola - ASK Mediation Limited Amrik Kandola launched ASK Mediation Limited in 2019, and has since conducted over 70 commercial mediations. Kandola 'rapidly builds trust, and comes across as a reliable, prepared and resilient agent for getting a deal'. Accredited as a mediator since 2000, Kandola led legacy firm Eversheds' construction and engineering team in the Midlands for almost two decades.
Michael King – XXIV Old Buildings Michael King at XXIV Old Buildings ‘has impressive soft skills, combined with a clear focus on how the mediation should advance and the ability to challenge parties' stances in a constructive way'. King frequently mediates high-value trust, probate, estate and inheritance claims.
Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLP
Neil Largan – Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLPNeil Largan at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLP is ‘excellent in putting the clients at ease and his informal style works very well‘. Largan’s track record includes hundreds of commercial, civil, workplace and employment disputes; and in a recent 12-month period, his mediation practice particularly expanded in relation to complex agricultural matters.
Mandy Lenton - CEDR Chambers CEDR Chambers' experienced commercial mediator Mandy Lenton is 'absolutely fantastic from start to finish. She is a top-class communicator, a brilliant thinker, and really puts all the clients at ease - very impressive'. Before becoming a full-time mediator, Lenton was head of real estate litigation at Clifford Chance LLP, and has mediated approximately 200 mediations to date.
Essential Mediation Solutions
Emma McAndry - Essential Mediation Solutions Emma McAndry at Essential Mediation Solutions is 'empathetic and resilient, and she often manages multiple parties in mediations, ensuring all feel well treated, respected and heard'. McAndry mediated over 30 cases in 2021, which were a mixture of civil, commercial and workplace matters, and heavily focused on disputes involving councils and universities.
Peter McCormick OBE – McCormicks McCormicks' senior partner Peter McCormick OBE has 'an outstanding reputation'. Appointed chairman of the Premier League in January 2022, McCormick is widely recognised for his sports-related mediation expertise; and is a member of a panel of legal specialists at Sport Resolutions (UK), which provides mediation and arbitration facilities for parties involved in sporting disputes.
Nick Parker – Berry Smith Routinely acting in mediations across Wales, South West, Midlands and London, Berry Smith's Nick Parker has completed over 250 civil and commercial mediation to date. Parker 'has a very commercial, yet personal, approach to mediation; and he gets the parties on side before using his persuasive skills to get them to concentrate on settlement'. He is also both a founder member of Hexagon Mediation and a Civil Mediation Council member.
9 St John Street Chambers
Richard Price - 9 St John Street Chambers Since conducting 50 mediations in 2021, 9 St John Street Chambers's Richard Price took a sabbatical from court work as of January 2022, to allow him to concentrate exclusively on his mediation practice. Price 'approaches parties with a calm, patient and friendly demeanour, which instantly puts them at ease and helps build their confidence in him and the mediation process'.
Harry Spurr - IPOS Mediation Increasingly winning instructions from high-profile clients in the UK and internationally, Harry Spurr at IPOS Mediation has particular specialisms in disputes involving public sector organisations, as well as claims involving property, land or environmental issues. Spurr is 'personable, calming, and not afraid to put forward opposing points of view in the hope it will lead to progress'.
Simon Williams – Radcliffe Chambers An experienced mediator of property and commercial disputes, Radcliffe Chambers' Simon Williams is 'very good with clients, calm and persuasive; and he works hard to achieve an outcome'. Williams' expertise covers commercial contracts, company law, shareholders, partnerships, and landlord and tenant issues, along with rights of way, restrictive covenants, adverse possession, professional negligence, and trusts and probate.